St. George's Senior Swimming Gala Returns!
The Form V and VI Swim Gala Returns!
The long-awaited Senior Swimming Gala took place after a 2-year break on Wednesday 4th May at Langford Swimming pool. There was great excitement in the air as all the children from Forms V 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!
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, backstroke and breaststroke race, culminating in a house relay. Some children wanting a challenge were also entered the butterfly and the 100 metre 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 Mrs Morgan addressed everyone and introduced the children who cheered loudly for their houses.
The nerves were building as the first racers were called up to do front crawl. Mr Pemberton, as starter ensured there were no false starts and Mr Moon recorded all the results as they came in from chief timekeeper Mrs Morgan.
The front crawl races were first and there were some very fast finishers with many children achieving school standards in both Form V and VI. Hollie (L) achieved the fastest Form V girls time in 21.53 with Noah achieving the fastest year V boy time in 19.31, closely followed by Charlie in a time of 19.34. In Form VI, the fastest swimmers of front crawl were Autumn in a time of 18.12, closely followed by Esme in a time of 18.88 and Renzo in a time of 17.34, with Alexander coming close with the second fastest time of 17.75.
The next event was breaststroke. In Form V, Hollie (L) continued to dominate, finishing in a time of 26.91 which was the fastest Form V time in breaststroke overall, gaining her a Standard and a Bronze Sprint Award. For the V boys, Charlie recorded the fastest time in 27.30. In Form VI, Renzo and Autumn won both their events, with Renzo achieving a fast time of 23.38, gaining a Standard and a Silver Sprint Award and Autumn achieving an equally fast time of 23.97, also achieving a Standard and a Bronze Sprint Award.
In the backstroke event, Hollie (L) continued to gain valuable points for St. David’s by winning her event, achieving a Standard and a Bronze Sprint Award in a time of 22.60. William also achieved a Standard and Bronze Sprint in a time of 24.62. In the Form VI backstroke event Esme and Renzo flew down the pool, both producing fabulous times and gaining Silver Sprint Awards. Esme touched in 20.45 and Renzo in 20.35. Other notable finishers were Amber (W) in a time of 21.81 and Henry in a time of 22.25.
The next event was for those brave enough to do the butterfly. In Form VI Renzo powered down the pool with a great undulating style, touching the wall in a time of 23.03, giving him a Standard and the Bronze Sprint Award.
The Individual Medley was next up. Two races were scheduled for those who had the energy to complete 4 lengths back-to-back. In the first heat, Noah led the way in all four strokes and finished strongly in a time of 2.15.19 gaining him a Standard. Second and third places were awarded to Isla and Alexandra, who raced to the finish with only a fingertip difference, in times of 2.21.56 and 2.22.32 respectively. Renzo dominated his race from start to finish, demonstrating impressive swimming throughout. He finished to a rapturous applause in a record time, of 1.35.66, beating Zachary C’s record which has stood since 2016. Alexander also swam strongly coming in second in a time of 1.53.60, closely followed by Henry.
All in all, 39 School Standards were reached. These Standards demonstrate a very good standard of swimming, with fast times performed. One record was achieved during the morning, which was Renzo’s Individual Medley.
Our final event was the House relay, where every child completes one lap. With 16 swimmers in the biggest house, 16 laps were therefore the target to complete, and this meant some children had to do another lap as the houses were not even. Despite this St. David’s who only had 12 swimmers, managed to keep on top and with St. Patricks, St. Andrew’s and St. George’s finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively.
With St. David’s having such a strong group of swimmers their final gala score was huge. They managed to finish with 165 points. The other houses were fighting it out right to the last event as their scores had been within 6 points of each other right through the gala event. Final scores, amazingly, were 110 points to all three other houses, something which has never happened in gala history. A great way to end the event and a fair result to demonstrate the enthusiasm and fantastic swimming by all.
Many thanks to all officials who helped on the day and to the parents who came and supported from the gallery. The children certainly appreciate all the cheering!
Natacha Morgan Pasquali