It’s seven in a row for Westville Boys’

2014-01-28 00:00

SEVEN and counting. That’s Westville Boys’ High School’s statistic when it comes around to the annual Alan Burt inter-provincial gala.

It’s a gala that has the top five swimming schools from KwaZulu-Natal battling against the top five from Gauteng and, in what has become routine, Westville claimed the honours for a seventh consecutive year.

The event was held in Gauteng last weekend; the travelling Westville contingent confident of another crop of outstanding swimmers capable of doing the job.

Any doubts proved unfounded as a high standard of swimming saw all the races decided in the final few metres before the line. At the end of proceedings, Westville had won 19 of the 30 races, their U14 age group particularly strong.

Another Durban school, Glenwood, dominated the U15 races with their powerful unit, although Westville challenged hard, winning two of the age group’s six events.

This was another stern test for Westville’s aquatic prowess as many schools have concentrated on strengthening their swimming in recent years. St David’s Inanda, Pretoria Boys’ High and Glenwood have been strong and all proved worthy opponents in the pool.

Daniel Ronaldson, Westville’s U19 swimming ace, was unable to attend the gala as he is currently with the SA men’s team at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Series in Australia, competing against the hosts, China, Japan and Brazil.

Final Points

Westville Boys’ High 287

Pretoria Boys’ High 236,5

Glenwood 222

St David’s 208

St Stithians 170

Kearsney 154

College 119

DHS 108

KES 99,5

Parktown 44

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