IASAS Swimming 2016: Meet the Captains

“There should be a ‘Captain’ in there somewhere…” – Captain Jack Sparrow

Who are the IASAS swimmers who have rallied their teams over the course of this meet? The Eye brings you a closer look at the captains from all six schools.

International School of Bangkok

ISB Boys Captain
ISB boys’ captain Jake Chairin. Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Boys’ Captain: Jake Chairin

  • Fuel of choice before a swim? Bananas.
  • Best / worst part of being captain? FRESHMEN!
  • Go-to weapon in a zombie apocalypse? Baseball bat. Or chainsaw. Wait, no…my IB textbook.
  • Song to describe your swimming experience? “Raining Blood” – Slayer
ISB Girls Captain
ISB girls’ captain Sidney Smith. Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Girls’ Captain: Sidney Smith

  • Best part of being captain? The best part is that you’re able to be a leader and give pep talks.
  • Worst part of being captain? Having all eyes on you, and if you don’t swim well, the whole team will reflect upon that.
  • Craziest thing that you’ve ever done at a swim meet? The IASAS dances, like Sexy And You Know It. I was a freshman and my team and I decided it would be fun to join them and act like idiots.
  • Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse? A hoverboard, because they’re fast.
  • Spirit animal? Seahorse? I don’t know.

 

International School of Manila

ISM Boys Captains 2
Henry Brooke (left) and Dias Konysbayev (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Boys’ Captain: Henry Brooke

  • Alias: “Uncultured” (my favorite word)
  • Best stroke? Backstroke. I take sprints, [Dias] takes long distance.
  • Best part of being captain? Making freshmen carry your stuff.
  • Craziest thing that’s happened to you at a swim meet? We were doing a warm-up, and one of the kids on the team decided to pull down my pants while I dove in.
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? Any Linkin Park song describes my pain every time I have to dive into the water.

Boys’ Captain: Dias Konysbayev

  • Alias: “Heartthrob”
  • Best stroke? Backstroke and distance swimming.
  • Craziest thing that’s happened to you at a swim meet? I’m pretty sure it was when I forgot to tie my shorts and when I dove they went down.
  • Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse? Henry.
  • Best part of being captain? Actually I haven’t really discovered the best part yet.
ISM Girls Captains
Kate Watkins (left) and Sophia De Dios (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Girls’ Captain: Sophia De Dios

  • Alias: “Mama Africa”
  • Best stroke? Either freestyle or butterfly.
  • Spirit animal? I’m a monkey.
  • Favorite food? Sushi!
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? “Bound 2” – Kanye West

Girls’ Captain: Kate Watkins

  • Alias: “Swat”
  • Best stroke? Freestyle and back.
  • Spirit animal? A horse.
  • Best part of being captain? You get to lead a pretty awesome team, so you get to know all your teammates pretty well.
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? “Just Keep Swimming” from Finding Nemo

 

International School of Kuala Lumpur

ISKL Boys Captains 2
Oliver Sinclair (left) and Quentin Dorleans (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Boys’ Captain: Quentin Dorleans

  • Alias: “McCroissant”
  • Best stroke? Free and breaststroke.
  • Best part of being captain? You can kind of muck around, and no one touches you for a bit.
  • Worst part of being captain? There’s no worst part.
  • Favorite food? Croissant.

Boys’ Captain: Oliver Sinclair

  • Alias: “McOlive”
  • Spirit animal? Narwhals. Unicorns of the sea.
  • Craziest thing that happened to you at a swim meet? I dislocated my shoulder in my 800.
  • Best part of being captain? Seeing your team grow. The people you start off not being friends with, end up making a family – you become really close by the end.
ISKL Girls Captains
Clarissa Ku (left) and Diana Hare (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Girls’ Captain: Diana Hare

  • Alias: “McDreamy”
  • Best stroke? Butterfly.
  • Best part of being captain? You get to know everybody on the team.
  • Worst part of being captain? Trying to get everyone to listen when you’re talking.
  • Spirit animal? Something that’s energetic. I think it would be a monkey, to be honest.
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? “Power” – Kanye West

Girls’ Captain: Clarissa Ku

  • Alias: “McLively”
  • Best stroke? I swim IM and breaststroke.
  • Best part of being captain? Bringing everyone together and having a sense of responsibility.
  • Worst part of being captain? When your teammates don’t listen to you.
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

 

Taipei American School

TAS Captains
Carl Wegner (left) holding the team mascot, Wilbur, and Daniel Wang (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Boys’ Captain: Daniel Wang

  • Alias: “Happy Bunny”
  • Best stroke? Probably freestyle.
  • Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse? An axe.
  • Worst part of being captain? Dealing with intransigent freshmen.

Boys’ Captain: Carl Wegner

  • Alias: #cweggy
  • Best stroke? Breaststroke.
  • Spirit animal? Wilbur (the TAS swim team’s stuffed animal mascot).
  • Song to describe your swimming experience? “The Black Parade” – My Chemical Romance
TAS Girls Captains
Left to right: Josie Chen, Jessica Chen, April Chu. Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Girls’ Captain: Jessica Chen

  • Alias: “Jack’s sister”
  • Best stroke? Fly.
  • Spirit animal? Babies!
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? “Survivor” – Destiny’s Child

Girls’ Captain: Josie Chen

  • Alias: “Fosie”
  • Best stroke? Freestyle.
  • Spirit animal? Sloth.
  • What do you do in your free time? I sleep.
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? “No Air” – Jordin Sparks

Girls’ Captain: April Chu

  • Alias: “Peanut”
  • Best stroke? Breaststroke.
  • Favorite food? Fried chicken.
  • Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse? A stick. I don’t know, what do people normally use?
  • Spirit animal? …a peanut.

 

Jakarta Intercultural School

JIS Boys Captains
Arief Rowe (left) and Nirhan Nurjadin (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Boys’ Captain: Nirhan Nurjadin

  • Alias: “Nurjad-out”
  • Best stroke? I’m a breaststroker.
  • Craziest thing that happened to you in a swim meet? I broke my elbow.
  • Best part of being captain? You can boss everyone around.

Boys’ Captain: Arief Rowe

  • Alias: “Living Legend”
  • Best stroke? Freestyle.
  • Spirit animal? We’re both dragons!
  • Craziest thing to happen to you in a swim meet? My swimsuit ripped in the middle of a race.
  • Song that describes your swim experience? “We Are The Champions” – Queen
JIS Girls Captains 2
Jade Dharmadji (left) and Audree Khalishah (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Girls’ Captain: Jade Dharmadji

  • Best stroke? Freestyle.
  • Worst part of being captain? You have to make sure you’re a role model all the time, so even if you’ve had a bad swim, you still congratulate the rest of your team.
  • Fuel of choice before a swim? Pasta! I like to load the carbs.
  • Craziest thing that’s happened to you at a swim meet? At the last two IASAS [events], the “Sexy and I Know It” dance, that’s probably the craziest thing I’ve seen. Because IASAS is just crazy in general. It’s not like any other swim meet.

Girls’ Captain: Audree Khalishah

  • Best stroke? I’m a flyer and freestyler.
  • Favorite food? Oh my god, CARROTS.
  • Spirit animal? I was thinking like…a dolphin.
  • Song that describes your swimming experience? One of those songs that’s like, “I hate it but I love it!”

 

Singapore American School

SAS Boys Captains
Zachary Goldwax (left) and Kevin Clydesdale (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Boys’ Captain: Kevin Clydesdale

  • Best stroke? Fly and back.
  • Spirit animal? Cow.
  • Best part of being captain? Everyone looks up to you.
  • Song to describe your swimming experience? “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC. We all hate training, but we love racing.

Boys’ Captain: Zachary Goldwax

  • Best stroke? Freestyle.
  • Spirit animal? Unicorn.
  • Best part of being captain? You kind of feel responsible when good stuff happens.
  • Worst part of being captain? You can’t really mess around, because you’re always being watched.
SAS Girls Captains
Caitlin Loi (left) and Kaitlyn Ritchey (right). Photo by Sheyna Cruz.

Girls’ Captain: Caitlin Loi

  • Best stroke? Mid-distance freestyle.
  • Spirit animal? Grizzly bear. I like to sleep.
  • Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse? An airplane, so I can get out.
  • Worst part of being captain? When people don’t listen to you. And when they don’t cheer, when there’s a lack of team spirit.

Girls’ Captain: Kaitlyn Ritchey

  • Best stroke? Long-distance freestyle.
  • Spirit animal? A turtle. (Caitlin: “Because you’re shy when you start out…”)
  • Best part of being captain? Having the younger kids look up to you because it reminds me of when I was younger.

Author: Sheyna Cruz

Sheyna Cruz is a senior and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Eye. This is her second year on staff and her third at SAS. She loves Model UN, murder mysteries, mangoes, milk tea and other things that don’t necessarily start with M. She can be contacted at cruz45489@sas.edu.sg.

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