Lincoln Wins Sixth Consecutive WAISAL
Swim Title at Home.
On Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 November, Lincoln Community School played host to swimmers from seven other West African countries in one of the biggest WAISAL tournaments ever for any sport.
AIS Lagos, AIS Abuja, AIS Bamako, AIS Nouakchott in Mauritania, International School of Dakar, International School of Ouagadougou, American School of Douala, and ICS Abidjan matched up strongly against two teams from Lincoln.
Altogether, there were 183 athletes from ages 7-17 swimming in a total of 66 events over two days. The Lincoln Lions team bested the competition with a final combined boys' and girls' score of 783.5 points, ahead of second place Lagos' 318 points and Dakar's third place tally of 233 points. The very enthusiastic and positive team from Lagos won the Sportsmanship Trophy.
While Lincoln challenged Lagos for the Sportsmanship Trophy, and set 15 new age group and 2 all-team records, the real challenge presented to the team came from the coaches. The swimmers were challenged to improve by an average of 15 seconds per swimmer over the course of the competition. This was made especially difficult given that all swimmers 10 and younger swim primarily 25 meter distances, which would probably mean relatively small improvements.
Those who had times in 100 meter swims had only recently posted those times, so the likelihood of besting those times just three weeks later was slim. Furthermore, though the limit for entries was six events for the meet, some swimmers swam as few as three or four.
In return for a cumulative improvement of 15 minutes ( average of 15 seconds for 60 swimmers), the male coaches agreed to allow their heads to be shaved by the team. The Tuesday after the meet was a bright, sunny day, and the reflections off the coaches' skulls were especially glaring as they made good on their promise. Coming in at an average of just over 15.4 seconds improvement per swimmer, the team indeed had reason to celebrate an outstanding team effort!
- Sarah Meande, 9-10 Girls, 5th Grade: New records in 100 IM, 50 Freestyle and 25 Freestyle
- Eve Lupien, 11-12 Girls, 7th Grade: New records in the 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and 50 Butterfly
- Angbo Xie, 11-12 Boys, 7th Grade: New record in the 50 Freestyle
- Tristen Lee, 11-12 Boys, 7th Grade: New records in the 100 IM, 50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, and 50 Backstroke
- Dominique Straub, 13-14 Girls, 9th Grade: New age group and All-School record in 200 Freestyle
- Ciara Olmstead, 15-Older Girls, 12th Grade: New records in the 50 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle
Harry Van der Westhuizen, 15-Older Boys: New age group and All-School record in 50 Backstroke
WAISAL HS Volleyball Tournament in Dakar
On Thursday 2nd November our high school volleyball players traveled to Dakar to represent Lincoln at the WAISAL volleyball tournament. Our girls led by Coach Martinez and Radu and our boys led by Coach Daniel were excited and prepared for the tournament.
Our girls team was one of the youngest at the tournament. It was made up of mostly Grade 9 girls. The first couple of games were tough as the girls lost to two strong Dakar teams (International School of Dakar and Dakar Academy). However, they never lost faith and were determined to play hard and improve on their Friday morning results. Strong wins against Abuja, Lagos and ISD 'B' team meant that the girls earned a spot in the semi-finals where they would play Abuja. After a tough 3 set match our girls emerged as winners and had qualified for the championship game.
The final game was against an experienced ISD team. However, our girls were resilient and showed great determination as they pushed ISD close in both sets. The outcome meant that our Lady Lions won the silver medal. A great effort by all the players and coaches.
Lincoln opened the tournament with a comfortable win against Abuja. The next game would provide us with an unknown opponent from Dakar Academy. The first set was very exciting as both teams traded points. However, in the end our opponents managed to squeeze the win. Dakar Academy also went on to take the 2nd set and with it, the game.
Our boys the finished the day strongly as they dispatched of the two ISD teams to finish the day with 3 wins and 1 loss.
Saturday started well as the boys defeated Lagos to set up a play off game with Abuja. After a close game our boys managed to win to qualify for the semi-final. However, drawn against the tough Dakar Academy team proved too tough as the boys experienced defeat. This set up a 3rd place trophy game with Lagos. Lincoln did not seem to be focussed throughout this game. This allowed Lagos to take the 3rd place trophy.
We would like to thank every single student that came out for volleyball this year. The participation levels were at record highs. It's great to see so many students taking advantage of the great coaching that goes on at Lincoln.
WAISAL MS Soccer Tournament in Lagos
On Thursday 9th November, our middle school soccer players traveled to Lagos to represent Lincoln at the WAISAL soccer tournament. Our boys led by Coach George and our girls led by Coach B were excited and prepared for the tournament.
Our girls opened their tournament with an exciting 3-3 tie with host school AISL. They followed this up with a fantastic win against IS Dakar. In their final group game the girls defeated AISL 'B' by 8-0. This set up a semi final against AISL B. The girls navigated this easily with a 4-0 win.
The final was played against AISL 'A'. This was a fantastic game with both teams playing tough and creating good chances. At the end of the game the Lincoln Lions just lost out by 1-2 to a strong AISL team.
Lincoln opened the tournament with a comfortable win against AISL 'B' team. They followed this up with a hard fought 4-2 win over a strong team from Abuja.
In their third game they outclassed young Ouagadougou team by 8-0. This would qualify Lincoln into the semi-final against a strong Abidjan (ICSA) team. Lincoln got off to a quick start and were 2-0 ahead in the first 10 minutes. ICSA fought back and the game was played at a quick pace. In the end Lincoln emerged as 6-2 winners.
The final would be against Dakar. What a game this was. The teams were evenly matched at 2-2 at the end of regulation time. It was on to the dreaded penalties. The quality of the penalty kicks under pressure was unbelievable as lincoln scored all 5 of the kicks (and so did Dakar).
In the end Lincoln won by 8-7 to win the championship.
The highlight for all the coaches was at the awards ceremony when Lincoln girls and Lincoln boys were both voted winners of the Sportsmanship trophy.
We are very proud of the 24 players on their success and great attitudes throughout this trip.