Christian Brothers College retained its place as the top for swimming by winning the Inter-School Individual Gala at home yesterday (13 October 2015), following its victory at the Inter-Schools Gala in Harare two weeks ago.
Although four teams competed in the gala, the real contest was between CBC and Esigodini rivals Falcon. While CBC won the gala with 684 points, Falcon came in a close second with 658. Midlands Christian College was a distant third with 410 points, followed by Plumtree with 251 points.
The gala proved exciting with several records broken, many personal best times achieved and in several races more than one person finishing a race in under the standing record time. Falcon’s Liam O’Hara broke three records in U15 50m breaststroke in a time of 32.68 seconds, U15 50m butterfly in 29.16 seconds and in the U15 individual medley. He is off to Egypt soon as part of Team Zimbabwe.
CBC’s O. Lacey broke the standing record for U16 50m breaststroke in 33.41 seconds while teammate G. Smith broke the U15 50m freestyle record in 27.63 seconds.
Not to be overshadowed by individual races, the relay section of the gala also saw shattered records. CBC’s U15 4x50m breaststroke team of L. Jones, R. Isemonger, J. Smith and G. Smith broke the standing record. The day culminated with Falcon’s U20, 4x50m breaststroke relay team of J. Schlachter, R. Herbst, Levi Fargnoli and Connor Pritchard breaking a relay record as well.