Congratulations to the year 7 and 8 swimmers for their performance in this competition at St. Ambrose College, last Friday.
Each swimmer took part in an individual race, a medley relay and a freestyle relay. The ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams of year 7 swimmers put up a good performance against year 8 teams and finished joint 13th.
The ‘A’ team of year 8 swimmers came first or second in their races but in the other heat Ashton-on-Mersey School were also doing well. The results were all calculated on times so it didn’t really matter what position you finished in. Ashton put in some very good times and narrowly pipped us into second place, winning the silver medal.
Well done to :
Year 8 : Emily, Ella, Katie and Christabel – who each received a silver medal.
Year 7 : Kirsten, Jemima, Imogen, Evelyn, Alice, Jasmine, Caitlin and Ranvitha.
The junior, intermediate and senior swimming teams took part in the English Schools’ Swimming Association North West Secondary School Team Finals on Friday at Everton Park Sports Centre, with the following results :-
There were 24 teams in the junior girls event and our team (year 8) came 12th in the freestyle relay and 17th in the medley relay. Well done girls. All goes well for the future.
There were 23 teams in the Intermediate girls event for years 9 and 10. Such is the standard of swimming that takes place out of school from ‘Alti’ Girls, that they wanted to enter 2 teams. The ‘B’ team were 15th in the medley relay and 13th in the freestyle relay. The ‘A’ team were 6th in the freestyle relay and 4th in the medley relay – narrowly missing out on a bronze medal.
Phoebe Sullivan- Jones was also on the ‘B’ team.
Laura Hole was also on the ‘A’ team.
There were 14 teams in the senior event (years 11, 12 and 13). Our team, which included 3 of the swimmers who reached the intermediate National Finals last year, finished 3rd in the freestyle and medley relays, winning bronze medals for their great swims.
We will not know if we have reached the National Schools’ Finals in any event until all the areas in England have taken place, as everything is done on times. These should all have been completed by the end of October so we will have to keep our fingers crossed, particularly for the senior free and medley teams and the intermediate medley team.
I would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Potter who was there to help the girls and make sure they were in the right place at the right time for their practice swims and their races. As a non-swimmer, I could not have done it without him. Thank you.
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!!
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.
Congratulations to the swimming teams in their performance in the English Schools North West Secondary School Team Championships.
We entered two teams in the junior and intermediate freestyle events and take teams in the intermediate freestyle and medley events. A large number of schools entered the competition but we were one of only a few schools who entered two teams in each event.
The junior ‘A’team came 4th in the 4 x 50 freestyle and the ‘B’ team came 21st (out of 28 entries) – very creditable results.
Unfortunately the junior medley teams were both disqualified to to technicalities regarding turns and starts. Whey both had good times though, if they had counted.
In the inter girls freestyle the ‘A’ team came 2nd, behind a very strong Canon Slade team, from Bolton (our time was just .70 of a second slower). Our ‘B’ team came 11th, out of 24 entries – which were superb results.
In the medley our ‘A’ team won in a time 4 seconds faster than Canon Slade. We swam it in 2 minutes 9.56 seconds – amazing!!! The ‘B’ team came 19th – out of 24 entries.
We will have to wait until all the other qualifying results have come in around the country to see if we have qualified for the National Schools’ Finals as all results are done on times. We have our fingers crossed that the inter team will qualify for both the free and medley finals.