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IAPS National Swimming Finals 2017

Posted: 07 May 2017
IAPS National Swimming Finals 2017

On Saturday 6 May the U11 team of Theo Djidetchian, Zac Crowther, Alex Williams and Christo Chilton travelled to the K2 in Crawley to defend their title from last year. The pressure was on and the boys were feeling slightly nervous although, having experienced the event last year, took some comfort from the familiar surroundings. They needn’t have worried. First up was the Medley relay which they led from start to finish, setting them up for the day ahead. It did not all run smoothly, however, with a very closely contested Freestyle relay that saw them take home bronze with a slightly light finish on the touch pad. After the first session the boys were tied for first place with Millfield prep school.

So it came down to the individual events, with each boy needing to play his part and qualify for his own final to gain the points needed to retain the team title. One by one they swam and all four made it straight into the finals, thus securing those valuable team points. Theo was up first and swam a lovely Butterfly race to gain a bronze medal. Then came the backstroke and Alex’s turn to do his best which he did with a lifetime personal best swim and a silver medal. Zac was in the Breaststroke final and, having already produced a lifetime equalling personal best in the heats, he swam another great race finishing also with a bronze medal. Finally came Christo in the freestyle in what was the closest race of the day, with all eight finalist qualifying within 0.8 of a second. He had also produced a lifetime personal best in the heats so it was all set up for the team to win the title providing he was not disqualified and was able to beat the finalist from Millfield. And that is what Christo did. Being 0.18 off the bronze medal and only 0.65 off the gold, he finished in an impressive fifth place enabling Dulwich College to claim the U11 IAPS National Champion’s title. A small surprise was in store for the boys as they collected their medals and trophy. It was presented by international swimmer and two time Olympian, Michael Jamieson. In the photo you can see Theo also go to wear his silver medal from London 2012.

The boys were exceptional all day and worked as a team supporting, encouraging and cheering for each other. Now we move on and look forward to new challenges with the LSSA individual championships as well as the ESSA National Relay finals which the boys also qualified for last week in a very impressive fashion, beating the current school record by two seconds.
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