Records tumbled on a memorable day of action at Parr Swimming Pool in St Helens as the battle to qualify for the prestigious Summer Games on July 8th intensified.
Four schools: Eccleston Lane Ends, Queens Park, St Bartholomew’s and St Julie took part on day two of the three-day qualifying event with the chance to represent their district at the Games up for grabs, and the standard of competition was incredibly high with four St Helens schools’ records being smashed.
Swimmers, including many who represent local clubs, competed against each other in both individual and relay races with time-keeping duties expertly performed by Sports Leaders from nearby St Augustine School.
The top two schools overall will represent St Helens at the showpiece event in July where athletes from all six local boroughs will compete for the right to be crowned district champions.
Organiser Diane Murphy from the St Helens Schools Sports Partnership hailed the event, saying: “It has been a fantastic gala with four records being smashed and the standard has been incredibly high. The two teams who go through will have done extremely well to have finished top of this extremely competitive competition.
“The Sports Leaders have been brilliant and have ensured the gala has ran smoothly. It’s been a great day.”
The final qualifying event will take place on Thursday 9th July with the two successful schools announced the following day.