U11 Swimming v St Bede’s (10.05.17)

The under 11 and under 10 girls hosted at St Bede’s in a wonderfully ‘friendly’ competitive swimming gala.  Captain of swimming Sophie H, led by example leading a 1st and 2nd with Celeste L in the Individual Medley. Both Sophie H and Celeste immediately returned to the water for the individual backstroke with another 1st and 2nd between them. This was followed by wins for Amber, Tyra and Pippa in the backstroke. Sophie H and Celeste completed their third 1st and 2ndof the afternoon this time giving an example of how to do butterfly properly as the girls were cheered on emphatically from the poolside. The individual breaststroke followed with more wins for Denstone Prep this time coming from Lola, Hannah, and Georgina. In the individual front crawl, wins were recorded by Sophie H, Amelia, Izzy C and Lola who in a tremendous race against Lexie won it by a fingertip.

The team backstroke and breaststroke races followed where super efforts from Izzy W, Faith, Grace, Mia, Izzy B before an incredibly quick length from Eloise helped their teams to victory.  Sophie H being the ever honourable sportswoman that she is, kindly swapped teams and swam for St Bede’s in the relays and continued to put in as much effort as she had done for Denstone Prep throughout the afternoon. The team medley brought more success for Denstone Prep and in the final team front crawl relay despite Sophie H, Celeste and Amber swimming for St Bede’s to ensure the race was as competitive as possible still saw Denstone Prep win by a clear length.

This was a superb afternoon of swimming from both teams that showed the wonderful friendship the two teams and schools share and ensured the event had the correct spirit throughout the afternoon.

Girl of the Gala: Sophie H for her sportsmanship to both teams throughout the afternoon.