King’s Swimmers Put in a Strong Performance at Bromsgrove School Invitational Relays
King’s enjoyed another successful swimming gala on Friday 25th January at the Bromsgrove School Invitational Relays Gala, held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre. Twenty-five schools attended this annual gala from as far afield as Nottingham, Bedford and Newcastle under Lyme. The standard of swimming was phenomenally high with many national and regional standard swimmers competing.
There were 4x50 freestyle relays and 4x50 Medley relays in the U15 age group and also the U18 age group. The teams from King's did exceptionally well- reaching the A finals in seven of the eight events. The girls’ U15 team (Alexandra Barry, Bella Barry, Izzy Trow and Hannah Woodcock) were unstoppable in both the freestyle and medley relay, winning by over five metres in each race.
Just days before the event, two members of the boys’ U15 team had to withdraw due to injuries. Charlie Dixon aged just twelve rose to the challenge of swimming three years up and joined Daniel Day, Leo Rendall-Baker and Sam Hawes for both relays. They swam incredibly well and made the A final in both events placing a credible fourth for the medley and fifth for the freestyle.
The U18 girls also lost a member of their team dues to a fracture so Alex Barry swam up an age group joining Bella Woodcock, Hannah Dixon and Naomi Marsden for the medley relay and Hannah Woodcock replaced sister Bella Woodcock for the freestyle relay. In both relays the girls put in a strong performance going almost two seconds faster in their A final than their heats and secured a great second place behind East Midlands’ Southfield School.
With only one under eighteen boy in the correct age group (Sam Hartley) and therefore the rest of the team (Daniel Day, Leo Rendall-Baker and Sam Hawes) being under fifteen, the competition was always going to be tough, but the boys took it in their stride and gave it their all achieving a great sixth place in the A final and fourth in the B final for the freestyle. Quite an achievement!
All of the swimmers swam well without exception but a special mention must go to Daniel Day, Leo Rendall-Baker, Sam Hawes and Alexandra Barry who had to compete in eight 50m races in a very quick turnaround. Lizzie Monkhouse, Head of King's Senior School Swimming said: “Swimming is going from strength to strength at King’s which is shown by their great achievement at such a high standard competition. I am delighted that the swimmers are reaping the rewards for all their hard work and commitment in the pool.”