Christ Church breaks State record to claim another Pop Agnew cup
Christ Church’s fastest swimmers broke the State record and collected their seventh consecutive Pop Agnew Memorial Cup at Challenge Stadium on Sunday. The previous record was also set by Christ Church in 2007.
The Schools and Colleges Relays, of which the key race is the Pop Agnew cup, attracts around 2000 competitors from more than 40 metropolitan and country schools. The cup is awarded to the fastest boys’ 6 x 50m freestyle relay team.
In a time of 2:27.52, Tom Cunningham (Captain of Swimming), James Raymond, (Vice Captain), Tom England (Vice Captain), David Hoey (Vice Captain), Callum Campbell and Elijah Anderson, broke the previous record (2:29.72) held by Christ Church since 2007.
Old boy Hamish Rose (2007), the current State champion for 50m freestyle and a member of the 2007 Christ Church team, was at the event. In a goodwill gesture, Hamish ‘passed the gauntlet’ to the 2012 record-breaking team.
Teacher in Charge of Swimming Luke Farmer said the School also broke two other records at the event. The Boys 4 x 50m Open Freestyle Relay Team, including James Raymond, David Hoey, Tom Cunningham and Tom England, swam 1:39.09 to beat the previous record of 1:40.00, also set by Christ Church in 2007. The Boys 4 x 50m Open Medley Relay Team, including Callum Campbell, David Hoey, James Raymond and Tom England, swam 1:52.62 to beat Wesley’s 2005 record of 1:54.44.
Other great results included:
Year 8 Freestyle Relay Team: S Collins, J Dale, T Pennell, N Throssell (second place)
Year 9 Freestyle Relay Team: O Stockwell, L Mitchell, B Hall, D Sim (third)
Year 10 Freestyle Relay Team: A Walsh, M England, A Brogan, J Hoey (first)
Year 12 Freestyle Relay Team: S Hall, C Foster, A Ford, S McCallum (second)
Year 8 Medley Relay Team: S Collins, S Dobney, N Throssell, T Pennell (second)
Year 10 Medley Relay Team: J Johnson, J Hoey, A Brogan, M England (first)