Rydal Penrhos School

The Urdd National Swimming Championships 2011

Reports by Tomos Cuddihy, Swimming Captain; Lynne Twine, Head of Swimming, and Nicky Lee-Browne

On Friday 28 January, Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School travelled to Cardiff for the National Urdd Swimming Gala, which was taking place the following day.

We had an early lunch before meeting in the foyer to catch our bus. Everyone was nervous, but I said “You shouldn’t be nervous until tomorrow because we have the hotel to look forward to today!”

So we got on the bus and were soon on our way to Cardiff. After a gruelling four hour journey we were finally there.

Once we were at the hotel we got told the rooms that we would be staying in, and were told to go to the swimming pool in the next five minutes. So we got our stuff and made our way to the pool. After a lovely swim in the pool and a refreshing dip in the jacuzzi, we went down for tea and then it was time for bed.

We all got up at around 7.45 and went down for breakfast. Some of us went to the hotel pool again, but the year 3 and 4 swimmers went straight to the pool.

Finlay Hare got into the finals in his freestyle event and came 9th in the finals, with a time of 20.11.

Matty Fiorita swam well to get into the final, where he came a brilliant 5th place.

Betsan Llewelyn-Jones swam fabulously, but unfortunately she did not qualify fo the finals. Her time was 33.04.

Amy Bale also swam fabulously and was a reserve for the final. Unfortunately nobody hurt themselves during that time, so that was bad luck for Amy, but she did beat her qualifying time by over three seconds!

Tomos Cuddihy swam well in his prelim and got to the finals, coming 9th in a personal best time, which beat his qualifying time by over two seconds.

Then soon came the relay races, where every team swam incredibly – all beating their qualifying times by quite a margin. A special mention must go to the years 3 and 4 boy team, who won both the freestyle and the medley relays and were awarded gold medals for the efforts.

A great weekend and a really good effort from all members of the squad, especially the pupils from year 3: Betsan Llewelyn Jones, Teddy Roberts and Cerys Cuddihy.

A special thanks to Mrs Twine, Mrs Elson, and all the parents who came to show their support.

Tomos Cuddihy


Swimmers who took part:

Years 3 & 4
FInlay Hare
Matty Fiorita
Teddy Roberts
Adam Lee-Browne
Henry Noad
Amy Bale
Brona Richardson
Phoebe Taylor
Betsan Llewelyn-Jones
Cerys Cuddihy

Years 5 & 6
Matthew Harrison
Rohan Ingley
Thomas Rogowski
Thomas Bale
Sam Holt
Tomos Cuddihy
Anna Richardson
Emily Cashell
Elinor Davies
Molly Noad


Nicky Lee-Browne and Lynne Twine – staff report

Prep Swimming Report Urdd 29th January 2011

Individuals
Nineteen Prep School pupils travelled down to Cardiff to represent Conwy County in the Urdd National swimming finals at the Cardiff International Pool. Amy Bale (backstroke), Betsan Llewelyn-Jones (breastroke), Finlay Hare (freestyle), Tomos Cuddihy (freestyle) and Matthias Fiorita (breaststroke) all qualified for the individual races by winning their heats held in November at Llandudno swimming pool. The heats for the individuals were in the morning and Finlay, Tomos and Matthias all did really well to qualify for the finals, held in the afternoon. Swimming against very tough opposition Finlay achieved 9th place overall, Tomos 9th and Matthias 5th. Well done to everyone who qualified and swam in the individuals – it was a fantastic achievement to get to Cardiff and great experience to swim in those races.

Years 3 and 4 relays
Later in the afternoon the relay races were held. In 2010, the Rydal Penrhos years 3&4 boys had won the gold medal in the medley relay so the present years 3&4 had something to live up to! They won the regional heats, held in Llandudno, for both the freestyle and the medley relays with, as we were to find out, the fastest qualifying times in the whole of Wales. This meant pole position in lane 4 for both races – and tension in the Rydal Penrhos camp was high. Brilliant swims from Adam Lee-Browne, Teddy Roberts, Henry Noad and Finlay Hare won gold for the freestyle. Half an hour later, Adam Lee-Browne, Matthias Fiorita, Teddy Roberts and Finlay Hare added another gold to their tally for the medley relay. Very well done to all the boys. The girls’ years 3 and 4 team (Amy Bale, Phoebe Taylor, Cerys Cuddihy and Brona Richardson) swam in the freestyle relay and came a very creditable 7th.

Years 5 and 6 relays
The years 5 and 6 boys’ relay teams were partially made up from last years gold medal winners who were hoping to repeat their medal winning performance even though they were a year young. In the freestyle relay, Thomas Rogowski, Matthew Harrison, Sam Holt and Tomos Cuddihy swam brilliantly but were just pushed out of a medal-winning position into 4th place.

In the medley relay the team of Thomas Bale, Matthew Harrison, Thomas Cuddihy and Rohan Ingley got 5th place. Hard luck boys and keep training for next year – you’ll be back! The years 5 and 6 girls’ team Anna Richardson, Elinor Davies, Emily Cashell and Molly Noad came 9th in the freestyle relay. Very well done to all the teams.

Huge thanks go to Mrs Twine and Mrs Elson for training the swimmers, and for organising the transport and hotel in Cardiff. Many thanks must also go to all the parents who travelled to Cardiff to support the swimmers, and who threatened to lift the roof off the International Pool!


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