05 Feb 2020

A fabulous Horsham Primary Schools Swimming Gala at Pavilions in the Park this afternoon saw well over 100 young swimmers strut their stuff this afternoon in front of a large audience of watching parents. As usual there were two team events to be contested - an A event open to club and non-club swimmers and a B event restricted to non-club swimmers only. The A event saw eight teams in action filling the eight lanes of the pool just nicely; the B event had 11 entrants so required two heats for every race.

In total this meant there were 24 starts and finishes for the organisers - Bohunt sports leaders on timing, Collyer's sports leaders on starting and results, Atlantis Swim Club's head coach Andy Lobley and HDSD's Ian Ford doing all the worrying that things would go well after recruiting all the teams for it - to negotiate, very nicely as it happened.

In the A event the Allstars made an inauspicious start by gaining six points in a third place finish in the opening 50 metres freestyle race. From that point there was no-stopping the team made up of swimmers from three different schools - St Peter's Cowfold, Shjelley and Northolmes - as they proceeded to win all seven following races to gain maximum points and take the title. The most contentious thing about their victory is how they will share the winner's trophy around to reflect each school's relative contribution. Nice to see a bit of inter-school cooperation not just enabling participation.

Heron Way came second with 50 points, not winning a race but never dropping below fourth place in any of the four individual races or four team relays. All Saints narrowly missed out on silver, one point behind and indeed also never dropping below fourth place. Last year's winners St Mary's Pulborough put in a good defence of their title but had to be content with fourth place on 30 points, one ahead of joint fifth-placed Arunside and St Mary's Horsham.

And talking of St Mary's Horsham, the saints came marching home to win the B event coming out on top of an excellent tussle with last year's B winners Southwater and the other St Mary's team in the field, Pulborough. With two races remaining two maximum point hauls plus big contributions from three second places had put St Mary's in a commanding five point lead over the Southies but just one in front of the Pulbies. Two fourth placed finishes in the last races were not exactly what St Mary's Horsham would have desired to settle their nerves, especially as Pulborough overtook them on points after coming second in the penultimate race and Southwater gained one with a third place.

Thankfully for St Mary's Horsham, their Pulborough namesakes effectively stumbled at the last hurdle with a sixth place finish, their lowest position in any race, and whilst Southwater valiantly gained maximum points with a first it still left them one point adrift and level pegging with Pulborough. You can't get more exciting than that.

St Peter's Cowfold just missed out on adding to their share of the A event glory but nevertheless presented themselves another small school prepared to mix it with the bigger boys. Shelley A took fifth and All Saints sixth.

Thanks to everyone involved - participants, team staff, spectators, organisers - for contributing to an afternoon of primary school sport at its best.

RESULTS

A EVENT

St Mary’s Pulb

Southwater

Arunside

Holbrook

St Mary’s Horsham

All Saints

Allstars

Heron Way

50m freestyle

Time 48.70

Position 6th

Points 3

43.64

5th

4

48.71

7th

2

60.62

8th

1

38.02

1st

8

42.75

4th

5

42.63

3rd

6

38.08

2nd

7

50m backstroke

56.84

6th

3

51.51

5th

4

43.46

2nd

7

58.59

7th

2

59.45

8th

1

46.57

3rd

6

42.08

1st

8

49.97

4th

5

50m breastroke

52.53

2nd

7

64.52

7th

2

58.07

5th

4

69.84

8th

1

62.94

6th

3

54.41

4th

5

39.31

1st

8

54.19

3rd

6

25m butterfly

28.43

8th

1

21.78

4th

5

22.52

5th

4

23.83

6th

3

25.65

7th

2

19.33

2nd

7

16.63

1st

8

20.45

3rd

6

100m freestyle

99.69

4th

5

128.41

7th

2

DNF

100.31

5th

4

115.58

6th

3

97.09

3rd

6

70.90

1st

8

89.94

2nd

7

100m medley

108.65

5th

4

131.77

7th

2

115.01

6th

3

159.46

8th

1

101.96

4th

5

97.02

3rd

6

80.41

1st

8

88.14

2nd

7

4 x 50m freestyle relay

193.66

6th

3

212.37

7th

2

190.38

5th

4

234.65

8th

1

186.15

4th

5

167.65

2nd

7

145.95

1st

8

186.08

3rd

6

4 x 50m medley relay

221.00

5th

4

230.01

6th

3

214.48

4th

5

263.38

8th

1

241.62

7th

2

191.07

2nd

7

170.68

1st

8

196.02

3rd

6

TOTAL

POINTS

30

4th

24

7th

29

5th =

14

8th

29

5th =

49

3rd

62

1st

50

2nd

.

HEAT 1

HEAT 2

B EVENT

St Mary’s Pulb

Leechpool

St Peter’s

Cowfold

Holbrook

Shelley B

All Saints

Northolmes

Southwater

Arunside

Shelley A

St Mary’s Horsham

25m freestyle

Time 20.44

Pos’n 3rd

Points 9

28.34

11th

1

23.84

7th

5

22.47

4th

8

23.78

6th

6

25.58

9th

3

24.46

8th

4

19.91

1st

11

27.65

10th

2

22.83

5th

7

20.35

2nd

10

25m backstroke

25.82

4th

8

28.58

11th

1

25.38

3rd

9

26.26

6th

6

26.63

7th

5

27.22

9th

3

27.51

10th

2

25.83

5th

7

27.06

8th

4

22.58

1st

11

24.65

2nd

10

25m breaststroke

28.14

5th

7

27.25

2nd

10

23.18

1st

11

36.81

11th

1

30.45

8th

4

31.56

9th

3

29.46

6th

6

27.64

3rd

9

29.63

7th

5

27.97

4th

8

32.88

10th

2

50m freestyle

46.53

3rd

9

76.00

10th

2

48.82

5th

7

68.02

9th

3

82.00

11th

1

58.13

6th

6

55.02

8th

4

52.12

7th

5

47.03

4th

8

45.38

2nd

10

45.25

1st

11

4 x 25m freestyle relay

89.91

1st

11

93.28

4th

8

95.39

5th

7

105.32

9th

3

101.34

7th

5

97.31

6th

6

109.29

11th

1

93.23

3rd

9

103.57

8th

4

105.50

10th

2

90.34

2nd

10

4 x 25m medley relay

102.93

3rd

9

102.13

2nd

10

116.76

8th

4

116.53

7th

5

135.78

11th

1

104.65

6th

6

121.58

10th

2

103.84

4th

8

118.38

9th

3

104.63

5th

7

101.46

1st

11

4 x 25m ball relay

131.89

2nd

10

159.32

10th

2

157.96

7th

5

148.40

5th

7

156.78

9th

3

129.77

1st

11

160.35

11th

1

132.95

3rd

9

153.60

8th

4

150.00

6th

6

144.53

4th

8

4 x 25m float kick relay

136.02

6th

6

142.51

8th

4

132.10

3rd

9

133.76

5th

7

166.30

11th

1

131.89

2nd

10

159.59

10th

2

123.59

1st

11

141.53

7th

5

145.70

9th

3

132.32

4th

8

TOTAL

POINTS

69

40

57

40

28

48

22

69

35

54

70

PLACING

2nd

7th =

4th

7th =

10th

6th

11th

2nd

9th

5th

1st