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Meade King Cup Winners

Fantastic performance from our OA @MaddieHinch today! We couldn't be more proud. #Tokyo2020 #TeamGB #KCTsport - 16 hours ago

The Meade King Cup is an extraordinary swimming event. Beginning in 1925, it has been running each year since – until the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

The gala is like no other;  there is no logic or sense to the type of races – the strokes, the distances – that are included. So, it makes for an extremely interesting competition between King's and local schools, Wellington School, Taunton School and Queen’s College. 

This year, we were delighted to see it return, albeit with a slightly unusual approach. With Covid rules and regulations restricting spectators poolside, we erected a spectacularly large screen so that we could live stream the action from the pool to everyone watching outside.

As the competition commenced, we saw some seriously good swimming. Alice A kicked off our winning streak, taking the top spot in the 50m freestyle. Next up was Jake W, taking the lead in the 50m butterfly, an event in which he remains undefeated during his time here at King’s. Daisy S swam sensationally in the 100m freestyle, and secured first position due to a disqualification from Taunton School. Daneel L then put in an impressive performance to continue his dominance in the 50m backstroke.

Euan M finished first in the 50m breaststroke, with Jake also winning the 50m backstroke, and Sergei V pushing hard to win the 50m fly.

Our boys' teams performed well in the medley relays – an event that each year we tend to dominate. Well done to Oscar B, Ian C, Jake W and Wilf B, who took first position due to some unfortunate errors and disqualification from the leading school. Louis B and Finley P then joined Daneel and Sergei to take an impressive lead in the senior medley relay.

The final relay races are serious competitions in themselves, each with trophies, pride and honour at stake. Again, a few errors set back the leading team, meaning further disqualification, and our boys’ team, consisting of Jake, Daneel, Sam C and Finley stormed to victory, to win the Penny Cup.

Commenting, our Head of Swimming and Aquatics, Lyndsey Hollands, said: "Meade King Cup is always a brilliant event to be part of, and this year was no exception. With help and support from numerous colleagues across the school, we were able to host a spectacular event. Our swim team were sensational also, their hard work and training has really paid off – I am really proud of them."

To add to the obscure nature of the event, this year, Wellington School ran a time trial for their U16 team and these results have now been included in the final scores, which were pending until now ...

We're delighted to announce that our boys' team won the competition and our girls came second to Taunton School! A huge congratulations to all participants and winners.


1st -50


2nd - 28


3rd - 25


4th - 23



1st - 48


2nd - 37


3rd - 28


4th - 18


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