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Record-breaking Gold for Blue Coat girls


As temperatures soared to record heights around the country, four Blue Coat girls were breaking records of their own in the water.

The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, is celebrating a new national record and Gold medals in the U11 Girls 4x25m Freestyle Relay at the finals of The English Schools Swimming Association Open Schools’ Championships.

In the regional qualifying rounds, both the Blue Coat girls’ and boys’ teams successfully made it through to the finals, with the girls achieving the fastest qualifying time in both the freestyle and medley relays.

The finals were held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, and our teams faced stiff competition from 150 schools from all over the country, including Bedford Girls, Berkhamsted Prep, Royal Grammar Newcastle and local rivals Edgbaston High School for Girls.

Undaunted our awesome foursome: Maia Noonan, Skye Henshaw, Monique James-Thomas and Sofia Knight, took to the pool and swam a new national record of 57.82 seconds making them the fastest qualifiers in the freestyle heats.

They went one stroke further in the finals toppling their qualifying time and the existing record held by Warwick Preparatory School, to set a brand new national record of 57.18 seconds!

There were smiles all round and even a few tears as the four girls received their gold medals and winning trophy. Proud swimming coaches Mrs Denham and Mrs Barrowclift have been teaching the girls since they were first talent-spotted at the at a young age in the School’s on-site 25 metre pool.

The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, is fast becoming a swimming force to be reckoned with and squads in all year groups remain unbeaten this season at both home and away galas.

Mrs Denham comments, "We were extremely proud that both our boys and girls qualified in all four relays for this year’s ESSA Finals. We congratulate all the children that have swam today. Achieving a gold medal and breaking a new national record is testament to the hard work the girls have put in over their school swimming career. We remember many of them coming to us in Pre-Prep and showing the first signs of swimming talent. Our curriculum teaching allows us to talent spot when they are as young as 6 years and we differentiate our teaching so that those ready to look at performance swimming can begin to learn competition skills such as tumble turns, racing dives and stamina training. The children are then seeded and lessons are further supplemented with squad practice before and after school.”
Published: July 18 2017

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