NATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS RELAY SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Team had made it through the Divisional Round in the freestyle and now faced their biggest challenge, the best junior schools in the country in the English Schools National Relay Championships. Owing to the size of our school we were in the small schools section.
Our team was Lewis Broad (Team Captain), James Archer, Matthew Hammann and Sian Healey.
In the small schools freestyle event, we were in the 1st heat and posted a time of 1.02.66 which was a big improvement on their divisional round time of 1.04.94. All the team did PB’s and won the heat. We then had to wait until after the third heat to discover whether we had made the final. Unfortunately due to a protest our heat had to be re-swum which was going to put more pressure on the team who thought they were already in the final. Not be put off, the swimmers duly made it through in a 4th ranked place to the A final, in a time of 1.03.29.
In the final we were in lane 6, Sian started well and held her own to record a time of 16.81. James, only breathing once the 25m was slightly quicker in 16.23. It was left to Lewis and Matthew. Both swam incredibly fast and were both under 15 seconds and Matthew eventually touched in 4th, just behind the team that had pipped us in the divisional round.
The swimmers can be very proud of their achievements. In every round they rose to the challenge and improved their times. The team had trained hard for these championships but it is apparent that the standard is rising every year. Well done to all the swimmers and the support from all the parents.