Twelve Millfield pupils gain national titles at British Summer Nationals

Twelve members of the Millfield Swimming community have gained national championship titles at the British Summer Nationals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The team also ended the meet with 31 medals, surpassing any other club, with 21 new school records and a British Age Group record. 

National champions included: Rachel Anderson from Winscombe, recent leaver Louis Barker, Lily Booker, recent leaver Kieran Bird, Will Ellington, Jakob Goodman, Tom Kingham, Will Mitchell from Radstock, Alex Sargeant from Somerton, Sean Tsai, Santos Villalon and Huw Williams.

Jakob Goodman, Rachel Anderson and Lily Booker also recently returned from a successful outing at the European Junior Championships at Helsinki, where Jakob won a bronze medal in 4x200m freestyle relay. The team also recently concluded a training camp at the BEST Centre in Majorca, where 30 of the pupils competing in Sheffield went through rigorous preparation for the competition.  

Millfield’s Director of Swimming Euan Dale says, “The unprecedented success at the British Summer Nationals was a product of a highly motivated, committed and focussed team of pupils and staff. This success continues to highlight our position as innovators at the forefront of swimming development. Our goal is to add holistic value to our swimmers and how they conducted themselves and their performances in Sheffield were testament to this goal. With only two years until Tokyo 2020, the team cannot wait to kick off the new season.”