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!
Aquatics Academy Manager