John McGlashan Swimming Sports

Sunday 29th October 2017

The 2017 swimming sports were unusual in the fact that they clashed with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Swimming Sports.

This unfortunate set of circumstances meant the unprecedented ruling was made that the four boys who attend Nationals; Courtland Ellis, Ben Carr, Nathan Wolf and Geoffery Kemp, would have their times from the Nationals accepted to gain placings at the school sports. No records would be accepted from the National event. Another ruling, however, was to accept times from the Nationals for long course records, which haven’t been swum at the school sport since 2005. This would significantly alter the record books in 2017.  

Courtland Ellis broke six of the seven long course records. Harry Summers, the rising star of the swimming ranks, cleaned up the Primary events, winning all races. Harry Morshuis and Nate Wisnesky filled many of the placings. Thomas Meder, Sam Sinclair and Nick Casey also placed. Oliver Sinclair won the diving. In the Year 9 and 10 grade, Max Wolf dominated, winning four of the five disciplines and placing second in the remainder. Tom Gold, recently back from injury, had one win, two seconds and a third. Eli Familton, Max Kirkwood and Tom Colbourne also placed. Ethan Farrow won the diving. 

At the senior level, the impressive Courtland Ellis won all the disciplines apart from the diving, which was won by the equally impressive Drew Schievink. Minor placings were shared around between Ben Carr, David Cannon, Oliver Walker, Cameron Moran, Geoffery Kemp and Tim Churnside. Gilray won the house competition from Burns, Balmacewen and Ross.