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Maximillian Ang, Team Sports School Set New Record

2021 Liberty Insurance Singapore National Age Group Invitational Finals and Major Qualifiers

After a long hiatus from competitive swimming, Singapore Sports School’s swimmers were all geared up for five days of swimming action at Liberty Insurance 51st Singapore National Age Group Invitational Finals and Major Qualifiers. Held from 17 to 23 March 2021, they proved that they were still on form as their excellent timings made it Sports School’s best showing yet at SNAG in the last five years.

All swimmers who qualified for SNAG came in Top 24, with nearly half of them finishing Top 8 in their respective events. Team Sports School concluded the event with 11 podium finishes.

A highlight at the competition was Maximillian Ang Wei’s feat of lowering his own national record in his pet event – the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. Maximillian, who is a Year 3 student-athlete in the Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management course offered with Republic Polytechnic, set a new national record of 2 minutes 13.68 seconds which secured him a spot at the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of the year. He also earned himself an Olympic Games “B” mark on the penultimate day of competition. He last set a national record in the same event at the 2019 SEA Games in Philippines.

“There is no 100% but doing my best is the most important. It is always good to break your personal best and national record, so I feel happy about it. I want to continue to inspire the younger ones and encourage them to do their best,” shared Maximillian. Maximillian, who returned with bronze medal for the Men’s 200m Breaststroke event at the last SEA Games, is eyeing a gold medal at this year’s edition.

Other exciting moment at the competition was when Clydi Chan (IBDP Year 5), Trina Ling (Secondary 4) and Candice Ang Ruo Han (DBS Year 2) powered their way to a 1-2-3 finish for the Women’s 400m Individual Medley.

Secondary 2 student-athlete Kayley Shi En Goh was also awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP) for her age-group. She said, “I felt very elated when I got recognised as the MVP. As last year’s SNAG was cancelled, this would be my first major competition and it is heartening to know that I have what it takes to do well. I have been training very hard for the last year, and I am glad that my hard work has paid off.”

Student-Athletes who came in Top 8 in their event(s)
1. Maximillian Ang Wei – 4 Podium Finishes
2. Candice Ang Ruo Han– 2 Podium Finishes
3. Ritchie Oh Rui Zhi – 2 Podium Finishes
4. Clydi Chan – 1 Podium Finish
5. Stephanie Clarissa Kwa – 1 Podium Finish
6. Trina Ling Sze Yi – 1 Podium Finish
7. Mitchell Ang Li
8. Jerald Lium (Lin Jiaxing)
9. Sage Tan
10. Carol Rachmadi
11. Luke Tan Yu Yang
12. Kwok Sin Yu
13. Leroy Lock
14. Vivienne Chew En
15. Elyza Melinda Mak
16. Claire Chua Xin Ting

Maximillian Ang Wei
1st – Men 200m Breaststroke (New National Record)
1st – Men’s 100m Breaststroke
2nd – Men's 200m Individual Medley
3rd – Men’s 50m Breaststroke

Candice Ang Ruo Han
2nd – Women’s 400m Individual Medley
3rd – Women’s 800m Freestyle

Ritchie Oh Rui Zhi
3rd – Men’s 400m Individual Medley
3rd – Men's 1500m Freestyle

Clydi Chan
1st – Women’s 400m Individual Medley

Stephanie Clarissa Kwa
2nd – Women’s 200m Butterfly

Trina Ling Sze Yi
3rd – Women’s 400m Individual Medley