School Sports: ACS(I) sweeps freestyle relays on first day of swimming finals

Dylan Koo (ACSI), in white cap and blue trunks, in action at the 4 by 50 metres B Division freestyle. Traditional powerhouses Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) were dominant once again in the pool, sweeping the A, B and C Division boys 4x50m fr
Dylan Koo (ACSI), in white cap and blue trunks, in action at the 4 by 50 metres B Division freestyle. Traditional powerhouses Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) were dominant once again in the pool, sweeping the A, B and C Division boys 4x50m freestyle relays for the first time at the Schools National Swimming Championships held at Singapore Sports School (SSP) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Traditional powerhouses Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) were dominant once again in the pool, sweeping the A, B and C Division boys 4x50m freestyle relays for the first time at the Schools National Swimming Championships held at Singapore Sports School (SSP) on Tuesday.

ACS(I) had lost the B Division 4x50m freestyle relay to SSP in both 2012 and 2013, preventing them from earning the historic sweep. This year, with three returning members of last year's relay team, they finally managed to clinch the gold.

"We all built well on last year's loss to bounce back really strong this year," said captain Kevin Ong, who swam the first leg in the relay.

A total of 10 new meet records were set on the first day of the two-day championships.

Tan Jing-E set two individual C Division meet records - the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley (IM) - and was part of the Methodist Girls' School team that clocked a new record of 1min 49.41sec in the 4x50m freestyle relay, erasing the previous mark of 1:51.18 set by Raffles Girls' School in 2012.

"I feel pretty happy but breaking the records, but I know that I can improve more on my breaststroke for the 200m IM," said Jing-E, who turns 14 in November.