Millfield’s Swim Team Succeed at Nationals

Millfield’s swimming team performed outstandingly at two recent competitions: the Swim England Winter Nationals and the English School Swimming Association Relay Finals.

Millfield took home a total of 16 medals at Swim England’s Winter Nationals. The junior boy's results included Elliot Woodburn in Lower Sixth winning gold in the 50m breaststroke (27.52) and 100m breaststroke (1.00.34). Matthew Cairns in Lower Sixth won gold in the 50m Backstroke (24.70), 100m backstroke (53.98) and 200m backstroke (1.57.18). Winning silver medals were Elliot Woodburn in the 200m breaststroke (2.13.42), Matthew Cairns in the 200m butterfly (2.01.53) and Solomon Williams (Lower Sixth) in the 200m individual medley (2.02.69). Solomon Williams also won bronze in the 100m butterfly (54.86), 100m individual medley (56.60) and 50m butterfly (24.98). Kirsten Powell (Lower Sixth) won a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley (1.04.19). 

Upper Sixth Tamryn van Selm won two silver medals in the 200m freestyle (1.56.67) and 400m freestyle (4.03.02) whilst taking the bronze in the 100m freestyle (53.81) for Millfield’s senior girls’ group.

The student’s performances at the competition broke an impressive 11 school records too. Tamryn van Selm broke 6 school records, Elliott Woodburn broke 3, Conor Cherrington broke 4 and both Matthew Cairns and Alex Painter broke one record. Conor and Alex broke records set by gold medal Olympian James Guy and Director of Swimming, OM and Olympian Euan Dale, highlighting the sheer talent of the team and future potential they have. 

The annual English School Swimming Association Relay Finals took place at the London Aquatics Centre. The team competed in 12 events: four junior relays (Years 7 and 8), four intermediate relays (Years 9 and 10) and four senior relays (Year 11 and Sixth Form). The senior boys achieved a national record of 1.42.29 in the Medley Relay and a school record (1.34.46) in the Freestyle Relay. Senior girls recorded a school record time (1.46.56) in the Freestyle Relay and placed second in the Medley Relay. Intermediate boys placed second in the Medley Relay. They also achieved a national record time of 1.40.31 in the Freestyle Relay, as did the intermediate girls (1.49.91). Intermediate girls placed second in the Medley Relay. Junior girls won gold in both the Freestyle Relay and Medley Relay and the junior boys placed sixth in their Medley Relay.

Director of Swimming, Euan Dale added, “Both competitions were great experiences for the team. They all performed fantastically, and their results indicate hard work every day in the pool, which they should be very proud of.”

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