Swimming to success


Last week RGS swimmers had a very successful few days in the pool. On Friday we travelled to the London Olympic Park for the U18 Independent Schools Bath Cup. RGS swimmers swam incredibly well to produce some amazing results in both the freestyle and medley relays. RGS’s boys team of Toby S, Tomos K, Charlie J, Patrick F-J and Owen K swam well to place 25th in the Bath Cup freestyle relay and 15th in the John Nalson medley cup, just one second outside of a place in the final. The girls’ team reached the finals for the second year in a row. They placed 6th in both the Otter Girls freestyle and medley cups. Well done to Lauren D, Clara A, Issy H, Daisy G & Emily W on their excellent performances.

On Saturday focus switched to charity fundraising as RGS swimmers took part in the annual Rotary Club of Dorking Deepdene Swimarathon. The main object of the event is to raise money for charity and this year RGS chose to divide fundraising efforts between Loveworks and Crawley Open House. Donations are still coming in but we hope to raise in excess of £600.

To motivate swimmers to try their best they are also given the chance to enter in to two trophy competitions. At 1200 RGS Seniors (Ruby J, Daisy G, Charlie J, Tomos K, Owen K & Patrick F-J) took part in the Speed Race. Swimmers swim for 55 minutes in a continuous 6x50m relay. This year RGS were runners up to a very strong Dorking Swimming Club side but achieved a record total for of 111 laps (222 lengths) in 55 minutes with the previous record being 108 laps. The grit and determination shown by the swimmers to achieve such an amazing total was fantastic.

In the afternoon RGS teams had an opportunity to win the Schools Trophy for the greatest number of laps swum outside of the speed race. RGS had two teams who both swam incredibly well. RGS juniors (Clara W, Lauren A, Gracie O, Ben R, Jonathan G & Owen W) swam well to achieved a total of 73 laps and the slightly older team (Lily F-J, Abi C, Jemima P, Ioan K, Myles H & Lukas K) managed to achieve 91 laps which resulted in them winning the Schools Trophy. This was 6 laps more than RGS’s winning team achieved last year. Well done to all who took part for helping to make it an enjoyable and undoubtedly worthwhile afternoon in the pool.

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