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!!