Vien and Tram Score Big At Vietnamese Nationals

The 2015 Vietnamese National Swimming Championships concluded yesterday, with the event having taken place in Da Nang from October 15-19th.  Several athletes collected multiple medals by the end of the competition, some of whom are moving directly on to the 3rd and final FINA World Cup cluster.  The final stops for the World Cup include Tokyo, Doha and Dubai.

In her first national competition in two years, Nguyen Thi Anh Vien took home a treasure chest of gold medals at this year’s Nationals, winning the women’s 200m backstroke, 200m IM and topped the podium as part of her squad’s 400m freestyle relay. Vien also claimed gold in the 200m butterfly, 400m IM and 200m freestyle events. Anh Vien, who competes for the People’s Army of Vietnam, is a pillar of her country’s swimming federation, owning a remarkable 13 individual national records across all stroke disciplines.

Nguyen Diep Phuong Tram of Ho Chi Minh City made her mark at this year’s nationals with her first-place finish in the 50m freestyle.  Her time of 26.37 now sits as the national record for the swimmer, who is just 14 years of age. Tram also registered a new national mark in the 50m butterfly race on the second day of competition, earning the gold medal in a new Vietnamese record of 26.70.

The People’s Army of Vietnam swam away with the team title, having earn a total of 16 gold medals, 5 silvers, and 2 bronze. Ho Chi Minh City was a close 2nd place, with its haul of 15 golds, 6 silver and 6 bronze medals.

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