MOUNT Kelly College and Plymouth College helped the South West region dominate the English Schools’ Swimming Association Team Relay Championships at the London Aquatics Centre at the weekend.
Both Mount Kelly and Plymouth College claimed eight podium places each from 12 races.
Mount Kelly had a fine trip to the Olympic Park and returned home with four titles and four runners-up spots.
Their wins came in the senior boys’ 4x50m freestyle and medley races, the senior girls’ 4x50m freestyle and the intermediate boys’ 4x50m freestyle final, while they took silvers in the intermediate girls’ freestyle and medley events, junior boys’ freestyle and senior girls’ medley. They had also qualified fastest for the intermediate boys’ medley but were disqualified in the final.
Plymouth College, meanwhile, secured one title, two runners-up spots and five bronze medals.
Their win came in the intermediate girls’ 4x50m freestyle event, while they were second in the intermediate boys’ medley and senior boys’ freestyle finals. They claimed third-placed finishes in the senior girls’ freestyle and medley finals, the senior boys’ medley, intermediate girls’ medley and intermediate boys’ freestyle.
Every race at the championships was won by a South West school, with Somerset-based Millfield College winning any event not won by either Mount Kelly or Plymouth College. Millfield won seven races and medalled in 11.
Ivybridge Community College, Devonport High School for Girls and Plymouth High School for Girls also sent teams to the finals.