There may be no IAPS National Swimming Finals in London this year but it was great to hear that the Hill House U11 girls’ medley team would have qualified for this prestigious competition.
After missing out on a place at the London finals last year by one position, the girls have spent this school year training hard to make the qualifying standard. Their time of 1.16.22 put them in 15th place nationally which would have seen them travel to London for the finals.
Congratulations go to Connie Crowther who recorded the fastest qualifying time for the U11 50 metres breaststroke. Connie was second in the finals last year over 25 metres and was in excellent form over the longer distance. A special mention must go to Year 4’s Scarlett Fearn who was competing against pupils a year older, and had the 22nd fastest qualifying time nationally for the U10 freestyle event.
There were some excellent performances in a very tough boys competition. Oliver Blunt was 83rd out of 160 swimmers nationally in the freestyle and Felix Devy was 67th out of 114 swimmers in the breaststroke. Together with Luca Markham and Sam Brown the boys were 75th nationally in the freestyle relay which was their strongest event.
Whilst the U10 boys favoured the freestyle relay, the U10 girls much preferred the medley relay. Eleanor Idle-Crane (another pupil competing above her age), Sophie Morrell and Isabelle McLellan, together with Scarlett Fearn, were 78th.
Whilst many pupils are part of swimming clubs out of school, several swimmers compete in addition to their primary sports and it is great to see so many healthy and active pupils at Hill House School.
"It has been a great season of swimming sadly cut short, but all pupils should be very pleased with what they have achieved. My thanks go to my colleague Mrs Naylor for running the swimming club with me and to all the parents and carers for supporting their children," said Hill House Swim Club teacher, Jonathan Lawrie.