A first for Exeter School swimmers

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A first for Exeter School swimmers

The South West Schools Channel Challenge

On Saturday 23 July a team of six Fourth Form pupils travelled to Wiveliscombe open air pool to compete in the first South West Schools Channel Challenge. The challenge involved swimming the length of the channel, namely 22 miles or 1291 lengths of the pool, in one-hour relay legs.

The team of Oscar Lovell, Grace Gillingham, Anna Czipri, Grace Bachelor, Fred Croft and Hamish Bell had never taken on a challenge of this length before and were suitably excited.

The race started at 7pm and the pupils worked fantastically as a team and were always there to look after the swimmer who had just come out of the water, which became more important as dusk fell and the more eerie experience of night swimming commenced.

All swimmers put in notable performances with Fred, Oscar, Hamish and Grace putting in very gutsy swims which averaged 1.7 mile per hour. Special mention should go to Grace and Anna who swam almost 5 miles each, with Anna averaging an impressive 2 ½ lengths of a standard pool per minute.

The team completed the challenge in 11 hours 13 minutes and 55 seconds finishing at 6.15am on Sunday morning and claiming second place out of the six teams entered.

Head of Aquatics Dr Robb said: “This is a very impressive achievement for any team and especially remarkable given the age of the swimmers.

“All swimmers left the event sleep deprived and tired but also very proud about what they had achieved as a team.”