Dunstan High School’s swimming sports went ahead in an abbreviated form on Friday but competitors’ spirits were high and five school records were broken.

John Mawhinney, head of faculty for physical education, health and outdoor education, said a skeleton staff oversaw about 50 swimmers in a reduced number of events.

“We’d normally have a couple of hundred swimmers but because of the reduced programme and Red light restrictions, we’ve had to shorten the whole event.”

Serious swimmers, some of whom are part of the Alexandra Swimming Club, competed for age group championship trophies while all who entered earned house points in the inter-house competition.

Intermediate boys champion Caleb Ludlow won his division’s 100m individual medley, breaking an eight-year school record in doing so.

Caleb also broke the school record for the intermediate boys 25m butterfly.

He had been hoping to win his races and setting a new record was even better, he said.

The school’s aquatics programme had a strong emphasis on water safety and the department was pleased they were able to run the swimming sports this year despite Covid-19 precautions, Mr Mawhinney said.

“It’s been important to try to continue to run it to keep some normality for the students and the school programme.”

Results were:

Junior girl champion: Caity Ellett. Junior boy champion: Luke Johnson. Intermediate girl champion: Jessica Coleman. Intermediate boy champion: Caleb Ludlow. Senior girl champion: Emma Rees. Senior boy champion: Ryley Park.