Students swim to success

Pool Academy swimmers celebrate sporting success after achieving personal bests at county events.

Students Max, Ethan, Hollie and Amelia qualified for the county swimming finals recently.

Together they competed in 40 races, notching up top times for their efforts.

Max, Year 10, finished third in the 200 metre breaststroke, fourth with the 100m breaststroke and sixth for the 50m breaststroke. He also came 11th in the 100m individual medley. On the weekend of February 25 he scored another PB after achieving a time of 19 minutes and 55 seconds at Bodmin for the 1,500m distance swim.

Max and Amelia celebrating swimming personal bests.

Max and Amelia celebrating swimming personal bests.

Max said “I swam 1,500 metres and got a PB of 19.55. I came fourth overall.
“I enjoy swimming and I train about five times a week with St Ives Swim Club. I enjoy it.
“I have a gala and several races coming up. I’m trying to get Regional and County times for next year.”

Ethan, Year 7,  qualified for the 50 metre breaststroke and came fourteenth in the County finals.
Hollie, Year 8, came fourth in the 200 metre backstroke, fifth in the 400m freestyle, sixth 200m freestyle and 200 individual medley, tenth in the 100m breaststroke and 100m individual medley. She also came 11th in the 50m breaststroke, 12th for the 50m back and 200 individual medley.

Amelia, Year 7, became county champion in five races; 200m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 100m individual medley. She was a silver medallist in the 200m individual medley, 50m and 100m backstroke, 100m and 400m front crawl. She also won two bronzes in 50m and 400m front crawl.

Last weekend she achieved a personal best of 10 minutes and 43 seconds in the 800 metres.

She said: “I like swimming and I train four times a week.”

Alistair Durant, Head of PE at Pool Academy, said: “The talent in Cornish swimming continues to be very strong and we are very proud of our swimmers achievements.”

Christiana Richardson