Swimming: US-based swimmer Quah Jing Wen rewrites national 200m individual medley record

Quah Jing Wen at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug 21, 2018.
Quah Jing Wen at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug 21, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National swimmer Quah Jing Wen set a national record in the women's 200m individual medley event on the last day of the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto on Sunday (April 7).

The 18-year-old clocked 2min 16.30sec in the preliminaries at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre to better the previous mark of 2:16.85 set by Samantha Yeo at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Quah finished third in her heat and ninth overall to qualify for the B final but she did not compete.

With her time, the Texas A&M University undergraduate has met the B-cuts for July's Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

The World Championships and Olympic A-cut timings are 2:13.03 and 2:12.56, respectively.

Earlier in the meet in Toronto, which started on Thursday, Quah had finished second in the women's 200m butterfly B final in 2:14.64, to finish behind Ohio State University's Kathrin Demler (2:12.74).

The Singaporean also swam in the women's 100m butterfly preliminaries, clocking 59.95sec to finish 10th.

Her older brother, 22-year-old Zheng Wen, also competed in Toronto and won the men's 200m butterfly B final in 1:59.19 on Saturday.


The third-year University of California, Berkeley undergraduate also finished second in both the 100m backstroke B final with a time of 56.13sec, and the 100m butterfly B final in 52.42sec.