SWIMMING: Princethorpe College

Princethorpe swimmers
Princethorpe swimmers

Swimmers win 11 medals at national championships

Six athletes represented the Princethorpe Foundation at the 41st National Independent Schools’ Association’s Swimming Championships held at Coventry Baths on Saturday.

Seven regions from across the country participated with swimmers from Year 4 to Sixth Form. As ever the standard was high with an excellent turn out despite recent weather setbacks.

Year 9 swimmer Emily Smith-Williams had a busy day’s competition against Year 10 girls in her four events. The slight but powerful swimmer whose favourite stroke is breast took up the mantle and did the College proud. A 4th place in the 200IM robbed her of a medal but made Emily hungry to succeed in the remaining races. A super 100 breast (1.22.15) secured her a bronze followed by silver in both the medley and free relays.

Next up was Year 8’s Mollie Dibb. Despite being off form with a heavy cold a combination of adrenaline and fine technique earned her two superb first places in the 50 breast (38.05) and 50 fly. She added to her medal haul with silver and bronze in the medley and free relays respectively. Following suit was Caitlin Newport. The 11-year-old swam a determined race to take second in the individual breast and went one better to secure a brilliant gold in the Year 7 medley relay.

On the blocks for the first time in such a large competition was Crackley Hall’s Lucia McKosker -New. Having waited until event 69 to swim the 10 year old’s patience paid off as she swam the third leg in the free relay representing the Midlands. Lucia’s strength powered the Year 5 girls into second place. Classmate, and brother of Mollie, Sebastian Dibb took first leg in the Year 5 boys’ free relay touching first to help the quartet break the National ISA record by five seconds to romp home in gold position in 2.25.12.

Year 8’s Max Gardner also participated in the Championships swimming backstroke. Princethorpe’s Head of Girls’ Games Lou Harrison added: “Princethorpe and Crackley Hall swimmers have a tradition of achieving well at these Championships. To bring home eleven medals is testament to the hard work and commitment each of them show in their training beyond the classroom.”

Image shows (from left) Sebastian Dibb, Mollie Dibb, Emily Smith-Williams, Caitlin Newport and Lucia McKosker-New