Millfield Swimming News

FLANDERS CUP 2018 (18th -21st January)

International trips are always interesting and fun packed. Read on!!


Year 9 - Izzy Renwick

Year 10 - Waris Mills

Year 11 - Sophia Wilson, Rachel Anderson, Will Mitchell

L6 - Santos Villalon, Hamish Skillman, Tom Gambold, Jess Carroll, Candice Lam, Olivia Halcox, Emma Harvey, Abigail Hurst, Daniel New, Jacob St-Germain

U6 - Kieran Bird, Tom Thornley, Isabel Jones, Harriet Perfect, Louis Barker, Max McCusker, Josh Lawson, Jack Tucker, Brodie Williams (OM)


Following on from success in previous years, the mighty Millfield embarked on its annual foreign adventure to gain international exposure for our budding young talent. This year we travelled to the International Flanders Cup in Antwerp; one of the hottest meets on the European circuit with extensive prize money and kudos. On Thursday the 18th of January we embarked on the 12-hour coach journey (via the 3 hour delayed ferry crossing!) from Folkestone to Calais. On Friday we went through some final preparations and familiarised ourselves with the environment to get ready for the all-important RACE day!! The familiar pre-competition tension was palpable as our swimmers prepared to line up against some of the fastest swimmers in the world; swimmers who had won multiple medals at the Olympics; wimmers who had broken world records and swimmers who were ready to signal their intent to the rest of the world for the 2018 season.
The very premise of the competition is to expose our athletes to international waters and deal with adverse conditions. Long days of travel followed by tough competition in the early season certainly achieved this goal and the Millfield crew had no option but to step up in the heats session and try to push for places in the evening finals. In order to make the finals you had finish in the top 16 irrespective of age (top 8 into the A final and the remaining 8 into the B final). At such a high level meet, there are no age categories, simply an open field, racing against men and women from all over the world. The swimmers were briefed around taking responsibility for their own performance, following process, rationally reflecting and simply put to show the best account of themselves both in and out of the water. I am proud to say that the Millfield swimmers, as always, showed their character and stepped up to the occasion. Below you will see detailed results around finalists through the two-day competition:


Brodie Williams – 100m Backstroke 3rd A Final
Kieran Bird - 800m Freestyle 3rd A Final
Sophia Wilson – 400m IM 3rd
Isabel Jones – 200m Fly 5th A Final
Rachel Anderson – 800m 6th in A Final (Senior School Record)
Kieran Bird – 400m Freestyle 7th A Final
Max McCusker – 100m Fly 8th A Final
Sophia Wilson – 100m Breaststroke 8th A Final
Santos Villalon – 100m Fly 1st B Final
Tom Thornley – 100m Backstroke 2nd in B Final
Isabel Jones – 200m Backstroke 3rd B Final
Kieran Bird – 200m Freestyle 5th in B Final
Santos Villalon – 100m Backstroke 5th in B Final
Emma Harvey – 50m Backstroke 5th in B Final
Thomas Thornley – 400m Freestyle 7th 400m B Final
Emma Harvey – 50m Fly 7th B Final


Brodie Williams – 400m IM 2nd A Final
Rachel Anderson – 400m Freestyle 3rd A Final
Santos Villalon – 200m Fly – 6th A Final
Isabel Jones – 100m Fly 7th A Final
Brodie Williams – 50m Backstroke 7th A Final
Sophia Wilson – 200m IM 7th A Final
Thomas Thornley – 200m Backstroke 8th A Final
Candice Lam – 200m Breaststroke 8th A Final
Rachel Anderson – 100m Backstroke 1st B Final
Isabel Jones – 100m Backstroke 3rd B Final
Emma Harvey – 100m Fly 4th B Final
Will Mitchell – 100m Breaststroke 4th B Final
Max McCusker – 50m Fly 5th B Final
Josh Lawson – 100m Breaststroke 5th B Final
Thomas Thornley – 50m Backstroke 6th B Final
Tom Gambold – 200m Backstroke 7th B Final
Isabella Renwick – 200m IM 8th B Final
Throughout the weekend we continued to build on our theme of unity through the means of a classic Clarko scavenger hunt. The group was split into teams and given challenges based on coming together and collating points for the team. Throughout weekend the squad captains were on fine form and have the following to say about the weekend:
Quote from boy’s captain Max McCusker:
“I was very impressed with how everyone stepped up at the competition, giving many obstacles that faced us such as the delayed journey there. I thoroughly enjoyed how the squads integrated to help each other to achieve the best results possible.”

Quote from girl’s captain Isabel Jones:
“I was amazed how everyone conducted themselves this weekend, not just in the pool but in the surrounding environment. The main emphasis of the meet was to work purely on the process, and not necessarily the time, I feel like the team really accomplished this.”
Overall the trip was a huge success for the Millfield team and sets us up perfectly for the British Championships in 6 weeks’ time. Swimmers as always were a credit to the school and showed true resilience to keep fighting for every inch in every race. Special thanks must go to Coach Clarke, Coach Waddingham and Coach Rhodes for all their help and facilitation during the trip.


Millfield Swimming Team