The annual Merton School Sport Partnership Swimming Gala Heat 1 took place on Tuesday 16th May 2017 at Morden Park Pools. Twelve Merton primary schools took part in this Heat. Due to popular demand the Partnership are also running an additional two Heats on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 to accommodate all the Merton schools that wished to take part: a total of thirty one schools with take part across the three Heats.

Swimmers from Year 4 / 5 / 6 took part in various events; backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and relay races. The atmosphere was incredible as all the schools cheered on their swimmers from the poolside. Well done to all the swimmers that took part, there was some very impressive times recorded setting a high standard for the swimmers at the next Heats. Schools will find out whether their pupils have qualified through to the finals once Heat 2 and 3 has been completed on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. The finals will be held during the evening on Friday 23rd June 2017 at Morden Park Pools.

Congratulations to Hillcross Primary School for recieving the MSSP Refspect Award, the pupils were very supportive towards thier own peers and demonstrated great sportsmanship towards the other swimmers by shaking opponents hands both before and after the races. Thank you to all the schools that took part in this great event and for assessing their swimmers prior to the event. Also a big thank you to the year 8 sports leaders from Rutlish School for timing all the races. We look forward to seeing all the swimmers at the next Heats and at the Final's.

Teams Entered: Aragon / Hatfeild / Hillcross / Hollymount / Merton Park / Pelham / Poplar / Sacred Heart / St John Fisher / St Mary's / West Wimbledon / Wimbledon Chase.

Result or News 
News