Quartet Meet Asian Games Qualifying Mark at Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier
SINGAPORE, 16 MARCH 2022 – The second day of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier on Wednesday at the OCBC Aquatic Centre saw four more Singapore swimmers meet the Asian Games “A” qualifying mark, taking the tally up to 7 over two days.
Teong Tzen Wei, Joseph Schooling and Mikkel Lee all made the cut in the Men’s 50m Butterfly in the morning heats, while Jonathan Tan equalled that feat in the Men’s 100m Freestyle.
Teong clocked a time of 23.39s win his heat, ahead of compatriot Schooling (23.78s), who finished second. Mikkel was fastest in the second heat, with a time of 24.07s.
All three swimmers were well under the Asian Games “A” Qualifying mark of 24.35s. Both Mikkel and Joseph did not swim the evening finals, with Joseph opting to rest for the 100m Butterfly tomorrow, and Mikkel focusing on the 100m Freestyle finals. In the meantime, Tzen Wei bettered his own heats time of 23.39s with a finals time of 23.35s.
“I am happy with my swims, I feel like I can go faster, and I can do better, so I will be working with my coaches to see where I can improve. Personally, I was hoping to go faster, but it is my personal best so I will be contented with the timing, but deep down I want more”, said the 25-year-old.
Schooling, the defending Asian Games champion in the 50m Butterfly, said, “It's good to be back racing and even better to qualify for the Asian Games. The Asian Games has a very special place in my heart, and I can’t ask for a better start to the week.”
20-year-old Jonathan Tan, who like Schooling is also serving his National Service, showed no signs of rust as he bettered the Asian Games “A” Qualifying mark by 0.03s, touching home in a time of 49.25s.
“My main goal coming into this meet was making the Asian Games. My training has been irregular, and it was only in the past two weeks that I have been training once a day, so I was not expecting much in this meet, more of going with the flow and trying my best, and not having any stress. In my mind, I was trying my best to hit the qualifying mark, and once I saw the timing, it was a relief”, said Jonathan.
“I am very satisfied with the swims by Joseph, Jonathan and Tzen Wei today. All of them made the cut for the Asian Games, and everything was perfect”, added National Training Centre (NTC) Assistant Coach, Gustavo Schirru, who coaches all three swimmers at the NTC.
The fastest timings of the top four swimmers in the Men’s 100m Freestyle- Jonathan, Mikkel, Quah Zheng Wen and Ardi Azman, when added up (3:19.62s) also made the Men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay Asian Games “A” Qualifying Mark of 3:21.06s.
Having already qualified for the Asian Games in the Women’s 200m Butterfly yesterday, 22-year-old Quah Jing Wen added another event to her Asian Games schedule when she clocked a time 2:17.41s to win the Women’s 200m Individual Medley final. Her time was 0.22s faster than the qualifying mark of 2:17.63s.
Day 3 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier will see the Men’s 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle and the Women’s 50m Breaststroke, 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle.
Full results from Day 2 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier can be found on www.libertyinsurance.com.sg/libertysnag52.
The Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier is open to up to 200 fully vaccinated spectators, and live streamed on www.libertyinsurance.com.sg/libertysnag52