Excelling in the IAPS Finals
It was a weekend of sporting endeavours with boys attending both the IAPS National Swimming Finals at the Aquatic Centre London on Saturday and the IAPS Triathlon event at Dulwich School in Kent on Sunday.
A record number of Davenies’ boys qualified for the National Swimming Finals this year. Thirteen boys, including representatives from all four age groups U10, U11, U12 and U13 enjoyed a fantastic day out (many staying overnight in the Olympic Park) with their chance to swim in the Olympic pool. The venue was world class, the excitement palpable and the swimming quite phenomenal! All relay races were heat declared winners, so against the clock the boys had one chance to bring it all together against a highly competitive field. First up was the U11 Medley Relay team who finished a tantalising 4th behind Millfield, Dulwich Prep and St. John’s, Beaumont in a best time of 1:07:51. Second in their heat and swimming their best race possible, it was then the turn of the U13 Medley Relay team who swam a fantastic 1:05:67 followed by a superb swim by the U10 freestyle team (1:08:10). Our final relay event was in the U11 freestyle whose sub one minute time of 59:45 put them one better than their medley effort and on the podium, again behind Millfield and Dulwich Prep – fantastic race, fantastic achievement!
It was then the turn of the four individual qualifiers to do their bit. Shanil Vora (U13 50m Breaststroke – 38:02), Alex Nagele (U12 25m Butterfly – 17:21), Alex Moore (U11 25m Butterfly – 14:63) and Alex Brown (U10 25m Breaststroke – 22:18) who all swam great races to record fast times – for some their fastest ever time. At this point, it is timely to remember that these boys qualified through our regional round at The Dragon School back in February in the top twenty from a starting line-up of over 150 swimmers in each of their events. That’s 150+ swimmers from 150+ schools from all over the UK! A great achievement.
From his heat, Alex Moore qualified for the overall final in his butterfly event in a personal best time (and event record) of 14:63, only to go faster in the final where an unprecedented dead-heat was declared for 1st place in a phenomenal time of 14:54 – resetting his own event record that had stood for just 43 minutes! With his characteristic sportsman’s hand shake over the lane ropes at the finish, Alex retained his National Butterfly Champion status for the second year running, in style.
In the words of Nick Park, it was ‘a grand day out’. Well done to all the swimmers for their skill, enthusiasm and team spirit and to the crazy pom-pom crew who were the loudest, brightest and most excitable spectator gang in the arena bar none! A truly memorable day.
Not content with just swimming championships, Sunday saw 10 boys from Years 5, 6 & 7, some of whom were competing in their first ever Triathlon, travel to Dulwich Prep for an action packed day. No boy was complacent; they gave it their all, leaving it all on the course. Following on from his victory in the recent Wee Beastie Triathlon, Alex Haycock enjoyed a well deserved podium finish, coming home 3rd in the Year 6 race.
A sterling effort from all boys across the weekend, congratulations to all involved.