Thanet Primary Schools Swimming Gala

Over 200 swimmers entered this year’s Thanet Primary Schools Swimming Gala held at Hartsdown on Saturday 19th May. This meant that the balcony was not only packed but also very noisy!

Phil Pittock, the Thanet Schools Games Organiser, said ‘the Thanet Primary Schools Swimming Gala is a terrific example of a local club (Thanet Swim Club) working with the local schools.”

Local McDonald’s Franchisee Paul Crocker, long time supporter of swimming in this area, said “this is a fantastic event from Thanet Swim club, it gives a real opportunity for primary school swimmers to participate in a competitive gala, working as a team and getting really good exercise; looking at the success of this event I hope we can support it as an annual event”

The event was split into 2 sessions; the first was for those children in Years 3 and 4 and the second was for Years 5 and 6.

In the first session in the very first race Upton Junior School got off to a flying start setting another Primary School Record in the Mixed Medley Relay in a time of 1.23.44 beating the previous mark set by Upton back in 2007. Further in the Final of the 100m Individual Medley, Rowan Fuss from Upton smashed the previous record by almost 8 seconds in a time of 1.23.96.

But Upton didn’t get it all their own way in session 1 with Palm Bay, St Peters and St Lawrence College regularly getting podium finishes. In the end Upton were overall winners just ahead of Palm Bay with St Peters and St Lawrence College tied for 3rd.

In the second session Chloe Parkinson also set a new record in the 25m Backstroke in a time of 17.61

However, Upton Juniors were dominant in the second session finishing in either 1st or 2nd place in 12 of the 14 races. St Nicholas was 2nd with a consistent performance and Palm Bay 3rd having won 3 races themselves.

All the photos from the event are available here.

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Results Session One (Years 3 & 4)

Butterfly: Girls 1st Mayan Davies (St Peters), 2nd Stephanie Panteli (Haddon Dene). Boys 1st Oscar Miles (Palm Bay), 2nd Luca Mcavoy (St Josephs), 3rd Joshua Claris (St Peters).

Backstroke: Girls 1st Mia Bray (Hadden Dene), 2nd Jasmine Watson (Palm Bay), 3rd Tamzin Vickers (St Lawrence). Boys 1st Charlie Rowley (Upton), 2nd Joshua Crabtree (Palm Bay), 3rd Thomas Beeching (St Lawrence)

Breaststroke: Girls 1st Phoebe Moon (Upton), 2nd Paloma Higgins (St Lawrence), 3rd Ella Proctor (Palm Bay). Boys 1st Finlay Keyworth (St Josephs), 2nd Adam Mitchell (Upton), 3rd Ben Millington (St Peters).

Freestyle: Girls 1st Miska Clarricoates (Palm Bay), 2nd Niamh Connelly (St Lawrence), 3rd Alice White (St Nicholas). Boys 1st Archie Ralph-Harding (St Lawrence), 2nd Sonny Teall (St Peters), 3rd Ryan Hopkins (Upton)

Individual Medley: Girls 1st Olivia Miles (Palm Bay), 2nd Nicole Palmer-Jones (Upton), 3rd Honor Llewellyn (St Lawrence). Boys 1st Rowan Fuss (Upton), 2nd Adam Miles (St Peters).

Results Session Two (Years 5 & 6)

Butterfly: Girls 1st Abbie Robinson (Chartfield), 2nd Beth Williams (Dame Janet), 3rd Raphaella Papa-Adams (St Josephs). Boys 1st Harry Tooke (Minster), 2nd Omar Elassri (Upton), 3rd George Pittock (Birchington)

Backstroke: Girls 1st Chloe Parkinson (Bromstone), 2nd Alisha Holmes (Upton), 3rd Chloe Warner (Palm Bay). Boys 1st Josh Jones (Upton), 2nd Joseph Farley (St Nicholas), 3rd Callum O’Connor (ChristChurch).

Breaststroke: Girls 1st Rhiannon Goldhawk (Palm Bay), 2nd Isobel Smith (St Nicholas), 3rd Laura-Jane Hill (St Saviours). Boys 1st Alex Boyd (Upton), 2nd Oscar Keyworth (St Josephs), 3rd Jacob Brown (Haddon Dene).

Freestyle:  Girls 1st Tamsin Wilmshurst (Palm Bay), 2nd Louisa MacDonald (Upton), 3rd Cara Payne (St Nicholas). Boys 1st Alfie Bradford (Upton), 2nd Thomas King (St Nicholas), 3rd Max Glet (ChristChurch).

Individual Medley: Girls 1st Maisie Macartney (Minster), 2nd Robyn Moon (Upton), 3rd Sommer Ansley (Haddon Dene). Boys 1st Taine Carrick (Monkton), 2nd Jack Baker (Upton), 3rd Joel Hames (Birchington).

Full results can be found here

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