Swimming at Maritzburg College
We are very fortunate to be able to boast an A and a B swimming squad at Maritzburg College and our heated swimming pool allows for pre-season training. With our swimming season being so short, focus is placed on starts, turns, stroke correction and speed work. Swimming training also takes place in the mornings with each age group doing two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions per week.
Each year we host a number of inter-school gala's and our annual inter-house gala.
At the 2017 annual championship gala, four long-standing records were broken - one of them a record previously set by OC and Olympic Gold Medallist, Darian Townsend.
L Verwey (left) broke the u17 100m Freestyle record of 49,0 previously held by K Armstrong (1979) with a time of 47,9. He then went on to break the U17 50m Butterfly record of 24,9 previously held by Darian Townsend (2001) in a time of 23,9.
C van Heerden (right) broke the U15 50m Breaststroke record of 29,8 previously held by D Nel (1994) in a time of 28,8. He also broke the U15 50m Butterfly record of 25,9 previously held by P Bees (2002) in a time of 25,5.
D Jones: BILL HENDRY OPEN CHAMPION
L Verwey: DUDLEY FORDE U17 CHAMPION
L Robinson: JIMMY ANDERSON MEMORIAL U16 CHAMPION
C van Heerden: WARREN SHUTTLEWORTH U15 CHAMPION
J van der Merwe: TUT MARWICK U14 CHAMPION
L Verwey: OSCAR SERVANT BEST PERFROMANCE
College swimmers participate in around 6 galas in the first term. This includes the annual Top 10 in Durban and our away trip to JHB every two years. A good number of our swimmers also take part in the annual Midmar Mile.
2014 saw Mark Hunter travelling to Australia with the SA development squad. This is a group of swimmers who are seen to be the future international swimmers in SA. Mark Hunter also broke Rory Mapestone’s (Springbok swimmer) long standing Breaststroke record of 32years. 2014 also produced a few Midlands representatives.
The performance of Old Boy Darian Townsend at the 2004 Athens Olympics and again in 2012 is definitely a highlight from one of our swimming department legends. Darian was swimming captain in 2002. He also competed in our special 150th race at the 2013 aQuelle Midmar Mile.
Mr Graeme Waters