Westville Boys’ High School Swimming teams had a sensational swimming season and in the process rewrote the history books at the major galas in the country where they again emerged undefeated in every gala locally and at interprovincial level.
In January the school defended its champion status at the ALAN BURT INTERPROVINCIAL TOP 10 GALA at Ellis Park in convincing style, winning 26 of the 30 races. This was despite the team missing several National swimmers who were involved in an International Meeting at King’s Park in KZN on the same day. This was the 5th successive time that Westville have won this prestigious gala.
Two weeks later Westville defended its Interprovincial Short Course title at the WESTVILLE INTERPROVINCIAL INVITATIONAL GALA. Their strongest opposition came from Grey College (Bloemfontein) who are undoubtedly the second strongest team in the country.
Once again, the crowd saw Westville do battle against local rivals at the DURBAN AND DISTRICTS GALA at King’s Park. The packed stadium was treated to an awesome display of swimming by the champions who won all 26 events .This was something that had never been achieved in the 42 year history of the gala. The B team also produced fine performances, proving to be a cut above the B sides of the other schools, and finishing third or fourth in certain age-groups, ahead of some A teams.
The following week, Westville defended its KZN TOP 8 title at King’s Park. They again rewrote history by beating the best in the province in every race to win all 26 events.
The team of 2012 is arguably the best boys high schools swimming team ever assembled in South Africa and their achievements will be hard to beat by any school’s team in the future.
WBHS WIN THE MIDMAR MILE FOR 17th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
It is not only in the pool that the highway giants have acquired a national profile.They also boast a host of swimmers who have achieved national and international recognition in long distance open water swimming.
The winner of the men’s race for the last 3 years is Chad Ho who was also the 2011 World Open Water Champion. Chad is a recent member of the WBHS swimming team. Following closely behind Chad in this year’s race were 6 boys from WBHS who finished in the top 30 men, an incredible achievement. They were: Juandre Wiggill , Paul Van Achterbergh, Calvyn Justus, Brendan Levy, Delphin Jamme and Joshua Danhauser. The achievements of Brendan Levy and Joshua Danhauser are all the more remarkable because they are 15 and 14 years old respectively. The other top 100 finishers were: Stephen Clarkson, Marno Langeveldt, Clayton Jimmie, Lee Geeson, Garrett Brown, Stefan Naicker and Rubin Terblanche. We are also very proud of our Junior Boys with Bailey Musgrave (2nd) and Jordan Le Clos (3rd) doing well in the Under 13 race.