ANNUAL INTERSCHOOLS GALA VS VOLKSKOOL
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.
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
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
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