Clayesmore’s Swim Team secure qualifications and personal bests in regional and county championships

Swimming Champs

Clayesmore’s Swimming Team have had a successful term so far, Director of Swimming, Ali Pickford, writes about their performance in two big competitions: 

Dorset County Championships

Members of Clayesmore’s Prep and Senior School swimming squad competed at this year’s Dorset County event held over two weekends at the beginning of February and first weekend of half term. Our pupils had a great Championships and several personal best times and school records were recorded: 

School Records:

Cody: 50 metres Backstroke, 100 metres Front crawl and 100 metres Backstroke

Georgia: 200 metres Breaststroke

Lottie: 200 metres Individual Medley, 100 metres Front crawl, 100 metres Backstroke and 400 metres Front crawl

Charlie: 200 metres Front crawl

Ruben: 100 metres Backstroke

At the Counties swimmers target to record qualifying or consideration times for the South West Regional Championships. A huge congratulations to Georgia for her consideration time for 50 metres Breaststroke and to Charlie for 4 consideration times and Lottie for a consideration time in the 50 metres Backstroke. We wish you all lots of luck at the 2019 South West Regionals.

IAPS Regional Round

The IAPS swimming competition is the highlight of the Clayesmore Swim Team calendar. Regional rounds are followed by the National Finals which this year will be held on Saturday, 8 June at the London Aquatic Centre.

Clayesmore hosted one of the many regional rounds in mid-February with Port Regis, Sandroyd, Dumpton, Yarrells, Knighton House and Bournemouth Collegiate competing along with the Clayesmore team. The gala is very much an individual event as swimmers are trying to record their best time with the hope of qualifying for the National Finals. Only the top 16 in individual events and top 12 relay teams in the country will be selected for the finals, so the standard of swimming is exceptionally high, even at the regionals.

All pupils had fantastic swims and they should be proud of their achievements in the pool.  With over 30 Personal Best times from the swim team since January 2019 it was fantastic that the Year 5-8 swim team recorded 28 more Personal Best times at the regional gala. Real proof of the hard work the whole team put in the pool and the progress they have all made.

A special mentions must go to Year 5 pupil Cody who broke the 18-year-old school record for the boys Year 5 Backstroke, this record was last recorded in 2001!! 

We should receive details of those who have qualified for the National Finals during the Easter holidays.