For their final game of the season, the Lancing Basketball team travelled to Eastbourne College. Despite the absence of their captain and the height advantage of the Eastbourne team, the boys played very well defensively and were leading after the first quarter. Unfortunately luck wasn’t on their side and the game finished 41:30, but some excellent play was observed with highest scorer Ben D being awarded MVP for the team.
Before Half Term the climbing team took part in two external competitions. The inter-school competition proved to be challenging but Lancing impressed in all categories, including the advanced specialism of lead climbing. In the regional bouldering competitions, high scores were achieved all around with Kristina M and Anatolii S achieving personal bests. Bradley K impressed with an outstanding climb of tiny holds requiring exceptional balance. Daniel S gained 183 points by climbing some unbelievable overhangs, only to be surpassed by Laurenz L by a single point. Both are now focused on breaking Lancing’s top score of 201 points set by Harry F in 2019.
The sun was shining for the final race of the League Run series with some 200 runners making their way around the course. It was fantastic to see several members of staff encouraging their Houses to make a final push for the finish line in the House competition. In the end the efforts of Mr Grime and Mssr Perrault, who ran throughout the term, gave Teme House just enough points to pip Seconds to the title in the Boys’ section, with Gibbs taking third place. Despite Ms Edwards walking the course to support her girls, Manor came up just short of Sankey’s who took first position in the Girls' section, with Saints’ claiming a close third.
A big congratulations to everybody who took part.
Over the Half Term Third Former Pippa S represented Lancing in the 85cm class at the NSEA Show Jumping Qualifier at the Merrist Wood Arena. Pippa placed 6th out of 54 riders and has qualified for the Championships Plate competition later in the year.
The Equestrian Team also competed at Pyecombe in a National Schools competition. Third Formers Pippa S, Islay L and Anita N competed in three classes overall. They jumped in the 70cm and 80cm classes and the prelim 13 dressage. Pippa and Islay both qualified for the championship in the 70cm and the team came third overall. All three girls did us proud in the dressage, Anita got a great score of 62, Islay got 61 and Pippa qualified for the dressage championship with a score of 68.
Following his success in the Sussex County U14 Épée Competition where he took second place, Sam W went on to compete in the Regional Fencing Competition. Here he fought incredibly hard and was placed in the top half after the first round. Despite a loss against a number 2 seed in the second round, this performance puts him in the top 20 Épéeists in the country – congratulations Sam!
The 1st and 2nd Hockey teams played two very competitive matches against Bede’s. The 1st team dominated their match in the first half, and were 1-0 up at half time, however Bede’s fought back hard in the second half and ultimately took the win 2-1. The 2nd team were unfortunate to lose their match 3-0, however a special mention goes to Marsel S who stepped in to play in goal for the 1st and 2nd teams and was exceptional.
In recognition of his excellent leadership qualities and performance on the pitch, Harry S has been chosen to captain the Sussex U14 Boys Championship Squad for Hockey – well done Harry.
Senior House Football took place this term and didn’t disappoint. There was lots of cheering – mostly in good spirit – lots of goals and even some interesting dives! The format changed to a round-robin competition because Saints' had to pull out, which meant that every game counted and all Houses had a chance to play each other. This proved very competitive as teams needed to score goals in matches of just 15 minutes. Congratulations to Head’s who placed first.
The U15s produced some excellent results in the block against Shoreham College. It was a closely fought match for the U15Bs which ended in a 23-23 draw, with Issy A voted MVP. The U15As were outstanding and proved far too strong for the opposition winning 40-14. The highlight of the afternoon was the U15C match. Lancing took the lead from the start, with goals from Hannah H and Chanya C and interceptions from Vivi S and Bugie V-U, helping to secure the College a 26-11 win.
In the same week, the Seniors played Charterhouse, however matches were cut short due to hail. This was a shame as Lancing were on track to come away with some great results. At the final whistle the 2nd team was drawing 16-16, the 3rd team were winning 13-10 and the U16As were up 28-12.
Huge congratulations to Jonah B who was crowned English Squash National U15 Champion for the 5th consecutive year, and as a result went on to play in an exhibition match at a specially constructed glass court at Canary Wharf. What an achievement!
The Lancing College swimmers were in fine form for this year’s Sussex County Championships, picking up more medals than ever before.
George C had a great start to the long course season with some fantastic new personal best times earning him the ‘Junior Champion’ title in an incredible nine events, and silver and bronze in a further four. Despite struggling with illness, James R’s determination got him through the long county weekends with some very impressive results. James posted several personal best times, achieved ‘Junior Champion’ in five events and claimed second and third positions in another four events. Archie N also achieved numerous top eight swims, personal best times and helped secure a clean sweep for the College in the 100m butterfly, with James, George and Archie claiming 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Rania K swam brilliantly in the Girls’ 14 years age group and broke the U14 50m Sussex County freestyle record in a time of 28.11 seconds. Rania also claimed gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle and silver and bronze in five other events. In the Girls’ 15 years age group, Grace S took 3rd place in the 1500m freestyle, 4th in the 200m backstroke, 200m fly and 800m freestyle and made the finals of an additional three events.
Unsurprisingly, Lancing College Swimming Club finished top in the Junior Boys Sussex County Championship, and we were delighted to be placed 5th out of 18 clubs in combined championship points; a fantastic achievement given our a relatively small number of swimmers.