Swimming successes

The U18 Waterpolo ESSA final and The Bath Cup were held at the London Aquatics Centre last week, and many of our top swim/polo boys and girls were involved.

Both days were drama packed and there were some outstanding performances which were testament to their hard work in training.

For the ESSA National Bowls final the boys took the long trip to Northampton School for Boys and played with all their hearts to reach the final. In a dramatic finale against KCS Wimbledon they narrowly lost, but should be exceptionally proud of coming second in a national competition.

This was a fantastic team performance, they represented themselves and the school with great pride and passion, although very disappointed in not winning the final they should look back with pride on their achievements they have set the bench mark for future Charthouse teams to beat.

The Bath Cup is a traditional, longstanding event with impressive history; it began in 1910 and is now in its 95th season. Open to independent schools all over the UK, participants flock from as far and wide as Ireland and Scotland sending their very best swimmers to compete in teams of four over freestyle and medley relays. This year it took place at the London Aquatics Centre.

Swimmers Olympic park
Swimmers at the Olympic Aquatics Centre


The girls competed brilliantly in the 50m freestyle relay with Alicia setting a blistering 27.05 pace followed by 32.90 for Raemen (PB), 35.93 by Evgenia and a fabulous finish of 30.27 (PB) for Sarah, resulting in a superb time of 2.06.15 which smashed the previous school record of 2.14.95 from 2015. To add to the excitement, this brilliant swim qualified the Charterhouse girls – we suspect for the first time ever – for the Aldenham Girls Final.

Medley Relays in the afternoon were challenging, but Raemen kicked off with a swift 39.15 Backstroke, followed by Sarah’s 41.85 Breaststroke, Alicia literally flew with a 30.09 Butterfly all brought home by Evgenia’s Freestyle 37.00 on the nose. This heroic effort paid off with a 2.28.09 final time – ANOTHER school record broken by our 2017 team!

The boys’ team were up next to swim the 100m freestyle relay, feeling buoyed up after the girls’ success and also from the intensity of the competition. Piers led out a phenomenal 56.73, Andrei followed in 1.05.32 (PB), next was James 1.04.22 (PB) and finished up by Chris with a neat and nippy 57.38 (PB) to make the overall 4.02.97.

They then returned to the blocks for the Otter 200m Medley event with Piers kicking things off with a speedy 29.98 Backstroke, Andrei put in a solid 38.20 Breaststroke, Chris swam a swift 29.11 Butterfly and all was rounded off with a nippy 28.03 Freestyle by James. The boys’ collective time was a respectable 2.05.32, which although good was sadly not quite fast enough to secure a finals place.

Well done to all our swimmers – you have done yourselves and the School proud!