What a day of swimming! For the fourth time, ISA returned to the London Aquatics Centre, home of the 2012 Olympic swimming for the 2018 National Swimming Finals. Sheltered from torrential snow, a total of 1314 spectators travelled from around the UK to support over 400 very talented swimmers. Yet again, the competition was exciting with many races won by the smallest of margins as well as individual performances that were outstanding, subsequently breaking national records; a total of 19 were broken on the day.
The day also welcomed the inclusion of para-swimming, an initiative championed by ISA and one that we hope to increase awareness of. Seven talented athletes took part, across three different para-categories. Amazingly, all of the swimmers significantly improved their regional qualifying time including a remarkable performance from Trinity School’s Charlie, H, who achieved an improvement of over 29%! There were many other brilliant individual and team performances throughout the day, including yet another national record for Myles S, from Hipperholme Grammar. A regular qualifier for many years and swimming in his final ISA Swimming Finals, Myles smashed the record for the Year 11-13 Men’s Individual Medley. Kings Monkton’s Josh O is also one to watch for the future, breaking not one but two national records, showing significant improvements on his times achieved last year. Other impressive national records came from Shoreham College’s Frankie H, who has seen a lot of success at ISA Sports events and Jess, M from Princethorpe College who finished ahead of a strong field (the top two both broke the previous national record!). Well done to all of the swimmers, everyone should be proud of their achievement and for the exemplary attitude that they showed throughout the event.
In the team competition, many areas were in contention up until the final relay race. Eventually, the Midlands were the triumphant senior team accumulating 281 points and narrowly pipping 2nd place by 3 points. In the junior age groups, London South proved the strongest, accumulating 158 points, 14 points ahead of 2nd placed London West. Despite victory by both of these strong regions in each respective age category, the highest overall team points was amassed by the North region whose consistency throughout all of the races was evident as they finished with a total of 422 points ahead of 2nd placed London West who were only 2 points behind. The close nature of the team events shows the strength of depth in ISA schools throughout the country and this is only likely to improve.
Well done to the North team for your overall victory but congratulations to everyone involved on the day. Be inspired to continue swimming, you are all excellent!
SAVE THE DATE! The 2018/19 ISA Swimming Finals will take place on December 1st or 2nd, 2018 at the London Aquatics Centre. Please put this new date in your diaries.