Westville boys reign supreme at invitational, Alan Birt galas

2013-02-19 00:00

THE Midmar Mile weekend was again an exhausting time for some swimmers from boys’ schools who swam in the Westville Invitational Gala on Friday, the Alan Birt Top 10 Gala on Saturday and the Midmar Mile on Sunday.

Westville, a school which has produced the four-time Mile winner, Chad Ho, and Olympian and world record holder Chad Le Clos, again showed the rest of the field at both galas a clean pair of heels.

At the school invitational gala, the first major event in the school’s new pool, a capacity crowd saw very fast times set in a pool with a uniform depth of 2,2 metres.

Westville won this gala by 39 points from second-placed Grey College, with Clifton coming in third position.

The Alan Birt top 10 gala was held at the King’s Park pool on Saturday morning, with traditionally the top five schools from Johannesburg and the top five from KwaZulu-Natal.

In the U19 section, Westville won all their races in record times.

In the U14 division, Westville were edged out by Glenwood and St Stithians surprised by edging Westville out in the U15 races.

This augurs well for the future of boys’ swimming in the country as the competition will be better spread among the top schools.

Westville nevertheless reigned supreme, winning 21 of the 30 events and winning this gala for the sixth consecutive time.

Results of Westville Invitational Gala:

1 Westville 302, 2 Grey College 263, 3 Clifton 221, 4 Pretoria BHS 220, 5 St Davids 202, 6 Glenwood 193, 7 Hilton 166, 8 St Benedicts 150, 9 Maritzburg College 103, 10 DHS 96, 11 Northwood 71, 12 Parktown 41

Results of Alan Birt Gala:

1 Westville 291, 2 Pretoria BHS 234, 3 Glenwood 205, 4 Clifton 193, 5 Kearsney 182, 6 St Stithians 153, 7 St Davids 149, 8 KES 105, 9 DHS 89, 10 Parktown 43

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