QEGS in medal haul at IAPS Swimming Finals

Wakefild Girls High School Junior School swimmer Harriet Ostrowski-Jones
Wakefild Girls High School Junior School swimmer Harriet Ostrowski-Jones

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School blew their rivals out of the water as they raked in six medals at the IAPS Swimming Finals earlier this month.

At the national event, held at the K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley, the QEGS under 11 team were the standout performers, finishing first in the overall event as they took gold in both the medley and freestyle relays.

The team, made up of Jack Cherry, Oliver Farrar, Matthew Enright, Ben Hobbs and Luke Smith, are unbeaten in swimming fixtures during their time at the school, but this marked the first time a QEGS team had won the prestigious event.

The under 10 team finished third overall after taking silver in their two relay races.

The team of Bailey Mann, Aaron Evans, Alistair Macklin and William Gatus gaining Silver medals in both the Medley and Freestyle were strong throughout and deservedly came in second in both races.

There was also individual success from QEGS swimmers, as under 10 team member William Gatos took an outstanding gold in the backstroke, storming home ahead of his rivals despite racing a year under age.

Under 11 swimmer Matthew Enright also bagged silver in the breaststroke to go with his two team golds.

Despite entering teams in just two of the four age groups, their success meant QEGS finished the event fourth out of the schools competing.

They now look ahead to their next competition, the ESSA Relay finals to be held at Ponds Forge in June, where they will hope to bring more silverware back to Wakefield.

Also competing at the event in Crawley was Harriet Ostrowski-Jones, who represented Wakefield Girls’ High School Junior School.

Harriet competed in the under 10 25m backstroke against other swimmers from across the country, coming home in an impressive sixth place with a time of 19.36s.