St Columba swimmers achieve international, national and academic success

Ralph Muncer shows off his silver medal from the ASA National Finals alongside fellow St Columba's s

Ralph Muncer shows off his silver medal from the ASA National Finals alongside fellow St Columba's swimming star George Loveman - Credit: Archant

Swimmers from St Columba’s College have produced notable performances at national and international events this summer.

Ralph Muncer and George Loveman qualified for the ASA National Swimming Finals in August after finishing the season in the top 20 swimmers in England in their respective age groups.

Both competed in the 100m and 200m breaststroke with Muncer also entering the 1500m freestyle.

And both had superb meets at the vent, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, swimming personal bests in all their races.

Muncer, competing in the U15 age group, started the week well with a sixth place finish in the 100m and he followed this up with eighth in the 1500m.

However, he saved his best for last, knocking five seconds off his personal best to claim second in the 200m.

Loveman, who swims for the City of St Albans Swimming Club, also qualified for the 200m final in the U16 age group, where he finished ninth.

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And, alongside Zhi Ong, another St Columba’s swimmer, he was also selected for the GB team that went to Beauvais in France for the International Catholic Student Games (FISEC) in July.

There he came fourth in the 200m breaststroke, beaten to the podium by Ong.

Ong also picked up silver in the 100m with Loveman back in fifth.

Loveman also proved he was no slouch out of the pool as well, picking up seven A*’s and three A’s in his GCSE exams, proving that excellence in academic studies and sport, combined with hard work, certainly pays off.

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