Match Report
Oundle School Girls-U18A vs  Warwick School Boys-U18A
On: Friday, 06 Oct 2023
Venue: Away

Match report – ESSA competition at Warwick, 6th October 2023

ESSA is one of the most important competitions in the swimming team’s calendar. ESSA is a national relay competition where schools submit their best relay team for each gender and age group to swim their best and try make it to the finals (which takes place towards the end of the term in Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Birmingham), and Warwick school is one of the many places in the country where schools join to compete against each other for a place in the finals.

The Oundle team achieved 18 Personal Bests, and 4 schools records. These schools records were broken in both Medley and Freestyle relay by both the Senior boys relay team, and the Senior girls relay team. The Senior girls relay team managed to beat the record by 6 seconds on the Medley relay, and 7 seconds on the Freestyle relay! Additionally, the Senior boys relay team managed to beat the record by 3 seconds on the Medley relay and 2 seconds on the Freestyle relay!

In the end, the results were extraordinary. The Intermediate girls relay team came third, out of the schools participating at Warwick, for both the Medley and Freestyle relay. The Senior girls relay team: Nwando Ifeacho (W 5 DJT), Flavia Le Vieux (K 5 BR), Omorinsola Idowu (W 5 NME) and Olivia Perring (W L6 LEC), managed to come (In the East Midlands division out of 8 divisions) 6th in the Freestyle relay, and 7th in the Medley relay, and the Senior boys relay team: Alexander Menshutkin (Sc 5 CTS), Ethan Daugherty (Ldr U6 DWH), Alfie Robinson (C L6 KEA) and Julian Lee (C U6 RHL), not only came 4th (In the East Midlands division) for both the Medley and Freestyle relay, but we also managed to qualify 14th fastest for the Medley relay finals, and qualify 15th fastest for the Freestyle relay finals.

Although this may be the first important competition the Junior and Intermediate teams face, they still put up an incredible fight against the other schools and with more experience, they will definitely be able to improve a lot for next year.

Finally, I would like to warmly congratulate the Oundle team for their competing in the first major competition of the year and putting up a great fight at the same time.

Julian Lee U6 (Captain)