City of Oxford Swimming Club demonstrated their status as one of the UK’s leading swimming clubs with a second place finish in the National Arena Swimming League Premier Division – South. City finished second to the current overall National Champions, Guildford in a close run contest held in High Wycombe on Saturday 10 December.
Oxford had qualified for the final as first seeds, securing lane 4 for the duration of the 50 event gala, and the final proved to be a nail biting affair with every point counting. The first 10 events saw Guildford lead the way on 44 points with Oxford in 3rd on 36, 1 point behind Wycombe District on 37. At 18 events City started to gain on Guildford’s lead coming to within 4 points, with the gap narrowing to just 2 points after 26 events. After 42 events it was agonisingly close with only 1 point separating Guildford and Oxford and causing City’s vocal supporters to lift the roof with their enthusiastic support. Despite the raucous cheers of the Oxford supporters, Guildford managed to finish strongly and retained their Southern Premiership Title
The final standings saw Guildford in first position with 215 points, City of Oxford 202, Wycombe District 182, Thanet 176, Sevenoaks 162, and Bromley 112. This result sees City of Oxford SC qualify for the National A Final for the first time in their history. Having finished 3rd in the National B final in 2016, following on from their 4th place finish in their first ever appearance in the National B final in 2015, City’s progress in the National Arena Swimming League has been remarkable, see history below. This is a testament to the hard work and drive of City’s coaching team, under head coach Amanda Booth, and the dedication and fierce competiveness of all their swimmers.