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Close Competition for Laxton School at Swimming Gala

Published on isbi School News dated Friday 25th of May 2012

On 30th April, eleven Laxton Junior School swimmers attended a swimming gala in Grantham, competing against 5 other schools. They were accompanied by Mrs Julie Clipstone, Head of Swimming and Mr Ed Tate, Swimming Coach.

At what proved to be an eventful meet a number of Personal Best records were broken. In the Under 9's Individual events Jasper Orlebar swam 25m Back crawl and broke his own PB time with 22.96 seconds. Joseph White beat his own record for the 25m Breast stroke with a new time of 24.98 seconds. The under 9 Medley 4x25m team also broke the school record by setting a new time of 1.32.07. The team consisted of Jasper Orlebar, Joseph White, Sean Buckley and Charlie Cobb.

There was only one record broken in the Under 10's and that was for the 25m Back crawl. Harriet White not only beat the current record but also gained a new PB with a time of 19.40 seconds. In the Under 11's the Freestyle Relay team 4x25m gained a new record with a time of 1.13.83 seconds, the team consisted of Sophie Crowther, Freddie Stewart, Daniel Poulter and Katherine Warwick.

A lot of the events were very close throughout the afternoon with LJS, Stamford and St Hughes all battling for the first, second and third slots closely followed by Grantham.

Two Year 3 LJS boys swam 'up' an age group. Jasper Orlebar gained 3rd place in 25m back crawl and Joseph White gained 1st place for 25m breast stroke along with a 4th place in 25m front crawl race.

Julie commented, 'They showed great determination alongside the older swimmers they were competing against. Joseph also swam in the Under 10's front crawl relay team which is 2 ages up for him. We knew the competition was close throughout the afternoon and that LJS were under pressure alongside of Stamford. Katherine Warwick stepped up for the last individual race really feeling the pressure. The starter put them all up on the blocks, 'take your marks' - then the Stamford swimmer went too early taking the Peterborough swimmer with them and they both got disqualified leaving Katherine to come in at a good 2nd place, securing LJS first place for the afternoon with 88 points and a close 2nd place to Stamford with 86 points.'

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