UNIS Hanoi Invitational Swim Meet

Over the weekend of November 9-10, UNIS Hanoi held our largest ever Swimming Invitational with 500 swimmers from 19 schools and teams. As well as having our regular attendees from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, we had schools from Shanghai, Manilla, Hong Kong and even a returning UNIS student from Japan.

The competition was extremely tough with strong swims from both Shanghai American School and the Shanghai Community International School who took away 5 team trophies between them. The British School, HCMC took 1 team trophy and UNIS Hanoi took 4 team trophies and the overall team award.

Our 160 Phoenix swimmers performed amazingly and represented the school proudly. Congratulations to all participants!

Enjoy the videos from the event.

UNIS Hanoi (HAC) Invitational – Spring Swim Meet

What a day!  Saturday, we hosted well over 400 swimmers from all over Hanoi.  It was the biggest meet UNIS Hanoi has ever hosted – by far!  Everyone stepped up to meet the challenge; our swimmers, our parents and our coaches all went above and beyond any expectations!

First I have to give very special thanks to the coaching staff, all of whom put in a 12+hour day in extreme heat!  You were all phenomenal! Marshaling, putting up banners, ensuring the timing system worked, handing out medals and ribbons, announcing warmup times and actually COACHING were just a few of things you all did. Coach Andy says THANK YOU!!!!

Team Support!  You also stepped up big time!  Every job slot was filled!  Some of you worked at 12+hour day as well.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  Timers, marshals, heat winner ribbon givers, awards labelers – all of you were wonderful!  I know I speak for the coaches, when I say THANK YOU!!!  I am sure our swimmers thank you as well.

And our super star Phoenix Swim Club swimmers!!  There were so many great swims, I can’t single any out. It was rewarding to see so many swimmers who started out in September on the Development Squad now racing beautifully and now no different than the original Competitive Squads. So much improvement!!!

UNIS Hanoi won all the team age groups, outscoring all other teams by over 100 points in each age group!!  We have 10 new trophies added to our collection and retained possession of the HAC Wall Plaques for the 4th year!

As always, UNIS Hanoi set a lot of new team records!  Here are the new records:

9+10 girls

  • 100 free Rio Nakasuji   1:20.12
  • 200 Medley Relay Jesse Padungtod, Lucy Bui-Reilly, Maika Lotsch, Rio Nakasuji 3:00.05
  • 200 Free Relay Jesse Padungtod, Lucy Bui-Reilly, Maika Lotsch, Rio Nakasuji 2:37.93

9+10 Boys

  • 50 back Chikashi Nakano 37.41

11+12 Girls

  • 100 Fly Betty Bui-Reilly  1:28.30

11+12 Boys

  • 100 back Nghia Le  1:21.17
  • 200 Medley Relay Nghia Le, Stas Bialasiewicz, Jonathan Katen, Endric Lotsch 2:24.48

Boys 13+14

  • 50 Breast Rory Hamilton  35.17
  • 100 Breast Rory Hamilton 1:18.70
  • 100IM Duc Le  1:11.78

In the ISHCMC meet, Nico Lyon set a new record in the 13+14 Boys 800 free.  A few minutes later, Duc Le broke the record with a time of 10:51.86.

Congratulations to all swimmers!  Thank you to everyone who participated: coaches, parents, swimmers and siblings!  You made my last meet more than special!

ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet

Last weekend the Phoenix Swim Club traveled to HCMC for the annual ISHCMC Invitational Swim Meet. Our swimmers placed 4th at the meet – the highest place of any team traveling to the meet!  The meet took place in the new ISHCMC Secondary School pool.  We knew right away we were going to swim fast.  The pool was new with state of the art equipment and the swimmers felt strong during warmup!

The team broke 9 team records with Rio Nakasuji leading the way as she broke 5 records on her own. One of the records she broke was 14 years old!  Rio set new standards in the 9+10 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly, 100 fly and 200IM.  In addition she anchored our freestyle relay coming from behind to place 4th.  Chikashi Nakano smashed the 100 backstroke record for 9+10 boys and Duc Le did the same in the boys 13+14 200IM.  Jacob Biros continued his assault on the UNIS Hanoi record board with new records in the 50 breast and 100 breast.

Flora Hamilton won the high point award for Girls 15+over with a first place in every event she swam.  Jacob Biros also received a trophy placing 3rd overall in the Boys 15+over age group.

Our swimmers were especially tough winning almost all the close races we were part of.  Every swimmer in every race fought to the end resulting in dozens of personal best times.  This was the first meet with preliminaries and finals for our age groupers.  In each of the 50 meter events, the fastest 8 were chosen to race against each other after the initial swim. Swimmers who participated in one or more finals were:  Chikashi Nakano, Rio Nakasuji, Rei Ogasawara, Rory Hamilton, Nam Khanh Truong, Jonathan Katen, Betty Bui-Reilly, Jacob Biros, Flora Hamilton, Linh Trang Do, Gaby Chanen, Mina Dippe, Lily Noda, Nghia Le, Mina Mok, Alexandra Slewka, Gai Ogasawara, Amelie Ogasawara, Duc Le and Ben Josi.  Well done PSC Swimmers!!!

See you at our next and final meet of the year is Saturday, May 25.

Aquatics Academy Intrasquad Meet

Last Saturday Phoenix Swim Club swimmers had another fun day of racing!  Over 150 swimmers swam and cheered each other on!  Again, we had so many personal best times, that I couldn’t begin to count them!  Every swimmer had multiple best times!  Well done to ALL swimmers.  We have added our Development Squad and Squids to our meets and they swam exceptionally well.  The Development Squad started this year with lots of skills to learn and as the year progressed, their skills improved to a strong level.  Each of them can do all four strokes and are able to race them!  Our Squids are 1st graders who only swim once per week and they also have dramatically improved.  We are excited to have them join our competitions.

As always the coaching staff and swimmers owe a huge thanks to all the parents who supported the team by helping us run the meet.  For each meet we have 25 or 30 parents support the team by timing, announcing and assisting the swimmers in getting to their races in a timely manner.  We can’t do it without you!

Nine more PSC team records fell to our mighty Phoenix swimmers.  Record breakers were:  Valerie Katen in the 8+under 200 breaststroke; Lily Noda and Nico Lyon in the 13+14 200 fly; Chikashi Nakano in the 9+10 200 free and 200IM; Duc Le in the 13+14 50 back and 100 back; Jacob Biros in the 15+over 100 breaststroke and 100 fly.  Congratulations!

In two weeks 55 of our swimmers travel to ISHCMC for the ISHCMC Invitational, our final travel meet.  May 25 is the HAC Championship which ends our season!  The coaches look forward to a final month of our swimmers perfecting their technique and going that extra mile to end the year on the highest note!

March Madness Swim Gala

What a fantastic morning on Saturday!  It was so much fun for me to watch all of our swimmers race. It was extra fun to watch the Development Squad swimmers in their first meet. All of them did really well. Some swimmers even surprised us with how fast they went and with the good technique they had. It is clear they have been paying attention to the coaches and working hard!

In the meet, our swimmers had over 400 personal best times! Our swimmers also broke 12 team records to earn a place on our record board! Record breakers included Rio Nakasuji, Flora Hamilton, Chikashi Nakano, Duc Le, Nam van der Wielen, Rory Hamilton, Jacob Biros and Gai Ogasawara!







Huge thanks to all the parents who turned up to support our swimmers! We can’t run a successful meet without them! For those who haven’t yet been part of team support, we have two more meets for you!

KOTO served a really good lunch in a super efficient way. My favorite was the Banana Cotta dessert! YUM!

All in all, it was a great day for Phoenix Swim Club! Even the weather was good; not too hot and not too cold and NO lightning delays.

Enjoy the photo special here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157707865807154

Our next meet is April 20; our annual Spring Gala.

Andy Myers
Aquatics Academy Manager

International Lifeguard Certified Students

During the past couple of weekends, seven UNIS Ha Noi high school students have been certified with the International Lifeguard Training Programme by ILTP Instructor Martin Hamilton. These are the first UNIS Hanoi students who have completed this rigorous course. Well done Sophie, Flora, Kitty, Matthew, Gaby, Natalie and Honza!

Martin Hamilton
Aquatics Coordinator

UNIS Aquathlon 2019

Last chance to sign up and challenge yourselves with the 2019 Aquathlon held at UNIS Hanoi, a fun swimming and running event. Participants can choose an age group event or take part in the Aquaflun which is for any age and can be completed individually, as a family or relay.

Entry is 250,000VND with all participants receiving food and a medal!

The event is for the entire Hanoi Community.

Sign up closes on Sunday February 24, 2019. If you have any questions please contact Martin Hamilton at aquaticscoordinator@unishanoi.org.

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