Senior Swimming Gala 2019
St. George’s Senior Swimming Gala Report
Langford Swimming Pool
30th April 2019
Pupils in Years IV to VI enjoyed taking part in this year's Swimming Gala at Langford and 52 St. George's School Standards were achieved. One pupil, Paige, broke two records in the butterfly and individual medley.
You can see a full set of the results here and the full report is below:
The Senior Swimming Gala took place recently on Tuesday 30th April at Langford Swimming pool. There was great excitement in the air as all the children from Forms IV to VI travelled by coach to the venue. For a few children, it was to be their first ever occasion racing in a 25-metre pool! For most, it was the culmination of what has been an excellent year of swimming at St. George’s and a chance for them to show just how much they have improved. Each participant took part in a front crawl race and a relay, with some also doing breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. The older competitors in Year V and VI also had the opportunity to take part in the Individual Medley which comprises of all four strokes, one after the other.
Parents watched from the gallery as the children gathered in their house groups and Mr. Timothy addressed everyone and introduced the children who cheered loudly for their houses.
The nerves were building as the first racers were called up in the Form IV category. Mr Pemberton, as starter, ensured there were no false starts and Mrs Jones and Mr Timothy recorded all the results as they came in from chief timekeeper Miss Morris.
The front crawl races were first and there were some very fast finishers, notably Isabella who finished in 19.40 seconds coming very close to the Form IV girls’ record. In the boys’ category, Felix O was also close to the Form IV boys’ record in a time of 19.98 seconds. In the Form V front crawl races, Andrew raced well and came in a time of 19.19 gaining a school standard and a Bronze Sprint Award. Both Lucy (20.22) and Mia (20.43) achieved the St. George’s Front crawl Standard with their winning times also. In the Form VI event, Paige (17.42) and Sebastian (17.96) clocked the fastest times, both achieving a St. George’s Standard, plus the St. George’s Front Crawl Silver Speed Award.
After the fast and furious front crawl races came the start of the steady symmetrical breaststroke races. These gave Mrs Morgan a chance to see who had mastered the leg kick and again, there were some great performances. In Form IV, Fox demonstrated his excellent technique when he won his heat in a time of 33.05, the fastest for any boy in Form IV. Also achieving a St. George’s Standard in Form V was Lucy (28.63) and in Form VI, Amy recorded the fastest breaststroke time in 23.72 achieving a Standard and the Breaststroke Silver Speed Award. Christian (27.02) and Paige (26.71) also finished in fast times to gain St. George’s Breaststroke Bronze Speed Awards.
The backstroke races are always a little contentious as we never train with flags and knowing the distance before the turn into the wall is tricky if you haven’t practiced it. In Form IV swimmer Victoria achieved the fastest time in 24.74, also gaining a Standard and the Bronze Speed award for Backstroke. Felix O was the fastest boy, gaining a Standard and finishing in a time of 25.76. In Form V, Lucy (22.72) and Aoife (23.81) both recorded fast times in their races. In Form VI fast times were recorded for Paige (22.47), Amy (23.08), Boden (23.41) and Emma (23.68) who all achieved Standards and Backstroke Bronze Speed Awards.
The butterfly event followed with a record number of competitors swimming the challenging butterfly stroke. Racing in a 25-metre pool is very different to training in a 10-metre pool doing dolphin kick, so it was especially remarkable to see so many of the Form IV and V’s having a go at racing. In Form IV Isabella won her race in a time of 26.46 with Felix O close behind finishing in 27.90 seconds. In Form V Lucy was the fastest girl for her year in a time of 26.31 and Dawson was the fastest boy in a time of 29.53. Meanwhile in the Form VI butterfly competition there were four fast times recorded by Sebastian (24.02), Lara (24.55) and Sydney (24.72). The fastest time was recorded by Paige who broke the previous butterfly record, finishing with a new Form VI girls record in a time of 21.07 seconds.
The relays were next. Everyone was very excited, especially as the house results were so close.
Our final event this year was the most challenging, the Individual Medley races. This year we had many more competitors for these races which comprised of 4 consecutive lengths, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl. In Form V, three swimmers achieved a school standard, including Mia (2.12.43), Andrew (2.11.44) and Lucy who achieved the fastest time in 2.07.32. In the Form VI event four swimmers achieved a school standard, including Sydney (2.01.22), Emma (2.02.84), and Sebastian (1.56.40). Paige broke the school record for this event in a time of 1.36.63. She also broke her brother Zach’s record which was recorded in 2016.
Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all the teachers who officiated.
Results for 2019 were as follows:
1st Place St. George’s House 132 points
2nd Place St. Andrew’s House 126 points
3rd Place St. David’s House 125 points
4th Place St. Patrick’s House 121 points
Natacha Morgan Pasquali