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2008.0503

Musician and Olympic Swimmer Are NTNU's Fastest Women in the Water

<p><font face="Arial">By Jocy Su<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Non-professional swimmer Tseng Yu-chieh (曾璵潔), a senior of Music Department, and Olympic swimmer Nieh Pin-chieh (聶品潔), a sophomore of Physical Education Department, were the two highlighted athletes by the pool, as they were the fastest women among non-professional swimmers and professional counterparts.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Tseng participated in the non-professional female 50m freestyle and won the championship, as she finished 50 meters within 37.52 seconds.&nbsp; She was surprised about her own performances because she said it did not start with good sign during the match-up.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;My goggles immediately went off when I dived into the water,&rdquo; Tseng said.&nbsp; &ldquo;I could only continue and swim with my eyes opened in the water.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">The music student said that she did not really care about the result because she simply joined to enjoy the feeling of the game.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;This is my last year on the campus.&nbsp; I want to enjoy the game and have some fun in the pool,&rdquo; she said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Nieh was the champion for the 50m freestyle on the professional swimmers&rsquo; side.&nbsp; As a member of the nation&rsquo;s swimming team for the Olympics, Nieh finished her 50 meters within 29.86 seconds.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">She is still the record holder of National Taiwan Normal University&rsquo;s (NYNU) female 50m freestyle &ndash; 26.52 seconds.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">For the 2008 University Water Sports Day, freestyle, breaststroke backstroke and butterfly match-ups were held while freestyle relay and medley relay were also held for group swimmers, professional and non-professional, from 9am to 5pm.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Games for professional swimmers were only opened to sports-related major students to maintain certain equal opportunities for non-professional swimmers.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">NTNU swimming coach Wang Ning (王甯) emphasized the importance of the University Sports Day, which is annual, for NTNU.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;It is a good chance to inspire more potential swimmers or encourage those remaining swimmers to dedicate themselves more to this activity,&rdquo; Wang said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">English major freshman and a member of NTNU&rsquo;s non-professional swimming team Lin Wei-en&rsquo;s (林維恩) comments reflected Wang&rsquo;s, when she was disappointed about the amount of the audiences while most athletes have worked so hard to present their best performances during the games but only a few audiences would come and applaud.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;It seems to me that my fellow NTNU students are not fond of this kind of activity,&rdquo; she said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>