The opening half of the Lent Term has featured a number of new formats for both teams to attend fewer, but larger, multi-school galas.

The first of these gala formats of the term was the girls’ team travelling to the Wycombe Abbey School swimming invitational. This was the first time Marlborough have accepted this invitation to attend, along with twelve other schools. Marlborough entered two age groups and some excellent racing ensued and some good times recorded. The general standard of racing was very high, with the Marlborough girls’ team, on average, placing just outside the medals in the final results in a number of events. Very good racing from the senior team of Saffy R, Helena C and very good supporting swims from captains Nina B, Jaz S and senior Beth P, as well as Kate H, Mela B , Lavender W and Bella F in the junior ranks.

The Marlborough boys team travelled to the Bromsgrove School relay competition in late January, with both age groups (U18 and U15) swimming exceptionally well against eighteen other day and boarding schools. The senior boys finished ninth (second placed in both ‘B’ finals) in both the freestyle and medley relay races.

In early February, the boys team swam against Eton and Radley (at Eton) in this annual fixture. The team welcomed back Boris F-F in to their ranks in his last year; he competed well in the Breaststroke and Freestyle events with Philip M leading the team in the Freestyle and Butterfly sprint events. Harry H, Gongpob P, Leo Z and Luke S supported the seniors with excellent swims. The junior team (U16) swam exceptionally well with an ever increasingly competitive edge. Excellent racing came from Max B, Louis B and Seb G, with excellent racing support from a good group of Shell swimmers in Imp P, Archie B, Benjie G-B, Eston P and Henley P. The boys team placed second overall with Eton first and Radley third respectively.

In the second half of term, we look forward to both swimming teams representing Marlborough at the Bath Cup at the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford on Friday 1st March.

Peter O’Sullivan 

Head of Swimming 

Marlborough College has its own superb, eight-lane, 25-metre competition pool which is among the best in the south-west of the country. The ability to raise the pool floor at one end gives flexibility to the teaching and training environment. The Omega electronic timing system provides excellent precision and instant results to close races.

Since moving to the new pool complex, swimming has enjoyed tremendous fixture success. We have swimmers representing county and a number reaching the very highest level of swimming representation (international and Olympic Games). Inter-school and interhouse competitions take place throughout the school year and culminate in the Bath Cup Competition at the London Aquatics Centre. 

Coaching is led by Peter O’Sullivan, Head of Swimming: former GB international (GB Junior and Senior 1984–1992) in 400m individual medley, 1990 Commonwealth Games Finalist, 1989 European Championships and 1991 World University Games (GB Men’s Swimming Team Captain). Peter holds a Swim England Level 2 Swimming Coach/Teacher Certificate.