On January 23 and 24, 2015, ISF Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (ISF) hosted 8 schools’ swimming teams for the annual German International School Sports Tournament (GISST) swimming tournament.  Thirty-five (35) girls and boys from ISF competed against 115 swimmers from across Germany and when the final race was done, ISF had earned 1st place.

Participants were divided into 4 teams of different age groups – Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Boys. Swimmers on the Under 14 teams are in grades 6 to 9, while students on the varsity teams are in grades 9 to12.  ISF Varsity Boys and Girls and Under 14 Boys and Girls teams ranked 1st in all events – Freestyle, Breaststroke, Individual Medley, and Medley Relay.

The ISF teams were comprised of students who perform well academically and who are also strong swimmers.  The teams trained 3 times per week in preparation for the tournament and really gelled as a unit.  GISST this year was once again an amazing experience where the competition reached new heights, where my team became an even closer-knit group, and where I forged new friendships with fellow athletes,” said Luisa Von Bismarck – ISF 11th grader.  She continued, “Although it is sometimes a struggle to balance swimming with school work, it is a challenge I enjoy and I know that I wouldn't be able to give up swimming, regardless of my school stress. For me, both things are a priority, and in the case where I begin to feel overwhelmed, the team and competitions like GISST make it clear to me once again how much I love to swim.”

The winning teams earned trophies, the best swimmers of each event received medals, and all participants received certificates and GISST patches. ISF students also earned 40 SLO® Points for their participation in the competition.

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