Crackley’s ‘Dream Team’ Go For Gold At National Swimming Championships

Crackley Hall’s ‘dream team’ (as coined by Team Manager, Miss Jones!) were going for gold at this year’s Independent Schools’ National Swimming Championships. Taking place at the London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the team of four comprising Olivia Bates, Eva Plevin, Carys Warrener and Samuel James joined hundreds of other competitors from eight other regions across the country.

First up to the podium was J4’s Olivia Bates competing in the Year 4 Girls’ 50m Breaststroke. She came in a very respectable second place after having to swim the race twice(!) as a faulty buzzer meant the race had to be restarted. Amazingly, Olivia still managed to get a faster time second time round and secured Crackley’s first medal for the event. If one medal was not enough (and with only a 20-minute recovery period from her first race), Olivia was going for gold and went on to win the Year 4 Girls’ 50m Backstroke!

The next race for our dream team saw last year’s medal winner Eva Plevin take on the Year 5 Girls’ 50m Backstroke and Year 5 Girls’ 50m Freestyle. In two very quick races and against a strong field, Eva came 5th and 6th place respectively.

Olivia Bates and Carys Warrener were up next and took to the pool for the Year 4 Girls’ Freestyle Relay, teaming up with two other girls from Grantham Prep and Malvern. The team came 3rd place but were unfortunately disqualified post-race for an incorrect change over. Whilst a disappointing result for our budding swimmers, they all swam brilliantly, particularly as it was Carys’ first time in a 50m pool!

Our only boy dream team member, who had sat patiently poolside amongst all the action since 11.00am, was J4’s Samuel James. Teaming up with three other boys from Highclare and Dixie Grammar School, Sam was taking on the Year 4 Boys’ Freestyle Relay race. Not only was this also Sam’s first time in a 50m pool, it was his first time diving off the block! Holding his nerve fantastically, Sam swam the second leg of the relay, with the team coming 5th place in an exceptionally close race.

Finally, in another nail biting race, Eva Plevin teamed up with three girls from Heathfield, St Edward’s and Malvern to swim the Year 5 Girls’ Freestyle Relay. The crowd were electric and the girls came 4th, narrowly missing out on a medal spot.

Miss Jones commented, “The atmosphere was amazing as we entered the centre. Our children were so excited to sit poolside and watch the other races ahead of theirs. They all did fantastically well and we are very proud of them.”

Well done to all on your incredible achievements – Crackley is very proud of its ‘dream team’!