SWIMMING: Princethorpe College

Mollie Dibb, Emily Smith-Williams and Grace Webber
Mollie Dibb, Emily Smith-Williams and Grace Webber

Princethorpe swim team qualify for the nationals

Five Princethorpe College swimmers have been making a wave by winning individual events at the Midlands ISA Swimming Championships. Held at Walsall Baths earlier this month, the speedy squad shone across all strokes.

Year 7’s Caitlin Newport began the roll of honour by claiming gold in the individual breast. This set a trend for Year 8’s Mollie Dibb and also Year 9’s Emily Smith-Williams, (a National ASA breaststroker) with both claiming top spot in their favourite event. Smith -Williams was unchallenged in the Individual Medley and also won the fly. Dibb went on to mirror Emily’s success by also stealing first place in the fly. She then swam the fastest recorded freestyle qualifier in her age group.

The Year 9/10 girls relay was won with all four swimmers being one or two years younger than age group. Emily and Mollie were joined by Grace Webber and Year 8’s Abbie Baker to bring the trophy home for Princethorpe College. A remarkable achievement for such young swimmers.

In the boys’ events Max Gardner continued his dominance in the backstroke by taking first place and Tom Warne was narrowly squeezed in to second in both the fly and free but secured a National relay place with his fine freestyle time.

Emily, Mollie, Caitlin, Max and Tom will be back in the water for the ISA Nationals next February at City of Coventry Baths where we hope to continue the tradition of Princethorpe College achieving top medal placings.

Image shows from left; Mollie Dibb, Emily Smith-Williams and Grace Webber with the Year 9/10 ISA Midlands Relay trophy.