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Bath Cup Victory for Leysian Swimmers

On Friday 10 March, Upper Sixth pupils Austyn J, Chris H, Alex H and Isaac H finished in first place in the Small Schools Medley Relay event at the Bath Cup. They were awarded with the Dunelm Cup as the fastest ‘Small School’ in the country; the school last winning this cup in 1939.

The Bath Cup competition took place at The London Aquatics Centre in the main 50m pool. The event has been running since 1923, making this year the centenary of the competition. The boys’ team qualified for the final of the Dunelm Cup having finished their heat as the fastest team. They led the final from the start with a winning time of 1:56:35, ahead of Lancing College and Cheltenham College, who came second and third respectively.

Head of Swimming at The Leys, Harriet Lee, commented: “This was a story of real resilience. These four boys have stuck together through the pandemic and lockdown, and their fourth place finish last year just spurred them on to do better. It is fantastic that the school has taken this trophy for the first time in more than 80 years, and it is testament to the hard work and dedication the pupils have shown.

“These four boys have been instrumental in helping to change the ethos around swimming and we currently have an incredible group of pupils in both male and female teams. Their hard work and dedication is really starting to show in our performances and this trophy is the cherry on top.”