Young Louth swimmers became the fifth fastest in the country after a brilliant performance at the English Schools National Swimming Finals.
King Edward VI Grammar School’s senior boys’ team reached the final in two relay events and secured two superb top six finishes.
The team qualified in eighth for the medley team relay and in seventh for the freestyle relay - the fifth year running they have got through to the national finals.
The school’s junior girls’ team also earned their right to compete in the Olympic pool in London by qualifying 33rd quickest for the freestyle relay.
Kieran Young, Sam Swaby, Will McIntyre and Charlie Spencer performed superbly in the heats to qualify for both relay finals.
In a very close finish, the boys’ team finished fifth in the medley and then touched home sixth in the freestyle final, improving on their pre-competition rankings and times.
Head of PE and sports studies, David Standing, said: “To put it into context, the boys competed against private swim schools and most definitely made their coaches sweat just a little.
“The boys are now the fifth fastest medley relay team in England and the sixth fastest freestyle team.
“But in the eyes of the staff at King Edward they are simply the best team in England.”
The junior girls’ team consisted of three Year 8 pupils – Katie Roscoe, Amy Gilpin and Victoria Patch - and Year 7 student Eloise Burke.
Despite qualifying as a reserve team in 33rd, they pushed all of the teams in their heat to finish in seventh.
Overall the girls recorded the 23rd quickest time, 10 ranking places above their start point.
David and fellow coach Jackie Ross were very proud of the performances and their swimmers.
Jackie said: “We would also like to pass on our thanks and appreciation to Louth Dolphins coach Steve Armstrong and to the parents who went along to offer support.”