25th June 2015 | In School News
Talented young swimmers from the Heath Mount’s boys swim team took the plunge in Crawley last weekend and finished with a ranking of 7th nationally at the IAPS national swimming finals.
“A ranking of 7th in the UK is an outstanding achievement, given we were competing against schools like Millfield and Plymouth College which specialise in top level swimming,” explained Gillian O’Gorman, Head of Swimming at Heath Mount.
Heath Mount’s Year 5 boys, Sebastian John, Flynn Presence, Joe Robinson and Thomas Vullo won the silver medal in the freestyle relay in a time of 1.02.57, and Year 6 swimmers, Alexander Backhaus, Sam Harris, Max and Toby Shirvell won two bronze medals in the Freestyle and Medley relays in times of 58.44 and 1.06.43 respectively.
“This is a fantastic set of results from some very talented and hard-working swimmers,” says O’Gorman. “These boys are putting Heath Mount on the national swimming map and setting a wonderful example to the younger children at school.”
Regional competitions were held throughout the country in February and March with over 220 schools and 3,500 pupils competing for places in the National Finals at Crawley. The top 16 individual swimmers and top 12 schools in relays qualified for the finals.
Heath Mount swimmers also had placings in the following Individual events;
- Maxwell George 5th in Under 12 50 metres Backstroke(35.83);
- Alexander Backhaus 5th in the Under 11 50 metres Breaststroke (41.25);
- Max Shirvell 6th in the Under 11 50 metres backstroke (37.54) and
- Flynn Presence 10th in under 10 25 metre Backstroke (19.26).
Our boys have also qualified for the English Schools National Relay championships to be held in Sheffield in June. Heath Mount’s Medley Relay team are the top seeds and the Freestyle team are second seeds from the East of England, and finished 7th nationally in 2014.