KUCHING: The MSSWPL (Majlis Sukan Sekolah Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan) Swimming Competition held from Feb 9 to 11 at Labuan International School (LIS) concluded with several record-breaking victories.
A significant total of 37 new records were achieved by the swimmers this year.
Records breaker Bryan Chin Bao Yang (U18 Boys Category) contributed nine gold medals to SM St Anthony and broke eight records, among them a nine-year-old 35.94 seconds record held by Mohd Aedy Junaidi in 2008.
Chin emerged champion with with 34.53 seconds in 50 metre backstroke.
He also broke the record in 200m freestyle with 2:14.35s.
Besides, Tan Xue Wen (U18 Girls Category) from LIS broke seven records.
She set the new records for 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke with 31.44s and 1.27.75s respectively.
This previous records were held by Michele Ho Tse Yan at 34.59s and 1:37.65 in 2007.
In U15 Boys category, Tan Jie Sheng from LIS broke six records, among them 50m butterfly with 32.06s and 100m freestyle with 1:05.83.
Tan and sibling Tan Xue Wen won nine gold medals each for LIS swimming team.
Swimming head coach Clement David Leong from LIS was evidently proud of his swimmers’ achievement.
“Our swimmers have shown significant improvement after a year of training,” he said, adding that LIS was still the powerhouse for secondary school category with improvement in medal tally.
“As for primary school category, we are still in the stage of developing new swimmers. We are on the right track because we have more medal hauls compared to last year,” he said.
Another pair of siblings broke 12 records in the Girls categories.
Lee Wei Wen (U12 Girls) broke five records and contributed eight gold medals for SKK St Anne.
She broke the 11-year-old record of Deborah Anne Withers in 50m butterfly with 35.47s (old record 41.98s) and 100m freestyle with 1:12.28 (2006 record 1:20.75).
Her sister, Lee Wei Len (U15 Girls) set seven new records and individually contributed nine gold medals to SM St Anne.
She broke Tan Xue Wen’s record last year in 200m freestyle with 2:37.34 and Cheong Jia Wen’s record in 100m freestyle with 1:09.97.
In Under 8 Boys category, Lucas Low Ying Ji from LIS broke two records and bagged two gold and one silver medals.
In 50m freestyle, he used 44.22s to beat the previous record of 1:12.20 by Syahmi bin Sabdi in 2016.
Nursyaziellah Tsen Sey Jing from SJKC Chi Wen also broke two records and contributed three gold medals to her school.
She broke her own record in 50m freestyle.
On the other hand, 15-year-old Darren Chua from LIS also obtained his first diving gold medal in the 1m springboard diving event.
SJKC Chi Wen emerged champion in primary school level by bagging 10 gold Medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals, followed by SK St Anne with eight gold medals and LIS with four gold medals, 10 silver medals and eight bronze medals.
In the secondary school category, LIS bagged 26 gold, 19 silver and 15 bronze to be the overall champion followed by SM St Anthony with nine gold and one bronze medal. SM St Anne took home nine gold medals.
The best swimmers of the competition were Bryan Chin Bao Yang and Tan Xue Wen for U18 category, Tan Jie Sheng and Lee Wei Len for U15 category as well as Stephen James Chua and Lee Wei Wen for U12 category.
The swimmers are potentially representing Labuan to compete in MSSM Malacca from March 19 to 24.