On Saturday to Monday, 31st January - 2nd February, 101 KLASS Torpedoes
participated in this state level meet. This is by far the largest contingent we
have ever entered to any meet and is a strong sign of good progress in the
schools swim programme.
Day 1 started with a flurry of top ten finishes from KLASS swimmers, but
it was noticeable how the standard to medal had definitely risen from the
previous year’s event. The first medal duly arrived with a silver for Gioia Migliarina
in the 100m free and was swiftly followed by a bronze for her brother, Giulio,
in the group 5 boys 100m free. Charley Cox finished with an excellent 5th in
the group 5 girls.
Onto the 200IM and our next medal, a bronze, duly arrived for Swetha Menon
and was backed up with a silver for Sam Compton and a bronze for Gioia.
In the 50m back, Swetha was able to return a second bronze medal, Gioia
returned another silver whilst Oliver Schnitker and Mansur Shahriman narrowly
missed out with 4th places.
Day 2 saw the 100m back where Swetha returned another bronze, Gioia
another silver whilst Jeff Kloos just missed a medal in his favourite event by
Victoria Hovenden was very unlucky not to medal in the 50m breast as she
was touched out for 4th place by just 0.38 of a second. Meanwhile, in the same
event Sam Compton was able to secure a solid silver medal in a PB time of
Onto the 100m Fly and yet another bronze medal for Swetha and the same
colour for Sam Compton.
Medley relays closed the day and there was immediate success for the
group 5 boys with a solid silver whilst the group 5 girls team were able to
secure our only gold medal of the meet in their relay. An outstanding
achievement for a rapidly progressing quartet. Both group 2 relays were pushed
into 4th place by strong teams and the group 3 squads both secured bronze
medals in some very fast races. Finally it was the group 4s to close the day
and they returned silvers for the boys and bronze for the girls.
Day 3 opened with the 200m free and I feel fatigue started to show after
some very heavy weekends of racing recently. These were followed by the 50 Fly
where both Oliver Schnitker (again) and Giulio were narrowly pipped to a medal,
finishing 4th. Sam Compton was able to secure another silver in 37.74.
The 100 breast followed this and for me saw a very nature and well-paced
race from Victoria Hovenden who pushed the medalists to the final stroke but
was again touched out into 4th in a PB time of 1:26.25. Sam Compton was able to
secure another silver medal to his growing collection.
The 200 Fly's saw Swetha secure a silver medal and in the 50 free's
Jamila Abdel-Razak was very close to a medal placing 4th in a PB of 31.25.
Gioia secured a silver in a time of 33.22 whilst Mansur Shahriman secured an
excellent and bronze medal with a swim of 40.78. Guilio and Sophie Carmalt also
had excellent swims in this event with 5th placings each.
And so...finally to the free relays.
Expectations were high and the swimmers certainly responded. Group 4
boys were first up - silver, next the girls - bronze, Group 5 boys - silver
followed by the girls - silver, both the group 2 squads were again pushed into
4th and finally the group 3 boys - bronze and the girls - bronze.
By the end of the meet, we had finished 6th place out of 12 teams by
medal tally with 1 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze.
Well done to all those who competed. Thank you to all parents for giving
up your weekend and supporting the team. Finally, thank you to the swim staff
at both campuses for their dedication to the team at meets and at trainings.
Head of Whole School Aquatics & Head Coach KLASS Torpedoes