Quah Zheng Wen

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Quah Zheng Wen is a competitive swimmer who represents Singapore internationally. Quah attends university at and swims for the University of California, Berkeley. 

College Career


Quah arrived in Berkeley in January of 2017, which is when he started training with the Cal bears. He was not cleared to compete by the NCAA until the last week of March that you were able to qualify for the NCAA championships. At the last chance meet, he swam a 1:40.36 200 fly, 46.77 100 fly, and 47.05 100 back, giving him an “A” cut and 2 “B” cuts to give him a full slate at the NCAA meet.

At NC’s, Quah took 5th in the 100 fly in 45.06 and 2nd in the 200 fly in 1:38.83, making him the 3rd fastest performer ever in the 200 fly. He also swam prelims of the 4×100 medley relay.


After getting a full season of collegiate training and competing under his belt, Quah became a 3-event scorer at the 2018 NCAA championships. He started his meet of by splitting 1:33.86 on Cal’s 4×200 free relay that placed 6th. Quah went on to place 16th in the 200 IM (1:44.61), 12th in the 100 fly (45.48), and 6th in the 200 fly (1:40.70). He also swam the butterfly leg on Cal’s 4×100 medley relay in prelims.


In his 3rd season as a Cal bear, Quah was once again an integral part of their dual meet and post season success. At the 2019 NCAA’s, Quah was 17th in the 200 IM (1:43.13) out of prelims, just missing a 2nd swim. In the 100 fly, Quah matched his best time of 45.06 in the finals to touch 6th. In his final event, the 200 fly, Quah was out very aggressively in finals, leading the field through the first 150. He ended up touching 3rd overall in 1:39.68.

International Competition

2012 Olympic Games

In 2012 Quah competed in his first Olympics at the age of 15, where he swam the 400 IM. He placed 31st in prelims, touching the wall at 4:26.81.

2013 Asian Youth Games

Quah was Singapore’s flag bearer for the 2013 Asian Youth Games, where he came away with 6 medals. These included gold in the 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, and 200 IM, silver in the 200 free and 4×100 free relay, and bronze in the 4×100 medley relay.

2016 Olympic Games

In Rio, Quah swam the 100 and 200 butterfly, making semi finals in both. In the 100, he finished in 15th (52.26) overall, while in the 200 he was 10th (1:56.11) overall.

2017 World Championships

In Budapest, Quah swam the 100 and 200 fly, where he finished 18th in prelims in both (52.13 and 1:56.76). He also swam the 100 and 200 back. In the 200 back, he finished 24th in prelims, touching the wall at 1:59.49, which was a new national record. In the 100 back, he finished 18th in prelims in 54.68.

2018 Asian Games

In Jakarta, Quah won his first Asian games medals as a member of Singapore’s 4×100 and 4×200 free relays, which earned bronze and both events. He also finished 6th in the 200 fly (1:57.95) and 4th in the 100 fly (52.54).

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 400 Freestyle Relay 2018 Asian Games
Bronze 800 Freestyle Relay 2018 Asian Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 100 Fly 45.06 03/29/19 2019 NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 200 Fly 1:38.83 03/25/17 2017 NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
scy 200 IM 1:42.97 03/22/18 2018 NCAA Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota
lcm 100 Back 54.03 08/11/15 World Cup
Moscow, Russia
lcm 200 Back 1:59.49 07/27/17 2017 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 100 Fly 52.08 08/11/16 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
lcm 200 Fly 1:56.01 08/08/16 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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