From October 25-27, 2018, YISS Aquatics hosted an ACSC swim meet for the first time. Teams came from Morrison Academy (Taichung, Taiwan) and Seoul Foreign School to compete and take part in the cooperative spirit of ACSC meets.
A highlight of any ACSC tournament is the privilege to serve others. This year, the teams volunteered at two different North Korean refugee organizations. After their time of service, Morrison and YISS held a joint swim practice where they learned new drills from each other and took part in team building activities.
Over dinner during the first evening, the teams had the honor of hearing from guest speaker Jim Paek (former NHL player and Korea National Hockey Team Coach). He inspired the students to aim for success by being fully dedicated to their endeavors, but their motivation for success should be for the glory of God.
The competition consisted of four sessions held over Friday and Saturday. The YISS middle school swimmers were also able to make their own MS team and experience the spirit of ACSC swimming. It was a good experience for the MS swimmers to swim and compete against the HS swimmers.
The YISS MS team came out fast, to the surprise of the HS teams, with Joyce K. (8) and Bryan S.J. K. (8) each winning the first event, 200m freestyle, for their genders. This gave the MS team a healthy lead at the beginning of the competition. However, the experience of the YISS HS team took over as they claimed a comfortable lead by the end of the first day of competition.
A highlight of the meet was the girls 200m medley relay, during which the top three teams all finished within one second of each other. The pool was filled with exuberant cheering to the point where you almost had to cover your ears! The ACSC spirit was on full display!
Friday evening ended with the high school teams going to the Banpo Bridge food trucks to enjoy a great time of food and fellowship. The swimming continued on Saturday during morning and afternoon sessions, with many swimmers accomplishing personal best times. The meet concluded with closing ceremonies featuring a taekwondo demonstration.
Congratulations to Eric O. (9), who received the Top Performer award by winning all his events and having the most prestigious individual performances. All-ACSC honors went to Yoona C. (12), Rebecca K. (12), Yehjee K. (12), Justin O. (12), Jiyu S. (12), William P. (11), Eric O. (9), Bryan S.J. K. (8), Joyce K. (8), and Soomin Y. (7).