AISHK sent a team of swimmers to the Bangkok Splash meet last weekend, held at the International School of Bangkok. In recent years the swim team has not competed much in Term 1, but this year our preparation is more advanced, so a late decision was made to attend the meet.
Twenty-three AISHK students boarded a flight to Bangkok on Friday afternoon for two days of competition against almost 700 competitors. There were 14 participating schools from the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The facilities were fabulous, allowing for events to be run over Short Course (in a 25m pool) on Saturday, and Long Course (in a 50m pool) on Sunday. Short course is a 'sprinters paradise', and our sprinters were on display early, with Kaitlyn Buffon leading all the way to win the gold medal in the 13-14 Years division of the first event, the girls 100 F/S, in the time of 1.02.97. Not long after, Temana Short became the first AISHK swimmer this year to go under 27 seconds for the 50 F/S, swimming 26.83 to pick up the bronze medal in the 13-14 Years boys event. We picked up several more silver and bronze medals on the first day, including most of the relays.
With our greater endurance, the Long Course meet on Day 2 was always going to suit us better, and so it turned out, with Sarah Steadson, Ella Fraser, Bill Thorley, Temana Short, Jack Ware, Henry Phillis, and team captain Maddie Howell all winning gold medals. Included amongst these was the 400IM – a brutal race – which the Phillis brothers took to with relish, relentlessly wearing down their opposition, with William taking the Silver and Henry the Gold medal in the 13-14 Years boys event. The last event of the day was the 400 F/S, and in a fitting tribute to all the hard work our team had done in training, we finished off with three gold medals (Bill Thorley, Temana short and Maddie Howell) in the age divisions of this distance event.
Ella Fraser, Andy Pich, Jack Ware and Temana Short all swam times that would rank them in the top 10 in Hong Kong in their events. We ended up with 16 bronze, 30 silver and nine gold medals, and won the trophy for the school with most points per swimmer. All team members played their part in this fabulous result, and the trip was a wonderful experience for everyone involved.
|Dr Ken Thorley | AISHK Swim Team Manager|