The 1st Lincoln School Invitational Swimming Championships was held this weekend in Lincoln School's new, state-of-the-art aquatics facility. The incessant rain on Saturday failed to dampen the swimmers' spirits with over 180 swimmers competing from the American Embassy School - New Delhi, HIMS, John Dewey School, KISC, Little Angels School, Shuvatara School, The British School and the host's Lincoln School cheering each other on to personal best times. Lincoln School's Director, Dr. Harold Fleetham was very pleased with the weekend's events. "It has been a privilege hosting our first swim meet in our new, 25-meter heated and salt water pool. The swim meet has provided a wonderful opportunity to bring our communities together after a challenging few months in Nepal. The smiles, excitement and sportsmanship shown by the swimmers have made hosting this meet a very worthwhile endeavor."
As for the action in the water, Jakob Hartmann from AES and Shreetika Singh from Lincoln School won their respective 15-18 200 meter freestyle finals. The same schools also won the 13-14 100 meter freestyle events. Jakob Hartman from AES, and Niharika Tuladhar, Ayushma Tuladhar and Oshina Bharati all from Lincoln School were the standout swimmers on Day 1, bagging 4 gold medals each in their respective age categories.
At the end of the meet, Lincoln School topped the point standings with 378 points, followed by AES with 293 points, and Little Angels School with 274 points. Some of the standout performances included Oshina Bharati's 7 gold medals and 2 silvers; Riya Patel's 1 gold and 3 bronze medals; Rahab Moktan's 3 silver medals and 1 bronze; Simha Prasad's 4 bronze medals and 1 silver; Avi Rajkarnikar's 2 silver and 3 bronze medals; Alex Shah's 1 gold and 4 silver medals; Shreetika Singh's 3 gold and 4 bronze medals; and Niharika Tuladhar's 7 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Special recognition must go to Ayushma Tuladhar who had an exceptional meet bagging 8 gold medals and breaking 5 school records, including one that has stood since 1999! In total, Lincoln School finished with an unbelievable 19 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 14 bronze medals. More importantly, for all participants, this proved to be a wonderful, never-to-be-forgotten weekend.
A special thank you must also go to our LSPA, Lincoln School parents, and all the administration, faculty, staff and students who made the 1st Annual Lincoln School Swimming Championships a reality. Well-done Lincoln School!