On Saturday 12 June 2021, Jasmine Dean in Year 9 and I (Karlee Dean) in Year 8 participated in the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association Long Course Competition which took place at the Shatin Jockey Club Swimming Pool. We had not swum in a 50-meter pool, or swum in a race for the past two years, our last swim race was the “Mantas” race.
Our coach had signed us up for the gruelling 200m IM (individual medley) where you swim 50m of each stroke consisting of (in order) butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, along with the 100m freestyle race. Jasmine had gone in the morning as she was in the 13-14 division. She had swum her two races, finishing 10th for her 200m IM, and 4th for her 100m freestyle, missing out on 3rd place by 0.04 seconds. I swam in the afternoon as I was in the 11-12 division, coming 6th in my 200m IM and, surprisingly, came 1st in my 100m freestyle. I was extremely happy with the outcome as it had been such a long time since I last raced.
Though the experience came to an end, Jasmine and I look forward to upcoming swim races throughout the summer as well as representing the school in the next school year. Article written by Karlee Dean, Year 8.
Congratulations to Jasmine and Karlee.