PAHS swim­mers smash 20 records

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SWIM­MING Mon­day af­ter­noon saw the con­clu­sion of Port Al­fred High School’s Cham­pi­onship Gala. The pro­gramme com­prised 102 events and records date back to 1983, when Diane Meyer set a time of 45.90 for the girls’ un­der-12 50m breast­stroke. Since then, Port Al­fred has pro­duced top swim­mers, such as Leanne Lom­bard, Spring­bok Greg Kieck and brotherand-sis­ter team Ash­leigh and Michael Gard­ner.

”It has been a plea­sure to see some of the older records go over the last few years. Our squad has worked hard through­out the year and their ef­forts have paid off,” said head coach Roger Nock.

Port Al­fred has its own swim­ming club now, The Port Al­fred Swim Team, which is based at the in­door pool. Here, Sharon Lem­mer, Tammy Tin­ley and Jo Beatt as­sist and run the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for begin­ners and sev­eral school records were bro­ken by th­ese swim­mers. In ad­di­tion, the school has its own pro­gramme for de­vel­op­ment.

Lo­cal swim­mers who now fea­ture in the list of record hold­ers, are: Ni­col­ien Botha – girls’ U19 100m freestyle; Saffron Tweedie – girls’ U19 100m breast­stroke; Robyn Da­combe – girls’ U8 25m freestyle; Con­nor Bessinger – boys’ U9 50m breast­stroke and Luke Lem­mer who won the boys’ U19 100m freestyle.

Kate Tin­ley had a good gala, set­ting records in the U14 girls’ 100m freestyle, and 50m back­stroke. She also set two records in the open divi­sion win­ning the 100m back­stroke and 100m but­ter­fly.

Wil­liam Beatt and Scar­lett Tweedie each set five new records: Tweedie dom­i­nated the girls’ U11 divi­sion, win­ning the 100m freestyle, I00m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 50m but­ter­fly, 50m freestyle and 50m breast­stroke races. Beatt equally dom­i­nated the boys’ U10 divi­sion, tak­ing the 100m freestyle, 50m but­ter­fly, 50m back­stroke, 50m breast­stroke and 50m freestyle records.

Some of th­ese swim­mers will be head­ing off to the Level 2 and Level 3 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships to be held in Oudt­shoorn and Cape Town re­spec­tively, dur­ing the Easter holidays. CRICKET

The PAHS U8 and U9 teams played a mid-week match against El Shad­dai at home and both PAHS teams won. DE­BAT­ING

PAHS hosted Sel­borne Col­lege last Thurs­day. While both the ju­nior and se­nior teams lost nar­rowly to the vis­i­tors, PAHS’s Ga­van Schultz was named best speaker. The de­baters look for­ward to a re­match. HOCKEY

The 1st XI PAHS boys’ hockey team held their own against the St An­drews 4th team in a Makana League fix­ture. The match ended in a 3-3 draw.

The U16 PAHS boys’ team won their match 2-1 against Kingswood Col­lege’s U16D team. RUGBY

Wear­ing their BUCO and Kowie Toy­ota spon­sored kit for the first time, the PAHS 1st XV par­tic­i­pated in the re­cent Graeme Col­lege Rugby Day where they played against Nathaniel Nyaluza Sec­ondary School. Un­for­tu­nate mis­takes cost PAHS the game 13-18. Coach Ryle Mur­ray com­mended the team for their good spirit and thanked the sup­port­ers who had trav­elled to Gra­ham­stown. SQUASH

Both Ste­fan Botha and Lise-Mari Coet­zee played in the SA School’s Closed Tour­na­ment in Jo­han­nes­burg. Botha fin­ished 24th in the open boys sec­tion while Coet­zee fin­ished 14 in the U14 girls sec­tion.

The PAHS Ju­niors played against DSG Ju­niors, los­ing 3-2. TEN­NIS

The girls first team en­joyed a short tour to Port El­iz­a­beth where they were sched­uled to play against Pear­son High School and Woodridge Col­lege. The team lost to Pear­son and the game against

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