IASAS rugby, touch and swimming updates: day 1

IASAS is here, the tension is high, adrenalin levels are peaking, and our Eagles are well on their way to another successful IASAS.

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Captain Alex Sadler. Photo contributed by Rich Seow.

Boys’ rugby captain, senior Alex Sadler, was injured on a questionable hit during a game against ISM. Eagles lost 7-12.

However, our Eagle boys were still able to make great comebacks with their next two games, beating ISB 41-0 and TAS 17-0.

Captain Jeremy Seow. Photo contributed by Rich Seow.

“We have a really young team this year, but the boys are gaining confidence and I can’t wait to see what Eagle rugby has in the next year and the year after that,” Captain Jeremy Seow said.

Junior Ritzky Widjaja. Photo contributed by Rich Seow.

“Last year we had more experienced players but this has been a good growing year for our boys. We still have a lot to learn but our progress has been stellar,” added Sophomore Bradley Park.

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Girl touch rugby team cheering the boys on. Photo contributed by Rich Seow.

Girls’ touch rugby won both their games 4-1 against ISB and 2-0 against TAS.

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Senior Abbo Nathan and Junior Kathleen Early. Photo contributed by Rich Seow.

Both the girls and boys swim teams have also had some impressive swims, having many swimmers step up on the podium to claim their medals.

Boys and girls IASAS swim team.
Boys and girls IASAS swim team in Bangkok.

Caitlin Loi took second place in the 200 Freestyle and third place in the 400 Individual Medley.

Junior Caitlin Loi. Photo contributed by Amy Chou.

Kaitlyn Ritchey came in third place in the 200 Freestyle.

Captain Mackenzie Hirsch took first place in the 100 Breaststroke with a personal best time, and freshman Meagan Clark came in third place.

Sophomore Hadley Chang Ackerman swam a personal best, putting her in second place for the 50 Butterfly.

Sophomore Hadley Ackerman and freshman Mackenzie Loi on the podium. Photo contributed by Amy Chou.
Sophomore Hadley Ackerman and freshman Mackenzie Loi on the podium. Photo contributed by Amy Chou.

Freshman Sydney Brown went a 100 backstroke in the finals, earning her the third place spot on the podium.

Sophomore Hadley Chang Ackerman and Junior Caitlin Loi took the silver and bronze medal respectively in the 400 individual medley.

Junior Serra Erdamar on the block. Photo contributed by Amy Chou.

Senior Elizabeth High, junior Serra Erdamar, and freshmen Sarah Choi and Mackenzie Loi were in the girls’ 4 by 50 meter freestyle relay. They were able to pull ahead by the last 25 with the help of High and placed first with a time of 1:54.46.

“I’m so glad with the coach’s decision to put me in two relays cause we ended up snatching the gold by a really close margin,” Erdamar said.

The boys similarly had many swimmers make it to the finals.

Senior Kenny Liu. Photo contributed by Amy Chou.

Sophomore Liam Blair had amazing performances, placing 3rd in the 100 backstroke. This is Blair’s first IASAS tournament.

Captain Frankie Hearne placed third in the 100 Breast.

Junior Kevin Clydesdale won gold in the 100 backstroke.

Captain Kenny Liu easily won silver place in the 400 individual medley, just behind TAS.

By the end of the first day, the boys’ team was in first place and had a total of 215 points, putting them just 18 points ahead of TAS. The girls team was also in first place with a score of 257 points, 79 points ahead of ISB.

Elizabeth High was very excited. “All of the girls have all been setting incredible personal bests and I couldn’t be more proud of them!”

Be sure to check out Mr. Seow’s flickr to see more photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/richseow/with/15741155213


Author: Hanna Chuang

Hanna Chuang is a junior and the Singapore Section Editor. Although she’s been at SAS since kindergarten, this is her first year as a member of The Eye staff. In her time outside of school, Hanna enjoys swimming, listening to music, and blowing bubbles. She can be contacted at chuang18913@sas.edu.sg.

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