FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas sophomore swimmer Shana Lim and former star Yi-Ting Siow have each won gold medals at the 26th Southeast Asian Games. Lim earned gold in the 50 meter backstroke and Siow took the gold in the 100 meter breaststroke at the games in Palembang, Indonesia.
Lim conquered the field with a time of 29.37 seconds to earn one of four gold medals on the day for Singapore. She also set a national record swimming the first leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay, clocking 50.68.
The sophomore is sitting out the 2011-12 season for Arkansas after transferring from Idaho this year. As a freshman at Idaho, she earned first team All-Western Athletic Conference honors, became the WAC champion and record holder in the 100 back. She also set Idaho records in the 100 and 200 back.
Lim’s performance Monday adds to an already impressive resume of international competition. She competed on the Singapore junior national swim team starting at the age of nine, and at 14 became the youngest member of the national team. She represented Singapore in both the 2011 and 2009 FINA World Swimming Championships.
A time of 1:10.55 in the 100 breaststroke allowed Siow to narrowly beat out Malaysian teammate Christina Loh, who finished in 1:10.57.
Siow, a two-time All-American for Arkansas, is the school record holder in the 200 and 400 yard individual medley events, as well as the 200 breaststroke. In 2010, she became the first Razorback to win back-to-back SEC Championships, accomplishing the feat in the 200 breast. No stranger to international competition, Siow has three Olympic appearances under her belt. She represented Malaysia in the 2008 Olympic Games and placed 19th in the 200 breast with a Malaysian record time of 2:27.80.
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