Karoo Swimming Gala

As we approach the final few weeks of this term, the swimming coaches would like to thank their swimmers for their efforts throughout yet another very demanding season. The heavy combination of academic stress and countless galas at this time of year always takes its toll on our athletes and we appreciate your dedication during these exhausting times.

The Karoo gala was hosted by Volkskool on Wednesday and many of our senior and junior swimmers were invited to compete. The competition in the senior division in particular was very tight and made for some tremendously exciting finishes.  The senior girls managed to clinch 1st place in their division – with a mere 20 points separating them from the second placed Volkskool;  while our senior boys came 3rd with only 30 points separating the top three schools. We managed these scores by ensuring we entered as many participants in each race as possible.

Although Volkskool were comfortable victors in the junior division, the 2nd place honours were shared by Union and Gill.

Congratulations to the following junior swimmers who did very well to achieve top 3 places in their races:
1st places:     Matthew Paxton, Misha Newton, Daniel Marais
2nd places:    Chloe Erasmus, Matthew Paxton
3rd places:     Tyra Binney, Matthew Davenport, Mecoli Vorster, Misha Newton, Bradley Davenport, Rebecca Copeman and Matthew Paxton

Our senior swimmers placed as follows:
Brigetté Oelofsen: 1st place 100m Freestyle;  2nd place 50m IM and  50m Breaststroke;  3rd place 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly
Lana Bouwer:  2nd place 50m Backstroke
Amber Binney:  2nd place 50m IM and 50m Butterfly;  3rd place 50m Freestyle and  50m Breaststroke
Hannah Bodenstein: 2nd place 50m Backstroke;  3rd place 50m IM
Megan Doyle:  1st place 100m Freestyle;  2nd place 50m IM and 50m Butterfly;  3rd place 50m Freestyle
Jade Shires:  3rd place 50m IM
Elia Railton:  2nd place 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke
Jude Langmead:  1st place 50m Butterfly
James Potgieter:  3rd place 50m IM and 50m Butterfly
Mack Rubidge:  2nd place 100m Freestyle;  3rd place 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly
Luke McNaughton:  3rd Place 50m IM
Damon Fouché:  3rd place 50m Breaststroke

Based on the Karoo Gala results last week, we are proud to announce that the following swimmers have been selected to participate in the Inter Districts gala to be held in East London next Monday. Congratulations to all these swimmers!