last Sunday evening at the Cranleigh Leisure Centre. The competition was fierce, with seven local schools vying for podium places. Swimmers ranging from U8s-U11s hung nervously on the poolside, ready to torpedo through the events. Cranleigh Prep School squad, in particular, were feeling the pressure to reclaim last year’s trophy wins.
CPS were already down one boy at the start due to last minute injury. However, the squad pounded across the pool head to head with Pennthorpe and St Cuthbert-Mayne on most of the individual events. There were many 1st place wins for the night.
In the U11 team Maddie F, Phoebe F. Charlie P and Tom C came 1st in their individual freestyle. It was a stunning freestyle relay win for both teams. The U10 girls thrashed out backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke individual wins in their category. Will S won his individual backstroke for the U10 boys, followed swiftly by both Freddie P. and James M. with freestyle 1st places. The U10 squad’s practice paid off with a classic text book win for both relay teams who came home a length ahead of the other schools during their relay races. A special mention and big thank you to Monte N for swimming up and securing a relay win for the U10 team. The U9 boys also had a successful evening, with Monte N, Oscar C. and James T. all winning their individual races. Tom H. and Arabella W also won the individual backstroke in their categories.
A delighted CPS team came away retaining the Girls Trophy for the second year in a row, and the boys came 2nd in their category, narrowly pipped to the post by Pennthorpe. The overall combined scores for the evening show that, even a man down throughout the competition, CPS only missed out on the shield for the second year by 1 point!
1st – Pennthrope – 121
2nd – Cranleigh Prep – 120
3rd – Tillingbourne – 99
4th – St Cuthbert Mayne – 96
5th – Park Mead – 78
6th – Cranleigh CofE – 41
7th – Duke of Kent – 31
The squad then took part in another swimming gala on Monday evening against Feltonfleet, with a 108 v 96 victory. A special mention to Isla A and Sasha P for swimming up a year to compete for the U11 team. They showed great endurance in both the relay wins and held their own in their individual races. Imogen P also stepped up at the last minute to swim for Alice W; Jess S and Jess M came 1st and 2nd in their individual freestyle. Max M and Sky M swam impressive individual fly races, coming 1st and 2nd, and James Patient’s stunning closing freestyle relay length doubled our score.
This is a fantastic start to the season – many congratulations to all our swimmers for such excellent performances two days in a row.