Diocesan kings of the pool
DIOCESAN Boys' School overcame a strong challenge from St Joseph's College to retain the overall championship at the inter-school swimming competition held recently at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool.
Diocesan topped the overall standings with 443 points, thanks to the Grade B and C swimmers, who came first in their respective divisions. Arch-rivals St Joseph's finished second in both grades. La Salle College finished third overall.
St Joseph's, however, got the better of Diocesan in the Grade A section, taking the title by a 164-149 margin.
St Joseph's swimmers knocked three seconds off their 4 x 50 metres medley record to take the gold. Diocesan finished second and Ying Wa College third.
They beat Diocesan again in the Grade A 4 x 50 m freestyle relay to capture the gold in 1 minute 44.31 seconds. Queen's College was third.
In the individual events, St Joseph's Szeto Shui-ki won the Grade A 200 m individual medley in a record time of 2 min 15.59 sec. Teammate Yeung Lok-man came second.
St Joseph's Sun Fat-yee set a new record in the 200 m freestyle in 1 min 58.78 sec. Teammate Wong Chu-hei was second. Diocesan's Lee Chid-ho finished third.
St Joseph's dominated the Grade A breaststroke races with Fong Lik-sun and Wong Chu-hei winning the gold in the 200 m and 100 m races respectively. Lik-sun also won the 100 m backstroke.
Queen's Ho Hon-wing rewrote the record books winning the 50 m freestyle in 24.74 sec. St Joseph's Ching Kai-ip won the 100 m event in 57.31 sec.
In the Grade B section, Island School's determined Michael Scott set two records, winning the 200 m breaststroke and the individual medley in 2 min 30.05 sec and 2 min 17.33 sec respectively.
Diocesan broke the 4 x 50 m medley relay record in 1 min 58.17 sec.
Spearheaded by the performances of Hong Kong representative Robyn Lamsam, Diocesan Girls' School emerged victorious, winning the overall championship and all the titles in the three grades. Heep Yunn School had to settle for the runners-up spot. Island School came third.
Robyn - making her final appearance in the competition - set two records, taking the Grade A 50 m freestyle and butterfly in 28.13 sec and 29.64 sec respectively.
Teammate Snowie Pang was equally outstanding, winning the 50 m backstroke and 100 m breaststroke in respective record times of 32.52 sec and 1 min.18.01 sec.
The Diocesan relay team excelled in the Grade A 4 x 50 m medley relay in a record time of 2 min 9.93 sec.
Grade C Wong Hoi-tik of Belilios Public School set a record in the 100 m breaststroke in 1 min 17.09 sec.
Mr Wan is an official of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Council