U9 Inter-School Swimming Gala 1.40pm

Following on from a great afternoon last Monday with the Year 5-8 Gala, we had our Year 3&4 Gala this week. Pupils had worked very hard in the lead up to this event and were looking forward to swimming against their peers and in front of their parents.  All children entered a minimum of two events, with some pupils qualifying for the Individual Medley Final. I was really impressed by the number of children who entered the heats for the Individual Medley and it is great to see pupils keen to have a go!  

For our Year 3 pupils it was a new experience and while they did have a fun gala in Year 2, they coped very well.  Pupils were required to swim a length demonstrating two of the recognised strokes, in lanes.  They were also expected to know the rules and regulations of competitive swimming, which included how to start and finish legally and the ability to follow commands of the race marshal.

The gala kicked off with the Individual Medley Finals with four girls and four boys competing over 3 lengths, swimming a length of backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl. Annabel T received the bronze medal and displayed great technique across all three strokes!  Beth C finished 2nd and did incredibly well despite losing her goggles from her dive.  Out in front was Helena Field, swimming a super time of 50.88 (current record 48.62, 2001). Helena currently swims with Louth Dolphins and has made fabulous progress over the past few months.  In the boys IM Freddie achieved Bronze, swimming particularly well in his final length where he closed the gap by a good margin.  Harry H finished 2nd place, 2.70s ahead of Freddie.  Harry swam well in all three strokes and it is clear all his hard work in swim squad has paid dividends!  In a time of 1.06.53s Harrison S took first place, winning by a clear margin.  Harrison showed great power in his backstroke and front crawl.  Next year, the Year 4's will have the opportunity to compete alongside the Year 6's for the U11 Individual Medley trophy!

In the individual events which followed, pupils battled it out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their heat, with the fastest swimmer in each event receiving a medal.  These pupils are listed below along with their times (records in brackets)

U9 Girls Backstroke - Freya B19.04s (14.24s, 2009)

U9 Boys Backstroke - Harrison S 16.06s (12.42s, 2001)

U9 Girls Breaststroke - Helena F 16.12s (15.24s, 2011)

U9 Boys Backstroke - Dan G 28.78s (15.08, 2011)

U9 Girls Front crawl - Helena F 12.37s (11.10s, 2009)

U9 Boys Front crawl - Harrison S 14.47s (10.16, 2001)

The set relays brought the gala to a close, with all pupils competing for their set.  These events are always very exciting and it was lovely to see everyone swimming their very best for their respective teams.  It was extremely close, with Red set winning the Medley relay and Blue set winning the 7x1 Freestyle relay.  Results are below. 

1st Place - Red & Blue Set

3rd Place - White Set

A huge thank you to all those who came along to spectate, it really does mean a lot to the children and I know they were looking forward to performing in front of a crowd!  It is great to see the progress the children have made since the start of the academic year, from non-swimmers to club swimmers every child has worked hard and progressed at their own rate.  Well done to all involved!