Super APAC Championship Meet

Last weekend the UNIS Varsity Swim Team traveled to International School of Beijing for the Super APAC Championship Meet.  In an extremely successful weekend, both the UNIS Boys and Girls teams placed 7th for the highest finishes ever.

The meet started out brilliantly as our first two swimmers, 9th graders Hotchy and Alexandra, achieved their best times ever in the girls 200 freestyle. The 200 freestyle boys also saw lifetime best times from Honza and another Grade 9 swimmer Dylan. The first event set the tone for the rest of the competition.

Over the three day competition UNIS Hanoi swimmers set 10 team records and achieved over 30 lifetime best times. UNIS Hanoi broke 8 individual team records and two relay records.  Jacob set new team records in all his events, the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and the 100m freestyle.  Gai set new records in the 50m and 100m backstroke.  For the girls, Flora set new team records for the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

The girls 200 medley relay with Flora, Sonya, Ezell and Mina broke their own record from last year with a gigantic 5 second improvement. The boys relay team, Gai, Matthew, Honza and Jacob broke the 200 freestyle relay record by .04 seconds in the final event of the competition.  What a great way to end an exciting swim meet!

The full APAC Girls Varsity Team included in addition to those already mentioned, Grade 12:  Annika, Marcelle, Jeyne, Grade 10 Linh Trang, and Gaby.  Jeongha also represented the APAC Boys Varsity Team with some very strong swims.

At first we were all dismayed to find our return flight was scheduled for very late in the day on Sunday. To our surprise and excitement, ISB had arranged a trip to The Great Wall for our team. The event ended with a super enjoyable day.

During APAC, our team was very cohesive, with swimmers continually cheering each other on and offering plenty of high fives and hugs for team members. Congratulations to all APAC Varsity Swimmers on a fantastic performance!

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager

UNIS Hanoi Invitational Swim Meet 2018

Wow!  Another great meet!  There were so many personal best times I couldn’t actually count them. We had 27 swims where our swimmers dropped their times by over 10 seconds!  Jaechurl Jeong had the biggest drop.  He cut 40 seconds off his 200 free time.

Team Support!  Parents, you were fantastic!  This is our only home meet of this size and you guys really stepped up and made the meet work for your kids. The coaches thank you and I am sure your swimmers are grateful as well.

We have no more formal meets here until March.

UNIS swimmers set 20 new team records.  In the individual events, Flora Hamilton broke the record in the 50 fly.  Endric Lotsch set new records in the 50 free, 50 breast and 50 fly.  Nghia Le broke his own records in the 100 free, 100 breast and 100IM.  Bill Nguyen broke records in the 200 free, 100IM and 50 fly.  Duc Le Gai Ogasawara’s  record in the 50 back. Jacob Biros broke the 50 free and 50 fly records in the 15+over age group.

Phoenix Swim Club swimmers also broke 7 relay records!  Swimmers on those relays included Miya Nock, Hami Taggart, Homare Ito, Maika Lotsch, Jesse Padungtod, Rio Nakasuji, Ruby Smith, Alina Hase-Bergen, Khue Nguyen, Mina Mok, Annika Moore, Sonya Koroleva, Flora Hamilton, Nghia Le, Chikashi Nakano, Rei Ogasawara, Endric Lotsch, Rory Hamilton, Nam van der Wielen, Duc Le and Bill Nguyen.

Well done to all our swimmers!

Autumn Intrasquad Swim Gala Success

What a lovely day we had on Saturday for our first swim meet of the year! The weather even cooperated; not too hot, not too cold and no lightning. It was a really fine way to start the season.

Swimmers! It was really good to finally see you race. We are already far ahead of last year.  Our swimmers took down 6 UNIS Team records which is very good for the first meet of the year. Nghia Le broke records in the 9+10 50 Breast, 100 Fly and 100IM.  Bill Nguyen broke the 13+14 50 Fly record and new Phoenix swimmers Endric Lotsch and Jacob Biros each broke one.  Endric broke the 9+10 50 Free record and Jacob broke the 15+over 50 Fly record and narrowly missed the 50 free record.  Well done swimmers!

We had well over 300 Personal Best Times with many swimmers having best times in all their events. Almost every swimmer had multiple best times after less than a month of training. Our swimmers are paying attention and working hard. Our coaches are very happy and proud of you!

Our parents were fantastic. It makes a huge difference to the swimmers when the parents are positively involved and actively supporting the team support. Parents, you rocked! The coaching staff sends a huge thank you to all the parents who supported the team. Without your amazing support, we would not have been able to coach and  focus on the swimmers!

Our next meet is the UNIS Hanoi Invitational Meet at the end of the month. We will have about 250 swimmers; some coming from as far away as Singapore to race with us.

Enjoy the photo special of the Swim Meet

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager