Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen Set To Join Cal Bears

  34 Loretta Race | January 11th, 2017 | Asia, College, International, News, Pac-12

Following in the footsteps of countryman Joseph Schooling who competes for the Texas Longhorns, Singaporean swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is set to join the ranks of the United States’ NCAA collegiate swimming system. Zheng Wen is slated to join the swimming roster at the University of California, Berkeley, to swim under the direction of Head Coach Dave Durden.

Zheng Wen is an Asian swimming superstar, having earned 12 medals at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games (SEA), the most of any athlete at the biennial event. The 20-year-old raced in 3 events at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 22nd in the 100m backstroke, 15th in the 100m butterfly and 10th in the 200m butterfly.

Post-Games, there were rumors Zheng Wen would join former Singaporean National Head Coach Sergio Lopez, who is now on staff at Auburn University, but Cal is confirmed as the destination. According to The Strait Times, Zheng Wen is just waiting on NCAA clearance in order to compete, but he is set to depart for Cal this week. One potential complication is the fact that he signed an endorsement deal last year with Liberty Insurance, something that may negate his NCAA eligibility.

Says Zheng Wen, “I expect to hear back from the NCAA pretty soon … I am pretty hopeful and it’s looking pretty positive.”

“If I’m not eligible this year, I will take part (in NCAA championships) next year. One option (if he is ruled ineligible) if I want to continue schooling there is maybe train as a professional … but I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get there.”

As for seeing one of his protege’s leave Singapore’s National Training Center program, current Singaporean Head Coach Gary Tan says, “I’m very proud of Zheng Wen’s achievements and decision to pursue his dream in the US.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for any student-athlete to not only be able to study in one of the best universities but also to be able to train with a world-class team.

“I’m confident that if he continues to train hard, whether at home or abroad, he’ll be in a great position to achieve his dreams. I wish him the very best and he will always have a home with the National Training Centre.”

As with Schooling, Zheng Wen was granted mandatory military service duty deferment, as his nation’s Ministry of Defense cites his Tokyo 2020 Olympic preparation as an ‘extraordinary circumstance.’

Quah Zheng Wen‘s Personal Best Times:

Event LCM SCY (converted)
100 Fly 52.08 45.72
200 Fly 1:56.01 1:41.62
100 Back 54.03 45.19

Of note, all of his converted times would have finaled at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

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Brandon or Loretta,

I understand that Zheng Wen is enrolled and training with Cal. Can you get confirmation from the school or the NCAA regarding his status. If he is eligible, it will certainly close the Texas/Cal point gap in the swimming events, but even with an in-shape Quah, and a reasonably successful transition to yards, I still believe Texas’s huge advantage in diving points will be the difference.

Really happy for him in being able to train with an elite team while not giving up his aspirations of being a doctor.

Big decision to give up his secured place in medical school in Singapore to come to the States where you can’t study medicine as an undergrad.

All the best!

Nice pick up for Cal, not sure if its enough help them hold off NC State though. I guess we will find out at ncaas. If he was really serious about swimming though why would he not go to NC State though? I would have bet money he could have made a real STATEment their.

Do they teach how to write a coherent post though? JK, I do think NC State is a great program though. I don’t think they’ll beat Cal or Texas this year though. I know you are just a troll though. It’s fun to write like this though.

Sorry, english is not my first language. But I am adament that NC State will beat most certainly Cal and most likely Texas.

samuel huntington

this is getting ridiculous. Cal will crush NC State at NCAAs.


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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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