Our 2020 Rosebowl Swimming campaign was a different challenge that no St Andrew’s student or the wider community have ever had to face. With everyone leaving College two weeks before the originally scheduled date and with the uncertainty of returning to College, the lead up to this year’s carnival was challenging, to say the least. With the shutting of pools across the country, training and team bonding turned to a lot of online conversation and promises of cardio. Despite these setbacks, St Andrew’s women had one of the most successful Rosebowl swimming campaigns to date.
Starting off with the 50m freestyle, the women put in a valiant effort against some very tough competition. Lucy Mauviel (Fr 2020) finished in 4th place, and India Fay (Fr 2020) finished in a close 5th place. The 400m freestyle showed our athletes’ shine as they took out both 1st place and 2nd place, a result that would be observed many more times throughout the night. With Lucy Mauviel and Maisie McFayden (Fr 2018) coming in 1st and 2nd respectively. The 50m breaststroke followed similarly with Lucy Fenwicke (Fr 2019) placing 1st and Maisie McFayden 4th. With a quick turnaround to the 100m Freestyle, consistent performance from both Lucy Fenwicke and Francesca Roberts (Fr 2020) saw a 2nd and 3rd respectively. The 50m butterfly saw Drew’s continue to dominate with Lucy Fenwicke placing 1st, closely followed by India Fay in 2nd place. The 50m backstroke was taken out by Lucy Mauviel in 1st place with a strong finish, and 2nd place by India Fay, who was not far behind. The 200 IM followed a similar pattern to the previous race with Lucy Gillis (Fr 2020) taking out the first position, followed closely by Maisie McFayden in 2nd place.
The 200m freestyle continued the trend as Lucy Mauviel claimed 1st place and Adele Burke (Fr 2018) claimed 2nd place. Both the 4x50m Medley relay and the 4x50m freestyle relay was hard-fought, with the College claiming a convincing 1st place in both. The diving team, consisting of Lucille Williams (Fr 2018) and Bella Scullard (Fr 2017) and saw the Rosebowl team claim 2nd and 4th with great technical skill in the Diving portion of the competition.
Overall, the Rosebowl Swimming was crowned victors of the night, with an accrued total of 181 points. The next closest was Women’s on 107.25.
– Lucy Fenwicke, Rosebowl Swimming Sec