City of Oxford steal promotion and place in National Final

The 2018 / 2019 season has seen the City of Oxford Swimming Club entering two teams in the National Arena Swimming League South division. After two previous successful rounds, the A & B teams went into the final and 3rd round with the objective of getting Team A into either the A or B National Finals and promotion into Division 1 (South) West for Team B.

City of Oxford Swimming Club's Team B
City of Oxford Swimming Club’s Team B

Team B went into the final round of the 2nd Division (South) West ranked as 4th and needed to finish no lower than third on the night and more importantly, ahead of the Guildford City C Team, who were ranked 3rd in the league after round 2. All swimmers representing COSC were on fire and were stealing positions on the rankings in nearly all of the 50 individual and relay events. Resulting in the promotion being sealed when the team finished 2nd (behind Bournemouth Swimming Club 1st and ahead of Guildford City C Team 4th and Harts Swimming Club 3rd) on the night and being placed 3rd overall in the league tables. The coaching staff are really pleased with how the team has developed other the three rounds and are proud to be moving up with Bournemouth and Harts Swimming Club to Division 1 (South) West for the 2019/2020 season.

Team B Captains Nicole & Connor Bryan collecting the 3rd place pennant for Division 2 West of the National Arena Swimming League South.
Team B Captains Nicole & Connor Bryan collecting the 3rd place pennant for Division 2 West of the National Arena Swimming League South.

Team A went into round 3 of the Premier Division South ranked as 3rd and had the aim of swimming as fast as they can to put them in a good position on the rankings for the virtual gala that would decide who would take part in the A or B National Finals in Cardiff. With this aim in sight and like the B Team, the A Team were on fire and swimming faster than they had in the previous 2 rounds. On the night three Swim South East Regional Records (subject to ratification) were broken.

1. Girls Junior 4x50m Free Relay City of Oxford 1:47.14 13-Oct-18 Oxford (Evie Mclean , Illizane Pinfold , Delphine Little , Safiyah Sillah ) beaten by 146.27, Evie Mclean, Illizane Pinfold, Delphine Little, Safiyah Sillah.

2. Girls Junior 4x50m Medley Relay (City of Oxford 1.58.94 10-Feb-18 Aylesbury (Mimi Morley Iszatt , Tash Fenton , Emily Ford , Evie Mclean )  beaten by 1.57.30, Mimi Morley Iszatt, Illizane Pinfold, Delphine Little, Evie Mclean.

3. Boys Junior 4x50m Free Relay City of Oxford 1.40.42 13-Oct-18 Oxford ( Nick Skelton , Billy Wotton , Mikki Petrovic , Geo Ratouly) beaten by 1.38.72, Nick Skelton, Billy Wotton, Chris Simms, Geo Ratouly.

City of Swimming Club Team A Captains (David Murphy & Emily Ford) receiving the 3rd place pennant in the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division South
City of Swimming Club Team A Captains (David Murphy & Emily Ford) receiving the 3rd place pennant in the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division South

With all these records being broken, City of Oxford held onto the 3rd place ranking in the Premier Division South and have guaranteed a position in the A Final of the National Arena Swimming League in Cardiff. We have everything to swim for on the 3rd March and we will be entering the final ranked 5th nationally and we are sure that head Coach Amanda Booth will pushing the team to achieve more. 

The #ragingbull was out support the B Team
The #ragingbull was out support the B Team
GO COSC, Team B Supporters
GO COSC, Team B Supporters
Even Santa was ready to support the #ragingbulls Team B at the National Arena League Final Division 2 West
Even Santa was ready to support the #ragingbulls Team B at the National Arena League Final Division 2 West
A coach full of #ragingbullsindisguise on their way to the National Arena League Final Division 2 West (Team B)
A coach full of #ragingbullsindisguise on their way to the National Arena League Final Division 2 West (Team B)

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