Singapore's Quah swimming family have booked their tickets to the 2022 Asian Games off the back of sterling performances on Day 1 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifiers
Quah Jing Wen in action on Day 1 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier. PHOTO: SINGAPORE SWIMMING ASSOCIATION
Singapore, 16 March 2022 - Singapore's Quah swimming trio have all qualified for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on the same day, after the completion of the first day of competition at the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games qualifiers at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore Sports Hub.
The event serves as an opportunity for Singapore's national swimmers to qualify for this year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Although satisfied with qualification for the Asian Games, the Quahs felt there was still much room for improvement.
"After the race, I was quite disappointed with how I went, but after hearing that I made the 'A' cut, it was quite relieving. I was not really thinking about the cut at all, just more of my personal goals – which was trying to hit my best times," said Jing Wen.
She is the youngest of the Quah swimming trio, booking her ticket to the Asian Games when she won the Women’s 200m Butterfly final with a time of 2:12.23s, narrowly bettering the "A" qualifying mark of 2:12.61s.
Something to Learn from Every Race
"There’s something to learn from every single race, usually after every meet I will reflect on it and talk to my coaches about it, but I don’t think about it during the meet because there are still many days of racing left, but definitely there are positives to take away from my races", added the 22-year-old rising star.
Her sister Ting Wen, 30-year-old Swimfast Aquatic Club (SAC) star, shared similar sentiments and was more focused on her catch as her shoulder has been giving her issues since the start of the year.
She made the cut too clocking a time of 55.72s in the morning heats of the 100m Freestyle, going under the Asian Games "A" qualifying mark of 56.07s. She later clocked 55.88s in the final.
Quah Zheng Wen in swimming action. FILE PHOTO: SPORT SINGAPORE
Lowering Timings Further
Having qualified for the Asian Games, the aim now is to get lower timings than those in the January and February swimming series.
Meanwile, Quah Zheng Wen led from start to finish in the Men’s 100m Backstroke final, touching home first in a time of 55.64s, which was 0.08s under the Asian Games “A” qualifying mark of 55.72s.
Day 2 of the Liberty Insurance 52nd SNAG Major Games Qualifier will see the Men’s 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley, and the Women’s 50m Backstroke, 200m Individual Medley and 800m Freestyle.