|Mantas UWCSEA Dragons Den Singapore Swim Meet|
What a great away meet trip with the Mantas at the UWCSEA Dragons Den swim meet in Singapore last weekend. We were greeted by some very rainy weather, but that in no way dampened the team’s spirit.
We started the day on Friday with a team building session at the hotel, where we introduced ourselves to the rest of the team, learnt the Mantas chant, did some team building exercises, and designed some support signs to use at the meet. In the afternoon we headed to the pool of the distance events - 800 Free, 400 Free, 400 IM. The swimmers who were not swimming came along and joined the competitors in the warm up, and to support them. Some inspiring swims in distances that we don’t often get to compete in in Hong Kong. All 10 of our Friday swimmers medalled in their events, a fantastic start to the weekend. After the meet we headed to a nearby shopping mall for dinner in the food court, then headed back to the hotel for a debrief and an early night ready for the longer Saturday.
An early start on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the Mantas swimmers from swimming fast and we were soon racking up the points. We had a number of swimmers swim well in the 50m Prelims, with all of them following up with bringing their times down in the finals, with a number of these swimmers medaling. The swimming day was wrapped up with some strong Medley relay performances, including the 11-12 girls not only winning Gold, but also setting a new Meet Record. After calculating the points at the end of the day the team was thrilled to learn that we were in second place in the team points, with many individuals in the running for individual high points. After the meet was finished the team headed to a restaurant to have a team dinner, debrief and then again headed back for an early night before the final day.
Sunday was the final day of the meet, where the weather finally changed and the sun rolled out. The team aimed to be a little bit more aggressive in our performances and swim really hard to try and keep that second team place. Once again the swimmers did not disappoint. The medals, points, and personal best times kept flying in throughout the day. There were some exciting Free relays towards the end of the day, again with the 11-12 girls winning Gold and setting another Meet Record. The meet ended with the Sunday finals with some outstanding individual performances, a great way to finish the weekend.
The 50m Prelims and Finals were split into two larger age groups - 12 & Under, and 13 & Over, which made them both interesting and challenging as swimmers would be in some cases competing against athletes a lot older than them.
The team was rewarded for supporting each other by winning the Best Supporting Team award. It was amazing to see the encouragement and positive energy that all the swimmers gave to each other.
Well done to everyone who came on the trip. We believe that it was one of the best Mantas away trips that there has ever been, and as a coaches we could not have asked for better representatives of the club. Some seriously good performances from everyone who came. Those of you who did not win a medal or place top 8 still all PB’d, in a number if not all events, you should all be proud of yourselves.
We would like to give a huge thank you to the two Team Managers, Ian Hawkins and Kellie Yule, who assisted coaches throughout the weekend.
A big thank you also to the Mantas swimming club for sponsoring the Coaches flights and accommodation, team t-shirts, and everyones entry into the meet.
Thank you all for the experience, and we hope to see you continue with the Mantas.
Individual results by swimmer click here.
Full results click here.
Individual High Point Trophies:
11-12 Girl - Annika Chu
11-12 Boy - Jody Lee
13-14 Girl - Greta McMahon