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Binghamton swimmer Siu to compete in World University Games

America East gold medalist will compete in four events

August 11, 2011


Binghamton swimmer Siu to compete in World University Games

World University Games Website

VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior-to-be Tiffany Siu was selected by the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China to participate in the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China this August as part of the World University Games (WUG). The 24-competition event will take place August 12-23.

Siu, who is coming off a stellar sophomore season, will immediately join her team for training in preparation for the WUG. This past February, Siu won gold in the 200 fly at the 2011 America East Championships. She also earned all-conference honors by finishing second in the 400 IM and third in the 500 free. The team Co-MVP’s time of 4:55.70 smashed a nine-year old record held by now assistant coach Yun Qu (5:01.30). Siu’s performance helped earn head coach Sean Clark’s staff America East Co-Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

“It has always been my dream to participate in world class swimming events,” said Siu. “This is a great opportunity and it will definitely be exciting to swim in a brand new pool and compete with phenomenal swimmers from all over the world. My goal during the games will to accomplish some personal bests and qualify for the semifinals, as well as make some new friends.”

The Games will commence in Shenzhen, China with opening ceremonies on Friday, August 12 and continue until closing ceremonies on Tuesday, August 23. Shenzhen is a coastal city situated close to Hong Kong, in the Guangdong Province of South China. This past January and February Erzurum, Turkey hosted the 2011 Winter Universiade.

Siu, a native of Hong Kong, recently earned her second letter as a member of the Binghamton swimming and diving program, completing her sophomore year of eligibility. In high school she swam for S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui College, where she earned numerous accolades. Under the tutelage of Clark and his staff, she currently holds five Binghamton school and pool records. During her first year at BU, Siu set seven freshman records and held places on eight of the program’s all-time top-10 lists.

“We are thrilled to see Tin Wai (Siu) earn the opportunity to compete for her country at the World University Games,” said head coach Sean Clark. “She has been dedicated to balancing
her school work and her athletic pursuits in the two years she’s been at Binghamton and she’s seen some nice success with both.”

Siu’s primary events are the butterfly and individual medley, but she is a very good distance swimmer as well. At the World University Games Siu will swim the 400 IM, the 100 and 200 fly as well as the 200 freestyle. Siu currently holds the Binghamton school records for the 200 free and 400 IM.

“We’re incredibly proud to have Tin Wai represent our program, and I’m excited to have her compete at such a high level,” continued Clark. “She does the work she needs to do and she is
as tough as they come. I think she’ll really enjoy this honor.”

NOTE: Kaan Tayla (‘06) is the only other Binghamton swimmer to compete in the World University Games. Tayla swam for his home country of Turkey in the 2005 Games.

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