The Intermediate swimming team of Holly Rowlinson, Emily Robinson, Sophie Potter and Lily McFarlane had qualified for the 200m freestyle and medley relay finals from the Regional round in Salford in October.
The finals were held in the London Aquatics Centre where Olympic medals have been won and world records have been broken. What an experience for all swimmers and all those spectating (including me!!!!).
They arrived aiming to reach the final in the medley as they were 7th fastest going into the competition and only one of three teams representing the North of England.
In the freestyle they came into the competition as 25th fastest in the country, only one of two schools from he North of England. Their time in the heats was 2.00.85 which placed them 21st best school in the country. This was thier first race so they could now concentrate on the medley heat where they can in at 7th best in the country. Expectations were high!!
In the first heat they raced alongside Millfield school, one of the strongest sports schools in the country. In a fantastic race we finished in second place in 2.10.28, just behind Millfield. There was then an anxious wait for the other two heats to take place to see if we had qualified for the final as all results are based on times. There were cheers all round when we realised that they had qualified as the 7th fastest team.
The final was always going to be tough. The girls had a great swim beating their time in the heats and finished 7th overall : the 7th best team in England. That’s brilliant girls.
I would like to give a huge thank you to the girls for their brilliant performance and to Eilish Brennan (year 13) who was their team manager and who looked after them from poolside. We could not have done this without you.
I would also like to thank Mr Potter for also helping to manage the team and to Mrs Robinson, Mrs Rowlinson and Mrs McFarlane for all their advice and support leading up to and including the finals. Your support was invaluable. It was a very long day but certainly worth it.
I am sure that the four swimmers will have left the finals yesterday with proud memories from their achievements and will continue to strive to achieve their potential. Here’s to next year!!
The U16 squad were playing in the North Semi-Final on Tuesday at Timperley.
The started off the tournament in style winning all their first round matches : v King William School from the Isle of Man 2-0 : v Westborne School, South Yourkshire 5-0 : v Queens’ School, Chester 2-0.
The semi-final was then played against Queen Elizabeth School from Cumbria. After a very exciting match the score was 1-1 after full time. The outcome of the match was to be decided on penalty flicks. Unfortunately it was not to be our day and we lost 4-2.
Everyone was very disappointed but the girls played some excellent hockey and very member of the 17 girl squad played their part in this very strong tournament.
The girls were a credit to themselves and to the school. We will get them next time!!!!!!
Thank you to all the parents who came to support. It was very much appreciated.
A huge congratulations to Laura, Emma, Millie, Alice, Holly and Charlotte who finished in 3rd place in the North West Regional Finals of the English Schools’ Cross Country Cup. They ran exceptionally well in terrible weather conditions and are rewarded with a place in the National Finals in Bedford on 5th December. Fantastic result girls well done.
The Intermediate team also competed in the North West Regional Finals and finished in 9th place. Still a very good result. Well done to Hannah, Lizzy, Freya and Ellie.
Good luck to the Intermediate swimming team who are swimming in the National Schools’ finals next Saturday in the Olympic Pool in London. They qualified for the freestyle and medley finals. The medly relay is their strongest event as they qualified 7th fastest in the country and will be in contention for a place in the final and also, maybe, a medal.
The U14 team had a disappointing end to the North West semi- final stage of this competition. They had started off in great style winning both their matches 4-0 and 2-1. They then played Kirkham Grammer School in the semi-final. We were all over them but could not get the ball in the back of the net. We had loads of chances to score but it wasn’t to be. It was 0-0 at the end of the game but we lost out on penalty flicks 3-1.
To cap it all Queen’s School, Chester qualified for the North final who we beat in the group stages. We also beat Cheadle Hulme School 5-1 in our school match this morning – they also qualified for the North Final.
Never mind girls we will do it next time. It wasn’t meant to be this year.
Thank you to all the parents for supporting us and to John Bell from Bowdon Hockey Club for giving up his time to coach the team.