Purple still reign at QC

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 19 October 2012

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Purple House gave their rivals a lesson in advanced arithmetic when Queen’s College held their inter-house swim meet at the Aquatic Centre on Wednesday. Purple House, minus Barbados representative Christian Selby but with a squad that included Lee-Ann Rose, Alexis Clarke and Joshua Cole, achieved a record-equalling sixth successive title while beating their nearest rivals by a massive 215 points. With the dominant Selby currently training and studying in the United States, the five other houses might have sensed a chance to end Purple’s dominance. However, Junior Olympian Rose bloomed with a maximum 60 points in the Girls’ 15-and-up division, while Clarke did likewise in the 13-14 and Cole followed suit in the Boys’ 15-and-up. Last year, Cole earned 58 points at a meet that saw Nicholas Hall of Orange taking the victor ludorum title. This year they shared the honour. Rose repeated as victrix ludorum, which she shared once again with 12-and-Under competitor Hannah Gill of Orange House. Purple House amassed 516 points followed by Red (301), Orange (276), Yellow (253), Blue (245) and Green (195). By the time the lunch break was taken, the swim title was decided, with Purple splashing away with 317 points while Red and Orange were floundering on 174 and 170, respectively. The only change in the afternoon was Yellow going past Blue to claim fourth. Joshua’s brother Jacob Cole scored 50 points for Red House, who also received a bonus 38 points from junior volleyballer Nathaniel McClean, who picked up five second placings. Queen’s College coach Brian Holder said that his house [Purple] was able to show its depth in maintaining dominance even in the absence of Selby. “Similarly, QC will be coming to inter-schools’ swimming to show our reserves and to create a stir in the race for the overall title,” said Holder. (KB)

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