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17 March 2017

King's Competes in the Bath and Otter Cup at the London Aquatic Centre

Last Thursday a small group of the King’s College swim team travelled to London in preparation for the Bath and Otter Cup, a historic national swimming competition specifically for independent schools that began in 1910.

During Thursday afternoon, pupils got to experience some of the sites of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, by ascending the Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture with views across London and descending by sliding down on the world’s longest, fastest, tallest tunnel slide. This adrenaline rush was an exciting start to the events ahead.

On Friday morning the swimmers were up early ready for a full day of competition.

Hosted at the iconic London Aquatic Centre, the venue for the swimming and diving during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, our pupils had the opportunity to experience swimming in the same venue as swimming heroes such as Michael Jamieson, Rebecca Adlington, and Michael Phelps.

Our girls team; Charly Beak, Lottie Cannons, Hannah Jewell and Jennifer Iong were the first pupils ever from King’s to represent the school at this of level competition, competing against 81 different schools from across the UK and other British Territories such as Bermuda and Fiji.

In the boys event; Ben Atal, TJ Haller, Ollie Piper and Ryan Lui excelled themselves by making the final of both the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x50m medley relay (50m of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle).

In the freestyle relay, the boys put in an impressive performance and finished in 4thplace, just missing the bronze medal position by less than one second. This seeds them in the top 10% in the small schools competition.

In the medley relay the boys placed 7th, with Ben Atal and Ryan Lui posting faster times in the final than in the heat swim and Ryan smashing his personal best in his final leg, the 50m freestyle.

This is an incredible result for our King’s swimmers at their first ever national competition, demonstrating our growing strength in swimming – an achievement for everyone to be proud of.

The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have returned to school inspired to continue to succeed in swimming.

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