SINGAPORE - Siblings Quah Zheng Wen and Quah Ting Wen have been dubbed the most valuable male and female swimmers, respectively, at the Yakult 10th Singapore National Swimming Championships.
The duo represented the Swimfast Aquatic Club, which also won the overall team championship by claiming a grand sum of 75 medals.
The siblings went under the qualifying times for a total of 10 events.
Zheng Wen qualified for spots in the 50, 100 and 200 metre backstroke events as well as the 100 and 50 metre butterfly events.
His sister Ting Wen, meanwhile, managed to qualify for the 50 and 100 metre butterfly, as well as the 50, 100 and 200 metre freestyle events.
They both qualified for one event each at the SEA Games next year - Zheng Wen for the Men's 50 metre backstroke with a timing of 25.82 seconds, and Ting Wen for the Women's 50 metre freestyle event at 25.66 seconds, as well as the Women's 100 metre butterfly with a timing of 1:00.43.
Said Zheng Wen: "I have just finished my exams and only had two weeks of hard training and one week of tapering so I came into this meet with little expectations.
"If I were to take anything away, it would be that if I put in the work and effort I will be faster ans stronger when the SEA Games comes along and that really spurs me on."
Their coach, Gary Tan, who had much praise for his team, said: "The meet is really good. There were good swims by everyone across the board.
"Some of the times here would place better than our SEA Games counterparts who are currently taking part in the ASEAN University Games in Palembang.
"So we are looking at a good team for next year's SEA Games."