A HUGE thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this meet such a success. It was a great result for Team Sharks. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise and a great atmosphere on poolside with everyone involved in looking after the children ensuring the swimmers were happy and rearing to go. A big thank you to Mark Withers and his team, Mr Mitcham, Pii Aor and Pii Chompoo for always ensuring the 36 swimmers under their dutiful care were entertained, watered, fed, marshalled, rested.. etc, etc. It was 3 long but very successful days.
Over 270 swimmers took part in the TOSL competition this past weekend, from 8 schools across the region. Over 35 swimmers from the ISS Sharks swim team competed in this event, the biggest number ever! Some were competing for the first time, while others were looking to improve on their current times and wanting to achieve those key personal bests to go up the rankings running up to the final meet in June. This meet will determine the final placing for our swimmers and our team. We are already confident of some podium finishers based on our current points tally.
The swimmers went on to put in some fantastic performances over the weekend. There were personal best swims for many of the Sharks. Mr Withers is very proud of many new school records being achieved including from the following students:
Yunho Jang, a very strong and dedicated swimmer in the U8 category achieved school records across the board in: 50m and 200m Freestyle ; 100m Backstroke ; 100m Breaststroke.
Paul-Eric Larson-Drozd, one of our most hardworking swimmers in the 13-14 category achieved his record in: 200m Freestyle.
Haneul Fife in the 11-12 category smashed the school records in: 50m Free and 100m Backstroke.
Tom Maestracci in the 13-14 age category achieved great success in: 100m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly.
Ing Nongbualang in the 11-12 category shows huge dedication to the sport and beat a long standing record in: 100m Breaststroke.
Seraphina Lees in the 9-10 category beat her sister’s record with a smile in 200m fly.
It is a huge achievement for swimmers to beat other students’ long-standing records and a testament to their dedication and relentless training. We must congratulate them on these records. The school records board is at the poolside if you wish to take a closer look!
We very much look forward to our next competition, the 3-day invitational at Thanyapura, Phuket on 29th to 31st March followed shortly after by the BISP Flying Fish event in April. It’s a really busy end of year calendar for our swim team. Keep up the hard work Sharks and congratulations on your successes!