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Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:26

Kearsney's Dream Swimming Team


Six boys in the Kearsney College Open A swimming team have gone through their entire five year high school career unbeaten.

And not only are they unbeaten, they also broke records almost every time they took to the water!

Murray McDougall, Brett Walsh, Thomas Rich, Daniel Marsden, Tyron van der Waal and Brendon Clements swam an average of six galas (30 races) per season, which works out to more than 150 races, all unbeaten and breaking numerous records along the way, many of which are still standing today.

Between them, they are currently the holders of 13 Independent School records and two Alan Burt 10 Schools Gala records.


They ended the season on a high - by not only again winning every race in their age group at the Durban & Districts Gala - but breaking longstanding records in all but one race. One record was broken by more than four seconds.


In 2007 six boys from five different schools arrived at Kearsney, and made swimming history.   They were Murray from St David's Marist Brothers inInanda, Brett and Tyron from Highbury, Thomas was home-schooled, Daniel came from Winston Park and Brendon Clements from Westville Senior Primary.


The swimming fraternity's first introduction to this team was ratherinteresting!

It was at the Independent Schools Gala in 2007, hosted by St Anne's, where Kearsney arrived late and the u/14 200m Freestyle Relay, which is normally the first event at the gala, had already started. The Kearsney u/14 team was given the opportunity to swim the event during the interval and their time would then be compared to the winning time and placed accordingly. The boys won the race - but also smashed the record which had stood for three years! They went on to win every race and break every record at that gala.

This became a habit as 'The Dream Team' went through their entire Kearsney careers.


Marco Botha, Kearsney master in charge of Swimming, said Kearsney has never had an age group so dominant.


"It's going to take a veryspecial group of boys to repeat these performances!" he said.

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