2021 Swimming – Nudgee & Churchie go back-to-back
Friday the 5th of March 2021 marked the 98th GPS Swimming Championships and the 8th Junior GPS Swimming Championships. In addition to these milestones, it was also the 1st GPS Swimming Championships held under COVID-19 Restrictions.
Following the QLD Health decision to permit cheering at the GPS Swimming Championships, schools quickly rallied their supporters to create the atmosphere GPS Swimming is renowned for. It was wonderful to hear the crowds cheering and to see the students demonstrate their support of their fellow classmates.
Highlights of the GPS Swimming Championships (13 Years & Under to Open) include the breaking of several long-standing Open records, such as the Open 50m Freestyle record set in 1988. St Joseph’s Nudgee College placed in the top three on twenty-seven occasions, achieving 319 points to secure the title of Champion School for the third year in a row. Nudgee shared the podium with Brisbane Grammar School in second place (276 points), and The Southport School in third place (252 points).
“It was great to see the student spectator support out at Chandler on Friday night, that definitely helped get another 10% out of the boys’ performance on the night. ” David Proud, Swimming Director St Joseph’s Nudgee College.
Nudgee Captain – Dylan Andrea, celebrates after winning the Open 100m Freestyle.
The Junior GPS Swimming Championships (10 Years & Under to 12 Years & Under) saw the participation of over 260 boys from our nine member schools.
Led by Captain Jed Foreman, the Anglican Church Grammar School Junoir team won the GPS Junior Swimming Championships with 606 points. The remaining podium spots were narrowly won with only 15.5 points separating 2nd place and 5th place. St Joseph’s Nudgee College finished in second place (566 points), followed by Brisbane Boys’ College in third (555 points).
Anglican Church Grammar School Director of Sport, Trent Goodrick, said “We are extremely proud of the Junior Swim team for their dedication throughout the GPS season. The rewards of their hard work, for the second year in a row, resulted in the Junior GPS Premiership. We are delighted for all involved, the coaches, and in particular Mr Ben Allen and Nathan Grant, the parent support group and most of all for the swimmers, who we hope, will continue their involvement as they progress through to senior school. We also congratulate all schools and GPS swimming coordinators for their continued support of swimming.”
New Records – GPS Swimming Championships
Open 50m Freestyle
- New Record 23.32 BBC – Belcher, B
- Previous Record 23.36 1988, TSS – Baildon, A
Open 100m Butterfly
- New Record 55.34 NC – Turner, H
- Previous Record 55.62 2010, IGS – Fedrick, C
Open 6 x 50m Freestyle Relay
- New Record 2:23.94 BBC – Belcher, K. Kininmonth J. Vella, O. Fodor, J. McGowan, L. Belcher, B
- Previous Record 2:25.80 2009, BGS – McKendry, E. Schoch, W. Evans, M. Thompson, J. Wacker, S. Cois, A.
“The 6 individuals chosen to represent BBC in the Open 6 x 50m Freestyle Relay did not want to end the race wondering if they could have done any more. In every leg of the relay, each swimmer pulled that little bit further away from their rivals. Poetically, brothers Keegan and Bryce Belcher bookended this relay and both swum qualifying times for the 2021 Australian Olympic Swim Team trials.” Brett Shields – BBC Director of Swimming
New Records – Junior GPS Swimming Championships
10 Years & Under 50m Breaststroke
- New Record 44.33 BGS – Gao, M
- Previous Record 44.70 2019, BBC – Cameron, A
11 Years & Under 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
- New Record 2:15.36 GT – Stewart, G. Lynch, G. Sheppard, M. Lockyer, S.
- Previous Record 2:15.90 2019, ACGS – Roberts, L. Underwood, A. Crum, O. Knowles, J.