Inst Swimmers Win The Bath Cup and Retain the Otter Challenge Cup

Congratulations to the swimmers who brought the Bath Cup back to Inst after an exciting competition and several exemplary performances. Inst won the Bath Cup for the first time in 1977 and many years passed before the cup was won again in 2006, then 2008 and now again in 2015.

The Bath Cup is a ‘Freestyle’ relay event that was inaugurated in 1910. The event has been held every year since except during the war years. Only HMC schools are eligible to enter the competition so around 70 schools compete for the iconic cup each year. A team of 4 boys each swim 100m to try to win one of the most prestigious cups in schools’ swimming.

This year’s trip to The Bath Cup competition started on Thursday 12th March at St Paul’s School in Hammersmith where the squad of Morgan Berryman, James Brown, Robert McDowell, Sam Manley, Ben Thompson, Cai Armstrong and Jack McMillan successfully retained the Otter Challenge Match Cup.

Friday 13th may be considered unlucky for some but not the Inst swimmers. The squad travelled to the London Aquatic Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where the team of Jack McMillan, James Brown, Sam Manley and Captain Morgan Berryman swam a truly thrilling race to win The Bath Cup in a time of 3 minutes 37.10 seconds, missing the record for the event by 1/100 of a second.

One hour later the same team again swam to victory in The Otter Cup, a 4 x 50m medley race, with a time of 1 minute 50.15 seconds.

This is a truly outstanding series of results for our swimmers!

Squad with Mrs Eakin and Fiona Lamrock with the Bath and Otter cups 2015

Squad with Mrs Eakin and Miss Lamrock with the Bath and Otter cups 2015

The 2015 Bath and Otter Cups Team

The 2015 Bath and Otter Cups Team