On Saturday four pupils from the Prep Department travelled to Sheffield for the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) Primary Team Championships.
The team comprising of three Upper III (year 6) pupils, Chester Leeming, Samuel Stephens and Joshua Stephens along with Joab Carr (Middle III, Year 5) qualified for the both of the Small School events, the 4x25m Freestyle relay and the 4x25m Mixed Stroke relay. Only 24 schools qualified for each event, from over 250 schools nationally, so qualification alone was a fantastic achievement.
The first event of the day was the heats of the mixed stroke relay, where the team qualified fastest in 1.05.95, nearly three seconds ahead of the next fastest school. Lining up for the final, hugely excited and raring to go the team managed to win GOLD, by three seconds and beating the next East division school by over eight seconds.
After a highly emotional presentation ceremony, the next event soon followed; the freestyle relay. With the boys on a high from the earlier result the team swam a time of 59.99 seconds, much faster than their qualifying time. They were the only team in the event who went sub-60 seconds and they qualified fastest for the final.
The final for the freestyle was the team’s last race, still riding high on the confidence of the mixed stroke relay, the team swam even faster than the heats going 59.48 in the final, placing them 1st in the final and winning gold again.
As Saint Felix School won both events the boys were also awarded the overall Top Small School for 2015.
We would like to pass our congratulations onto Joab, Samuel, Joshua and Chester. These results demonstrate the standard of swimming at Saint Felix, and it shows that with hard work, determination and good training we can get great results nationally.