Relay gold for Quah at Pac 12s

Quah Zheng Wen was part of the University of California, Berkeley team that won the men's 800-yard freestyle relay on the first day of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The 21-year-old sophomore clocked 1min 32.31sec in the third leg of the race, as UC Berkeley won the race in 6:16.30 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Centre in Washington.

Arizona State University (6:16.59) and Stanford University (6:17.98) were second and third respectively on the first day of the four-day meet.

Quah did not compete in any individual events yesterday, but the 2012 and 2016 Olympian is pencilled in for the 200-yard individual medley this morning.

He is also set to compete in the 100-and 200-yard butterfly, and 100-and 200-yard backstroke over the weekend.

The conference championships is the last major meet for the Cal Bears before the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Minnesota from March 21-24.

Quah won the 200 fly silver at the NCAAs last year. He owns the third-fastest time in the event this season (1:40.68), behind Indiana University-Bloomington's Vinicius Lanza (1:39.95) and University of Arizona's Justin Wright (1:40.57), but ahead of Singapore team-mate Joseph Schooling (1:40.72), the 2015 and 2016 NCAA 200 fly champion.

Lim Say Heng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'Relay gold for Quah at Pac 12s'. Print Edition | Subscribe