By Nick Yates, ISB Communications
We already knew the International School of Beijing (ISB) had a leading aquatics program and now it's official – the school's swimmers have powered their way to the top of a league table of swim teams in international schools worldwide.
ISB takes both the overall team and male team title in International School Aquatics' new rankings. After a busy year of swim meets with many new records set around the world, ISB's girls occupy third place in the female team ranking.
The rankings are based on a "mythical team competition" – one that happens without competition in the same pool, taking the times from conference meets around the world and scoring them as a combined meet to find the best female, male, and overall international school teams.
International School Aquatics was started as an independent organization three years ago, largely to showcase the growing swimming scene and talent in the international school arena. It combines all the results of the major international school conferences globally, giving students a reputable source of data to compare their performances against peers and potentially show to college recruiters.
ISB's popular aquatics program plays a big part in community at the school and in providing a balanced education not solely based on academics. Around 1,200 of ISB's 1,700 students participate in the pool, either competitively or non-competitively.
"The results are really just the cherry on top," said ISB Aquatics Director Nic Wilson. "What really makes us realize we must be doing something right is the amount of swimmers enrolled in our aquatics program. We have a place for everyone to swim if they want to."
ISB Director of Student Activities Simon Parker said of the rankings, "This is a fantastic achievement for the entire ISB swim community, swimmers' parents and coaches alike. Nic and his team have grown the ISB Swim Academy into a hugely successful operation, professionally run, with high standards and a flourishing community feel."