Bede’s Swimmers Take Home Gold at the County Swimming Championships

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Nine Bede’s Senior School pupils took part in the 2018 Sussex County Swimming Championships, held in the 50m pool at Crawley K2 Leisure Centre, last month. Between them they gained a staggering seven gold, eleven silver and ten bronze medals. All nine swimmers gained finals or top eight positions in their age groups, which is an amazing achievement.

Dan Flint gained three gold medals in his age group for 400IM, 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly, whilst being a finalist in all breaststroke events. Sam Avery was in fine form in his backstroke sprint events with victories in the Senior age group for 50m and 100m backstroke. He also gained finals in three other events (50m and 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle). Tom Barden gained multiple medals across a variety of strokes, showing great improvements across the board. His victory in his age group for 200m backstroke was his major triumph with four finals in backstroke and butterfly events also gained, along with medal winning swims in his individual medley swims. James Grimmond also swam a number of finals with a great 50m freestyle sprint personal best of 24.80 secs earning him bronze medal in the senior event. He topped this up with finals in the 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly.

Boys Finals swims were also gained by Tom Exall with a fantastic 50m freestyle personal best of 25.52 in the Senior Final, along with Monty Filmer-Cox in his age group for 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle.  

The girls were not to be outdone and rose to the occasion with fantastic swims all round. Rozzie Scarff gained a gold medal in her age group for 400m freestyle, with also medal winning performances in distance events (800m freestyle, 400m IM and 200m butterfly). Milly Widdop gained a silver medal with a strong showing in her 50m breaststroke age group final, along with qualifying for 5 other finals in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly. Harriet Farrington showed her strength in the 50m butterfly, freestyle and backstroke finals with a Personal Best of 29.77secs gained in the butterfly.    

The swimmers now move on the concentrate on a number of individual open meets throughout March and early April, looking to improve their qualifying times for the South East Regional Championships in early May. Some strong performances in the next three months may result in the swimmers qualifying for events at the 2018 Summer National Championships.     

This is an amazing achievement for the swimmers and the School, and is sentiment to their commitment and effort in training. I am looking forward to how fast the swimmers can swim over the next few weeks during the qualification period for the National Championships.

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