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Saturday 7 February saw a number of St John’s pupils compete at the Surrey Schools’ Swimming Individuals Competition at the Guildford Spectrum, coming home with a handful of medals and personal bests.
In the 100m backstroke, Bruce McCormick (Lower Fifth, Montgomery House) convincingly won his heat. He swam brilliantly, with a time of 1:07.32 - a personal best by two seconds and a very respectable time. Bruce placed 2nd overall, finishing with a silver medal.
Despite being a 50m sprinter, Matt Thomas (Lower Fifth, Montgomery House) swam well in the 100m butterfly, in a time of 1:13.81. Placing 2nd in his heat and 3rd overall, Matt walked away with a bronze medal for the School.
Ben Simpson (Fourth Form, West House) also came 2nd in his heat and finished in 4th place overall in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:15.52 – missing out on a medal by just 0.53 of a second.
Tom Shepherd (Fourth Form, Surrey House) swam the 100m freestyle in a time of 1:00.63, coming 6th. His ongoing target is sub one minute and we look forward to seeing him break that barrier in the near future.
Edward Reed (Fourth Form, Surrey House) had the toughest swim of the night, swimming the 200m individual medley (despite the original programme saying 100m individual medley). Against some very quick national swimmers, he battled hard and finished in a very good time of 2:35.43, coming 7th overall.
Head of Swimming at St John’s, Steve Hughes, said, “The boys swam fantastically well against some tough opposition and I’m really proud of what they have achieved so far this year. I am looking forward to seeing them improve over the next couple of terms.”
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