Report: Annual Swimming Sports
The annual Auckland Grammar School Swimming Sports were held on Thursday 8 February in the new outdoor pool for just the second time in the School’s history. With over 100 participating in a myriad of events, the most contested races were the 50m freestyle races with 50 students competing in the senior division.
There were a number of new records set across the day:
- Form 3 student T. Y. C. Chin produced a time of 1.06.55 in the 100m backstroke to beat the 2020 record of 1.10.44
- Form 3 student T. M. Lushkott produced two new records in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke races
- Form 5 student R. H. Hou equalled the 100m freestyle record from 2023
- Form 5 student S. Karpov broke two intermediate records in the 50m backstroke and the 50m freestyle as well as equally the 50m butterfly time he produced in 2023
- Form 7 student H. P. Klouwens broke two senior records in the 50m and 100m backstroke races
The standout performers in the junior competition were T. M. Lushcott and T. Y. C. Chin. With four wins each, it was Lushcott who was named the overall Junior champion for 2024, winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 200m medley, and Silver in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke.
In the intermediate competition, S Karpov was in outstanding form winning seven races to earn the Intermediate championship and defend his title from 2023. Karpov won the 50m and 100m backstroke, the 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle and the 200m medley. Karpov also placed second in the 100m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke.
In the Senior competition, Deputy Head Prefect H. P. Klouwens, with five wins, took out the Senior championship, also defending his 2023 title. He won Gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, the 50m butterfly and the 50m and 100m freestyle, with third place finishes in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, the 200m freestyle and the 200m medley.
Congratulations to our three Swimming champions for 2024, to Master in Charge of Swimming G. Martin, and the Prefects for their assistance and organisation of this year’s event.