Swimming: Quah Jing Wen triumphs in 200-yard butterfly final in US college meet

Swimmer Quah Jing Wen won the 200-yard butterfly event at the South-eastern Conference (SEC) Championships at the Rec Center Natatorium in Texas on Feb 18, 2018.
Swimmer Quah Jing Wen won the 200-yard butterfly event at the South-eastern Conference (SEC) Championships at the Rec Center Natatorium in Texas on Feb 18, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National swimmer Quah Jing Wen has added to her growing reputation by winning the 200-yard butterfly event at the South-eastern Conference (SEC) Championships in the United States on Sunday (Feb 18).

In the final held at Texas' Rec Center Natatorium, the 17-year-old Singaporean took an early lead which she never relinquished.

She touched home in 1min 53.05sec, finishing ahead of former US national junior champion Megan Kingsley (1:53.27) from the University of Georgia and University of Missouri's Sharli Brady (1:54.01).

The event's record is 1:52.19 set by former Texas A&M swimmer Cammile Adams in 2014.

Jing Wen joined Texas A&M University last year, following her elder siblings by studying in an American college and getting more exposure to high quality meets.

Brother Zheng Wen is currently enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley while eldest sibling Ting Wen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The teenager made big waves at last year's Kuala Lumpur SEA Games by winning five gold medals in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay.

The SEC Championships on Sunday also witnessed another powerful performance from Caeleb Dressel, who smashed the NCAA and American records in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 50.03sec, erasing the University of Arizona's Kevin Cordes' 2014 mark of 50.04.

Dressel, 21, won seven golds at last year's Fina World Championships, including a victory over Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly final.

The University of Florida student is hailed by many as the natural successor to American swimming great Michael Phelps