Bath Cup swimming at The London Aquatics Centre
Pupils swam against 90 other schools in the prestigious Bath Cup held at The London Aquatics Centre, breaking a number of personal best records along the way.
The first event of the day was the girls 4 x 50m freestyle relay where Ami J got the girls team off to a great start on the first leg which Ella M kept up, followed by Tilly A who had a great take over off the blocks and finally Jessie W who finished strong. The girls team managed to improve on last year's performance and achieved a team PB shaving off 16 seconds.
This was then followed by the boys team of Joe F, Ricardo VS, Dan L and Nick S in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay who stepped up their performance with a fast first leg from Joe where he kept up the pace with the first two swimmers. Once again a slick take over from Ricardo and a fast tumble turn kept the team up with the top four lanes, Nick and Dan swam great legs and the boys finished 5th out of 10 in their heat. Once again they were able to flourish under the pressure of competition with an impressive 17 second team PB.
The afternoon events commenced with the girls 4 x 50m medley relay and saw the introduction of Olivia G into the team to swim the breaststroke leg. All four girls swam their strokes strongly and with solid take overs and a great finish the girls made valuable marginal gains and achieved a 6 second PB.
The final event was the boys 4 x 50m medley relay and this event saw Charlie J stepping in to start the race with the back crawl leg. The boys once again upped their performance keeping up with the front runners in their heat. Dan swam an amazing butterfly leg and Joe brought the boys team home with an outstanding sprint finish. The boys achieved an 8 second PB and just missed out on a place in the final.
Ali Pugh, Swimming Coach said, "It was a fantastic performance from all the RHS swimmers who were up against some of the best schools in the country and despite taking a young team with some Year 9s and 10s they weren't fazed and they should be justly proud of themselves and hopefully we can build on this performance next year."