British International School, Phuket (BISP) swimmer Nicholle Toh took bronze in the women’s 200m butterfly at the recent Singapore leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup, finishing third behind three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú of Hungary.
In front of a 1,800 crowd at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Saturday night (22 October), the 15 year-old member of the BISP Swim Academy set a new Singaporean national record of 2min 11.26sec, which beat a time that had stood for 16 years. Nicholle’s bronze medal was the only one won by the 29 member Singapore swim team at the two-day meet.
In an interview with the city’s Today newspaper after the race, Nicholle said: “I finished third overall after the heats and I was hoping to maintain that position in the final.
“But having said that, I was definitely feeling nervous at the start because I was competing against world-class athletes, some of whom have won many Olympic medals and world titles. I was just glad that I got the chance to race against them.”
Back at their aquatic centre in Phuket, Thailand, BISP Swim Academy Head Coach Colin Braund said, “Nicholle has proven over the last month of racing that she is not afraid of taking on world class senior swimmers and is now posting times of a world class junior swimmer.
“She has a big year ahead of her and now must focus on the process of getting herself on to the National team and use the experience she has gained to be a contender at both the World junior Championships and South East Asian Games.”