Southmead Super Swimmers

February 28, 2017

On Tuesday 28th February, 28 extremely excited and eager pupils, from across Key Stage 2, represented Southmead at Braunton Learning Community’s annual swimming gala. As well as Southmead, the poolside was packed with swimmers from Caen, Kingsacre, Marwood and Georgeham, all determined to cheer as loudly as possible from the start of the very first race through to the final touch at the end of the last! The event consisted of separate individual races across all four strokes and culminated in relays for each year group as well as a mixed year medley relay. Our Year 3 swimmers made an inspirational start to the team’s performance, in the first of the individual front crawl races, by achieving a 2nd and then a 1st place in the girls’ and boys’ events respectively. This was followed by two more 1 st places, two 3rds, one 4th and one 5th place. The successes continued in the breast stroke races with two 1st places, one 2nd and five 3rds. Despite, not winning any more individual races, every other swimmer, who swam in the remaining breast stroke or butterfly events, scored invaluable points towards the team’s final tally. Following the end of the individual races, every member of the team was involved in the much-anticipated relays. Again, the Year 3s set the bar high for rest of their team mates, with the girls coming 3rd and the boys winning their race. Even more remarkable was that the first swimmer in each the teams swam twice! Buoyed by this success, both the year 5 and 6 boys’ teams achieved 2nd place, whilst the Year 4 girls were 3rd. The most exciting performances, however, were left until the end, with the medley relays. In the boys’ race, the lead changed several times as each stroke was swum, with the team just being pipped to the post by Caen. The performance of the morning, though, has to go to the girls team. From the very outset, they set the pace and their lead just grew and grew as each of the four swimmers took their turn. By the end of the race, Marisa, the Team Captain, finished the race nearly half a length ahead of the 2nd place team. The team’s efforts were rewarded handsomely, with a very well-deserved 2nd place. Every single member of the team gave 100% and proved to be outstanding team members, supporting each other throughout the event and behaving impeccably. We would like to thank Mr Cardew who helped on the day and all the parents, carers and family that came to support. It was great to see so many spectators! Well done Southmead swimming team. You should be very proud of yourselves. You have proven to be a credit to yourselves and a credit to Southmead School. Well done





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