Debbie wins four golds

Debbie Soh (left) and Gwyneth Goh in the duet free routine final at the National Synchronised Swimming Championships yesterday.
Debbie Soh (left) and Gwyneth Goh in the duet free routine final at the National Synchronised Swimming Championships yesterday. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

It was a "low-key meet" by her standards but Debbie Soh was still determined to end the year on a high. She did just that by bagging four gold medals at the 10th Singapore National Synchronised Swimming Championships.

The 17-year-old, who was part of the eight-member team that struck gold at June's SEA Games, was the top performer in every event she competed in over the weekend at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

She topped the figures and solo free, and the figures and duet free routines in the 16-18 age group, as well as in the solo technical and solo free, and duet technical and duet free events in the Open group. All were in the international category.

Debbie pipped her partner in the figures and duet free routine, Gwyneth Goh, 16, to the gold in the figures and solo free routine with a score of 142.9126. Gwyneth had 138.3117.

The pair, who both represented the Singapore Swimming Association, won the duet title with a score of 140.6956, beating Aquatic Performance Swim Club's Ann-Laura Bourdages and Julia Smithing (125.0316).

Debbie, who also won the Schools National A Division solo title in July, had expected to win all her events.

She said: "We wanted to see where we stood in terms of our score, to see whether we had improved from the previous competition. This competition brings closure to a busy year for us."

Added Gwyneth: "I wanted to be able to hit the 70s and above, so I think for most of the routines I managed that."

Participants included club sides from Malaysia and South Korea, and the Philippine national team.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'Debbie wins four golds'. Print Edition | Subscribe