Western Academy of Beijing's TigerSharks swim team lived up to their name, racing through the waters at the 2017 ACAMIS International Swim Meet on March 24 and 25 in Suzhou, China.
Middle School swimmer Cindy broke five individual ACAMIS meet records, as well as three WAB records. The other TigerSharks from the Middle School followed her lead. Dandan won a bronze medal in a WAB record-setting swim. Lundy also broke a WAB record, earning a silver medal.
In the Elementary School, Jessica won one gold medal, two silvers and a bronze, breaking two WAB records along the way. Claudia also won a bronze medal. Joshua managed to move from sixth place to earn a silver in the finals, breaking a WAB record en route.
The ACAMIS meet conflicted with WAB's High School prom, so Middle School swimmers were challenged to compete against older athletes. They rose to the challenge and competed with determination and confidence.
Three 11-year-old and 12-year-old WAB female swimmers swam against the 13- and 14-year-old athletes. They finished fifth and sixth place in the medley and freestyle relays.
A similar situation took place in the boys' division, where three TigerSharks were moved up from the 13-14 age group to fill in. These boys also swam their best times ever and managed to place seventh in both the medley and freestyle relays.
More than 500 swimmers came from 22 international schools to compete, and the WAB team placed sixth overall, with 37 swimmers mainly from the ES and MS. This is a great indication of the dedication and determination of the TigerSharks swimmers. They love to have fun but they are determined to do their very best.