By REDintern Fiona Lee
Singapore Sports School, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 — Pawapotako Phiangkhwan of Singapore Sports School took home the gold medal and set a new meet record in the girls’ B Division 200 metres breaststroke at the 54th National Schools Swimming Championships. She clocked a time of 2 minutes 33.58 seconds which bettered the previous mark of 2:36.25 set by Samantha Yeo last year.
Pawapotako said: “It’s better than what I expected and I really appreciate my coach, Barry Prime, and my school. We have been working very hard together.”
Second-placed Samantha of Raffles Girls’ School also broke her previous record with a similarly impressive time of 2:34.07, beating her personal best timing of 2:34.93 to win silver, and setting a national under-17 record in the process.
Although slightly disappointed that she was unable to win the gold, the 16-year-old was still generally pleased with her results.
“It was quite a good race, doing a personal best and going under the national Under-17 record,” said Samantha, who bettered Nicolette Teo’s 2:34.29 mark which had stood for over 10 years.
Amanda Tam of Singapore Chinese Girls’ School claimed the bronze with a time of 2:51.30.
B Division Girls 200m breaststroke
1st Pawapotako Phiangkhwan (Singapore Sports School) — 2:33.58
2nd Yeo Ginn Samantha Louisa (Raffles Girls’ School) — 2:34.07
3rd Tam An Tian Amanda (Singapore Chinese Girls’) — 2:51.30
4th Ho Yan Lum Deborah (Methodist Girls’ School) — 2:52.15
5th Lim Xiao Le Cheryl (CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’) — 3:13.09
6th Lim Jia Min (St Margaret’s Secondary) — 3:15.91
7th Tan Jaclyn (Raffles Girls’ School) — 3:23.95
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