Thirteen pupils from Taunton School travelled to the London Aquatics Centre recently to represent the South West at the English Schools’ Swimming Association National Relay competition.
The Senior Girls first competed in the freestyle relay. They came fourth in their heat, narrowly missing out on a finals place and placing them 12th in the Country. The girls had high hopes going into the medley relay having qualified from regionals in fifth place. They swam really well in their heat to secure second place, putting them in seventh qualifying position for the final. The girls performed well in the National Final finishing seventh overall. It was a fine achievement in a final that included the traditionally strong swimming schools Plymouth College, Mount Kelly and Millfield.
The Senior Boys’ team had qualified for both the freestyle and medley relays in 33rd place. However, some excellent competitive swimming on the day placed them 23rd and 22nd in the country respectively. The youngest of our teams, the Junior Boys, qualified in the freestyle relay. They swam well, against some very strong boys’ teams, finishing in 29th place.
Taunton School’s Head of Swimming Lisa Manley commented: “Swimming at the London Aquatic Centre was a great opportunity for all our swimmers and we are extremely proud of their achievements. Well done to Robyn Edwards, Emily Yap, Alicia Gallagher, Hannah Ashby, Mandy Cheng, Harry Aziz-Hendricks, Louis Norman, William Perry, Ilija Kirilenko, Tom Houghton-King, Harrison Barrett, Matthew Ashby and Olly Heard.”
Photo attached: The Taunton School Swim Team at the London Aquatic Centre. Left to right:
Tom Houghton-King, Mandy Cheng, Robyn Edwards, Emily Yap, Alicia Gallagher, Matthew Ashby, Hannah Ashby, Harry Aziz-Hendricks, Ilija Kirilenko, Louis Norman, William Perry, Harrison Barrett, Olly Heard