Tuesday, November 12

PASC swimmers retain junior title in Melaka

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The PASC team with team manager Irene Wee (left, front row), advisor and coach Voon Yong Hui (left, back row) and MSNS Elite Swimming Programme assistant coach Raymond Chang.

KUCHING: Power Aquatic Swimming Club (PASC) made a successful defence of their crown in the second leg of the ASUM-NSC-Milo Splash Junior Swimming Championship at Hang Jebat Aquatics Centre in Melaka from July 27 to 29.

The 23-strong team amassed 763 points from capturing 14 gold, 24 silver and 14 bronze medals to emerge victorious for the second consecutive year.

Finishing second and third in this championship participated by over 660 swimmers from 29 clubs were Johor Bahru Ezy Swim Club and Melaka Aquatic Squad with 731 points and 668 points respectively.

PASC team was made up of the club’s 23 swimmers aged 8-14 and junior swimmers under the Sarawak State Sports Council’s Elite Swimming Programme.

Dylan Leong Yi Quan was the team’s star performer as he won three gold, one silver and one bronze medals, setting two new meet records in the process.

He set a new time in the Boys 8 & Under 50m breaststroke by clocking 41.90s to erase the old mark of 42.24s as well as the 100m breaststroke where he registered 1:32.46s to better the old time of 1:33.07s.

The club was grateful to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports for allowing its swimmers to train at the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre. Club officials identified professional coaching and good facilities as the two vital factors for the development of any athlete.

They also hope that Sarawak will initiate similar events and invite swimmers from Peninsular Malaysia to compete here.