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Champions at the South of the River Swimming Gala

The Finton House swimming team has achieved incredibly well in the South of the River Swimming Gala. There were 11 schools fighting for the right to be called the best girls’ swimming team south of the river. The current holders JAPS were keen to defend their title, and they had a new group of very strong Year 4 girls. With schools like St. Christopher’s in the mix it was going to be a challenging evening.

Finton House are always well supported by a travelling army of wonderful parental support, which really helped the girls produce their best. Headmaster Mr Ben also joined the coaching team for the night which gave the girls an extra boost.

Out of the 19 events, we did not make the podium on only two occasions. What a fantastic achievement! The Year 4 girls finished 2nd in their category finishing only 7 points behind JAPS. Imogen, Elodie, Carys, Amelia and Iris all got medals and kept us close to the lead. Our Year 5 girls picked up 4 gold and 2 silver medals. Sophia, Emily, India and Freya all went home with 3 medals each. Emily and Sophia claimed all gold. What a great return! It was now down to the Year 6 girls to see if we could claim the title. Boy, did they deliver! Issy won 4 gold medals. The two swimming captains, Lucy and Alice did us proud; both girls went home with 2 golds and 1 bronze. Olivia also swam brilliantly in the breaststroke and went home with 2 golds and 1 bronze. A special mention must go to Tegan who swam in both relays and won 2 gold medals.

Final Results:

School

Place

Points

Finton House

1st

209

JAPS

2nd

202

St.Christopher’s

3rd

162

JAPS B

4th

154

Alleyn’s School

5th

137

Colfes School

5th

137

St.Dustans School

7th

114

Streatham & Clapham Prep

8th

108

Parkgate House

9th

91

Dulwich Hamlet Primary

10th

89

Oakfield Prep

11th

65

Well done to the whole team who all took home a huge number of medals. Not only was the team modest in victory, but their behaviour and application was fantastic! This was a truly magnificent performance! Thanks to Mr Ben and Miss Emma who helped on the day.

– Mr Anthony, Head of PE


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