July 18 Swimmers in top form set to hit new marks

July 18 Swimmers in top form set to hit new marks
Big names: Tao Li (above) and Joseph Schooling will be the Singapore swimmers to watch at the world meet.

SINGAPORE - Personal bests and national records are on the cards from the eight swimmers representing Singapore at the Fina World Aquatic Championships, which will take place from July 28 to Aug 4 in Barcelona.

The team this year boast five Olympians - Tao Li and Joseph Schooling, Quah Ting Wen, Lynette Lim and Mylene Ong. The others are Danny Yeo, Amanda Lim and Samantha Yeo.

Said national coach and Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) technical director Ian Turner: "They are preparing really well - they trained with the Asian Youth Games squad for the past two Saturdays and are looking really good.

"The targets will be personal bests, performing better than their world rankings and some national records, although I wouldn't want to speculate about who might break them because all of them look good."

The swimmers who have hit form in recent months will almost certainly be counted on to set new marks.

Bolles School student Schooling, 18, rewrote national marks in the men's 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte in May.

Danny Yeo broke his own national men's 100m free record at last month's Singapore National Swimming Championships with a 50.51sec swim in the final.

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