Martin Wolmarans and Oliva Lange swam in the South African Grand Prix Gala held in Stellenbosch from 22 to 24 February. Competition was stiff as this gala brought together our top national-level talent with swimmers from four other countries.
Oliva swam a brilliant 200m breaststroke to improve on his Junior National qualification time by just over 3 seconds thereby qualifying for the South African Youth Nationals. He also set three new school records for the 50m and 200m breaststroke and the 200m Individual Medley.
Martin not only improved on all of his personal best times, but he also added two Senior National qualifying times in the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle.
He qualified for the finals of the 50m freestyle with the third fastest time in the heats despite being the youngest swimmer on the block. In the final, he was in an elite class and not only bettered the record he set in the heats but secured second place overall with an outstanding time.
By the end of the gala, Martin had set no less than four new school records for the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m and 100m butterfly.
Well done to both of these swimmers!
The Inter-House Individual Gala was held on Wednesday 27 February. A full set of results and times will be posted on the swimming noticeboard but it is worth mentioning here a few of the highlights.
In the Under 15 age group, Oliva Lange set new gala records for all of the breaststroke events and Joss Hempel did likewise in the 50m butterfly, the 100m Individual Medley, the 100m and the 200m freestyle. He added a first-place finish in the 400m freestyle and thereby secured the Doug Lawson Trophy for the best Junior Swimmer of the gala for the second year running.
In the Open age group, Martin Wolmarans set new gala records for four out of five of his events and still managed to win his last event in a Colours time. He was therefore a deserving recipient of the Adderley Prize for the Best Open Swimmer.
The Inter-House Relay Gala was held later that evening and congratulations must be given to Armstrong for wrestling the Under 14 Relay Cup away from what was otherwise a very close competition between Upper and Graham house, the overall winner only being decided by the advantage of a single point.
The results of the Relay Gala were as follows:
And the overall results of the Individual and Relay Galas saw only one change of position between Merriman and Armstrong: