Magnificent seven for Westville swimmers

2014-02-11 00:00

WESTVILLE Boys’ High School hosted the country’s top swimming schools in their annual interprovincial gala on Friday.

The only school missing from the line-up was Pretoria Boys’ High School, who opted not to travel across the Vaal river for the event.

Nonetheless, when the water had stilled after the last event, the hosts had finished top of the standings for the seventh consecutive year, but they had their work cut out for them.

On the night, spectators were kept on the edge of their seats as the gala went into the history books as one of the most fiercely contested in recent times. For many of the races, playback technology was called upon to determine a winner.

Westville won three of the five freestyle races, while Glenwood dominated in the breaststroke, winning the U15, U16 and U17 races, while Westville pulled one back in the U14 race and St David’s took the U19 dash.

Order was restored for Westville in backstroke and butterfly races as they won three of the five age group races in each discipline, tying with Glenwood in the U14 backstroke.

The medley relays dished up some sizzling action, Westville winning two of the five events as the opposition came at them hard. Grey College took the U14 race, St David’s the U15 and Clifton College the U17.

It was a tricky night for Westville who had to fight hard to stay on top. The final tally of wins saw Westville with 15, Grey College five, Glenwood four, St David’s three and Clifton one.

In recent years, Westville Boys’ High School swimmers such as Chad le Clos, Chad Ho, Calvin Justus and Charl Crous have excelled at international level, thereby renewing interest in the sport at schoolboy level.

Final Gala Positions

Westville Boys’ High 295 points

Grey College (Bloemfontein) 270 points

St David’s 250 points

Clifton 215 points

Glenwood 209 points

Kearsney 149 points

Hilton 135 points

St Benedict’s 132 points

Maritzburg College 114 points

Westville B 108 points

DHS 93 points

Northwood 59 points.

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