A number of City of Oxford’s top swimmers competed at the City of Sheffield Meet held at Pond’s Forge at the weekend. City’s swimmers performed well against a strong field of competitors that included Olympic gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte and Commonwealth champion Ben Proud.
(Photo: City of Oxford swimmers Eleanor McNally, Olivia Webster, Ewan Springett, Daniel Jenkins and Daniella Springett pose with Ruta Meillutyte, far right, and Ben Proud, second left)
Fourteen year old Callum Smart had an excellent meet winning gold in his age group in the 200m breaststroke, 2.31.57, and the 100m breaststroke, 1.08.93. Both times earned Smart a place in the 14 and under finals adding a further gold in the 100m breaststroke and a silver in the 200m breaststroke. 12 year old Natasha Fenton also took golds in her age group in the 200m breaststroke, 2.47.77 and 100m breaststroke, 1.17.54, both swims earning her places in the 14 and under finals. Fellow breaststroker Emily Wood, 15 years old, was also in fine form taking gold in the 15/16 year age group. Wood followed this up with silver in the women’s 15 and over 200m breaststroke final. Fabian Whitbread won gold in the men’s 17 and over 200m individual medley, 2.09.95, taking bronze in the final, and silver in the 200m breaststroke, 2.22.11, bagging another bronze in the final. David Murphy, 16, won gold in the 17 and over 100m breaststroke in 1.05.38 and silver in the 200m breaststroke in 2.24.63, earning places in both the 15 and over finals. Maia Little, 14, took bronze in her age group in the 200m breaststroke and Emily Nisbet, 15, also won a bronze in the 15/16 years 200m butterfly in 2.20.14, both girls gaining places in the finals. Ellie Millington claimed both the Oxford and North Bucks Junior and Open County records in the 50m butterfly event in a magnificent 28.73 in the open final. City’s other finalists were Elizabeth Oliver, Daniel Jenkins, Connor Bryan, Shannon Motha and Olivia Webster.
Rosie Bancroft (right) was also competing at the weekend in the British Para-Swimming International Meet. Attracting the world’s top para-swimmers Bancroft qualified for the multi-classification 400m freestyle final that was won by Olympic gold medallist Elizabeth Simmonds. Bancroft finished 4th overall in the event, in a lifetime best of 4.47.37, a time that shoots her to second place in the 2015 IPC Official World Rankings for her classification of S10.
City’s Emily Nisbet travelled to Aberdeen on Wednesday to compete in the Scottish National Age Groups. Fifteen year old Nisbet, who swims in the Scottish Youth Squad, won silver in the 16 year 200m butterfly in a new Oxon and North Bucks Junior County record of 2.18.22 and bronze in the 400m individual medley in 5.04.13.