Our winning swimming style
Jaimey Yeats, Senior champion of the 2017 Abbotsleigh Senior School Swimming Carnival.
The energy and enthusiasm that was unleashed in House Choir last Friday, some may have thought, could not be matched. However - what we thought was the pinnacle of house spirit was duly met by the equally emphatic cheers and super speedy racing of all girls at the Abbotsleigh Swimming Carnival. Each year, this is a day full of laps, lollies, record breaking and all the colours of the rainbow coming together to cheer the loudest for their respective colour. Whether girls swam in every race, swam a few leisurely breaststroke laps in the annual Lapathon, dove gracefully off a diving board in the diving competition or cheered until their feet and voices hurt in the stands, the vibes produced by the entire Senior School can only be described in one word – epic.
2017 House Captains.
Of course, there was also the aspect of competition as our friendly inter-house rivalry generates these awesome vibes in the first place. The winner of the overall point score was Chisholm, which is the first time they have won since 2002, a well-deserved reward for their awesome efforts. However, it is not all about the speed of your swimmers, as Melba demonstrated in their victory of the House Spirit point score.
Individual performances were countless, however there were a few extra special swims worth noting. In the Open 50m Freestyle Championships our resident sprint stars Natasha Ramsden (11F), Jaimey Yeats (11F) and Holly Nelson (9C) all received the top three places respectively, with Natasha breaking the elusive 27-second barrier to go a super quick 26.34. Watch out, Campbell sisters!
Abbotsleigh girls and supporters at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
It wouldn’t be an Abbotsleigh swimming carnival without a couple of records being broken, with Natasha Ramsden of Year 11 Franklin again breaking barriers with a trifecta of records in the 16 years 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle events. Franklin continued their record-breaking streak with Annabelle Druce setting a new record in the 18 years 50m Backstroke, along with the Senior 4x50m Freestyle relay creating history with a new record time.
Our individual champions were understandably Holly Nelson (9C) for the Juniors, Natasha Ramsden (11F) for the Intermediates, and Jaimey Yeats (11F) for the Seniors.
L-R: Jaimey Yeats, Natasha Ramsden and Holly Nelson.
Overall it was an unforgettable day had by all.