Swimming: Quah Ting Wen qualifies for SEA Games

Swimming: Quah Ting Wen qualifies for SEA Games
National swimmer Quah Ting Wen books her ticket for the SEA Games 2013 in Myanmar at the final qualification meet held at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex on 28 August 2013.

SINGAPORE - She set out to beat the mark and qualify for her fifth individual race at this year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games on Wednesday night at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex and Quah Ting Wen didn't disappoint.

Quah posted a time of 26.11sec in the women's 50m freestyle, going under the 26.23 qualifying mark (the bronze-medal time from the 2011 Games) which is set to ensure a really busy swimming programme for her at the 2013 SEA Games, which will be held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, from Dec 11 to 22.

If she does get there, that is.

As the 20-year-old prepares to head back to the University of California next Wednesday, she is still unsure if she can participate at this year's Games.

Quah, who won five gold medals at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, will have to find a way around her school commitments if she is to take her place in the Team Singapore contingent.

Speaking to The New Paper on Wednesday night, she said: "I have to sit down and actually start planning right now if I'm going for the SEA Games - how I'm going to train and let my professors know I'm going.

"It's exciting, but it's going to be different from 2009 and a lot more work."

Along with the 50 free, Quah is slated to swim the 100 and 200 free, and the 100 and 200 butterfly, along with three relay events.

In June, Quah's fellow US-based national teammate Lynette Lim also stated that she might give the SEA Games a skip after meeting the 400m free mark, citing the awkward timing in relation to the US school season.

While the Singapore Swimming Association (SAA) is aware of the problem, the matter is out of their hands.

Said SSA president Jeffrey Leow: "These things happen all the time and we have to deal with it on a case-by-case basis.

"The Games clash with the exam period and unless they can find a way around it with their professors, it's hard. They won't know for a couple of weeks until they go back and talk to their professors.

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