May, with prep schools fielding swimmers from all over the UK. Only the top 16 swimmers qualify for this event so to get in amongst the thousands of entrants is an achievement in its own right. Cranleigh Prep took their biggest team ever with 15 individual events being contested and 2 relays.
The first success came from U11 Max W. He stormed the heats, seeding himself first for the final and also breaking the National record for the 50m breaststroke with a time of 36:56. Not content with his heat, Max then broke the record again in the final with a new best time of 36:41 and the title of National Champion. Will Philpot, Head of Swimming at Cranleigh, said ‘Max is a very gifted and talented swimmer who is one to watch for the future. Records are tough to get at IAPS and he’s done it two years running which is outstanding’.
Jess B claimed the other podium finish for Cranleigh Prep after a strong display in the heats, placing her in 4th position for the final of the U13 25m butterfly. After adjusting her start during the warm up, Jess swam a perfect race to get the Bronze Medal by one 100th of a second. The times were 14:54 for Jess in the final and 14:55 for 4th place in the heats.
The girls U13 relays both claimed 4th place finishes, improving their entry times by over six seconds. Lulu F swam a superb race in the U13 50m Breaststroke to up her position from 7th to 5th in the heats, then from 5th to 4th in the final. Millie B also fought valiantly to squeeze into the final and claim 8th place.
The full team were, Tom C, Will B, Max W, Max M, James P, Will G, Max F, Olivia M, Millie B, Imogen P, Alice W, Jess B, Lulu F, Olivia R and Maya M.
Will Philpot said ‘This wraps up a great year for Cranleigh Prep School’s swimming. They’ve all swam brilliantly and should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. As a school, we are unbeaten for the whole year of the in team events which is magnificent and shows just how far they’ve all come’.