ISA National Swimming Competition
Many congratulations to Nathan (Year 7), Spike (Year 4), Max, Samuel and Callum (Year 5), Rhiannon (Year 5), and Kally (Year 12) for their fantastic performances at the ISAs National Swimming Finals, held at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 21 January. This is an extremely prestigious event and only the top swimmers are selected to perform at this superb venue.
Nathan was part of the London West Team who won gold in the Freestyle Relay, and silver in the Medley Relay. Max was selected to swim 50M Backstroke in the morning session and gave it all he had. A good start and solid swim secured him a fourth place overall.
All our other boys competed in the afternoon session which started at 3pm. Spike was first up in the 4 x 50M Freestyle Relay for Year 4. He performed an awesome freestyle, and a beautiful technique makes him a very promising swimmer in the years to come and he helped his relay team earn a gold medal!
Samuel and Callum were up next in the 4 x 50M Freestyle for Year 5. Callum's experience as a club swimmer showed in his beautiful starting dive and strong swim - he’s truly an asset to the junior swimming team. Samuel also swam very well, reaching the other end of the pool faster than ever. Our team touched the wall in fourth place, however, because of a disqualification, our boys went home with a shiny bronze medal!
Kally is a seasoned pro at these National events having competing in them since a Junior here at Claires Court and took part in four events. Kally won a bronze in the 100m Backstroke event (1:14.55secs), swimming a personal best time which is incredible! She finished just out of the medals in fourth place in both her Relays and was deeply saddened to see her silver medal win in the 50m Butterfly taken away from her as she was disqualified for an illegal finish whereby she didn’t touch with two hands...now anyone who knows how long Kally has been swimming this event for, knows that Kally most certainly would have finished correctly, but in her admittance one hand was slightly lower on the finishing plate and this was perhaps missed by the finishing marshall - such a shame. Her strength in swimming is highly welcomed in supporting the younger pupils in the school at galas and in coaching after school.
Pupils, parents and swimming teacher all went home tired, but more importantly, extremely proud. What superb achievements, well done everyone!