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Student hopes to make a splash at swimming finals 20 October 2008

A CASTLE Rushen High School student is hoping to make a big splash in a prestigious national schools’ swimming finals this week.

Hannah Kennish, 17, has been selected to compete in the senior girls’ 200 metres individual medley and the relay at the English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) finals, to be held in Enfield, London, on 24 and 25 October.

Hannah will join around 400 swimmers from more than 200 schools at the event, the most prestigious of its kind. All the British medallists from the Beijing Olympics this summer competed in the ESSA finals while at school. Hannah Kennish

Her selection came as a result of her silver medal-winning performance in the 200 metres individual medley at the recent regional championships in Liverpool.

Sixth form student Hannah, who lives in Santon, was among 15 pupils from five Island schools who travelled to the English Schools’ Swimming Association Division 2 Championships.

The young swimmers qualified for 15 finals and claimed six bronze medals, too, with honours brought home by Hannah’s Castle Rushen schoolmates Alice Hartley, Tom Kelly and Jenny Newberry, together with Phillip Harrison (Queen Elizabeth II High School) and Hannah Howitt (King William’s College).

Leonie Cooil, a PE teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School who travelled to Liverpool with the swimmers, said:

‘Qualifying for the ESSA finals is a huge achievement for Hannah and we wish her the best of luck.’

Hannah said:

‘I am thrilled to have reached the finals and am honoured to represent the North West at the English Schools’ championships.’

Alice Hartley was also selected to be part of the team for the ESSA finals but is unable to attend. Phillip Harrison narrowly missed out on selection, despite being at the bottom of his age group, and there are high hopes he will make the team for next year’s championships.

Leonie said:

‘There were many personal bests achieved throughout the competition in Liverpool and every swimmer was a credit to their school and the Island.’

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