City of Oxford Swimming Club enjoyed a successful ASA South East Region Winter Championship, held in Portsmouth on 7th and 8th November, winning 4 Open, 3 Junior and 5 Para-Swimming Multi-Classification Gold Medals, 6 silver medals and 4 bronze medals
David Murphy took gold in both the Men’s Open 50m breaststroke in 27.96 and 100m breaststroke in 1.00.59, a clear 4 seconds ahead of the next competitor. The time set a new Oxfordshire & North Bucks County Record, a record previously held by elder brother Alex Murphy. Murphy also took silver in the Men’s 200m breaststroke in 2.16.84 just behind fellow City swimmer Fabian Whitbread, who won gold in 2,15.06. Whitbread also took gold in the Men’s Open 400m Individual Medley in 4.24.43 and silver in the 200m IM in 2.04.42. Christopher Currie won 5 gold medals in the Male Para-Swimming Multi-Classification events, the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, the 100m butterfly and 200m IM.
16 year old Emily Wood won gold in the Junior Female 200m breaststroke in 2.31.29, a time which also won her bronze in the open category. Wood added a silver medal in the Junior Female 100m breaststroke in 1.11.85. Fellow 16 year old Ellie Millington won gold in the Junior Female 50m butterfly in 28.66, and collected silver in the Open category in the same event. Millington also took bronze in the Junior Female 100m freestyle in 58.68. 16 year old Emily Nisbet won gold in the Female Junior 200m butterfly in 2.18.07, a time that also saw her take silver in the Open category. 13 year old Emily Ford completed City’s medal bonanza with silver in the Junior Female 50m butterfly and bronze in the Open category in 28.82 with a further bronze medal in the Female Junior 100m Butterfly in 1.04.81.
Over the same weekend City sent a large squad of swimmers to Cardiff to compete in the Welsh Capital Open Meet, bringing home an impressive 76 medals together with the award for top visiting club. 12 year old Billy Wootton, with 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, and 13 year old Megan Smit, with 10 gold medals, also finished runners up in the top male and top female swimmer category respectively.