Swimming season ends on a high note

Some of the Paul Roos swimmers seen celebrating their great achievements in the 2022 swimming season.

Paul Roos Gymnasium (PRG) swimmers ended off their 2022 swimming season on a high note with sterling results achieved across all ages and the different swimming teams.

Four PRG swimmers competed in the Regional Age Group Gala hosted in George from Tuesday March 29 to Saturday April 2.

Mathew Beetge, Gerard February, Daniel Stander and Michael Potgieter, all did exceptionally well, collectively bringing back a total of 15 gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.

Mathew, won gold in the Men’s 4x100m free relay, gold in the Men’s 50m freestyle relay and bronze in the mixed 4x100m medley relay.

Gerard, achieved a gold medal in the 200m backstroke, gold in the 100m backstroke, a bronze in the 200m individual medley, and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Daniel, won gold in the 50m breaststroke, gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, a gold medal in the 50m fly, gold in the 200m individual medley, bronze in the 50m backstroke, gold in the 100m fly, a gold in the Men’s 4x50m freestyle relay and bronze in the mixed under-15 to-18 4x100m medley relay.

Michael, won gold medals in the Men’s 18 and under, in the 100m backstroke, in the 4x100m freestyle relay, in the Men’s 18 and under 50m freestyle, in the Men’s 18 and under, in the 50m backstroke, in the Men’s 4x50m freestyle relay; silver in the Men’s 18 and under 100m free; bronze in the Men’s 18 and under 50m breaststroke and bronze in the Men’s 18 and under, 50m fly.

The level 3 Regional Competition, saw four swimmers competing in George with Eathan van Helden, Joshua Hendriks, Jacques Geyser and Wilan Basson, managing to among them, win six gold medals, nine silver and two bronze medals.

Eathan won a silver medal for 50m backstroke; gold in the 200m IM; and silver in the 50m fly. Joshua was awarded a gold medal for the 200m breaststroke; a silver for the 100m breaststroke and in the medley relay he won bronze.

Jacques won silver medals for the 50m freestyle, for the 50m fly, the 100m fly; and in relay he was awarded a bronze medal. Wilan won gold medals in the 100m fly, the 100 freestyle and 50m fly; and silver in the 200m freestyle, the 50m free and the 50m breaststroke.

Furthermore the senior and junior teams made their mark in their respective national competitions.

Seven PRG swimmers participated in Senior and Junior Nationals in Gqeberha, which was the last event of the season. In reaching the finals, each swimmer was placed in the top eight in their respective age groups in the country.

The results for the Junior Nationals were as follows: Nicholas Malherbe, under15 100m and 200m breaststroke finals; Stefan van Heerden reached 50m freestyle final; Johan van der Merwe, 50m freestyle and 100m fly finals; Reuben van der Merwe, 50m backstroke finals; and Jannie Boonzaier participated at Junior Nationals.

Those who had reached the Senior Nationals were: Thomas Forbes competing in the 1500m freestyle final; and Francois Malherbe, who participated at Senior Nationals. The school congratulates all Paul Roos swimmers on an outstanding season.