Swimmers at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools won a clutch of medals at the Urdd National Gala in Cardiff.
Monmouth School Girls’ Prep clinched two gold medals, a silver and a bronze, while Monmouth School for Girls bagged three silvers.
It was an exciting weekend for the Monmouth swimmers who had qualified for the national finals previously and represented the county of Gwent with distinction.
Emma Nock, Isabella Hull, Sophie Williams and Ailsa Whitehead formed Monmouth School Girls’ Prep under-11s freestyle relay team which won a team gold in the primary school event.
Carys Hughes, Adelaide Chinn, Zara Hull and Elin Phillips won a team gold in the under-10s freestyle relay event and then clinched silver in the under-10s medley relay team class.
Emma Nock capped a memorable day for the Monmouth School Girls’ Prep swimmers with an individual bronze in the under-11s breaststroke.
In the senior schools’ event, Ellie Horton clinched an individual silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and then joined with Lucy Creasey, Katie Cameron and Hattie Leaf to win a silver in the Year 11 freestyle relay.
Katie Cameron, Ellie Horton, Eva Barry and Laura James combined to win a silver medal in the Year 11-and-above medley relay.
The Year 9 freestyle relay team of Hope Farquar, Ella Wallace, Holly Walker and Amelia Phillips cut two seconds off their qualifying time but narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the final.
Eva Barry also swam impressively, knocking four seconds off her qualifying time to finish a respectable fourth in the 200m individual medley final.
“The Monmouth girls gave 100% in every race and were an absolute credit to the schools,” said coach, Kate Jarvis, who guided the senior swimmers.
“The girls showed tremendous teamwork, supported each other throughout and represented the schools and the county of Gwent with tremendous pride.”