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David Meller, Lead Sponsor at The Harefield Academy, congratulating Lauren O'Connor

Pentland Brands, the company which owns Speedo, very kindly donated the latest Speedo Lazer Racer Elite to our Star Swimmer, Lauren O'Connor. Coe House student Lauren O'Connor swims for Hillingdon Swimming Club in the Performance Squad and trains around 8 - 9 times a week for about 20 hours plus gym sessions. These sessions include three morning sessions which means Lauren  has to get up for 4.30am and be at the pool for 5.00am. She goes straight to TheAcademy from swimming. Lauren has also been studying and sitting her GCSEs throughout the qualifying period for Nationals. Lauren qualified for 100m fly in a time of 1.04.78. Only the top 24 ranked girls and boys in Lauren's age group in Great Britain qualify for British Nationals. Lauren is also swimming for Hillingdon's relay teams at Nationals along with Y10 student Mitchell Adams. Mitchell is swimming freestyle in the 4 x 200m and 4 x 100m relay and 100m fly in the medley relay. Lauren is swimming freestyle in the 4 x 200m relay and 100m breaststroke in the 4 x 100m medley relay. The girls' team is the only team from London to qualify for British Nationals. Only the top 20 teams from Great Britain qualify. The ASA British Nationals are held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from July 28th to August 2nd. Good luck!