After successful wins at the IAPS heats throughout the spring term, Dumpton pupils Jess and Robbie were delighted to hear that they had qualified for the National Finals of the IAPS Swimming competition at the K2 Centre in Crawley in May.
Robbie was ranked only fourth in the under 11 50m backstroke when he arrived at the K2 pool but in the heats he slashed 0.6 seconds off his previous best to qualify fastest for the final in 32.50 – breaking the championship record in his only event! He then all but matched this to win the gold medal in 32.52. Fellow Dumpton pupil, Jess, aged 12, justified her number one ranking in the girls' under 13 50m freestyle, first winning her heat in a 0.1-second PB of 28.66, then taking the final in 28.97. Victory was a two-place improvement on the bronze medal she won last year.
Very well done too to the Year 8 girls’ relay team on making Dumpton history by being our first relay team to attend the IAPS National Finals.
Congratulations to all of our competitors for their outstanding performances, and to Robbie and Jess on being the first Dumpton swimmers to be IAPS National Champions.