On Saturday 6th May 2017 13 Vinehall swimmers took part in the National Finals at the K2, Crawley. To have reached the finals was a great achievement and to swim against the best swimmers in the country in a fantastic arena made it a day to remember for all.

In the morning the boys’ U12 medley relay team got the day off to a good start, finishing 10th overall and knocking 4 seconds off their personal best. Then it was the turn of the U10 freestyle team, who surpassed their elder teammates, knocking 5 seconds off their PB and finishing a fantastic 4th in the country. The U12s returned for their freestyle relay and once again took 4 seconds off their time, finishing in 11th place.

Lucas M also swam in an individual U10 freestyle race. In the qualifying heats he finished 16th; so to finish the final in a fantastic 6th place was a phenomenal achievement. Following hot on the heels of his brother was David M in the U12 breaststroke; he finished 5th and also took 2 seconds off his PB.

The last individual competitor was William B in the U13 freestyle. He was a late call-up to the National Finals; finishing 16th overall was superb and a great way to finish his swimming career at Vinehall.

Overall the boys finished as the 20th best IAPS prep school in the country and they should be very proud of themselves.

In the afternoon the girls started their competition with the U12 freestyle relay. They qualified in 11th place for the finals but, with a fantastic team performance, they finished the final in 8th, knocking 5 seconds off their PB. Their time makes them the quickest girls’ freestyle relay team ever at Vinehall.

Olivia S, who qualified as our sole individual competitor in the girls’ competition, swam a very measured backstroke race, finishing 16th overall. This was a superb achievement and a very positive experience from which to build.

Derek Guy, Head of Swimming at Vinehall, said “To take such a number of children to the IAPS National Finals was a superb achievement for the school and the product of a lot of hard work by the children. The results are excellent, especially with all of our relay teams taking at least 4 seconds off their personal best times. With all but one pupil being in Year 7 or below, the future of swimming at Vinehall School remains bright and we hope to be back at the Finals, at the London Aquatics Centre, next year.”

Teams: Victoria H, Willow Mc, Olivia S, Sarah K-B, Lucas M, Gryff W, Bertie T, George S, David M, Charlie W, Monty D, Freddie O, William B