City of Oxford swimmers off to great start at Chiltern League Round One

The Chiltern League Round One took place on Sat 25th February at Bletchley Leisure Centre. City of Oxford Swimming Club (COSC), competing in division two, achieved second place in a closely fought competition against seven other teams: Buckingham Swans, Henley Swimming Club, Four Shires, Tring Swimming Club, Bicester, Kings Langley Swimming Club and Newport Pagnell Swimming Club.

Oxford swimmers were on fast and furious form winning six speeding tickets, seven first places and 10 second place spots! A team of 37 swimmers age nine upwards were selected by the coaches to compete in individual 50m and 100m events and 4 x 25m relay events. Oxford finished with a total of 237 points, just behind leaders Four Shires on 242 and narrowly beating Bicester in third place on 235 points.

The gala was a great, fun, opportunity for Oxford swimmers to practise their competition skills. The points total didn’t include some of the fastest swims, which exceeded the upper time for the gala and instead earned ‘speeding tickets’! COSC Academy Head Coach, Liz Basterfield, said:

“All our swimmers supported each other and cheered to the end. It was the first team event for some of the younger swimmers and they did extremely well.  We also had two older swimmers, Max Bolcato and George Rudd (both 14), helping organise the relays and they deserve a big thank you.”

Bring on more fast swimming in round two on 18th March!

Speeding tickets were awarded to:
Matthew Critchely, Boys 10 Years, 50m Breaststroke, 53.76
Hannah Austen, Girls 14+U, 50m Butterfly, 37.41
Arsham Abyaneh, Boys 10 Years, 50m Freestyle, 39.27
Dylan Holliday, Boys 12+U, 50m Breaststroke, 45.91
James Brooks, Boys 12+U, 50m Butterfly, 41.36
Stan Prichard, Boys 12+U, 50m Freestyle, 33.92

First places:
Mens Open 4 x 50m Med Relay Team, 2.14.6
Girls 12+U 4 x 25m Med Relay Team, 1.18.83
Hannah Austen, Girls 14+U, 50m Backstroke, 41.06
Dominic Mills, Mens Open, 100m Breaststroke, 1.24.38
Alice Ratcliffe, Girls 12+U, 50m Breaststroke, 49.14
Lia-Anjali Lazarus, Girls 12+U, 50m Butterfly, 41.84
Maximillian Boyns, Mens 4 x 25m Individual Medley, 1.15.02

Second places:
Boys 12+U 4 x 25m Med Relay Team,  1.21.13
Stan Prichard, Boys 14+U 50m Freestyle, 33.84
Maximillian Boyns, Mens 100m Backstroke, 1.13.69
Annaliese Bischoff, Girls 12+U, 50m Freestyle, 37.34
Macey Green, Girls 14+U, 50m Breaststroke, 45.8
Alex Underwood, Boys 14+U, 50m Breaststroke, 45.21
Olivia Pauling, Ladies 4 x 25m Individual Medley, 1.28.9
Girls 10 Years 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay Team, 1.25.44
Boys 10 Years 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay Team, 1.29.06
Boys 12+U 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay Team, 1.08.21

Full results available here.

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