Westville Boys’ High start inter-school swimming season with a bang

2015-02-10 00:00

IT was business as usual for Westville Boys’ High School’s swimmers as they swept all before them this past weekend.

The inter-school swimming season started with the annual inter-provincial short course invitational gala at WBHS, the event attracting top swimming schools from around the country, keen to upset the hosts.

Having won for the last seven years, WBHS had only one goal in mind — to keep the flag flying and knock-off win number eight.

Main rivals were Free State champions Grey College, plus Pretoria Boys’ High and St David’s, Gauteng’s strongest representatives. Closer to home, Glenwood, Clifton College, Kearsney, Hilton, DHS, Northwood and Maritzburg College were in the mix, trying to get one over their dominant rivals.

A slow start from WBHS saw Grey College take the U14 and U15 freestyle races and a brief stutter saw the hosts lose two breaststroke events, but from thereon in, it was one-way traffic.

WBHS won all the butterfly and ­backstroke events and most of the ­medley races, even a break for heavy rain and lightning not enough to break their rhythm.

Grey College won the final event of the evening, the ladder freestyle, but WBHS were already out of sight, winning overall by 49 points, a bigger margin than last year and their eighth consecutive victory in the bag.

The hosts’ B team more than held their own, finishing ahead of the A teams from College, KES, Northwood and DHS.

Final points standing

WBHS 333 pts

Grey College 284 pts

St David’s 267 pts

Glenwood 242 pts

Clifton 232 pts

Pretoria Boys’ High 210 pts

Kearsney 176 pts

Hilton 168 pts

WBHS B 129 pts

Maritzburg College 105 pts

KES 102 pts

Northwood 84 pts

DHS 53 pts.

Having done the business on Friday, WBHS’s swimmers took to the water on Saturday for the 49th Alan Burt Gala, which sees five KZN schools up against five Gauteng schools in a 26-event, relay format competition.

Again, WBHS were the reigning champs but confidence was high after the ­previous evening’s exploits.

Alan Burt Gala Results

WBHS 285 pts

Glenwood and Pretoria Boys’ 225 pts

St David’s 211 pts

St Stithians 192 pts

Kearsney 195 pts

KES 103 pts

Maritzburg College 102 pts

DHS 76 pts

Parktown 56 pts.

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