The IAPS National Swimming Finals took place at K2 on Saturday. From an initial entry of 220 schools and over 2400 swimmers we were well placed with four swimmers qualifying for the finals.
The Boys event took place in the morning with Luca competing in the U10 Freestyle and Lakith in the U11 Backstroke. There were two heats in each event with the fastest 8 making the final race. Luca was first in the water and swam superbly. He qualified for the final race in 1st place, just 0.17 seconds off the National record. Lakith also swam very well, making up 7 places from the Regional heat times and qualifying in 8th place for the final race.
In a tough final, Lakith was unable to improve on his qualifying position but kept pace with the other competitors in what was a close finish across all 8 lanes. Luca had high hopes for 1st place but with only 25m to move away from the opposition he was just beaten on the touch, achieving second place by 0.05 seconds. Although he was disappointed, second in the National Final is a huge achievement and he still has three more years to achieve his goal of 1st Place and a gold medal.
The Girls event followed in the afternoon with Alice competing in the U12 backstroke and Charlotte in the U13 backstroke. Alice had qualified fourth in the Regional events and was keen to compete for a medal. She performed really well in her heat eventually qualifying for the final race in second position. Charlotte had qualified in 16th position and was unable to improve on this on the day. However, it should be appreciated that she had walked 23 miles in aid of Cancer Research the day before the Finals.
Alice was obviously nervous in the lead up to her final but made it to the start without incident. However, a goggle malfunction just seconds before the race did nothing to help her confidence. Fortunately the referee allowed her to replace her goggles and fully equipped, she took her place at the start. Whilst she already knew that 1st place was out of reach as the girl from Millfield had been consistently 3 seconds quicker than everyone else. However, achieving second was the goal and she performed superbly to achieve it. Second place and a silver medal in a National Final was a fine reward for all of her hard work in the pool.
Well done to all four of our swimmers they performed admirably and were superb ambassadors for the school.