A PAIR of Oswestry School swimmers recorded some of the best times in the country at a nationwide virtual swimming event.

Akaash Das and Paul Nash took part in the Level X event, organised by Swim England, between October 2020 and December 2020 and achieved superb results.

After competing virtually against thousands of swimmers representing clubs across the country, the Oswestry School duo both posted results which put them in the top 10 swimmers in their respective age groups.

Tim Hastie, swimming lead at Oswestry School and head coach for both boys at Oswestry Otters, said the achievements by the two boys in the national competitions are amazing.

He said: “The accomplishments these boys have achieved from a small community swimming programme, in comparison to city clubs or programmes with over double the training hours in the pool, is huge.

“Alongside this, Akaash must be congratulated as his placement was with multi-aged participants and classification for the Para-swimming category.”

Many Oswestry School pupils represented their swimming clubs and dived deep into this virtual world of times to stand out, improve, and overcome the lengthy restrictions Covid-19 has put on the sport which they passion and hunger for.

Both Akaash and Paul were awarded medals for any top three placements for the event category.

Paul achieved gold for 400 Freestyle, 400 IM and 200 Breaststroke, silver for 200 IM, and bronze for 200 Backstroke.

Meanwhile Akaash achieved gold for 400 IM, silver for 200 Backstroke and Bronze for 400 Freestyle and 200 Breaststroke.

Director of sport at Oswestry School, Oliver Leaver, also passed on his congratulations to the boys for their achievements in the pool.

He said: “Their triumph is a reflection of our sporting values, respect, enjoyment and commitment, which has led to the success seen by these two athletes.”