On Wednesday 27th February, a mixed team of ten enthusiastic Year 5 and 6 swimmers descended on Arun Leisure Centre, for the Western Area Swimming Gala. This was the first competitive swimming experience for a number of our team and up against thirteen other schools. This was always going to be a challenge.
Alice opened the swimming gala with a brave performance in the Girls 25m Freestyle and later anchored the Girls 4x1 Medley Relay.
William gained confidence after his first swim and performed a tidy length of Front Crawl in the Boys Freestyle Relay, helping them to 11th place.
Scarlett was kept busy in a number of races and got our first team point in the Girls 25m Butterfly.
Scarlett and Phoebe both swam well in the 25m Breaststroke coming 19th and 25th respectively, with a mere 12/100 of a second between them!
Thomas swam well in his first gala, coming 22nd in his Breaststroke and swimming in two relays.
Harry was also kept busy with two individual races and two relays. He was unlucky not to make the final with his 25m Backstroke, coming 10th overall.
George loves a challenge and raced well, coming 13th in his Backstroke. Indeed, backstroke overall was the teams strongest stroke.
Molly raced well, making the final of the Girls Backstroke in 8th place and then improved to 7th place in the Swim-Off, thereby gaining us a further two points.
Tash was extremely unlucky not to make the Backstroke final, as she was mere 0:62 seconds slower than Molly in the heats.
Christopher swam in the 25m Freestyle, coming 23rd and in process improving his time from the 2012 trials by a massive nine seconds. He also swam bravely in the 25m Butterfly and Butterfly in the Boys Medley Relay.
All our swimmers tried their hardest and perhaps we were unlucky to score only three points, but the standard at this gala was extremely high.
What did we learn from this experience ?
- Mrs West always brings jelly babies.
- Goggles work best worn over eyes.
- Tie the strings of your trunks tight, otherwise they keep falling down!