THE Collegiate under-14 water polo team continued to shine in the pool when they narrowly lost out on first place in the Roedean tournament in Johannesburg at the weekend.
Although this event is largely for private schools, Collegiate were invited on the strength of their impressive performances at the Reddam tournament earlier this year in Cape Town.
Collegiate joined nine Gauteng private schools, Reddam House from Cape Town, and St Anne’s Diocesan College from Hilton in the tournament, ensuring tough opposition for the Eastern Cape school.
However, the Collegiate girls proved worthy of the invitation when they won through to the final, eventually only losing to Reddam in a final that went to extra time.
Collegiate won four of their pool matches and drew 2-2 against St Mary’s to qualify for the semifinals. In the last four, they emulated their pool win over St Stithians (7-6) with a 5-3 win.
They then played to a 3-3 deadlock with Reddam in the final, before the Western Cape school edged to victory, 4-3.
Collegiate’s Caitlyn Fourie won the attacker of the tournament award.
ýLast week, Collegiate swimmers participated in the Pearson High relay gala, which also included Pearson, Victoria Park, Alexander Road, Grey High and Framesby.
The gala catered for U14, U16 and U19 age groups and all strokes. and included a medley for all age groups.
There was also a mixed medley relay in each age group, for which Collegiate paired up with Grey.
Of the 15 races, Collegiate won 13 and came second in the remaining two. They won all the mixed relay races with Grey.
Meanwhile, leading Collegiate swimmer Tarryn Els has been selected to represent South Africa at the Junior Africa championships in Zambia from November 28-December 1.