Swimmers shine at national championships

Leah Hamilton is the new national champion in under-13 breastoke
Leah Hamilton is the new national champion in under-13 breastoke

SHOREHAM College swam to victory yet again in the ISA National Championships, winning eight medals in total.

The swimming team, representing the London South region, achieved three gold medals, four silver and one bronze at the championships, held in Coventry.

Ollie Edlin, head of sport, said: “The passion and dedication of the young swimmers is incredible and all the planning and training has paid off.”

He said there were some fantastic moments on the day that deserved special recognition.

Mackenzie Cannon was ‘all guns blazing’, winning gold in the under-12 boys breaststroke and silver in the under-12 freestyle.

Eoghan Cannon was also ‘on fire’, with a gold in the under-11 backstroke and silver in under-11 breaststroke.

Mr Edlin added: “Massive congratulations to the new national champion, Leah Hamilton. Sensational swimming paid off with a gold in the under-13 breaststroke.”

Freya Simpson also swam suberbly, winning two silver medals in both the under-14 butterfly and breaststroke.

The under-11 boys’ freestyle relay team also made it to the podium, with Toby Adlam, Jake Boddie, Eoghan Cannon and Alfie Wedge coming in third.

Other pupils competed in some hotly-contested races, with sixth places going to Thomas Adlam in the under-13 freestyle, Anna Braddick in the under-14 backstroke, and Aidan Cannon in the under-16 individual medley. Toby Adlam came in seventh in the under-11 freestyle.

The swimmers earned places in the national finals after winning events at the regional championships, held in Croydon in November.