The news we have been waiting patiently for arrived on Monday, stating whether or not we had done enough to get to the IAPs National Swimming Finals. Well…we made it in three events!
The road to the finals were not an easy one. The first problem we needed to overcome was the fact that the qualifying round date was changed and brought forward by 6 weeks! This meant quite a few changes to the training plan. Then we found out that the new date was on the same day as a secondary school taster morning, meaning we lost our U11 girls team and U11 boys team! These hurdles were overcome and through lots of hours in the pool and a re-jiggle of the team, we were as ready as we could be for our qualifying round at Stoneyhurst School in early March. Unfortunately, the loss of the U11s meant we were not eligible to enter the small schools relay as we didn’t have enough swimmers! This however didn’t stop the 5 swimmers – Millie, Arthur, Dominic, James and Oliver – from pulling out all the stops, producing fantastic swims and gaining 1st, 2nd and 3rd places across all their races.
When an email pops up and starts with ‘Congratulations Finalists’ you know its going to be exciting! Our swimmers gained excellent places nationally and should be very proud of themselves and all their hard work. The top 20 individuals in each event qualified for the final and the top 16 relay teams. Our U10 relay team came 19th/101 (0:00.24 seconds from qualifying!) in the medley and 22nd/123 in freestyle! This is phenomenal, even though they have so narrowly missed out.. Well done boys. Our individual results are:
The finals are going to be held at the London Aquatics Centre, on Saturday 9th June. The home of the 2012 Olympics. What a venue and what an experience! If anyone wants to come and support the swimmers, tickets are available to purchase from the IAPs sport website. I am sure everyone will be wishing Millie,Arthur and Dominic all the best of luck for their finals events.
Finally, well done to all our swimmers, you have done yourselves and Moorlands very proud.