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It has been an incredible weekend for the School’s swimmers, with success at the Surrey Swimming Individual Championships and a fantastic outing at the London Aquatics Centre.
On Friday 11 March the boys’ and girls’ swimming teams headed to the London Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Park for the annual Bath Cup.
Competing for the boys’ team were Charlie Bennett (Lower Fifth, East), James Bonner (Fourth Form, Monty), Vyncent Lowery (Upper Fifth, East), Edward Reed (Lower Fifth, Surrey), Thomas Shepherd (Lower Fifth, Surrey), Ben Simpson (Lower Fifth, West), Thomas Stansfield (Lower Fifth, Monty) and Matthew Thomas (Upper Fifth, Monty).
The boys did well to make both finals in the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 4x50 medley relay – an incredible success from the 80 schools that participated. In the final of the 4x100 freestyle relay, the boys secured second place as well as beating their previous time, swum only minutes before, by almost three seconds.
The girls’ team also had a great day out. The team, made up of Ella Cawthra (Lower Fifth, South), Martha Hansford (Lower Fifth, Gloucester), Philippa Hansford (Lower Fifth, Gloucester), Georgia Jeffcott (Fourth Form, Gloucester), Jemma Bessinger (Fourth Form, South) and Poppy Maunder (Lower Sixth, South), came 32nd and 36th overall in the 40x50 freestyle relay and the 4x50 medley relay respectively, out of 60 schools.
On Saturday evening at the Guildford Spectrum the School’s swimmers were on form again, taking part in the Surrey Individual Championships.
In the girls’ intermediate breaststroke race, Martha was crowned runner-up, after beating swimmers from Cranleigh, RGS and Guildford High School. Pippa came 9th overall in the freestyle and Jemma and Georgia finished 5th and 11th respectively in the I.M and backstroke races, swimming one year young in the intermediate race.
St John’s boys competed in both the senior and intermediate races. The senior boys competed incredibly well – swimming two years young against some boys who were 18 years of age. The intermediate boys were crowned Surrey champions with their incredible combined scores, beating the likes of RGS, Reeds, Caterham and Charterhouse.
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