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School Sport: Coopers boys make a splash

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 November 2015

Coopers Coborn pupils face the camera at the National Schools' Swimming finals at the Aquatic Centre

Coopers Coborn pupils face the camera at the National Schools' Swimming finals at the Aquatic Centre

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Juniors shine at National finals

Coopers Coborn's year 13 pupils Will Manning and Tom Badley ended their school swimming careers at the National finals at the Aquatic CentreCoopers Coborn's year 13 pupils Will Manning and Tom Badley ended their school swimming careers at the National finals at the Aquatic Centre

Coopers Coborn School’s junior boys shone brightest at the National Swimming Finals at the London Aquatic Centre.

The Upminster school saw seven of its teams achieve fast enough times in the regional rounds earlier in the year to qualify for the event and compete against the best 30 squads in the country.

And Lewis Binning, Nathan Banga, Harrison, Rider, Chris Stephens and Allister Cummins combined in the freestyle relay to finish in a superb seventh place in a time of 2.01.61.

Senior girls Hannah Binning, Lois Wyatt, Erin Corney, Victoria Bishop, Brianna Cummins and Deana Levy were 19th in their freestyle relay in 1.58.63 and also finished 25th in the medley event in 2.16.84.

Harry Fox, Tom Badley, Will Manning and Oliver Coles clocked 2.00.36 in the senior boys’ medley relay to finish 23rd, while the intermediate boys’ squad of Dan Sida, Joe Groves, harry Spencer, Sam Little and Alfie Brown were 23rd in their medley in 2.09.67 and 24th in freestyle in 1.55.23.

“All swimmers had been training hard for this national event and were rewarded with some fantastic results on the national stage,” said assistant headteacher Mark Duncan.

“A special mention must go to year 13 students Will Manning and Tom Badley. They have been stalwarts in the Coopers swimming team for seven years, fully committed to every school gala, training session and even a swimming tour to Malta.

“This is their final season with the school and first ever National Finals – seven years in the making!! Huge congratulations to both of them.”


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