THE day they achieved victory in the CCC Mong Man Wai College's 15th Swimming Gala is a day to remember for Jason Chan Kai-yue, Tsang Tsz-chung and Chan Yat-wah. Held recently at the Kwun Tong Swimming Pool on a day of brilliant sunshine just touched by a soft autumn breeze, the event drew 141 swimmers, including 106 boys and 35 girls. Kai-yue, Tsz-chung and Yat-wah were this year's individual champions of the boys' senior, boys' junior and girls' senior sections, respectively. It was the sixth consecutive year that Kai-yue has snatched the individual title. He admitted that this year's swimming gala meant a lot to him as it was the last time he could take part. The 19-year-old swimmer will leave the school after finishing his seventh-form studies next year. Kai-yue said although he was happy to be able to win so many prizes again this year, he was a bit disappointed with his times which were slower than those he achieved in the past. He was awarded gold in the 50 m butterfly, 50 m back crawl, 50 m front crawl, 100 m freestyle and 4 x 50 m freestyle relay. He also won two silvers, for the staff and student freestyle invitation relay and a medley race. ''As I've devoted myself to studying for the A-level exam, I don't have time to practise swimming and so my performance is affected,'' he said. First-former Tsz-chung of Parker House made his mark in the boys' junior 25 m front crawl and 25 m breast stroke races by bagging two golds and breaking the old records. He smashed the 1992-record of 14.70 secondswith a 14.16 second swim in the 25 m front crawl, and also took the 25 m breast stroke record from 20.44 seconds down to 18.58 seconds. Tsz-chung also scooped golds in the 50 m front crawl, and two relay races. ''I am pleased and honoured to have done well today and really did not expect it.'' His potential in swimming was discovered when he was very young. By the time he was five, he had started to learn swimming and has been a registered member of the Kwun Tong Swimming Club since aged eight. The record-breaker attributed his success to his own efforts, attentive teaching of his coach, Mr Jason Lo Siu-kwan, and the encouragement from his parents. Girls' senior individual champion Yat-wah said her success marked an important beginning of her swimming career. ''I have not won any big prizes or major medals in the past so I am very surprised to take two silver medals, three bronze medals and the individual title back home,'' she said. She won silvers in the 50 m and 10 m breast stroke, and bronzes in 50 m front crawl, 200 m freestyle and 4x50 m relay.