School teams set new records in London

Two teams from Robert Gordon’s school travelled down to London to compete in the annual Bath Cup and Otter Medley Relays.

They returned with the boys team being the fastest Scottish team and the girls the fastest Scottish freestyle relay team in the competition.

The Otter Challenge Match is a competition for all school boys who have travelled from further afield consisting of eight races including both relays and individual events. This is the third year running Gordon’s have taken the title.

Competing against 12 independent schools from across Britain the boys, Jack Ness, 15, from Banchory, James Yule, Timothy McGovern, and Lewis Proctor, put in an excellent performance, winning 4 out of the 6 individual events and winning the medley relay. The boys accumulated 109 points out a possible 120 allowing them to retain the Otter Challenge Match Trophy for the third successive year.

The following morning both teams arrived at Crystal Palace to compete in the main events. The boys competed against 63 other schools in both the freestyle and medley relays. The boys were placed 8th in the freestyle relay. In the medley relay however, they smashed their previous year’s record and finished in 1.50.86. They were placed second, making them the fastest Scottish team in the competition.

The girl’s team won a silver medal in the Invitational Freestyle Relay making them the fastest Scottish freestyle relay team in the competition. In the medley relay, similar to the boys, the girls set a new medley relay record of 2.08.09. This saw them finish in third place in a very competitive final having competed against 42 other UK schools.

The Gordon’s swimmers followed through to the finals of The Bath Cup qualifying in all four events of boys and girls freestyle and medley relays with the fastest times for the medley relays.

Miss Sarah Baxter Head of Swimming (Junior School) said: “Jack Ness and James Yule have also seen great success recently having just returned from competing in the British Gas Swimming Championships for a place on the GB Olympic Swim Team.

“Earlier on in the year Jack also won both the 100m and 200m boys’ 15-16 Backstroke events and James came out top in the boys’ 17-19 200m Breaststroke, setting a new championship record of 2:23.79 at the Scottish Schools Championships.”