Crackley Make a Splash at Regional ISA Swimming Gala

A team of 34 swimmers from Crackley Hall School made the journey to Walsall Baths on Tuesday 21 November to compete in the Independent Schools’ Association’s Midlands Swimming Gala. Success at the Regional event would qualify pupils for the ISA National Championships due to take place in January 2018 at the London Olympic Aquatics Centre.

The children swam 25m in the pool and the races included both individual events and exciting team relays. For some of the children, it was their very first experience of competitive galas, whilst for others, it was all about times and positions, but for all of Crackley Hall’s pupils it was about encouraging each other, right from the start through to the finish of every race.

Overall Crackley finished 5th out of the 27 schools that took part with two pupils qualifying for five events in the Nationals. Junior 6’s Eva Plevin swam strongly to qualify in the Butterfly, Freestyle and Freestyle Relay and Junior 4’s Lily Carroll qualified for the Backstroke and Freestyle Relay. In terms of team placings both the Year 6 Girls and the Year 4 Boys came 3rd a very creditable result for the school.

Crackley Hall PE teacher, Mrs Kat Vaughan, was delighted and commented, “There was a fabulous atmosphere poolside with the whole team willing each other on. There were some excellent swims and tight finishes, all going to show that Crackley has some very determined children. It is marvellous that this year once again we have children qualifying for the prestigious National competition in London.”