Two members of Hill House School's highly successful swim squad have qualified for the IAPS National Swimming Finals at the London Aquatic Centre in June.
Year 5 pupil Connie Crowther, who was a novice swimmer before she came to swim squad, qualified as the second fastest nationally in the 25m breaststroke. Year 6 pupil Greta Highfield, who recently won the British Schools Biathlon Championships title, also qualified as the second fastest in the 25m butterfly.
The Hill House Swim Squad attended an IAPS heat in Stamford back in March with Mr Lawrie and Mr Hall. Each swimmer was timed for their chosen event and all the times from heats across the country were collated. The twenty fastest swimmers are invited to the grand final in London.
Connie's medley teammates - Holly Pinchin, Isabel Davies and Jessica Eggitt - came incredibly close to qualifying but missed out on the final by one place. However, they are first reserves so fingers crossed for them all.
Isabel Davies, another newcomer to competitive swimming, was 23rd fastest nationally in the 25m butterfly and also just missed out on a place in the final. Holly Pinchin was 34th in the 25m backstroke.
Mr Lawrie, swim squad coordinator, said: "I remember when Connie came to trial swim squad when she was in Year 4 and just over a year later she is preparing for a national final in London. Greta continues to go from strength to strength and will be aiming for a place on the podium. The girls work so hard in training and it is wonderful to see that reflected in their results."