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. 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.

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