Diocesan schools triumph in Kowloon Park battle

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 November, 1997, 12:00am

The Diocesan boys' (DBS) and girls' (DGS) schools retained their Division One titles at the Inter-school Swimming Championships at Kowloon Park.

Cheering teams packed the stands to support the swimmers.

St Joseph's College (SJC) battled hard to win the Grade A team title, scoring two crucial victories in the relays that gave them a lead of just four points.

SJC first beat DBS in the four-by-50 metres medley in a time of one minute, 57.54 seconds.

Loaded with confidence, SJC went on to take the 4 x 50 m freestyle relay in a record time of 1:40.58. DBS finished second in 1:41.11, also bettering the old record.

The SJC Grade A swimmers outshone their opponents in other events too. Form Six student Fong Lik-sun set two new records, winning the 200 m breaststroke and individual medley with respective times of 2:27.91 and 2:14.08. Teammate Fu Wing set a new 50 m freestyle record of 24.57 s, and Sun Fat-yee took the 100 m freestyle in a record time of 54.87 s.

Grade B races saw Chan Yiu-bun of Wah Yan College (Hong Kong) break the 50 m butterfly record in 26.43 s.

In Grade C, Ng Wai-yin of DBS scored a double - winning the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke in respective record times of 31.85s and 1:12.

The DBS Grade C relay team clocked a record 2:0.12 in winning the 4 x 50 m medley relay.

With a first in Grade B and Grade C and a second in Grade A, DBS emerged as overall champions with an impressive total of 469 points. They were followed by SJC (374) and La Salle College (267).

In the girls' competition, Diocesan School took out the Grade A, B and C team titles and hence retained the overall championship with 453 points.

Heep Yunn School was second with 380 points, and Island School third with 194 points.

DGS Grade C swimmer Sherry Tsai was the most outstanding performer. She bagged gold in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle in respective record times of 27.86 s and 1:0.42.

The DGS C team set a record in the 4 x 50 m freestyle relay, coming home in 1:55.70.

Mr Wan is an official of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation