Elmhurst swim to success

Elmhurst School for Boys

6th February 2014

Elmhurst’s Swimming teams have recently taken part in two competitions – the Croydon Schools Swimming Association Preliminary Gala and the National ISA Swimming Gala - with fantastic results.

Croydon Schools Swimming Association Preliminary Gala, 28th January

All Croydon schools are invited to take part in this gala and swim times are recorded in all age groups/strokes. The fastest six competitors across all four galas are invited to attend the finals, which are held at Trinity School in March.

Elmhurst’s team were:

Year 6: Taran Riley-Patel (captain), William Laxton, James Benjamin, Ekaksh Lal, Theo Mawanda and Ethan McIntosh

Year 5: Cameron Leishman, Lev Titov, Joshua Albuquerque, Joel Palmer, Yash Shetty and Purav Menon

Year 4: Maliq Attah, Louis Chandler, Kaavin Subramaniyem , Henry Farquharson, Adrian Vasudevan

Year 3: Oliver Wilcox

This was the first time that Theo, Cameron, Kaavin, Henry, Louis and Oliver had swum at this event and understandably, some of the boys were nervous, particularly Louis and Henry who stepped in at the last minute to replace two boys who were ill.

Everyone swam brilliantly, with all boys achieving a 1st or 2nd place. Lev and Joel were disappointed to be placed in the same heat as it meant one would come second. However, both boys achieved personal bests to finish equal 1st!

Overall, Elmhurst was the top scoring boys' team with 41 points, 9 points clear of the school in second place - a great achievement. We wait to hear which boys have been selected to swim at the finals.

National ISA Swimming Gala

In other swimming news, four boys from Year 6 represented London South region in the Front Crawl 50m relay at the National ISA Gala in Coventry.

Each boy swims 50m, which sounds simple, but swimming in a 50m pool it is very different to doing two 25m lengths! It was a great honour to be one of the eight best teams in the country and the boys found it a rewarding experience.

Thanks must also go to the parents who escorted their sons to Coventry at the weekend.

The boys' team was: Taran Riley-Patel, William Laxton, Sulaymaan Jamil and James Benjamin.

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