gala report

19 January 2017

Swimming Gala U11, U10 and U9 at Ipswich School

It was with some trepidation I agreed to this fixture, as we were up against both Ipswich High and St. Joseph's so the level of competition was going to be high. But I should not have had any concerns; we more than held our own against some strong club swimmers.

The racing started with the individual backstroke events with Emily B getting us off to a good start winning the U10 event. Archie L also placed excellently in second for the U9s. We moved on to the breaststroke races next and with 50 metres ahead of him, Henry D touched first for the U11s, and Imogen J placed second in the 25 metre U10 race.

In the U11 butterfly race, mention must go to William T in Year 6 who volunteered to replace one of our absent swimmers. This is a huge race, again over 50 metres, and the hardest race on the programme. Competing with Alexandra B-C, he covered the distance - just!! - but it was his attitude and team-spirit that inspired us all. He was justifiably rewarded with lots of show-ups! For the U10s Anna B placed a very strong second with a fine display of technical excellence. For the U9s Sophie H and George H competed for us with George finishing in third. Again, this race is a huge undertaking for this year group and their determination shone through.

In the individual freestyle events, we again swam competently and quickly! The Year 4s gave us our first 1 - 2 finish with George and Martha H both giving it their all to finish first and second respectively. And the Year 5s also had a first place finish courtesy of a fine swim from Edward S.

We then moved on to the Medley Relays and again we performed strongly with second place for both the Holmwood U9 and U 10 'A' teams. The U9 'A' team also swam competently in the freestyle relay finishing first and it was a second place for the U10 'A's.

The teams were as follows:

Under 9s - Martha H, Clara M, Sophie H, Archie L, George H, Tom B, Jude F, Henry W
Under 10s - Emily B, Imogen J, Anna B, Keira W, Edward S, Toby B, Theo L'E, Sophie D
Under 11s - Henry D, Margot F, Alexandra B-C, Rufus C, Martha M, William T, Sabine

Scores, (lowest wins)

Under 9s - HH 35, IHS 44, St J's 46
Under 10s - HH 30, IHS 41, St J's 55
Under 11s - HH 49, IHS 28, St J's 49

Overall Standings:

First Ipswich High, (113 points), Second Holmwood (114 points), Third St Joseph's (150 points)

Mrs Jeffery