Friday, 23 June 2017
A group of Year 5 and Year 6 girls travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield, accompanied by Mrs Higgins and Mrs Duddle, to take part in the ESSA National Championships for Primary Schools. The team, which comprises Harriet Dickens, Jade Sprott, Ai Makino and Pip Nuttall with Charlotte Harris as the reserve, had already qualified for the freestyle relay from the regional finals in March at Everton Park, Liverpool.
The girls arrived at Ponds Forge for their pool familiarisation session and had a 15 minute time slot to warm-up, practise dives and take overs and generally get used to the pool and the take-off boards before the event itself.
The girls’ freestyle heats were the third event on the schedule, and Bolton School would be competing in Heat 3. The heats were all extremely fast, with a fastest time of 57.82 recorded by The Blue Coat School! The Junior Girls recorded an excellent time of 1.04.39, placing them 20th overall among 24 schools, but unfortunately this didn’t qualify them for the finals.
It was interesting that the Bolton School Junior Boys’ team qualified into the ‘B’ final and came in 5th place with a time of 1.05.35, which was slower than the girls’ non-qualifying time!
Mrs Higgins said, “This just shows how high the standard is for the girls teams. The girls should all be extremely proud; they were excellent ambassadors and a credit to the school.”
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