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Saturday saw a tremendous show of strength from St John’s in the Surrey individual swimming championships.
The intermediate girls’ team of Anna Stansfield, Aurelia Loth and Lilly Nowers enjoyed a successful event. Anna came third in the 100m breaststroke and Aurelia third in the 100m butterfly with 3 seconds off her personal best. Martha Hansford swam for the first time in the seniors and came 4th in a very tight race. She had the fastest time for an Upper Fifth pupil and also knocked of 3 seconds from her personal best. Poppy Maunder came 5th in the backstroke.
The intermediate boys’ team of Matthew O'Neill and Fergus Ames swam especially well, but it was the senior boys who stole the show yet again. Bruce McCormick came second in the 100m freestyle in an incredibly tight race where the top three times were within 3 tenths of a second from each other. Matthew Thomas came third in the 100m backstroke and Ed Reed came third in the 200m individual medley. Ben Simpson won the 50m breaststroke quite easily. Ben’s performance came on the back of his breaking the county record for the same event by a second in December. As a result of their performances, the senior boys won the senior trophy overall and were crowned county champions.
Team Coach and Teacher of Biology at St John’s, Catie Moon, commented: “The St John's swimming success has done nothing but build in the last year. The team as a whole has grown, and the senior boys team in particular has become an unstoppable force in the pool. They completed an undefeated season as County Champions (team and individuals) and a successful Nationals. The girls team have enjoyed some great successes across the age groups, and proved themselves to be just as formidable as the boys at the Surrey Individual Championships. The team has made me proud, not only as competitive swimmers, but as young individuals. They have supported each other at events, pushed each other when it's gotten tough and they have won with grace. They are a dedicated group of pupils and full of character, and they have been an absolute delight and pleasure to coach. I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store in the next few years."
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