On 7 May swimmers from eight local clubs (Abingdon Vale, Banbury, Didcot Barramundi, Four Shires, Kidlington, Wantage and Witney as well as City of Oxford) came together at Leys Pool for an afternoon of captivating competition at the last City of Oxford Swimming Club Development Meet of the season.
The meet saw some younger and less experienced swimmers rising to the competitive challenge, gaining valuable competition practice and showing the coaches what they’d learned in training. Spot prizes were awarded to heat winners and those who the coaches felt deserved a special “well done”.
City topped the results lists in many of the age groups. In the opening girls’ event of 200m freestyle, Mai Thomas (14) came first. There followed fast swimming in the 100m breaststroke with Zofia Conway (8), Pearl Sophastienphong (9), Mila Burovska (10), Elliot Dandy-Minto (11) and Jessica Steel all coming first in their age. In the gruelling 200m butterfly, first places were won by Pearl Sophastienphong (9), Ellen Bagley (11), Willa Merttens (11) and Jasmine Johnson (13). The last girls’ event, 50m backstroke, saw 13 year-old Olivia Watkiss come top in her age group.
For the boys, first up was the 200 IM with top places going to 9 year-old Faaris Sharif and 11 year-old Joseph Watkiss. In the 100m backstroke, Tristan Dennis came first in the 8 year-old group and Christopher Skelton for the 11 year-olds. Kayden Sillah topped the 11 year-old age group for both 50m breaststroke and the final event of the day – 100m butterfly.
Well done to all competed, showing a fearless attitude and great skills in their races. Thanks to the coaches and parent volunteers – officials, team managers and the many other vital roles that enabled the meet to run smoothly. Full results are available on the COSC website.