Rising stars swim their way into record books
By NORIDEEN KITCHELL
FAST-rising Caroline Ng Ka-yan claimed her second national short course record in winning the women's 200 metres backstroke at the Hong Kong Sports Institute yesterday.
The 15-year-old, holder of the 200 metres butterfly mark, clocked two minutes 25.87 seconds for the backstroke swim to clip 0.80 of a second off the existing record set by Lung En-ting two years ago.
Experienced Hong Kong internationals Robyn Lamsam and Michael Wright also broke national records at the meeting which saw five age-group marks beaten.
Lamsam, who swam a new women's 800 metres freestyle record on Friday, shaved 0.35 of a second off Katie Lau King-ting's mark for the 100 metres individual medley with a time of 1:07.77.
And veteran Wright, who turns 28 on Thursday, proved he is not yet over the hill by clocking 1:01.13 in the men's 100 metres individual medley to lower Billy Kwok Sze-wai's record by 0.28 of a second.
Zachary Moffatt beat another Kwok mark - setting a 200 metres backstroke age group record with a time of 2:16.58. The previous best in the boys' 13 and 14 division was 2:17.65. Michael Scott, competing in the same age group, clipped 3.54 seconds off the 200 metres breaststroke record to win in 2:30.84.
The remaining three age-group marks came from the girls, with the highly promising Heidi Wong Hoi-tik underlining her potential with an impressive win in the 100 metres freestyle.
Wong, a breaststroke specialist, showed she is developing into a top-class all-rounder with a winning time of 1:02.39 for the freestyle event to beat the record by 0.89 of a second.
In the 13 and 14 years, Mandy Cheung Man-yiu and Kristina Koehler set records for the 200 metres breaststroke and 200 metres backstroke events respectively.
Ayumi Niishio, 10, won all three events in the boys' 10-and-under division.