Kent Schools Swimming Championships

Michael Davidson (8F), Harry Maw (8F), David Wilson (9K), Oliver Hill (8M) and Aidan Crewe (7A) did the school proud on Saturday with some great performances in all their races.

The team, swimming in the Junior category (KS3), started very well with Michael Davidson in the 100m Butterfly. Michael qualified 5th fastest in his heat and went on to improve to 4th overall in the final, only a few hundredths from 3rd place. A great achievement. Michael followed this up by competing with Harry Maw in the 100m Freestyle. Both boys swam well with a very credible 11th place for Michael and 21st for Harry out of a field of over 50 boys.

In the 200m Individual Medley, the toughest event of the day, David Wilson finished a hard fought 11th place. This proved a useful warm-up as he joined Oliver Hill in the 100m Breaststroke. David won his heat in dominant style finishing several metres clear to qualify for the final, with Oliver swimming well and finishing a creditable 4th in a very fast heat. David took his great form into the final recovering from a slow start to finish an outstanding 3rd place, the highlight of the day.

The last to compete was Aidan Crewe, the only Year 7 boy on the team. Aidan was competing against many boys from Years 8 and 9 but finished a higher than expected 21st of the 35 entries. His finishing position was especially gratifying as he finished 3rd of the Year 7 pupils talking part. The final session of the day was the relays with a team entered in both the Medley and Freestyle races. In the Freestyle Relay the team performed well but were several seconds short of a finals place. However the Medley more than made up for this with the team winning their heat by a very satisfying 6 seconds from Skinners. Unfortunately this was 0.5 seconds short of a place in the final but it gave all the parents and Team Manager plenty of excitement.

Thank you very much to Hamish Wyatt (11M) for organising the team, parents for taking the boys and Mr Crewe for writing the report.

Mr K Downing, Head of PE

Posted: 08 February 2013
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