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I would like to personally thank each and every person who volunteers their valuable spare time to help support their swimmers and to keep COSC performing across all levels of swimming. We have people who contribute lots of time and those who do some smaller roles – but everyone plays a valuable part in keeping this club running. So from Committee members, Team Managers, Officials, Welfare Officers, Fixtures organisers, those who draw up risk assessments, write contracts, organise trials, sign up new members, book pool time, organise life guard rotas, help at meets which helps raise funds for the club, polish trophies, curate and order Club Kit and all the other roles that get quietly done behind the scenes – THANK YOU from all the coaches and swimmers. We couldn’t do this without you.
Amanda and the Coaching Team
Connor Bryan (18) was selected as part of the Welsh Senior Elite team to compete at the 56thAnnual Sette Colli meet in Rome, Italy. This meet is the pinnacle meet in the Italian calendar and was used this year as a qualifying meet for the World championships in Gwanji next month in July.
As one of the youngest International competitors, Connor was competing against the World’s best breaststrokers Adam Peaty (British Swimming), Nicolo’ Martinenghi (Italy), Felipe Lima (Brazil) and Michael Andrew (USA).
The focus for the meet was for Connor to experience what it’s like to be swimming and training at the senior performance end of swimming.
In the 100 breaststroke Connor finished 39thout of 69 Adam Peaty 1st ( GB), Felipe Lima 2nd (Brazil), Joao Gomez 3rd(Brazil)
In the 50 breaststroke Connor finished 49thout of 68 Adam Peaty 1st ( GB), Felipe Lima 2nd (Brazil), Joao Gomez 3rd(Brazil)
In the 200 breaststroke Connor finished 31stout of 50 with Marco Koch 1st(Germany), Yasuhiro Koseki 2nd(Japan), Luca Pizzini 3rd(Italy)
The young Oxford Performance swimmer held his own and is set up nicely for his end of season meet at British Nationals this July to be held in Glasgow.
Set over 3 days, 840 swimmers from 90 National and International Clubs came together to compete in the Tollcross Commonwealth Pool, in Glasgow. Improving and posting good times qualifying times were the targets as well as race practice; but money was there to be won too!
This last weekend of the ‘qualifying window’ meant Oxford swimmers needed to put in great performances to qualify for the British and Home Nation Nationals in July. City of Oxford had 17 swimmers attend this meet getting a chance to compete with world class swimmers including Olympic Medalist Duncan Scott and Commonwealth Champions Aimee Wilmott, Ross Murdoch and Hannah Miley.
Nearly all COSC swimmers made numerous finals; a massive total of 42 in all; several Jnrs (male: 17yrs and females: 16yrs) punching above their weight, making it to A and B, senior finals. The C-final was made up of juniors only. All the swimmers were untapered (un rested) for the event as their target is the big competition in the summer.
Safiya Sillah (16) made top junior in the 50 free, coming 9th in the A-final, thus winning prize money ££££
Nicola Ryan (21) excelled making 4 x A-finals, which included 2 x 2nd places winning some money in her main events (800m + 1500m) ££££
David Murphy (21) made 3 x A-Finals; the 50brst earning him 2nd place winnings and 100brst 3rd place prize money. ££££
Other Final winners:
Connor Bryan (19) won the B final in 50brst.
Evie McLean (15) won the C-final, 50free
Other COSC team swimmers were:
Max Bolcato(17), Emily Ford (17), Dotty Goodgame(18), Gretel Goodgame(15), Kenji McDade (17), Chris Motha(19), Illizane Pinfold(15), Geo Ratouly(16), George Rudd(17), Megan Smit(16), Max Underwood(18), Freddie Wilkinson(18)
City of Oxford Swimming Club continue to develop and see our High Performance Squad Swimmers take part in meets where they’re pitted against the World’s best swimmers. This vison of our Head Coach Amanda Booth, to develop and give swimmers pre and post age 18 the opportunity to compete at International Meets, is providing learning experiences and allowing the club to be recognised within the competitive swimming community as a club that is performance focussed and allowing swimmers to continue within the sport while studying at University or College.
Just last weekend, Amanda Booth took David Murphy to the Barcelona Mare Nostrum Series 2019 (considered the best international meet outside of the Olympics and World Championships) to compete with the World’s best breaststrokers Adam Peaty, James Wilby (British Swimming) Felipe Lima (Brazil) and Tobias B Bjerg (Denmark). Amanda explained that this meet was a true learning experience for the club, David Murphy, herself and how she has a clear vision for utilising this meet to develop and give other swimmers opportunities to experience what it’s like to be swimming and training at the performance end of swimming.
In the 50m Breaststroke David Murphy finished 20th out of 55 swimmers taking part, the top three were Adam Peaty 1st, Lima Felipe 2nd & Nicolo Martinenghi 3rd.