Swimming: Quah Zheng Wen wins 200-yard butterfly at Pac-12 Championships

Quah Zheng Wen's winning time is his season best, and puts him behind only Indiana University-Bloomington's Vinicius Lanza (1:39.95).
Quah Zheng Wen's winning time is his season best, and puts him behind only Indiana University-Bloomington's Vinicius Lanza (1:39.95). PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Quah Zheng Wen won the men's 200-yard butterfly on the last day of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Singapore time).

The University of California, Berkeley sophomore clocked 1min 40.24sec to beat University of Arizona's Justin Wright (1:41.26) and his Cal Bears team-mate Trenton Julian (1:41.69) at the King County Aquatics Centre in Washington.

Quah's winning time is his season best, and puts him behind only Indiana University-Bloomington's Vinicius Lanza (1:39.95). Singapore team-mate Joseph Schooling, who won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I title in this event in 2015 and 2016, is fourth (1:40.72).

It was Quah's last individual event at the conference championships, which usually serve as a dress rehearsal for the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships from March 21-24 in Minneasota.

Earlier in the Pac-12s, Quah, 21, was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (45.60sec), and won the B finals of the 100 backstroke (46.69sec).

He also helped the Cal Bears to win the 800-yard freestyle relay earlier last week.

Meanwhile, Singapore swimmer Lionel Khoo set a national record in the men's 100m breaststroke at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Atlanta on Saturday (Sunday morning, Singapore time).

 

The 22-year-old clocked 1:01.96 to finish second in the B final, and erased his previous national mark of 1:02.26, set at the Singapore National Age-Group Swimming Championships in 2016.

Earlier in the meet, Khoo also rewrote his own 200m breast national record with 2:15.24. His old mark was 2:15.27.