Last Friday sixteen swimmers from the senior school competed at the Bromsgrove School Invitational Relays gala held at the Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester. Twenty-six schools attended this annual gala from as far afield as Nottingham, Bedford and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The standard of swimming was phenomenally high, with as many as thirty teams competing in some of the relays, and many national and regional standard swimmers competing.
There were 4×50 freestyle relays and 4×50 medley relays in the U15 age group and also the U18 age group. The swimmers did exceptionally well, reaching the A finals in seven of the eight events.
The girls’ U15 team of Alexandra Barry, Hannah Dixon, Josie Armstrong and Hannah Woodcock won the freestyle relay against really tough competition and came third in the medley relay.
The boys’ U15 team of Daniel Day, Adam Rutter, Leo Rendall-Baker and Henry Halford won an impressive silver in the medley relay and then, Samuel Hartley, who for this competition, was swimming up in the U18 age group then had to swim in the U15s to replace Dan at the last minute due to sickness, and helped the team win bronze in the freestyle race.
The U18 girls: Naomi Marsden, Bella Woodcock, Daisy Ellis and Izzy Trow, won bronze in both the freestyle and the medley relays. The freestyle relay was a very exciting race when Naomi, fighting for the third place, finished with a blanket finish with two other girls and managed to get the bronze on the touch!
The U18 boys had two drop outs on the day due to illness and injury leaving Oscar Van Vuren as the only U18 swimmer in the team. Ben Holmes (U18) swam in the medley relay heat and had to withdraw from the final due to an ankle injury so Sam Hartley (U15) Adam Rutter (U13) and Henry Halford (U13) joined Oscar to fight hard against much older and stronger swimmers in the A final in the medley relay and went on to qualify for the B final in the freestyle. Quite an achievement!
Swimming is going from strength to strength at King’s and I am delighted that the swimmers are reaping the rewards for all their hard work and commitment in the pool.
Lizzie Monkhouse, Swimming teacher