A TWENTY-YEAR record was broken by Bromsgrove School at the English Schools’ National Swimming Finals on Saturday.
The school’s U11 boys team broke the freestyle relay school record, last set in 1999, with a time of 60.16 seconds, achieved by the quartet of Oliver Dieppe, Beau Vaughan-Hawkins, Henry Foster and Oliver Cattell.
It helped put the gloss on a successful day at the finals, which including a number of achievements set by the talented swimmers at the Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool in Sheffield.
Over in the girls’ U11 medley relay event, Alice Wilson-Marsh, Isla Goold, Meghan Higgs and Jessica Fox made it through to the B final – after an eighth-place finish.
The team then turned on the style in the final, following a tactical change, to beat their qualifying time by over a second.
Their time of 1:12.01 was enough to finish them in first, meaning the group are now ninth overall in the country.
In the U11 boys A medley and freestyle relays, Vaughan-Hawkins, Dieppe, Foster and Cattell impressed once more, coming fourth in the medley event in a 1:08.84 time, before securing a podium and bronze medals with their third-place finish in the freestyle category.
Elsewhere, Alice Wilson-Marsh narrowly missed out on a Bromsgrove School record for the 25m swim, missing out by six-hundredths of a second, whilst Foster broke the 25m freestyle record in 15.08.
His successful swim broke the record which has stood since 2008, and helped the school cap off a successful showing at the 25th edition of the finals.