Dec. 9, 2003
Hanoi, Vietnam – Notre Dame swimmer Christel Bouvron of Singapore has claimed two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze over the last three days at the 2003 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The sophomore was a member of the gold-medal winning 4×100 medley relay and the 4×100 freestyle relay, while winning silver in the 4×200 freestyle relay. She also won individual medals in the 400-meter freestyle, winning silver, and 100 butterfly, taking bronze.
In the 4×100 medley relay, the Singapore team of Bernardette Lee Jing Fei, Nicolette Teo Wei Min, Bouvron and Joscelin Yeo Wei Ling finished first in 4:20.49. Thailand was second in 4:24.93, while Vietnam won the bronze in 4:27.79.
Bouvron swam the second leg of the winning 4×100 freestyle team. Singapore posted a winning time of 3:54.47 as Jacqueline Lim Kim Tor, Yeo Wei Ling and Teo Wei Min joined Bouvron on the winners’ stand. Thailand was once against second in 3:56.64, followed by Indonesia in 4:06.66.
In the 4×200 freestyle relay, Bouvron swam the leadoff leg as Singapore finished second in a time of 8:38.78. Bouvron was joined by teammates Lynette Ng Hiang Yuta, U-Nice Chan and Yeo Wei Ling. Thailand was first in 8:34.30, while the Philippines was third in 8:54.33.
Individually, Bouvron earned a silver medal in the finals of the 400 freestyle. After finishing the morning prelims in fourth with a time of 4:36.70, she improved to second in the finals with a time of 4:24.23. Thailand’s Pilin Tachakittiranan was first in 4:21.67.
Bouvron also claimed third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.50. Yeo Win Ling was first in 1:01.32, followed by Malaysia’s Moe Thu Aung in 1:01.74. Bouvron had finished fifth in the morning preliminaries with a time of 1:05.70.
The swimming portion of the SEA Games concludes tomorrow as Bouvron looks for her sixth medal in the 200 butterfly.
Note: The 22nd SEA Games features athletes from countries located in Southeast Asia and are a precursor to the 2004 Olympics scheduled for August in Athens, Greece. Countries represented at the SEA Games include Vietnam, East Timor, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanman, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei. For more information, please visit the following website: http://english.seagames22.com.vn/modules/db/sche_view_by_sport.asp?id=AQ