Independent Boarding Schools Swimming Relay Competition
The swimming team at Cheltenham Ladies' College regained the Overall Team Shield at the annual Independent Boarding Schools Swimming relays held at Downe House on 5 May which provided a great end to a fantastic evening of racing.
The relays proved again to be an exciting and competitive event with fourteen schools entered. Racing on a heat declared winner basis, the teams knew they had to post a fast time in their respective heats. A young U13 side competed first and were just touched out of the placings by tenths of a second in both their Medley and Freestyle relays. With Issy Moulding , Natasha Blake and Georgia Gordon, all LC1s, it certainly provides an exciting prospect for next year. LC2 Alice Chambers completed the U13 line-up, swimming a fantastic 14.75 second freestyle leg.
The U15 side of Alys Bowen, Justina Lee, Michelle Tsang and Georgia Jones produced season best performances to finish second in both of their relays. Alys led off the medley relay in a new personal best time on the 50m Backstroke, followed by Justina Lee swimming an awesome breaststroke leg, Michelle swimming the butterfly and Georgia the freestyle. Both raced hard but were out swum by a strong Wycombe Abbey side.
The relay event provided SFC2s Charis Ma and Chloe Yu their last opportunity to represent College. Joined by SFC1 Imogen Simmonds and UC5 Brogan Rudge the team rose to the occasion and dominated its age group, winning the Freestyle relay by nearly four seconds. Both Charis and Chloe have been central figures in the CLC swim team and will both be sadly missed when they leave College this year. We wish them well and hope they continue to swim when at university.
Miss K Nimmo, Second in the PE department and Head of Swimming
Article Created 20/05/2010