Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Public Service Swim Meet 2016

The 2016 edition of the annual Public Service Swim Meeting was on April 2nd. It was a good day of fun for the NUS team! As a team, we scored 112 points, claiming (back) 5th place overall out of 17 institutions. Congratulations to all!

Bottom row (from left): Sven, former team member Pepe (defected to SP), Leo, Qingsong. Second row (from left): Cecilia, Melissa, Guillem, Ruben, Norvin. Top row (from left): Hengkek, Alberto, John, LJ and Marcus

A few good news: for the first time in years, managed to field a mixed relay thanks to Melissa and Cecilia. We also had two relays in the Masters age group. Marcus won a fabulous gold in the 50 breast while Norvin and Hengkek claimed bronze in the 50 back and 50 free respectively.

Hengkek, bronze in the 50 free

Norvin, bronze in the 50 back

Marcus, fantastic gold in the 50 breast, well done!

Here are some pictures, courtesy of the invaluable Qingsong's camera.

Guillem being introduced before the 50 free

Melissa in the 50 free (second lane from bottom)
Cecilia (lane 2) at the start of the 50 breast

LJ (second from bottom) and Marcus (in the lead) in the 50 breast.
Hengkek preparing for the start of the 50 free

John, jumping high and long!



Guillem (lane 3) and Alberto (lane 5) before the start of the 400 free


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Singapore Masters 2015

A small contingent of swimmers represented NUS staff at the annual Singapore Masters Swimming organized by APS swimming. It was a great chance to welcome two new team members: Wen Shuang and Ruben Fernandez. Together with team veteran Qingsong, they managed to collect a considerable amount of medals! Here are a few photos of the event courtesy of Qingsong's camera (as usual).

 NUS staff swimmers with their medals. From left to right: Ruben, Qingsong and Wen Shuang.

 Ruben's backstroke

 Ruben ahead from the start!

 Wen Shuang's butterfly (she won gold in the 200 Individual Medley event)

Wen Shuang in lane 8 at the start of the silver-medal-winning 50 butterfly

Monday, June 1, 2015

Public Servie 2015: good medal count and tough competition

The 2015 edition of the Public Service Swim Meeting took place on April 25th. NUS was represented by a small but strong team of 5 swimmers.

The NUS team. From left to right: Andrew Wee, Choo Hengkek, Alberto Corrias, Lin Qingsong and Guillem Riambau


Hengkek successfully defended his title in the 50m freestyle active agers event for the third consecutive yar! Once again, he dominated the event from the start...

Hengkek already ahead of everyone
In the same event, Andrew Wee came third collecting one his 3 medals of the day. Andrew also won (again!) the 50m breastroke active agers event and came second in the 50m backstroke.

The 400m freestyle master event saw an incredibly close battle for 3rd place between Alberto and Guillem. While both swimmers achieved their goal of a sub-6 swim, Alberto snatched the medal for a mere 56/100 of a second.

All in all, NUS team collected 5 medals: 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. Unfortunately, we were unable to maintain our 5th place in the overall institutional standing, finishing 6th out of 19 Singapore institutions.

Here are some photos of the event, courtesy of Qingsong's camera.
Guillem in the 400m freestyle event (Albertro is in lane 8 at the top of the picture, the two were super colse for the entire race)
Andrew Wee on his way to winning the 50m breaststroke event once again
Qingsong in the tough 200 Individual Medley event


Hengkek receiviing his winner's medal
Alberto receiving his 3rd place medal

Monday, April 28, 2014

Solid performance in Public Service Meeting 2014

TeamNUS successfully defended the 5th overall place in the Public Service Swim Meeting held on April, 26th 2014 at the Civil Service Club. In spite of some key absences, the 5-man contingent successfully fought back attempts of taking the 5th place by a number of other public organizations.

A big congratulations to all the swimmers! In the picture below (from left to right): Hengkek, Qingsong, Guillem, Alberto and Marcus.


A special mention to Hengkek (gold medal, 50m freestyle, again). A special mention and welcome back to the team to  Marcus (silver medal, 50m breaststroke). Recent addition to the team Guillem Riambau clocked an impressive 5:55 in the 400 m freestyle, securing precious points with the 4th place overall.

Some other pictures from the event (courtesy of Qingsong's camera)
Hengkek: dominating from the start!


Qingsong joined the event despite having completed the Kapas Marang one week ago: that's what I call dedication! Here is his breastroke


Guillem in the 400m freestyle

Marcus and Hengkek receiving their medal






Friday, November 8, 2013

NUS glory intact at the Singapore Masters 2013

27 October, Toa Payoh swimming complex. Strong appearance of our team in one of the key events of the calendar! Dramatic races under heavy rain, sound thunder, and flashing lightnings. Great indulge with beer, laksa and lots of fun.
Top left: Pepe during IM 200 m; Bottom left: Alberto and Leo at the finish of 200 m freestyle; Top Right: Torpedo launch by Pepe; Bottom right: Fabio and Pepe enjoying laksa; 
Center: The team: Fabio (1 silver, 1 bronze
), Alberto (2 gold), Pepe (1 silver, 1 bronze + spectator's choice award), Leo (1 gold, 1 silver), Qingsong (2 bronze). 

Sven is carefully following the live broadcast of the event
(somewhere in the Southern hemisphere)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

20 km record held hostage by religous authorities

Read on HERE for an intriguing article on the challenges of female swimmers in other parts of the world.