A team of nine swimmers represented the Princethorpe Foundation at the National Independent Schools Association’s Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 21 January 2018. Representing the Midlands and up against tough competition, our swimmers competed against National qualifiers from regions across the UK including East Anglia, the North, London South, London West, London North and the South West.

Over the course of the day some 400 swimmers took part in 83 races with the Midlands region finishing impressively in 1st place in the Seniors, 5th in the Juniors and 4th overall.

Princethorpe College Director of Sport, Neil McCollin, commented, “Our swimmers have traditionally done well in the ISA Swimming Championships and they have had another successful outing this year. Well done to everyone who competed in both the National Championships and in the qualifying regional competitions, it’s good to see so many pupils from all three of the Foundation’s schools representing the Midlands, we are delighted with their performance.”

Princethorpe College Year 8 pupil Jess Mackenzie swam superbly to finish in a time of 28.74 taking a gold medal and setting a new record for the Year 8 Girls 50 metre freestyle. Mackenzie just missed a second medal later in the day when she finished in 4th place in a time of 32.69, in a very close race in the Year 8 Girls 50 metre butterfly.

Year 11 Caitlin Newport swam powerfully to take a silver medal in the Year 11/13 Girls’ 100 metre breast stroke. In a challenging dual against a familiar rival, Leah Hamilton swimming for London South, she finished the race in 1.23.29.

Lucia McCosker-New also took silver in the Year 9/10 Girls 100 metre freestyle just missing the gold by 0.29 of a second in what was an exciting, nail biting finish.

Year 10 Evie Nicholas finished 5th in the Year 9/10 100 metre backstroke in 1.22.47 and fellow Year 10 Toby Rigg also finished 5th in the Year 9/10 Boys 100 metre freestyle. In 1.06.18.

Crackley Hall’s Junior 6 Eva Plevin competed in the Year 6 Girls 50m Butterfly finishing in 43.43 and Junior 4 Lily Carroll had her first outing at the competition in the Year 4 Girls 50 metre backstroke, finishing in 52.54.

This year for the first time the Crescent School had swimmers competing at the National Championships, with two boys competing in 200 metre freestyle relay races. Marco Rodriguez Hernandez’s Year 4 team finished comfortably in 1st place and Year 5 Jamie Capelett swam his leg blisteringly fast to bring his relay team from 3rd place up to 1st place. Sadly both results were disallowed due to faulty change overs by other members of the relay teams. All part of the high pressure of this major event and part of the learning for next year’s competition.

Well done to all our swimmers.