Swimming: Quah Zheng Wen helps Cal Bears to 800-yard free relay win at Pac-12s

Quah Zheng Wen celebrates after winning gold in the SEA Games 100m men’s backstroke final at at the National Aquatic Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 24, 2017.
Quah Zheng Wen celebrates after winning gold in the SEA Games 100m men’s backstroke final at at the National Aquatic Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 24, 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen was part of the University of California, Berkeley team that won the men's 800-yard freestyle relay on the first day of the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday (Thursday morning, Singapore time).

The 21-year-old sophomore clocked 1min 32.31sec in the third leg of the race, and UC Berkeley won the race in 6:16.30 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Centre in Washington.

Arizona State University (6:16.59) and Stanford University (6:17.98) were second and third respectively on the first day of the four-day meet.

Quah did not compete in any individual events on Wednesday, but the 2012 and 2016 Olympian is pencilled in for the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday (Friday morning, Singapore time).

He is also set to compete in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly, and 100- and 200-yard backstroke in the last two days of the meet.

The conference championships is the last major meet for the Cal Bears before the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Minnesota from March 21-24.

Quah won the 200 fly silver at the NCAAs in 2017. He owns the third-fastest time in the event this season (1:40.68), behind Indiana University-Bloomington's Vinicius Lanza (1:39.95) and University of Arizona's Justin Wright (1:40.57), but ahead of Singapore team-mate and 2015 and 2016 NCAA 200 fly champion Joseph Schooling (1:40.72).