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BISS Lions Make a Splash

18 October 2013

On Saturday 12 October, 65 BISS Lions swimmers went to SCIS to compete against the rest of the Shanghai Swim League in their first competitive race of the season.

  • Swimmers on the starting blocks

The weeks of preparation leading up to this event were long and hard but the swimmers had an air of confidence about them due to their excellent preparation.

Led by senior captains, Margot Jacobs and Til Hoelzer the secondary team had a busy morning schedule.  Many personal best times were laid down by the Lions with heat and event winners coming thick and fast across the day.  At around eleven o’clock the first of the primary BISS Lions swimmers took to the water.  The primary team, led by the talented pair of captains, Nur Sofia Matthe and Louis Williamson took inspiration from the older swimmers' performances and kicked their hardest to keep the team in the running for the overall points top three.

Across the day there where many notable performances and, with such a large group of athletes working so hard and swimming so well,  it’s difficult to choose just a few. However, arguably the most moving performance of the day was from Alard Schroeder who, even though he took first place overall in the 50 metre freestyle event, could not hide his disappointment after the initial time of 30.68 seconds appeared on the board.  He was then informed some time later that there was a problem with the score board and he had broken his personal best with a 29.78 second swim.  To break under thirty seconds is a special moment for a swimmer, especially one who is just twelve years old.

A large thank you from all the swimmers to the many parents and teachers in the stands showing their support.  This included Annie Tafelski, even though her son Daniel was not racing due to his attendance on the school geography field trip.  The swimmers total points tally was 440 which placed them into a creditable third overall. Below you can see some of the highlights of the individual success.  Well done to all the swimmers!

Florence Barlow – Under 8 Girls - 3rd highest point scorer
Alex Dyckerhoff – 9-10 Boys – 3rd highest points scorer
Louis Williamson – 9-10 Boys – 2nd highest point scorer
Kym Pang – 11-12 Girls  - 3rd highest point scorer
Jasmine Chang - 13-14 Girls – 3rd highest point scorer
Jason Chang – 13-14 Boys – Champion
Til Hoelzer © - 15 and over boys - 3rd highest point scorer
Margot Jacobs © - 15 and over girls - Champion