|UWCSEA Dragon Den International Swim Meet|
19th 22nd April 2018
A Team of 30 Mantas Swimmers attended the annual Dragons Dens International Swim meet along with 15 other teams from across Asia on 20-22 April 2018. The 3-day event was action packed, filled with tough competition, back-to-back events and weather delays; however, every single swimmer gave it their all throughout.
The Mantas” travelled out to Singapore on Thursday 19th April along with the two coaches (Marvin & David) and Voluntary Team Mangers (Catherine & Li Woon). The athletes in attendance represented most of our training sites (SCAA, WIS & DBIS), this was a great opportunity for all sites to work together and build team spirit through team building activities, goal settings, sports psych;
Friday marked the official start to the Distance Events” 400m+. Emeric Payer was first in the water to for his first ever 1500m event. He lasted 300m before the Thunder & Lightening” alarm sounded. The kids didnt let that dampen their spirits and there was soon a few card schools going on. The racing got back underway soon enough and Emeric placed 1st in the 1500m Free with a (19:33.63) Effort. Thomas Chan doubled up on the first night swimming 800m Free 1st (11:35.22) & 400 Free 5th (5:29.88). Kimberly Hobson swam a PB in the 400 I.M 3rd (5:50.24). Greta McMahon got off to a storming start with an excellent 400 Free 2nd (5:13.54). Barnaby Tibbatts picked up his first medal in the 400 Free with a massive PB (5:13.48). Other swimmers racing Friday Quisha Lee 4th 400 Free, Mia Senturk 5th 400 Free, Aidan Gan 400 Free 9th, Jason Lee 400 Free 10th, Vic Jiwattanakul 400 Free,13th Pia Ven De Wiel 13th, Leon Rydell 15th.
As the second day began, warm-up lanes were jam-packed as almost double the swimmers attended from the previous day. With a smooth start, the events flew by fast with some good swims from everyone. Avie Lim 3rd 100 Breast, Emeric Payer 1st 200 Back, Marcel Hofstede 2nd 200 Back, Eden Lim 3rd 100 Fly, Greta McMahon 3rd 50 Fly.
Despite the ideal start to the day, in the second session dark clouds lingered over the pool for hours on end and several events had to be cancelled with hopes of completing them the next day. However, some great swims still took place; Emeric Payer 1st 200 Fly, Greta Mcmahon 4th 200 Free.
As the final day guaranteed back-to-back events, swimmers were prepared to face the most challenging day of the meet. While the weather continued to disrupt the swims, all but one event managed to be squeezed in; the medley relays. Some of the notable swims; Avie Lim 1st 100 Back, Eden Lim 2nd 100 Back, Jason Lee 3rd 200 Breast, Emeric Payer 3rd 50 Fly, Emeric Payer 3rd 100 Fly, Avie Lim 3rd 100 Free, Eden Lim 2nd 100 Free, Greta Mcmahon 3rd 100 Free, Caitlin Hobson 2nd 200 Fly, Kimberly Hobson 1st 200 Fly.
11-12 Boys Emeric, Barnaby, Thomas, Marcel 2nd 200 Free
13-14 Boys Jason, Vic, Leon, Aidan 3rd 200 Free
10/Under Charlotte, Katie, Tiqa, Eden 2nd 200 Free
11-12 Girls Quisha, Greta, Caitlin, Mia 1st 200 Free.
Mantas finished 3rd Overall Overseas” Team.
Avie Lim Won Best Overall” 8/Under.
There were many other success stories within the team besides the medallist swims above. Many swimmers have smashed their personal best times, built confidence, made new friends, learned something new, woke up themselves up, used an alarm clock, tried something new, read a book, had FUN.
All the athletes are a credit to themselves and their families as they brought their best inside and outside of the pool for the full 4 days. It is a very easy job when the athletes are coachable.
Work Hard, Be Coachable, Practice Hard, Do all the little things well. Value your role within the team.
Well Done Team, Thanks to the Parent TM Volunteers.