Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The Lincoln Snow Leopards Continue to Make Waves in the Pool!
The weekend of October 1 & 2 saw the 2nd annual Lincoln School Invitational Swimming Championships bring our community together for a couple of days of excitement as our swimmers continue to dazzle in the pool. As the defending champions from last year, our Snow Leopards had high expectations of themselves in the water, and saw the meet as an opportunity to have fun, make some friends from others schools, and swim some personal best times.
A total of around 170 athletes from 18 different schools participated in the meet, while the Lincoln swimmers showed what hard work and dedication can do for their skills and overall performance. The support from the swimmers, parents and coaches was outstanding, with the team earning a total of 31 individual golds, 28 silvers, 26 bronzes and countless personal best times. On both days, a large amount our swimmers made it to the finals, proving what hard work can do for their times. Once again, our Snow Leopards emerged as champions with a massive points total, but more importantly lessons learned and experienced gained for future competitions.
Some other highlights:
Nasir Hussain smashed four 10-12 boys' Lincoln records, including the 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Fly, and the 100 IM.
Alex Shah broke the school record for the 13-14 boys' 100 free with a time of 1.04.98.
Tisa Shakya broke school records in both the 13-14 girls' 100 free and 200 free with some fantastic times, including a 1.09.05 in the 100 free.
Niharika Tuladhar swam an incredible race during the finals on the 2nd day, breaking her own Lincoln & SAISA record in the 100 breast with a 1.25.00. She also broke the 15-19 girls' 50 fly record with a 32.86.
Oshina Bharati demolished her own LS record in the 100 Back by 2 seconds, clocking a 1.15.97.
Our relay teams showed their strength in depth by breaking both the 4*50 Medley Relay, as well as the 4*50 Free Relay records in 13-14 and 15-19 age groups. A total of five relay records were broken!
Overall the 2nd Annual LS Invitational was a great success for our Lincoln Snow Leopards and our community at large, and we are eager to show our efforts and love for swimming at SAISA in two weeks!
Shreetika Singh, LS Swim Team Captain
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
As one of the culminating activities for Lincoln’s High School Physical Education Swimming and Water Safety unit, our students received some extremely valuable Life-Saving skills. With the support of our PE team, students were introduced to CPR and AED use. Most students had received this training before and this served as a good refresher for them.
However, our students’ experience in the water was more challenging. They learned how to first fit a cervical collar, before getting into the water to learn how to manage suspected spinal injuries. This procedure included learning how to perform log rolls and vice-grip rolls on suspected spinal victims. Once this had been accomplished, students worked in groups to place the injured swimmers on backboards, using a sequence that is managed by 1st, 2nd and 3rd responders.
I was extremely pleased with how quickly the students learned during this training and am happy they now have this potentially life saving experience to turn to should a real-life situation ever occur.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Lincoln School Rules the Pool at Little Angels!
The weekend of September 10-11 was a spectacular one for the Lincoln (Swimming) Snow Leopards, filled with personal bests, a bucket of medals and record breaking times. We ended the competition with over 220 points and placed first among over 50 schools. After day one, our swimmers had already earned the team 110 points, with the 2nd place school on 28 points. More importantly, our swimmers had a positive attitude throughout the entire competition, supporting and respecting their teammates and competitors and learning from their experiences. On both days, the majority of our swimmers made it to the finals, while their times represented their hard work and dedication. Throughout each day, we had LS representation in virtually every final, with some events totally dominated by our Snow Leopard swimmers.
Although our female swimmers usually dominate the Nepal swimming scene, this year's squad is much more gender balanced with some great male swimmers coming through. This bodes well for our upcoming SAISA meet. As for the standout stats, our sprint sensation, Niharika Tuladhar, broke 3 different Lincoln records for the 50 back, 50 fly, and 50 breast, earning herself the best female swimmer of the meet award, which is based on FINA points. Shreetika Singh and Oshina Bharati also had outstanding meets and broke the record for the 200 Individual Medley with Shreetika just pipping Oshina to gold. Our boys relays showed their strength in depth by breaking both the 4*50 Medley Relay, as well as the 4*50 Free Relay records. In addition, Alex Shah broke the 13-14 boys' records for the 50 back and 50 free, while Tisa Shakya broke the 13-14 girls 200 IM, 50 fly and 50 free records. Also in that age group, Ayushma Tuladhar broke the 50 back record. In the 11-12 boys, Nasir Hussain broke the school record for the 100 IM and 50 back as a 10 year-old! We also won gold in all six of the relays. We look forward to the upcoming meet at Lincoln on October 1 & 2 so that our Leopards can once again show their hard work, dedication and love for the sport.
By Shreetika Singh