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Competing in the national IAPS swimming finals


A number of our Year 6 and Year 5 swimmers qualified for the National IAPS Finals on Saturday 8th June in the London Aquatics Centre, the very same venue where Olympic swimmers have trained and competed in the past. There was a lot of competition to qualify for this event: out of approximately 40,000 swimmers, only 15,000 made it to the finals! Our girls were keen to do well and excited to be there.

We had amazing performances from all our girls with personal bests in almost every swim. The most impressive performances were the medley relay of Year 5 with Evie, Zoe, Iris and Alice with a new time of 1.19, a whole 6 seconds faster than their qualifying time. A special ‘thank you’ to Alice for coming along to support our school in the relay with a great performance. Our Year 6 swimmers were also very impressive on their relays: in the freestyle, Elizabeth, Annabel, Elisa and Astrid came in 5 seconds faster and, in the medley, Elizabeth, Cara, Annabel and Astrid were 4 seconds faster.

We also had excellent individual performances from Astrid on Freestyle, Iris on Butterfly and Zoe in Freestyle. We were all very excited when Evie managed to get to the finals with her Backstroke as she did a 5 second personal best. Although Evie was a little nervous, she managed to work through her nerves and produced an amazing time of 39.05 seconds, which placed her in 4th place amongst 15000 swimmers!

Overall, it was a very significant and special event and everyone – parents, swimmers and coaches – left feeling inspired and very proud. A huge well done to all our swimmers – we were all over the moon with your performances! Well done, High March!

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