GHS tops in swimming and diving

2011-03-22 00:00

THE 2011 girls’ schools’ swimming season had its highs and lows.

“The top swimmers and divers learnt that there would be changes at national level,” head of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School (GHS) sport Val Fowler told The Witness yesterday­.

“The top school swimmers have been selected to attend the level one or level two galas as representatives of KwaZulu-Natal schools, as there is no longer a South African schools’ gala, but no provision has been made for the divers,” said Fowler, the doyenne­ of schoolgirls’ sport in the KZN capita­l, who has put decades into serving the interests of young sportswomen in the province­ and beyond. “However, many galas were swum and the competition remained fierce throughout the season.”

The annual Pietermaritzburg and District Senior Girls’ Inter-Schools’ Gala, held this year at the University­ of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg­’s­ pool on a blistering hot Wednesday afternoon, was once again a feast of excellent swimming and colourful cheerleading.

The current shield, known as the GHS Shield, represents the years 1964 to the present. In 1964 St Anne’s won the gala; from 1965 until 2009, GHS were the proud winners of the gala; and in 2010, it was the turn of The Wykeham Collegiate to take the shield home.

The PMB Girls’ High School swimmers were keen to avenge the narrow defeat suffered at the hands of The Wykeham Collegiate team in 2010 and this year they put on a matchless display of swimming to claim back the shield.

“There were a number of very exciting races,” Fowler said. “Ten of the events are trophy events and most of these trophies have been contested for many years.”

TWC won the first event, the four-age medley relay, for the Centenary Trophy. The McDowall Trophy for U15 breaststroke, the Beaumont Trophy for senior butterfly and the Seals Trophy for the U14 medley relay were won by the GHS A team.

“The Lindsay Trophy for the Open 6x50 m freestyle was one of the most exciting events of the gala. GHS A had a narrow win over the excellent St John’s sextet,” said Fowler. “The age-group freestyle events are always the closest and here St Anne’s pulled off a second place and Epworth two second places.”

The Inter-Schools’ Diving competition was held at St Anne’s on the two Tuesdays prior to the Inter-Schools’ Gala. St Anne’s, TWC and GHS divers took part.

GHS won the diving trophy with 24 points, second on 13 points was TWC, with St Anne’s third on seven points.



Epworth Cup: U14 freestyle: GHS A; EW Sates Trophy — U15 Freestyle and EW Sates Trophy — U16 Freestyle: The Wykeham Collegiate; Girls’ High Trophy — U16 freestyle and Farrant Trophy — U19 freestyle: GHS A.



First: Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School A — 262 points.

Second: The Wykeham Collegiate — 226 points.

Third: St Anne’s — 186 points.

Fourth: Epworth — 150 points.

Fifth: St John’s —114 points.

Sixth: PMB Girls’ High School B — 60 points.



U14 Carla Serfontein (GHS); U15 Chelsea Brown (TWC); U16 Morgan Nott (TWC) and U19 Caitlyn Seegers (GHS).

KZN Midlands diving team: U19: C Seegers (GHS), J. A. Jardine (TWC), T. Loubser (GHS). U16: M. Nott (TWC), C. Douglas (St A), M. White (GHS). U15: C. Brown (TWC), L. Loubser (GHS) and K. Higgins (GHS).

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