City of Oxford masters took on the best of Britain last weekend at the National Masters Championships in Sheffield coming away with an impressive haul of medals. In swimming in their events they set numerous county records and swam the best times they had as masters swimmers.
Standout performer for Oxford was Dave Denny who set 2 British records in the 40-44 year age group in the 800m and 1500m freestyle events. He also gained further golds in the 400m IM, 100m fly and silvers in the 100m free and 200m back.
3 further gold’s came courtesy of the relay events where the mixed 200-219 (combined age of 203) year team of Dave Denny, Maggie Smith, Marie Royal and Matt Gomez won the 4 x100m free and medley titles along with the 4 x 200m free event.
Matt Gomez in the 50-54 year age group added to the medal haul with silver in the 200m IM and bronze medals in the 200m breast and 400m IM events.
Tom Morrow in the 60-64 age group won a silver in the 200m breast and a bronze in the 100m breast.
Finally Maggie Smith 55-59 age group completed the medal haul with a bronze in the 100m fly.
The rest of the team, Ian James, Felicity Hurst, John Darby, Graham Cable, Emma Silk and Millie Royal although just outside the medals all swam best times for the year which reflected on the great work the masters coach Zichen has been doing in putting the squad through their paces throughout the year and in the run up to these championships.
In the Junior squads, selection for international meets are coming in fast with City of Oxford swimmers Connor Bryan (Wales) and Arnold Marton (Romania) both selected to represent their nations. Marton has been selected to represent Romania at the Central European Juniors meet and Bryan at a Euro Meet in Luxembourg.
Link to official press release: City break records and bring home the medals at the National Masters Swimming Championships 2017