Union High School

Swimming

Every pupil has the opportunity to join afternoon swimming classes. Our top senior & junior swimmers compete regularly in Karoo galas and on most weekends in galas in Port Elizabeth & Uitenhage.  

ANNUAL INTERSCHOOLS GALA VS VOLKSKOOL

Union hosted the 2018 Interschools Gala at the Hoër Volkskool pool on Tuesday. Although we were represented well in all age groups, Union swam against incredibly strong competition at this year’s Interschools gala, especially in the senior age groups. Our swimmers made Union proud by truly giving their all, many of them competing in every event they could to ensure points for Union. Our Junior section lost by roughly 100 points, while our seniors lost by a margin of just over 40 points. 

While the loss is disappointing, we would like to thank the swimmers for their participation and determination, and congratulate them on their good behavior throughout the event. Thank you to Hoër Volkskool for allowing us to host this event in their wonderful facilities; and, of course, to all the staff and pupils who gave up their time to officiate at the event.
     

INTERHOUSE GALA

On Monday evening (12/02) our Interhouse Gala was held in perfect conditions. Competition between the two houses was keen throughout the evening. Arnott narrowly took the lead within the first few events, but soon both houses were tied on 179 points each. Daly fought hard and overtook Arnott, but within a short while Arnott took the lead again, right to the end. Arnott won by 5 points.

There were events for swimmers from U12 through to Open and it was wonderful to see so many swimmers participating. The open boys’ and girls’ events produced some exciting finishes which were lovely to watch. The 2018 matrics ended off the gala with a fun relay.

The final points position was: Daly – 418 | Arnott –  423

Well done to all the swimmers who participated, especially those who had to find their costumes at the bottom of their cupboards. We look forward to an exciting Interschools clash against Volkskool next week.
     

SUNDAYS RIVER MILE

A scorching day in Colchester greeted the 16 Union High Swimmers who made the trip to compete in the 94th annual Sundays River Mile.
 
The girls were first to race in conditions that were not ideal. The tide turned too late and was of no assistance to the swimmers this year. This, coupled with a slight head wind, made for tough going for the 210 ladies competing in the race. Despite this, our Union girls performed well.  Hannah Bodenstein was our first girl to cross the finish line in just under 35 minutes. She was closely followed by Amber Binney and then Kendall Krige. Ekaterina Duvenhage and Drew Dobinson also did well to finish in under 45 minutes.

As the start of the men’s race approached, the skies began to darken and a brewing storm closed in around the field of 267 swimmers. Our boys raced the storm to the finish line and managed to clock some good times in the process.  Cameron Muir was our first boy home in 30 minutes flat, with Michael Krige following closely behind. Corniel Vorster, Ben Kroon and James Potgieter finished in rapid succession, all within 5 minutes after Cameron.

It was wonderful to see Union High being so well represented at an event of this stature, and it was encouraging to note the eagerness with which all the first-timers competed. Well done to them all.

TOP 8 GALA

A group of 9 Union High swimmers participated in the Top 8 Invitational Gala on Saturday, 17 March, which pits the top swimmers of schools in the province against each other. Union High won 11 medals in total and the swimmers were well-rewarded for all their hard work during the season.
Congratulations to the following swimmers on their medal wins:

Photograph left to right:
Jason Wright - Silver 100m Breastroke and Silver 50m Breastroke
Ben Kroon - Silver 50m Backstroke, Bronze 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke and Bronze 50m Butterfly
Jenna Harvey - Gold 50m Butterfly and Gold 50m Backstroke
Hannah Bodenstein - Silver 50m Freestyle and Bronze 50m Backstroke
James Potgieter - Silver 50m Breaststroke