8th SINGAPORE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Saturday, November 16th & Sunday, November 17th
- OCBC Aquatic Centre
The 2-day Singapore National Swimming Championships (short course) wrapped up last night at OCBC Aquatic Centre, but not before several national records bit the dust. The meet served as a warm-up competition of sorts prior to the prestigious Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) slated for next month in the Philippines.
First off, Olympic champion Joseph Schooling took on just one event this weekend, racing in the men’s 100m freestyle where he snagged gold in a time of 48.70. Splitting 23.52/25.18, the former Texas Longhorn dipped under the 49-second threshold to represent the only finalist to do so. He had already set the Singaporean national record in this SCM event at 48.05 this past October.
Maximillian Ang topped the men’s 200m breast field, establishing a new national record of 2:10.39 in the process. That time overtook Lionel Khoo’s former mark of 2:11.80 he put on the books back at the 2016 FINA Wolrd Cup.
Glen Lim was another record-breaker over the weekend, taking down Pang Sheng Jun’s 1500m free mark of 15:07.87 that’s 4 years old. Lim registered a winning effort of 15:06.65 to win the race by almost a full minute.
For the women, it was Ashley Lim who logged a new national record in the 400 IM. She got the wall first in a time of 4:47.13 to outperform the previous national standard of 4:47.96 put on the books 2 years ago by Gan Ching Hwee.
Finally, Cherlyn Yeoh got in on the action with a solid 54.73 100m free prelims swim. That heats outing lowered the Singaporean national record of 54.77 she set last year. Yeoh wound up opting out of the final.