Limavady High School held its annual swimming gala on Friday 12th February at Roe Valley Recreation Centre. Approximately 75 pupils took part from Years 8 and 9 boys and girls. A big thanks must go to the parents and grand-parents who arrived to watch and cheer their children on at their first inter-house competition this year.
The competition got underway with the time trials for each swimming stroke in the minor and junior age groups for both boys and girls. A total of 30 heats were held to determine the swimmers who reached the finals of the competition. All pupils in the finals of each swimming stroke gained points for their house team. After the back stroke finals Alexander were in 4th place, with Ross in 3rd place and Phillips in 2nd place with 17 points and Massey in first place with 20 points. With the breast stroke finals next the positions changed with Ross in 4th place and Massey increasing their lead. After the front crawl finals Ross stayed in 4th place with 36 points Alexander third with 39 points Phillips 2nd with 44 points and Ross increasing their lead further in 1st place with 56 points. Most of the finals were very close and the timers had to be really alert as well as the finishing judge Mrs Mac and parents were on the edge of their seats urging their little ones on.
The relays were worth double points but unfortunately we did not have enough year 9 pupils to contest the junior girls and junior boys relays. After the minor boys and girls relays the positions still remained the same. The mixed relay was another exciting race.
The minor girls section was quite open with 3 girls finishing on 5 points Megan Milligan, Amber Eccles and Toni Peace. Hollie Buchanan gained 7 points and Rachel Smyth was placed second in her finals and won by one point.
In the minor boys section again we did not have an out right winner. John McCurry and Tom Patton finished in 3rd place with 6 points while Keatin Readdie gained 8 points with two second places and Steven Paterson finished in first place with 11 points.
We had an out right winner the junior girls section with Sophia Anderson finishing in 3rd place with 9 points. Leah Craig and Robyn Anderson had very close finishes but Robyn took first place with 3 wins while Leah finished in second place with 12 points.
The junior boys section was very close Joshua Campbell was 3rd with 8 points while Gregory McCracken gained one first and two seconds and finished with 13 points but was pipped at the post by Cole Buchanan who gained two firsts and one second and finished with 14 points.
A big thanks to all the staff and year 11 pupils who helped with the smooth running of the gala, and thanks must also go to the Recreation Centre staff for their great contribution to the swimming gala preparations.
Swimming Gala results
1st Rachel Smyth 8 pts
2nd Hollie Buchanan 7 pts
3rd Megan Milligan 6 pts
Amber Eccles 6 pts
Toni Peace 6 pts
1st Steven Paterson 11 pts
2nd Keatin Readdie 8 pts
3rd John McCurry 6 pts
Tom Patton 6 pts
1st Robyn Anderson 15 its
2nd Leah Craig 12 its
3rd Sophia Anderson
1st Cole Buchanan 14 pts
2nd Gregory McCracken 13 pts
3rd Joshua Campbell