Bromsgrove School

Success at the IAPS National Swimming Final

On Saturday 19th May 17, of our leading swimmers took part in the National final at K2.

Sam Osborne swam brilliantly in the 25metres Butterfly finishing 3rd overall and Tristan Bland competed in the U12 50metres Freestyle achieving a personal best time and finishing 6th overall.

Finley Evans also achieved a new personal best time in what was a very tough race finishing 15th overall and Euan Vaughan-Hawkins competed in the U10 25metres Backstroke. Euan had the race of his life setting a new personal best time and finishing 3rd overall. Sergey Marchenko competed in the U12 25metres Butterfly, Sergey achieved a new personal best time finishing 6th overall.

Overall the boys finished joint 11th as a Prep School, a brilliant achievement considering the size of our boy’s team.

The girl’s events followed the boys starting early afternoon with all relay races followed by the individuals.


First up were the U10 Girls Medley and Freestyle relay teams, the team consisted of Catrin Carter, Kitty Luscombe, Alice Oliver and Katy Morrice. Both teams were up against the wall being ranked in the top three for both relays. After very nail biting races the girls achieved silver medals in both races and in doing so set a new school record of 1minute.12.08 seconds in the 4x25 metres Medley Relay.

The U12 Girls also competed in the Medley and Freestyle relays, the team consisted of Ellie Childs, Niamh Donovan, Talia Mitchell and Rachel Weller. In both relays the girls achieved Bronze in what was an extremely close race against City of London Freeman’s School, in the Freestyle relay the girls set a new school record of 58.56 seconds.


The U13 Girls also competed in both the Medley and Freestyle relays, the team consisted of Esme Weston, Abi Saker, Claire Humphries and Lauren Brown. In the Medley relay the girls achieved 4th place missing out on Bronze by only 1/10th of a second. In the Freestyle relay the girls achieved 8th place in what was a very fast race.

In the individual races Catrin Carter competed in the 25metres Backstroke, finishing 7th in the Final. Alice Oliver competed next in the U10 metres Butterfly; Alice gave her all finishing 6th in the final.

Kitty Luscombe took on the U10 Breaststroke, finishing 5th overall in what was a very exciting race.

Katy Morrice was last of the U10s competing in the 25metres Freestyle. Katy ranked 2nd after the heats and finished 2nd in the final by only 9/100th’s behind the winner however her time set a new School record for this event for the second time in the afternoon.

Ellie Childs lead the U12 Girls in the 25metres Butterfly. Ellie achieved a place in the main final finishing 6th overall.

Niamh Donovan competed in the 50metres Backstroke finishing 5th in the main final with a new personal best time of 35.99seconds and in so doing becoming only the second Bromsgrove School pupil ever to go under 36 seconds for this event.

Talia Mitchell had a brilliant swim in the 50metres Breaststroke finishing 6th in the main final and also achieving a new personal best time of 41.24 seconds. Talia broke the U-12 school record twice in the afternoon, but Claire Humphries (also an U12 age group swimmer) swimming up for the U-13 age group, also broke the school record twice. For a twelve year old school record to have been broken four times within an hour indicates just how strong the depth of swimming is for this year group.

Rachel Weller competed in the 50metres Freestyle achieving a place in the main final and finishing 4th Overall. Rachel’s time beat her own school record with a time of 30.51 seconds.

Our U13 swimmers also swam extremely well adding valuable points to the team championship. Esme Weston led the way in the 50metres Backstroke finishing 10th overall and only just missing out on the main final.

Claire Humphries competed in the 50mtr Breaststroke finishing 6th and also setting a new school record (40.42) for the U12’S as Claire swam up an age group for this event.

The final Individual to represent the school was Abi Saker who also swam up one year group. Abi had a tough race swimming against girls one year older than herself, her final placing in the 50metres freestyle was 13th missing out on the “Big final” by only one place.

As a team the Under 10’s and U12 both finished joint runners up on points losing out to only Millfield Prep School. Over all the girls from Bromsgrove School finished 3rd overall on points losing out to only Millfield Prep school and City of London Freemen’s School across the whole country– a brilliant effort!

We remain one of the leading co-educational schools in the country at Preparatory School level for swimming.