Tom excels in the pool winning Swim England National title


Bede’s pupil Thomas Exall won the Swim England 16yrs National title in 50m freestyle at the English National Summer Championships held in Sheffield from the 31 July to 4 August, and created a new junior Sussex County record of 24.41.

Tom, who was on his first visit to the Nationals, was ranked fourth going into the competition with an entry time of 25.23, but swam a personal best in the heats of 24.41 to start the final seeded in number one position.  Tom’s incredible form continued in the final with a swim time of 24.42m winning the 50m freestyle title by 0.01 of a second.

Bede’s Head of Swimming Craig Steenhoff said "This was an exceptional swim and a well-deserved national title for Tom.  This is now the perfect platform to move on to being one of the best junior sprinters in the country."

Bede’s Director of Sport David Byrne added, "Tom’s dedication and enthusiasm has impressed us all, and we are delighted that his hard work has paid off.  We are all looking forward to watching his future swims and are incredibly proud of him."

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