UPDATE: Asia Pacific Activities Conference challenge student athletes

UPDATE: Asia Pacific Activities Conference challenge student athletes

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HKIS boys huddle during the game.
Photo: The Seoul Foreign High School Spirit

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Hong Kong International School's See Wan Park.
Photo: The Seoul Foreign High School Spirit

[UPDATE - Monday, February, 2pm]

APAC has wrapped up yesterday in Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong with teams returning home soon.

At home, HKIS girls placed first with 490 points, while HKIS boys finished off the weekend in second behind ISB with 354 points overall.  HKIS boys Nick Koh, Henry Packer, Brian Versteeg and Timothy Chui came first in the 4x50M Freestyle Relay.  Meanwhile, Kiki Anderson took first in the individual 200M IM and placed second in 100M Fly.  Her teammate, Ivy Richter won the individual 50M Back after breaking the record for 100M Back on Thursday. The weekend ended with a total of four records broken by HKIS girls.

Julian Chan, captain of the HKIS Boys Varsity Team.
Photo: The Seoul Foreign High School Spirit

On the boys basketball court, SAS PX came first with a 71-56 win over SAS PD.  HKIS boys, led by captains Freddy Marsh and Julian Chan, were a point away from making the finals, losing 44-43 to SAS PD in the semis.  With home court advantage on their side, SFS boys defeated HKIS in the 3rd/4th playoff 56-50.  At SAS PX, HKIS girls, led by captains Nitya Velakacharla and Emily Bisgaard, captured the championship title after beating WAB in the semifinals 54-36 and SAS PX 48-36 in the finals.  Not only did the HKIS girls score the first place trophy, they also swept the entire tournament by not dropping a single game.

At CISS, HKIS’s girls and boys table tennis teams led by captains Joanne Wong and Kwan Long Wong, finished in 5th place.  Even under ​the tough circumstances, Kenneth Zheng claimed a bronze medal in the men’s singles event and a gold medal with his partner Kwan Long Wong in the men’s doubles event.  HKIS boys also received the sportsmanship award at the end of the table tennis event.


[UPDATE - Saturday, January 30, 6.30pm]

The second day of APAC competition has come to an end!

It was another great day for HKIS’s swim team.  Overall, HKIS’s swimmers are in first with the girls continuing to dominate and the boys in second behind ISB.  HKIS girls Ivy Richter, Kristen Sun, Kiki Anderson and Jocelyn Hung broke the APAC 4x50M IM Relay record twice today, first in the preliminary round, clocking in at 2:03.61 and then in the finals, with a time of 2:02.45.  In addition, Kristen Sun broke two APAC records in the individual 100M Breaststroke and 100M IM Relay events. HKIS girls have earned 322 points and are ahead of ISB by 158 points.  HKIS boys are in second, 101.5 points behind ISB.

At SFS, HKIS’s boys basketball team defeated TCIS 69-59 in the morning.  Later on, they played an intense match against WAB to win 46-44.  With both wins under their belts, they have booked themselves a spot in the semifinals versus SAS PD.  In Shanghai, HKIS’s girls performed equally well, winning 52-45 against SFS and 39-33 versus TCIS.  They have also qualified for the semifinals and will face WAB.

Unfortunately, HKIS’s boys table tennis team has been crippled throughout the tournament after finding out just two days before APAC that one of their most valuable players could not travel with them.  With one player down, they have been forced to automatically forfeit all of the games for the second team, and are fighting with Concordia for 5th and 6th places even though their first team has won most of their games.  HKIS’s girls table tennis team has also been suffering tough losses, and will also place either 5th or 6th in the tournament.  Even so, both teams had strong showings in the mixed-mixed doubles event today with Kwan Long Wong, captain of the boys team, placing third with is partner and Vicky Lan placing second with her partner.

Although none of the members of HKIS's forensics team were able to advance to the finals, the team has definitely gained a lot of experience from competing at the event.

At SAS PD, all early rounds for forensics events have ended with only semifinals and finals left for Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Solo Acting, Oratorical Interpretation and Impromptu Speaking.

Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) kicked off yesterday. A number of schools hosted a number of sporting events, and they include Super Girls Basketball at Shanghai American School Puxi (SAS PX), Super Boys Basketball at Seoul Foreign School (SFS), Forensics at Shanghai American School Pudong (SAS PD), Table Tennis at Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) and Swimming at Hong Kong International School (HKIS).

In the Super Girls Basketball event, HKIS Dragons took first place in Pod A, winning 52-31 against Canadian Academy (CA) and 51-37 against CISS.  Meanwhile, SFS took first place in Pod B, Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) took first place in Pod C, and SAS PD took first  placein Pod C after today’s competition.

As for Super Boys Basketball, HKIS came second in Pod A by beating CA 52-35, and narrowly losing to CISS 56-54. CISS came first in Pod A, SAS PX came first in Pod B, and WAB came first in Pod C.  In Pod D, International School of Beijing (ISB) beat Taejon Christian International School (TCIS), while SAS PD beat ISB and TCIS beat SAS PD.

For swimming, HKIS girls currently hold 155 points and are in first place, while HKIS boys can boast 118.54 points and are second. HKIS boys Nicholas Chan, Nicholas Koh, Henry Packer and Brian Versteeg won the 4x100 Freestyle Relay at 3:39.48, defeating ISB for the first time in years. In the first 200 meters, HKIS boys seemed they would come in in third place, however they managed to catch up and took the lead in the last 100 meters. HKIS girls Samantha Morton, Michelle Jetton, Bailee Brown and Camden Richter won the 4x100 Freestyle Relay with a time of 4:14:20, while SAS PD came in second at 4:26.71.

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