On Saturday 22nd April, 34 of Oxford’s swimmers (aged 10 to 16 years) journeyed down the M40 to Wycombe Leisure Centre to take part in their Long Course Spring Meet. For the swimmers, it was an opportunity to race in the 8 lane, 50 meter pool and to experience the new facilities available at a pool, just over a year old.
The considerable efforts from all the City of Oxford team saw them being awarded the Top Visiting Club Trophy. The Oxford swimmers came away with numerous improvements in their personal best (PB) times and a total of nearly 60 medals (17 gold, 23 silver and 18 bronze). Max Boyns, in the 16-year old category, amassed 5 medals including 3 golds for 50m fly, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Among the younger swimmers, Christopher Skelton (aged 11 years) shone, winning 4 medals. Ethan Bird, (pictured right) chose to spend his 11th birthday swimming and won silver in 100m breaststroke for his efforts!
For the girls there were many achievements. It was a clean sweep in 11 year-old category for 50m and 100m breaststroke, where Ellen Bagley took gold, Lily Brabbin took silver and Nina Brown took bronze for both races. Jennifer Burrell came away with 6 medals and edged closer to breaking the 30 seconds barrier in the 50m backstroke with a time of 30.62 seconds. Megan Peake (aged 11 years) took gold in 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m fly and 50m freestyle with her sister Cathryn Peake (aged 14 years) also medalling in the 100m backstroke. Juliet Anthony, one of our youngest swimmers in the 10 year old events gained 6 medals. Not to be outdone, the older girls impressed with Safiya Sillah (13 years), Zoe Coombs (14 years), Madeleine Radcliffe (15 years) and Emily Kyle (16 years) all adding to the medal haul.