The GEMS Jaguars Swim Team have been creating waves in swimming pools around Singapore the past few months.
Our swimmers have participated in three meets including the OCC Sprint Series, High School ACSIS, and most recently, an invitational meet at the Canadian International School. We also held our first swim team time trial with around 40 students turning up to test their speed.
The Orchid Country Club Sprint Series Meet held in September was the first opportunity of the year for our swimmers to display their prowess in the pool. On the back of two months of solid training, many of the 45 participants improved personal best times.
As a team, we collected a number of gold, silver, and bronze medals. Arnav Divaker and Taasia Thong flew the GEMS (Singapore) flag for us at the HS ACSIS meet held at UWC in November. Both students turned in impressive performances with Taasia recording personal bests in each of her events. Arnav used the event to round out his training in the lead up to the FINA World Cup, which was held in Singapore mid-November. Nonetheless, he still collected silver medals in each of his three events.
Arnav also represented India at the FINA World Cup and competed against swimmers from 21 other countries including Olympic medalists and world record holders. Recording new personal best times in the 400 Freestyle, the 100 Freestyle and 200 Butterfly, Arnav appears well on his way to a bigger stage. Arnav also found time in his busy schedule to run a coaching clinic for our younger GEMS (Singapore) Jaguare swimmers.
Last weekend 26 swimmers participated at the Canadian International School Invitational meet.
Our swimmers came away with a bag full of medals, ribbons, and personal best times. However, the real highlight was watching our swimmers come together as a team. The high fives, pats on the back, and encouraging words certainly inspired our swimmers, as did the enthusiastic parent support.
Tony McMullen, PE Teacher