Inter-House Swimming Gala
The annual Gordonstoun inter-House swimming gala recently took place with all of the Houses entering full teams. Contesting for the prestige and title of inter-House Champions, every competitor gave their all for their House teams.
The junior girls began the afternoon with the loudest and most piercing screams of encouragement and celebration ringing in the ears of all in the pool hall. Windmill proved to be the most consistent of the junior girls' teams, winning all but one of the events to finish with a winning total of 22 points. Well done to them, in 2nd place with one win came Plewlands on 13 points, Hopeman however never gave up and fought in every race eventually accumulating 7 points.
The senior girls arrived next, just as loud but not quite as piercing in their support. Windmill continued in imperious form and were not to be denied winning all six events to score the maximum 24 points. Plewlands and Hopeman enjoyed a very close competition for second place with each team scoring 9 points to earn a well-deserved tie.
Well done to all of the competitors in the girls teams and particularly the team captains who encouraged their swimmers to perform to the best of their ability.
The junior boys were up next. Although the Bruce team performed to the best of their ability they were unable to secure a win in any of the events but did have three second places scoring 12 points in the end; Round Square managed a single win in one event elevating them to third place with 14 points. With two event victories and four third places the Cumming team reached 18 points to finish in 2nd place this year. The winners, deservedly so with three wins and 22 points, was Duffus House, who celebrated in the time honoured fashion with them all ending up in the pool.
Finally the senior boys took to the main stage to round off the noisy and exciting afternoon’s challenges. In 5th place was Cumming House who, without a win in any event, finished with 11 points; in 4th place with one event victory was the smallest boys' house - G-House- who supported swimming captain Liam B admirably to gain 14 points; Duffus also secured one event win and ended their campaign on 18 points. The final race of the competition, the Freestyle relay, decided the overall result. Finishing on 26 points with one outright victory in the final event and two 2nd places and two 3rd places was Round Square with the victory this year going to Bruce House with two wins in the individual events and three 2nd places giving them a final total of 27 points.
Well done to all who participated throughout, swimmers, managers and supporters. Also special thanks to the Pool Lifeguard service who maintain safety cover throughout. Finally thank you to Mrs Morton, Mr Voller, Mr Lyall, Mr Wilson, and Mr Duffy for their help officiating and recording the events and final results.