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SVC wins 49 medals in National Schools Swimming Championships

Swami Vivekananda College scooped a total of 49 medals during the National Schools Swimming Championships in the secondary schools women’s category during the two-day event held at the Damodar Aquatic Center in Suva. In second place with 39 medals was International school Suva with 12 gold, 12 silver and 15 bronze medals while in third place was Jai Narayan […]

Salote Qalubau

May 29, 2016 12:20 pm

Swami Vivekananda College scooped a total of 49 medals during the National Schools Swimming Championships in the secondary schools women’s category during the two-day event held at the Damodar Aquatic Center in Suva.

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Primary school swimmers at the second day of the National Schools Swimming Championship. (NSSAF)

In second place with 39 medals was International school Suva with 12 gold, 12 silver and 15 bronze medals while in third place was Jai Narayan College winning 22 medals with 11 gold, 9 silver and 2 bronze.

For the men’s category Marist Brothers High School secured their 8th win in the men’s secondary school category in the National Schools Swimming Championships with 27 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze .

In second place for the secondary school’s men’s category  was  Swami Vivekananda College with a total of 38 medals  with 24 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze while International school Suva came in third with a total of 28 medals with 9 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals.

Meanwhile, in first place for the primary schools men’s category Mount Saint Mary’s Primary school obtained 20 gold, 12 silver and 7 bronze medals and in second place was Marist Brothers Primary School with 17 gold, 15 silver and 8 bronze while Nadi Airport School came in third with 11 gold 12 silver and 7 bronze medals.

The women’s category saw Mount Saint Mary’s Primary school with 14 gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze medals. In second place was Nadi Airport School with 13 gold, 16 silver and 7 bronze  and in third place was Yat Sen Primary school with 12 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze medals.

Records that were broken included 13 from the Primary school women’s category by The Learning Centre, Yat Sen Primary School, Veiuto Primary School, Nadi Airport School, Mount Saint Mary’s Primary school.

For the Primary school, Men’s category 21 records in total were broken by Mount Saint Mary’s Primary school, Marist Brothers Primary school, Drasa Avenue School, Andrews Primary School: and Yat Sen Primary school.

The secondary schools women’s category saw 18 records being broken by Swami Vivekananda College, International School Nadi, Jai Narayan College, Yat Sen secondary School and  Suva Grammar School while in the men’s category  17 new records were set by  Swami Vivekananda College, Marist Brothers High School and Suva Grammar School.

Summary of records broken:
  • Primary Women:13 broken with one broken by more than one swimmer.
  • Primary Men: 21 broken with 4 records broken by more than one swimmer.
  • Secondary schools women: 18 records broken.
  • Secondary school men: 17 records broken.
Of the records broken over the weekend, the oldest were:
  • Women: 13-year-old women 400meters Individual Medley set in 2009 by Ellen Joyce of International School Nadi with a time of 6:13.04: new record set by Rosemarie Rova of Swami Vivekananda College.
  • Men: 16-year-old men 50 meters Backstroke set in 2009 by William Clark of Nadi Christian Community School with a time of 32.00; new record set by Tevita Fotofili of SVC.

Thirty-five records have been broken at the 2016 National Schools Swimming Championship at the Damodar Aquatic Center in Suva.

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Swimmers at the Damodar National Aquatic Centre in Suva. (FNSSC)

Eighteen records were broken in the secondary division and seventeen were broken in the primary division of the day one of the competition.

Among the record breakers was Rosemarie Rova of Swami Vivekananda College in the women 13-year-old 400m freestyle. Rosemarie clocked 4minutes 57seconds to break a record set six years ago by Jai Narain College student, Susau Elaisa at 5minutes 21seconds.

Marist Brothers High School is currently leading the boys division with 12 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze.

Swami Vivekananda College is second with 12 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze while third is International School Suva with 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze.

In the girls division, Swami Vivekananda College is in the lead with 15 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze.

Jai Narayan College is second with 8 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze while International School Suva is in third place with 6 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze.

Marist Brother High School and Swami Vivekananda College are the defending champions in the boys and girls divisions respectively in the Secondary division.

More than six-hundred students from thirty-seven schools in Fiji are preparing for the National Schools Swimming Championship set to take place this Friday and Saturday.

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Swimmers at the Damodar National Aquatic Centre in Suva. (FNSSC)

Fiji National Schools Swimming Association President, Mr. Patrick Bower encouraged people in the community to show up in support of these swimmers some of whom will be representing Fiji at the upcoming Oceania Swimming Championships taking place in Suva in June.

BOWER: “Competitions like this promote discipline, water safety and confidence and it is always a great joy to work alongside swimmers, schools, coaches and sponsors to this end.”

Mr. Bower revealed that a huge expense for organisers of the annual swimming championships was providing protection against the sun for swimmers and officials.

BOWER: “We are ever so grateful to Bank South Pacific Fiji for reaching out and providing much needed tents, bucket hats and caps. These are some of the big expense items that we have to coordinate.”

Fiji Swimming President Mr. Ben Rova said that close to fifty percent of the swim team representing Fiji in next month’s Oceania Swim Championship were participating in the national school’s meet.

The two-day event is expected to draw supporters from Western schools like Swami Vivekananda College, Namaka Public School and girls and boys primary school winner at the 2015 National Swim Championships – Mount Saint Mary’s Primary School.

The National School Swimming Championship will be held at the Damodar National Aquatic Centre in Suva from 8:30am to 5:30pm this Friday and Saturday.

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