On Tuesday 1st March, MGSC competed in the annual House Swimming Carnival. It was a very hot but fantastic day with students competing in the 50metre freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, 4x100m relay, 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley, staff vs student race, and a beach volleyball competition.
The day ran very smoothly with the 50 metre freestyle heats running between 9-10am whilst the rest of the school arrived showing off their costumes and house spirit. Ms Blumenstein and Mr Marshall took control of the PA announcing results of events and providing running commentary on many races. Mr de Munk and Mr Shillabeer marshalled all the students into their lanes, whilst Mr Williams and Mr Trigellis-Smith were both shattered at having to use a whistle instead of a starter’s gun. The House Captains showed outstanding House spirit throughout the entire day and they dutifully ramped up their dance moves and voices for the House chant and dance off which occurred at midday.
Importantly, the staff vs student relay race capped off a magnificent day. Mr Day, Mr Russell, Mr Howells and Mr Hall all volunteered to compete against representatives from each House and various teams of four. With a close few legs it was the staff who pulled away and took away another victory in the annual staff vs student relay race.
Student participation throughout the entire day was incredible. Each competitor receives a point towards their House for every event they participate in. If you win the final of an event you receive 12 points, 2nd gets 11 points, and all the way down to 8th place who receives 5 points. At the end of the carnival we are able to see which student got the most points for their age group. This year the Age Group Champions were; U13 Megan Kain (46points) who won the 50m butterfly and backstroke; U14 Cara Jenkins (60points) who won all five of her events; U15 Gabriella Hall (76points) who came 1st or 2nd in six events and 4th in one other; U16 Isabel Pilcher (48points) who competed in five events; U17 Issy Foord (44points) who won the 50m butterfly and competed in four other events; and Open champion and Jackson House Captain, Poppy Kelly (67points) who won four out of six of her events.
We had two students break MGSC swimming records. Olivia Davies (Year 12) broke the Open age group 50m butterfly in 35.37seconds; and Cara Jenkins (Year 8) who broke two school records; the U14 50m butterfly record in 34.05 seconds, and the U14 50m freestyle record in 30.11 seconds which was held by Linley Frame who represented Australia in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Congratulations to both swimmers.
Thank you to all the staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day, also a big shout out to Mr Bruhn who did an amazing job in organising yet another fantastic carnival. But most importantly a big thank you to all competitors and houses who did an amazing job and should be extremely proud of their efforts. It was a nail-biting wait to see which house would take home gold. In 4th place was Jackson (Green) on 565 points, in 3rd place was Mackellar (Purple) with a total of 614 points, in 2nd place was Melba (Yellow) on an impressive score of 700 points; and in 1st place was Kenny (Blue) who bounced back from coming last in 2015, to ending Melba’s winning streak and winning in 2016 on 710 points. Go Kenny. Written by Kenny House Captains – Maddie Culshaw and Evie Tripp.
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