Friday 10th March 2017 – Swimming Match V St Swithen’s
Thirty-three swim squad members from all our year groups travelled to Winchester after school on Monday 6th March for the annual swimming match against St Swithun’s School. This is always a very exciting match and a tough test for our swimmers who have to adapt quickly to their 25m ‘deck level’ pool.
Our backstroke swimmers roared off to start the match in fine style, gaining several first, second and third places but then the St Swithun’s team came back at us in the breast stroke, making it all very even. The 50m races for the mainly year 6 swimmers were then a test of stamina, style and turns. Many of the races were so very close and the standard of swimming was superb …this match was finely balanced!
With double points allocated to the relay races, it was important that we kept up the pressure…and that is exactly what we did. All our team members gave every morsel of energy into their performances and the work that we have been doing in training for starts and take-overs was certainly remembered.
At the end of the match we had no idea as to who had won and we waited with bated breath for the final announcement. Then the St Swithun’s swimming coach revealed that there was only 8 points between the two scores and that it was Bishop’s Waltham who had come out on top and won!
Well done to all our team members, they represented school with superb skill, determination and team spirit. Thanks must also go to Nicki Cresswell for her continued support and to our parents who helped on poolside to get everyone to the right place at the right time. Many thanks too to all our parents who helped with transport and for their support from the viewing gallery.
(Report from Mrs Cooper)
The following message, from Mrs Cooper, was left on Mr Campbell’s desk.
‘Mr Campbell – Delighted to tell you that BWJS swimming team beat St Swithen’s at the recent gals by 8 points! It was a fantastic match and the standard of swimming and competitive spirit was superb – makes it all so worthwhile! Lots of happy children and parents!!’
Congratulations to the school swimming team on such an amazing result.