This was the third successive year a Chancellor’s School team had qualified for the national finals which, in itself, is a fantastic achievement. The four boys qualified for both the 200m Medley and 200m Freestyle team events through competing in the divisional qualifiers back in October.
Each event consisted of thirty competing schools, with the ten fastest teams from the three heats qualifying for the finals. A fantastic swim by the team in both the Medley and Freestyle heats saw them qualify for both finals. The Freestyle heat was a particularly impressive performance.
The final, which consisted of the highest achieving swimming schools in the country and showcased the next generation of Olympic hopefuls, proved to be a hotly contested race. All four boys swam their individual legs with outstanding determination and effort, resulting in a fantastic 8th place finish in the Medley final and an 8th place finish in the Freestyle final.
It was a real credit to the boys’ talent and hard work to see them lined up against the likes of Plymouth College and Millfield School, from which Olympic champions have been nurtured.
A special mention must also go to the parents of the boys, who demonstrate great dedication in ensuring the boys are able to train and compete across the whole country and whose support is simply outstanding. Thank you to Mrs Harrison who was poolside throughout the entire competition passing on her expertise as team manager to the boys and providing them with excellent guidance enabling them to perform at their very best.
Chancellor’s School is very proud of these four very talented and hardworking young athletes.