Gold for BMS Students at Swimming Championships

Over two weekends, 26-28 January and 03-04 February, swimmers from across the county have been competing in the annual Bedfordshire County ASA Championships at Luton Sports Village. Five BMS students achieved outstanding results.

Three Year 8 students, Ben Ashdown, Henry Jones and Jessica Watson, Year 10 student Emily Jones and Year 6 student Oliver McCulloch won multiple golds at the championships.

Oliver’s efforts gained him a gold in the 100m butterfly. Henry, Jessica and Emily secured two golds each across individual and team swims. An excellent performance from Emily won her a new Junior County record in the 50m freestyle which she swam in just 27.88 seconds. Ben took home an impressive eight golds and was awarded top 13 year old boy. He is currently ranked fifth in Britain for the 50m freestyle for his age group.

All the swimmers were part of the Modernian swimming team who mainly train at Bedford Modern School’s pool. The Modernians took home first place overall from the County Championships, more than 500 points ahead of second place.

As part of the team, the students train eight times a week, often before school. This September they will be attending a training camp in Spain with the team where they will be training for six hours a day.

When discussing the team’s success, Emily said: “We are all really pleased with the results. It’s great to see that with all the hard work we have put in it has paid off.”