Princethorpe proud of swimmer Kate

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Princethorpe College swimmer Kate Mackenzie dominated the freestyle and backstroke events for her age group at the Warwickshire County Swimming Championships.

The 13-year-old who swims for City of Coventry swept the board with her decisive power and skill in the 50,100, 200 and 400 metre events.

Kate achieved Midlands qualifying times in her 200 backstroke in 2.37.40, her 100 backstroke in 1.12.80, her 200 free 2.14.23 and the 400 free in 4.43.84.

She also achieved her National qualifying time for the 100 metre freestyle so will be travelling to Sheffield in July to compete in the National Age Group Championships.

This remarkable succession of age group victories also brought her overall county success, taking silver medals in both the 50 and 100 metre freestyle championship finals.

The youngest by age in the finals this bodes well for Kate’s future as she develops her strength in these events.

For her achievement in the 100 metre freestyle Kate won the Warwickshire County Championships Junior trophy.

She was also awarded the prestigious Corbett Challenge trophy, for the second year running, for her dominance across the backstroke events.

This perpetual trophy is given to the highest point scoring young swimmer across the three distances in this stroke.

Kate, who manages to fit in her studies at Princethorpe College alongside daily training sessions at City of Coventry was really pleased with her performance.

She is now turning her sights to gaining further National Qualifying times in galas planned for later this season.

Princethorpe College Headmaster Ed Hester said: “This is an incredible result for such a young athlete. Her commitment and ability shine here at Princethorpe and we are very proud of her county performance.”

Princethorpe College swimmer Kate Mackenzie, 13,

with her Championships

trophies and medals