King’s had an amazing total of 20 pupils qualify for the Worcester County Swimming Championships this year. This event takes swimmers from all the local clubs, including Wolverhampton and Halesowen.
Harry C (Royal Wolverhampton SC) was simply on fire, winning a whopping 12 gold medals in the 14 year age group (age at 31st December) and five Junior Championship titles. The Junior trophies go to the fastest swimmer who is under 16 years old on the last day of the championships. This is even more impressive considering he hadn’t turned 14 yet! Well done, Harry!
Also swimming with great success was Aled L (City of Birmingham & Redditch SC), winning two gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the 14 year category.
Dylan L (Worcester SC) won gold in the 200m and bronze in the 100m backstroke in the 13 year age group.
Ben G (also of Worcester SC), swimming in the 15 year old category, also took the pool by storm, winning two gold, six silver and two bronze medals.
Catherine H (Droitwich SC) competed in the 13 year age group, showing great fitness and stamina to win silver in the 1500m (60 lengths) freestyle and the 200m butterfly.
Competing in the girls’ 14 year old category were Frankie B, Jess D and Grace R (all of Worcester SC). Frankie B took the sprints by storm, winning gold in the 50m freestyle and butterfly and bronze in the 50m backstroke.
Jess D showed her strength in all four strokes by winning silver in the gruelling 400IM and bronze in the 100IM, also winning bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Grace R dominated the breaststroke races by winning gold in the 50m, silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m.
Hannah W (Pershore SC) continued with her recent success by achieving eight gold and four silver medals in the 17 years and over category and winning a extraordinary six Open titles. (Fastest female overall) Her 100IM was the standout performance of the championships, as Hannah managed to break her own county record in the heat and again in the final!
Bella B has struggled the past few months with injury so she focussed on her key events, winning gold in the 17 years and over 50m butterfly and bronze in the 100m. Bella also retained her Senior title for the 50m in a well fought race.
Like Hannah and Bella, swimming in the 17 years and over category, Izzy Trow (Worcester SC) swam an impressive 400IM to achieve a silver medal. The pressures of juggling A level studies and a heavy swimming programme should not be underestimated. Well done girls for your hard work and dedication in both areas.
Also competing at their first County Championships were KSA’s Lucia I and Mia G (Worcester SC) and KSW’s John E and Cerys G (Pershore SC). They all swam well, with personal bests, and enjoyed the experience. KSW’s Phoebe M (Wyre Forest SC), George H (Pershore SC) and Felicity Q (Droitwich SC) swam great performances in a competitive field. Eve H (Worcester SC) and KSA’s Lara J (Evesham SC) qualified for the Championships but due to injuries and illness were unable to compete on the day.
Mrs Monkhouse adds, “It is an amazing achievement in itself to qualify for the County Championships and the swimmers should be very proud of themselves. Swimmers’ timetables are incredibly relentless and so much effort is put in for often a very small gain. Every one hundredth of a second counts. I am delighted that our swimmers have seen the reward for all their hard work.”