Students secure shield for 2nd year

The successful CMS swimmers. Back row: Izie Murray, Savanna Bourke, Freya Kardas, Charlotte Watt, Ayla Gilchrast, Luke Hills, Ben Kibby, Hinie Roux, Zac Griffin. Middle row: Ryan Nelson, Tom Wynne, Hayley Grey, Ella Ramsay, Isabella Hancock, Annelies Banks, Chiara Woodford, Archie Louden, Noah Ludlam. Bottom row: Edison Ormsby, Logan Smith, Sam Scown and Cameron Butler.

Cambridge Middle School retained the Maeroa Jubilee Shield earlier this month when their team of 25 swimmers competed at the Waikato Intermediate and Middle Schools Swimming Championships in Morrinsville on March 12.

The school won the event for the second year in a row, with podium-placings achieved over 16 races, accumulating the most aggregate points to secure the shield over 10 competing schools.

“Now the pressure is on for the Year 7s to get it for a third time next year,” said Edison Ormsby, one of the swimmers. Other students described the experience as “awesome” and “a great experience”.

Savanna Bourke smashed the 2013 record in the Year 8 Girls’ 50m freestyle heat, going on to beat her own record yet again in the final. She also made the 100m freestyle final and finished first once again.

Chiara Woodford made the final in the Year 7 girls’ 50m breaststroke and finished in first place, and Izie Murray finished first in the Year 8 girls’ 50m fly.

Other top-placed students included Luke Hills (2nd in the Year 7 boys’ 50m backstroke), Edison Ormsby (3rd in the Year 7 boys’ 50m backstroke), Peyton Barnard (3rd in the Year 7 girls’ 50m backstroke 3rd), Archie Louden (2nd in the Year 8 boys’ 50m backstroke), Tom Wynne (2nd in the Year 7 boys’ 50m breaststroke), Noah Ludlam (2nd in the Year 8 boys’ 50m breaststroke), Zac Griffin (3rd in the Year 8 boys’ 50m breaststroke), Freya Kardas (2nd in the Year 8 girls 50m breaststroke), Ayla Gilchrist (3rd in the Year 8 girls’ 50m breaststroke), Tom Wynne (2nd in the Year 7 boys’ 50m fly) and Ryan Nelson (3rd in the Year 8 boys’ 50m fly). The girls also made the final of the 6 x 50m girls’ championship relay and finished in second place.

This was the first year that Richard Glover did not attend the event with Cambridge Middle School, having retired last year after over 40 years at the school. Richard was instrumental in setting up many of the inter-intermediate schools sporting events.

The students said it was rather strange not having Mr Glover there, but they still had lots of fun.

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