18 Swimmers Compete in IAPS National Finals
On Saturday 9th June, eighteen Prep School swimmers travelled to London Aquatic Centre for the IAPS National Swimming Championships. This year more than 4,000 children from 265 schools swam in one of the 34 Regional rounds held throughout the Country. London Aquatic Centre was home to the 2012 Olympic swimming events and is a ten lane pool, allowing the top twenty in each individual event, and the top sixteen relay teams, to qualify.
The College U10 boys qualified in both the medley and freestyle relays 10th fastest in the medley: Alex F on backstroke, Oliver G on breaststroke, Oliver M on butterfly and Elijah U on freestyle. All four swam an excellent race and maintained their ranking of 10th place. They also finished in 10th place in the freestyle.
The U13 boys also qualified in the medley and freestyle relays: in the medley, Tom A on backstroke, James G on breaststroke, Thomas H on butterfly and Harry M on freestyle. The boys improved their entry time and finished in 7th place. In the freestyle relay Markus W came into the team and they finished in 9th place, improving their entry time by 6 seconds.
We had four boys make it through to the finals in their respective individual event. Alex McG qualified in the breaststroke where he swam a PB to finish in 20th place. Tom A qualified 18th fastest in the backstroke and improved his time by 2.7 seconds to swim a new PB and finish in 10th place. This swim qualified for the final where Tom swam a similar time and finished 10th.
Harry M qualified in the U13 freestyle 18th fastest. He had a good race and finished 18th. James G qualified 8th fastest in the U13 breaststroke. He had an awesome swim in the heats swimming a 3.5 second PB and qualifying for the final in 5th position. James improved his time still further in the final, just being pushed into 4th place in a time of 34.40.
The girls' events took place in the afternoon and we had both our U12 and U13 teams through to the medley and freestyle relays.
In the U12 girls' medley, we had Meisha T-E on backstroke, Ava B on breaststroke, Francesca B on butterfly and Millie A on freestyle. The girls had qualified 12th fastest which they improved to finish in 10th. They had qualified 13th fastest in the freestyle which they again improved to finish in 11th place.
In the U13 girls' medley, we had Martha B on backstroke, Georgina B on breaststroke, Isabella G on butterfly and Laura H on freestyle. The girls had qualified 11th fastest but improved their ranking to finish in 7th place. In the freestyle they had qualified 16th fastest, but again improved their ranking to finish 14th.
In the individual events, we had four of our girls make it through to their respective event. Meisha T-E qualified in the U12 backstroke and swam a new PB to finish in 17th place. Martha B also qualified in the backstroke in the U13 event and had originally been a reserve. She swam a 2 second PB to finish in 14th place.
Georgina B qualified 14th fastest in the U13 breaststroke. She improved both her time and ranking to finish in 11th place. Laura H qualified in 17th place in the U13 freestyle. She improved her time and ranking to finish in 11th place in a time of 30.19, just missing breaking the 30 second mark.
Isabella G qualified 15th fastest in the U13 butterfly. She took a second off her time to qualify for the final in 9th place. In the final she swam slightly faster finishing in 9th place.
Congratulations to all the swimmers on a fantastic achievement!
Deborah Huggett, Head of Swimming