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Medals in the pool

It was round two of the Kent Schools’ swimming championships at Medway Park Gillingham this weekend and it was the turn of the Intermediate Girls and Senior Boys.

The Girls’ Relay Team (Freya Kennedy Harper, Rosie Broujeni, Saffie Turl and Stephanie Andrews) performed well finishing 10th overall in both the Freestyle and Medley relays.

The Boys’ Freestyle Relay Team (Ivan Prisyazhnyuk, Patrick Chan, Theo Jessel and Joe Shailer) qualified for the final where a slight improvement on their time saw them claim 4th place. There was disappointment in the Medley Relay (Ed Chan replaced Theo in the team) as they were disqualified on a takeover infringement after they had posted a time that would have seen them contesting silver or bronze in the final.

In the individual swims both Theo Jessel and James Kerr swam personal best times in the 100m Freestyle, whilst Christian de Vitry and Saffie Turl did likewise in their Breaststroke events.

Ivan Prisyazhnyuk secured a silver medal in the Breaststroke Final and Joe Shailer had a busy day securing Silver in the 200 Medley final and 5th Place in the Backstroke. In the 200 Medley event Joe broke a 15yr old school record in the heats then lowered it by a further 2 seconds in the final.

Stephanie Andrews struck gold in the 100m Breaststroke final to become Kent Champion and in the process improved the school records that she already holds in all 4 age groups. This was despite that fact that Stephanie was out of age swimming in a Yr9/10 age group.

Stephanie also competed on Saturday Morning at the Olympic Park, Stratford in the Regional Zonal competition which matches the best swimmers from South East, South West and London Regions. Stephanie lowered her Long Course (50m) 100 Breaststroke time by 3 Seconds and finished 10th overall in the U13 age group.The swim squad now look forward to competing at their next gala at Tonbridge.