King's Worcester

24 November

Pupils take part in the ESSA National Secondary Team Championships

The under 13 boys' swimming team, made up of Sam Hawes, Michael Agoston (Medley relay), Charlie Dixon (Freestyle relay) Adam Rutter and Henry Halford and the under 15 girls' team of Alexandra Barry, Josie Armstrong, Bella Woodcock and Hanna Woodcock qualified in the top thirty schools in the country from over 220 schools that took part last month in the qualifying rounds.

The under 13 boys qualified 1st in Worcestershire and 2nd in the West Midlands behind Warwick School in both their Freestyle and medley relays and the under 15 girls qualified in 1st position in both relays in Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

The swimmers all performed brilliantly, swimming faster in the 50m pool than they did in the qualifying round held at Malvern College. In the freestyle relay, the boys achieved 22nd place from the 30 and the girls 20th place but it was in their medley relays that the two teams really shone. With them swimming their individual specialist stroke in the relay this event was always going to be their strongest. Each swimmer swam either personal bests or right on it in their 50m legs and they swam in very exciting, competitive heats against such schools as Millfield and Kelly College.

The boys team achieved an impressive 12th place missing the top 10 final by half a second. The girls team missed their final by only one place and by an agonising 0.1sec! So close!

We all had a wonderful day at the impressive Olympic pool. I was delighted with all of the swimmers’ performances on the day and to come 11th and 12th in the country behind specialist swimming schools and colleges is simply amazing. We look forward to building on this success next year and chasing those final places.