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PIERS BOWDEN, JESS BROOKE AND LULU FULTON FROM CRANLEIGH PREP WERE KEY MEMBERS OF THE CRANLEIGH SCHOOL U18 SWIMMING TEAM, WITH THE GIRLS’ TEAM WINNING 2 SILVER MEDALS, AT THE BATH CUP.  

Girls TeamOn the 14th March 2014, Cranleigh’s top six boys and six girls competed in the Annual Bath Cup competition. The Bath Cup is the National Championships of Swimming for Public Schools in the UK with two categories; the main competition itself and the small schools events, named the Aldenham Cup and Dunelm Cup.

The girls’ team comprised Team Captain Hannah Wallis, Abi Dahl, Emma Grainger, Natasha Gerrard, Jess Brooke and Lulu Fulton and representing the boys were Charlie Cutting, Oli Taylor, Joe Hellman, Max Fitzgerald, Tom Hickinbotham and Piers Bowden.

The first event of the day was the girls’ freestyle relay and Cranleigh, being eligible for the small schools events, set out in the heats with the aim to be one of the top ten small schools in the UK. The team of Grainger, Dahl, Gerrard and Brooke swam excellently and to everyone in blue and gold’s delight, claimed 4th spot in the Aldenham Cup Final.  After a team change for the final, with Dahl making way for Fulton, the quartet fought hard to claim the silver medal.

The girls then followed this up in the afternoon with the medley relay with the team of Dahl, Wallis, Brooke and Grainger securing a place in the final in 2nd position behind Eastbourne. With a switch from Grainger to Gerrard for the final, the girls held their position and fought to the end, winning silver again.

Head of Swimming, Will Philpot, said ‘This is a tremendous achievement for the school and very much unexpected. We had a very young team for this event but they showed their class and performed admirably against 18 year old opposition’. He continued ‘I will have the same freestyle team for a further 4 years so we still have plenty of time to improve and gel as a team before we show our true potential’.