BCS Swimming goes from strength to strength after another hugely successful week for the Academy team!
Para Swimming World Series
Last week kicked off with the Para Swimming World Series including the British Para Swimming Meet in Sheffield. BCS travelled with three members of the team; present pupil Luke, BCS alumni Leo McCrea and external member Zack. Fantastic achievements all round:
Zack personal best swim and qualified for the final where he finished 10th
Leo seasons best swim and qualified for the World Series final where he finished 8th with a lifetime best swim and broke his own British SB5 100 BRS record.
Luke just off personal best
Zack just off personal best
Luke just off personal best but qualified for the British final where he went an equal lifetime best swim finishing 8th.
Zack qualified for the British final with a personal best swim where he finished 4th.
Zack and Luke went head to head in heat 9, Zack set a new personal beat w swim and qualified for the final while Luke was just off best but showed good back end speed.
Zack didn’t have much time to rest and recover between the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. However even after a tough four days of racing set an equal best swim and qualified for the final.
The effort and attitude from our team of Para swimmers was unquestionable and what is one of the biggest events on the Para swimming calendar.
Our Head Coach Mr Woodward even got a change to meet Paralympian champion Ellie Simmonds!
The Dorset Novice Gala
Then on Saturday 18th March, BCS entered its first ever team format competition, the Dorset Novice Gala at Littledown. This is only made possible due to the growth of our junior base and the hard work Mr Watson puts into developing our Bournemouth Collegiate Prep School Swimmers!
The Dorset Novice Gala is a team gala consisting of individual and relay races where swimmers score points for each event they swim, with an overall winning team being announced at the end of the evening.
The BCS coaching team used this as a development opportunity and gave as many of our younger members the opportunity to race as possible.
Bournemouth Collegiate School looked fantastic from the start winning the first event and not finishing outside of the top three over the first 10 events of the gala. The noise and support from our parents and family members in the balcony was amazing.
Overall BCS finished 7th, the placing didn't reflect the amazing swimming on show. Although this is down to many of the team swimming faster than the upper limits set in the competition conditions … we were just too fast!
A big thank you to our senior swimmers Bea, Toby and Harriet who were poolside with the team to help guide our future stars.
Well done to Anneliese, Alice, Lilly, Romilly, Hollie, Rory, Guy, Oliver, Callum, Emily, Eliza and Daniel who all showcased some fantastic swimming efforts.
Future stars all in the making!