Pershore High School students George Grech, Chris Vizard, Patrick Heeks, Josh Sharrett and Will Clark, competing at the English Schools Swimming Association Team Championships held on Saturday 19th November 2016 at London Aquatic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Facing fierce opposition from a number of specialist swim schools including Millfield and Harrow, the PHS swim squad performed amazingly. 175 teams entered the Freestyle event with the team qualifying for the finals in 21st place with a time of 1:53.50. In the finals the team clocked in a creditable 1:55.41 coming 25th which is a great improvement on the qualifying time, as it was swam in a 50m pool.
For the Medley event 173 teams entered with the team qualifying for the finals in 18th place with a time of 2:06.38 (again only 10 seconds behind the specialist swimming schools). In the finals the team clocked in a time of 2:07.89 coming 21st and as per the freestyle, this would convert to a similar if not faster time than their entry time.
The Squad would like to thank the Friends of Pershore High School, who generously funded the team kit for the Championship, along with Steve Vizard from Pershore Swimming Club who helped to transport the pupils and their parents to the event.
For many of the swimmers, it was their first time to visit, let alone compete at the London Aquatic Centre, and an experience that will stay with them for years to come. If you would like to get involved in swimming feel free to contact Pershore Swimming club details can be found on their website http://www.pershoresc.co.uk/