29 Jan 2018

DHS Swimmers More Than Meet the Challenge!

Sixteen of Derby High's elite swimmers travelled to Worcester to compete in the Bromsgrove Invitational Swimming relays on Friday 26th January. Some very large and renowned schools for swimming, such as Bedford, Marlborough College, King Edwards, Camp Hill, Repton and Kings Worcester, were some of our opposition but Derby High were ready for the challenge!

Each team had to compete in a medley relay and a freestyle relay and DHS had an U15A team, B team and C team as well as an U18 team!

The U15s were first to compete in the medley relay. The C squad of Katie Mitchell, Libby Norton, Antonella Paonessa and Hannah Munns swam with great gusto and were disappointed to just miss out on beating Shipston in their heat. Derby High B squad of Alice Proudler, Megan Oram, Julia Morton and Alexia West did a great job in their chosen strokes. Finishing 4th in their heat they missed getting in to the B final by a whisker but were pleased with their performances. The U15A team consisting of Caitlin Oram, Libby Bateman–Arkinstall, Aimee Boucherat and Lucy Flint swam brilliantly to take the 2nd spot in their heat and a place in the A final! The final was extremely exciting – Caitlin took the lead on the backstroke leg and Libby extended this on the breaststroke. Aimee fought hard on the butterfly and just kept DHS in front and Lucy held her nerve, and her fast pace under pressure from the next lane, to make Derby High the winners!!! Wow!!!

In the freestyle relay events the A team also picked up bronze medals and the B and C teams were unlucky not to make the finals. The U18 team of Abbie Hymas, Alicia Brockwell, Eliza Richold and Lucy Rantzen were fantastic role models and gave their all against really tough opposition. They made the B finals in both the medley and freestyle relays and gained B final silver medals in both of them. Brilliant!

Overall these were incredible achievements from all of the girls. Thank you to Mrs Hancock for selecting the teams and to her and Mrs Peake for taking them to the gala.

29th January 2018

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