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Sam set for her third SEA Games

She aims to make her qualifying marks for the 100m and 200m breaststroke. -TNP
Lim Say Heng

Sat, Jun 29, 2013
The New Paper

National swimmer Samantha Yeo will be competing in 10 events at the national championships, and is aiming to qualify for the SEA Games 2013 to be held this December in Myanmar.

SINGAPORE - She is only 16, but Samantha Yeo is already a veteran of two South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

She's won two medals - a 4x100m medley relay gold and a bronze in the 200m breaststroke.

The Raffles Girls' School student (left) is aiming to do better at the biennial Games this December in Myanmar.

Speaking to The New Paper on the sidelines of the Singapore National Swimming Championships at the Singapore Sports School yesterday, Samantha said: "Even when I made my SEA Games debut at 12, I felt the pressure to do well for Singapore.

"But I've learnt to channel that positively and take it one step at a time. With every meet I gain exposure and experience; if I do well, I gain the confidence and, if I don't, I learn from the experience.

"I am aiming first to qualify (for the SEA Games), then to set personal bests before thinking about medals, but of course I am hoping to do better than in 2011."

Samantha will be competing in 10 events at the national championships, which end on Sunday.

She is aiming to make the SEA Games qualifying marks in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, as well as the 200m individual medley (IM).

She won the women's 50m breaststroke last night in 33.01 seconds and made the "B" qualifying time for the World Championships in Barcelona next month.

She also bettered her own "B" timing of 33.09, set at the Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai last year.

She said: "I last took this many events when I was in Primary 6 or Secondary 1, but I thought competing in all the strokes will help me in my individual medley, and widen my versatility."

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