Over the last two weeks, swimmers from across the year groups have been representing their houses with spirited pride in this year’s inter-house swimming galas.
1st Year Swimming Gala
The 1st Years gathered at the pool for their gala on the 2nd March. Every 1st Year pupil was involved in the competition, each swimming at least one event and earning points for their houses. There were some closely fought races and a vibrant atmosphere at the poolside. Many thanks must also go to the parents who came to support the event and cheer on their children.
2020 Victor Ludorum went to Rory S with Harry E runner up
2020 Victrix Ludorum went to Daisy L with Tilly D runner up
Total House Points: Wickett 186, School 183, Vinter 135, Smith 132
2nd Year Swimming Gala
The 2nd Years’ enthusiasm was infectious, with many swimmers keen to ensure that as many as possible swam in each event for their houses, with pupils often stepping in to swim where others were absent.
Two swims were especially noteworthy for the determination and commitment to their houses earning themselves the Spirit of Swimming medals. Evan T was concerned that he may not be able to complete his race but determined to secure more points for his house, he determinedly swam 50m breaststroke. Struck with cramp during the breaststroke length of the IM, Nia E stopped to rest but then swam the front crawl length despite her pain to complete the race.
Two records were broken by Ben D. He took a phenomenal 7 seconds off the front crawl record taking it from 37.95 to 30.34 and an amazing 5 seconds of the backstroke record seeing it fall from 42.78 to 37.29.
2020 Victor Ludorum went to Ben D with Henry H runner up
2020 Victrix Ludorum jointly went to Jess H and Eva B
Total House Points: Wickett 114, Vinter 112, Smith 99, School 78
4th Year Swimming Gala
The 4th Year gala saw an incredible 7 swimmers awarded the Spirit of Swimmer award. These swimmers were stepping into swims where no one else in their house was available or bravely swimming events that placed them outside their comfort in order to gain more points for their houses. Congratulations Magnus B, Soumya S, Katie W, Louis F, Orli D, Reuben M and Cosmo P.
2020 Victor Ludorum went to Harry D with Oliver B runner up
2020 Victrix Ludorum went to Anya H with Olivia P runner up
Total House Points: School 117, Wickett 114, Smith 52, Vinter 37
5th Year Swimming Gala
What an amazing gala with regards to new records. All the individual girls’ event records were broken by Izzy L and both girls relay events by School. Beyond the fast swimming was an outstanding team spirit as houses entered mixed teams in the relays in order to gain more points. Many swimmers stepped up to swim events they otherwise would not in order not to leave their house without a swimmer.
2020 Victor Ludorum went to Alex S with Ben E as runner up
2020 Victrix Ludorum went to Izzie L with Ella W as runner up
Spirit of Swimmer awards: Robie H, Dan T and Edward A
Total House Points: School 101, Wickett 71, Smith 68, Vinter 58