Swimming

HISTORY

In 1920, plans were prepared for the construction of a swimming bath in the school grounds, a borehole was sunk and the completed scheme was to form part of the School War memorial. Various difficulties arose and our War Memorial took another form. Seven years later the project was once again proposed and plans drawn up and a committee set up to raise funds as the school couldn’t look to the Government for any financial assistance as their policy regarded such things as Swimming Baths as outside the functions of the Government. The appeal for funds proved disappointing and the committee decided to abandon the principle of voluntary contribution and to establish a system of annual subscriptions and the bath to be open to subscribers only. The response to this was so good that the committee had no hesitation in proceeding with the scheme. Work on the pool began on 26 September 1927 and completed at a cost of £5 500.

On the 8 February 1928, the swimming pool was opened for use but due to some initial difficulties, the pool had to be closed before the end of term. The formal opening of the Swimming Pool was for various cogent reasons postponed.  The Swimming Pool was finally opened officially by Sir William Dairymple at The First Annual Swimming Gala held on 1st December 1928 at 3:30pm.

There had been no mention of the Inter-High School Competition until 1930. This event was held at Ellis Park on 8 March 1930 and it is with pride that we note that we won the competition on this occasion with 22 points.


NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Swimming is a popular activity amongst the boys at King Edward VII School. In an endeavor to keep pace with growing demands, facilities are regularly upgraded and improved to ensure that the school continues to be competitive in this field.

King Edward VII School has a fully equipped 25m X 25m heated pool with an additional 25m training pool.

Great spirit and camaraderie is witnessed amongst the learners during our Annual Inter-House Swimming Gala held during school hours every January. Great friendships are made and cemented between everyone around the poolside.
The School’s Championships is traditionally held in the evening during February each year. The swimmers endeavor to break school records. Congratulations to J Stigant who set a new record in the U15 50m Breaststroke when he swum the event in a time of 33.53 seconds this year. This particular record had been held by Garth Tune since 2004.

Swimmers also compete for a number of trophies that have been donated over the years at the School Swimming Championships.

There are two main annual Swimming Events. The Inter-High Swimming Gala which takes place in Johannesburg between predominantly Johannesburg Schools and The Alan Burt Ten Schools’ Gala in which five Johannesburg Schools and five schools from Natal compete. Every alternate year, our swimmers tour to Durban to take part in The Ten Schools’ Gala and it is on these occasions that they also participate in the Midmar Mile.


2019 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2019 

Stuart 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy

R Pleass

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy

R Pleass

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy

R Pleass

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy

R Pleass

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy

R Pleass

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy

R Pleass

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy

R Pleass

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy

R Pleass

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy

R Pleass

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy

Z Johnson

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy

E Ruhfus

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy

M Gallino

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy

M Johnson

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy

R Pleass

An outstanding achievement by Ronan Pleass. Ronan won every Trophy that he was eligible for. This was last accomplished in 2013 by Robin Raven.

 

Swimming Championship Records broken this year:

Ronan Pleass

  • 400m Open Freestyle previously held by P Watson 1996
  • 200m Senior Breaststroke previously held by P Watson 1996
  • 4x50m Senior Medley previously held by R Pleass 2018
  • 200m Senior Backstroke previously held by W Williams 2000
  • 100m U19 Backstroke previously held by W Williams 2000
  • 50m U19 Backstroke previously held by J.Dean 2018

M Johnson

  • 50m U17 Freestyle previously held by R Pleass 2018

Z Johnson

  • 50m U14 Breasstroke previously held by C Brockschmidt 2008

J Nel

  • 50m Breasstroke previously held byT Serek 2018

 

Outstanding Achievements in 2019

Inter – High swimming gala

Ronan Pleass

  • 4x50m Individual Medley Gold Medal
  • U19 100m Backstroke (Setting a new Inter High Record time) Gold Medal
  • U19 200m Freestyle Bronze

South African National Junior Championships March 2019

  • Ronan Pleass, Joshua Nel and Ciaran Otter selected to represent their Province at this event.

Senior National Championships April 2019.

  • Ronan Pleass, Joshua Nel, Ciaran Otter and Gareth Bockel selected to represent their Province at this event.

Congratulations to Ronan Pleass who qualified with three SA Senior Times forming part of the Elite Youth Squad.

Full results available here


2018 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2018

Stuart 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
R Pleass

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
J Dean

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
J Dean

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
J Dean

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
C Otter and R Pleass

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
J Dean

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
E Ruhfus

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
J Zietsman

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
M Johnson

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
J Dean

Records Broken:

Previously held record New Record
U17 100m Backstroke 1.03.37 W Williams 1999 1.03.34 R Pleass 2018
4 x 50m Senior Medley 2:18.31 R Raven 2013 2:18.21 R Pleass 2018
U17 50m Freestyle 26.87 C Robertson 2017 26.35 R Pleass 2018

Full List of Programme Events/Trophy Winners/Long Distance Races
KES SWIMMING 2018 Championships Long Distance Results.pdf


2017 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2017

Stuart 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
Ethan Coryndon-Baker

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
Michael Raven

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
Ronan Pleass

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
Travis Gordon

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
Joshua Dean

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
Michael Raven

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
Joshua Dean

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
Joshua Dean

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
Joshua Dean

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
Joshua Zietsman

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
Max Johnson

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
Ronan Pleass

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
Cade Robertson and T Serek

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
Joshua Dean

Full List of Programme Events/Trophy Winners/Long Distance Races
KES Swimming Champs 2017 Winners Trophies LongDistance .pdf


2016 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2016

Start 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
J Dean

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
K Martin

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
J Cronje

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
M Corado

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
J Dean

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
J Cronje

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
J Dean

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
J Dean

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
M Johnson

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
R Pleass

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
C Robertson

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
J Dean

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
J Cronje

Records Broken: 

Race Old Record New Record
200m Junior Backstroke 2:24:96 T Gordon 2014 2:23:17 R Pleass 2016
50m U17 Butterfly 27:71 R Raven 201 27:37 T Gordon 2016

 

 


2015 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2015

Start 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
G Raven

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
G Raven

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
G Raven

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
D Valsamakis

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
C Robertson

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
T Gordon

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
J Cronje

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Outstanding Achievements:
Congratulations to Travis Gordon for setting a new 100m Freestyle record of 55,01 seconds. This record was previously broken by Wesley Williams in 1998.


2014 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2014

Start 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
J Mattheus

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
J Mattheus

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
G Raven

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
J Mattheus

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
J Mattheus

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
J Mattheus

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
C Robertson

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
T Gordon

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
J Cronje

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
J Mattheus

Outstanding Achievements:
Travis Gordon broke the following records:

200m Junior Backstroke in a a time of 2.24’96 (Previously broken by L Shepstone in 2002)
U15 50m Butterfly in a time of 27’35 (Previously broken by Richard Wise in 2010)
U15 50m Freestyle in a time of 25’38 (Previously broken by Garth Tune in 2004)

And equaled Garth Tune’s U15 50m Backstroke record in a time of 29’97


2013 TROPHY WINNERS

Winners of Trophies in 2013:

Start 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
R Raven

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
R Raven

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
R Raven

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
R Raven

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
R Raven

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
R Raven

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
R Raven

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
R Raven

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
R Raven

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
T Gordon

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
M Hadlow

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
J Stigant

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
R Raven


2012 TROPHY WINNERS

The Stuart 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
R Raven

The Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
C Brockschmidt

The Donaldson Family 400m Freestyle Championship Trophy
M Watt-Pringle

The Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
M Watt-Pringle

The Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
G Barnard

The Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
R Raven

The Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
M Watt-Pringle

The John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
R Raven

The Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
R Raven

The Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
M Hadlow

The Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
D Valsamakis

The C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy
J Stigant

The Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
R Raven

The Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
M Watt-Pringle 


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