Royal Grammar School


Swimmers become National Champions

Swimmers become National Champions

RGS has another set of national champions following the recent Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) national swimming gala finals.

Seven of the most talented young swimmers at RGS travelled down to Crawley to compete in the IAPS finals having qualified back in January.

Competition was going to be tough as the calibre of schools lining up alongside RGS were of top quality, one even has its own 50m Olympic pool on site where students train.

William Butterworth (Year 5) was first to dive into the racing as he swam in the Under 10 25m Butterfly competition. He pulled off a fantastic swim knocking half a second off his qualification time to finish an impressive 11th in a time of 18.11 seconds.

The girls competition started with a series of relays with our Under 10s competing in both the medley and freestyle relays. 

First up was the medley team consisting of Year 5 students Naomi Parker, Celia Talks and sisters Jessica and Laura Cottee. The girls qualified for the final in one of the slower times, however they swam magnificently, knocking 12 seconds off their qualifying time and also winning the competition a full three seconds ahead of Glendower Prep School and Stamford. Their time of 1:09.67 was a new championship record which has stood since 2009.

Olivia Kilburn came into the freestyle relay team for the final which again saw RGS qualify with one of the slowest times. The girls pulled off another stunning swim to take silver behind Millfield School in a time of 1:03.45.

Next up were the individual events, with Jennifer Lowrie (Year 6), Naomi Parker and Jessica Cottee all qualifying individually for the competition. Jennifer narrowly missed out on the Under 11 Butterfly final. There was just four hundredths of a second between her and a finals spot. Naomi Parker qualified third for the Under 10 Breastroke final, but she was just pipped to the post by St. Teresa's Connie Mortimer. Jessica Cottee qualified in third for the final and the same one, two, three from qualification took the podium spots with Jessica winning her third medal of the meet.

Such impressive results by the girls earned them the title of Under 10 National Champions and finishing an extremely credible sixth place in the overall competition in just RGS's first year entering the IAPs swimming competitions.