The School Swimming Sports were held for Year 8 on Friday 21st February and for Year 7 on Friday 28th February, at the Papatoetoe Pools.

These events act as the qualifying round for the South Eastern Zone Swimming Sports, that will be held at Lloyd Elsmore Park Pool & Leisure Centre on Wednesday 18th March.


The two days were run with a large number of timed heats that then produced the final times which decided which pupils would qualify for a place in the Somerville Swim Squad.


In the Year 7 Girls, Poppy Wong had the fastest times for the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke and 100m Freestyle and Alyssa Langford was the fastest in the 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly. In the Year 7 Boys, Samuel Asiata was the fastest in the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and the 100m Freestyle.


In the Year 8 Girls, Mae Reynolds had the fastest time in the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and the 100m Freestyle, while in the Year 8 Boys, Hamza Al-Ani was the fastest in the 50m Backstroke, Breaststroke and the 100m Freestyle. Lachlan Taylor was the fastest in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly.

In addition to this, there were also fun events, such as the Whānau “Dance/Chant” competition and “Width Races” that also saw the teachers take part, which provided entertainment, fun and additional whānau points for the school whānau competition.


Bragging rights went to Aoraki whānau, who had the highest number of points when the results for both the Year 7 & 8 events were combined. Kawarau whānau came second, Ruapehu whānau were third and Rangitoto whānau were fourth.


Both days had good weather, with plenty of sun, that made the pool even more inviting.


The events were organised by Mr Bennett, but full credit must be given to all staff involved and especially the enthusiastic parent helpers, without whom this event could not take place.


Year 7


Year 8