On December 9, the Aquatics Department held its 7th Annual Jingle Bell Splash, a swimming competition designed with the Christmas season in mind. This year, 240 students from YISS, SFS, Chadwick, and Dulwich participated, setting a new record.
The sport of swimming is one where athletes strive for personal bests by racing the clock. Last year, YISS Aquatics introduced the “best time” awards in an effort to emphasize personal improvement. Again this year, students received a “best time” ticket for each race in which they beat their personal best times. The tickets could then be taken to “Santa” and redeemed for prizes of varying value: one, two, or three-ticket items. The “best time” initiative has paid off, encouraging student-athletes of all ages to pursue excellence rooted in personal time improvement as more important than placement and comparison to others. In fact, 107 YISS swimmers competed in a total of 266 individual events, and 205 (77%) of those were personal best times!
Always a fun highlight from each Jingle Bell Splash was the Rudolph Relay. All willing participants “reindeer-paddled” wearing antlers and a red nose down the pool lane, where they then transferred their reindeer gear to one of their relay teammates. The unique relay made for an exciting time for all participants and parents to watch. This event also helped bring students together as the event organizers mixed students from different age groups and schools to form the relay teams.
Many thanks to all the parents, volunteers, concessions organizers, and to “Santa” (ES PE teacher, Mr. Trevino) for their help and support!
The Jingle Bell Splash continues to be one of the most popular and anticipated events on the Aquatics calendar. However, the school year is only half over. The pool still has many more exciting events planned for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. Stay tuned for more swim events you can be involved in next semester!