City of Oxford Swimming Club go through to round three of the 2017/18 National Arena Premier Division South League in joint second place after a hard fought battle with Thanet in round two. City were equal on points with Thanet after 18 events but Thanet fought back and after 50 events finished on 254 points with Oxford 15 points behind on 239, followed by hosts Woking in third place with 177 points.
This is an annual, fiercely fought competition to determine the top swimming club in the country; 400 teams and circa 16000 swimmers compete in six divisional leagues. The winners of Oxford’s regional premier league will automatically qualify for the National Arena Swimming League Cup Final in April 2018.
Although Thanet went into the round as favourites, Oxford threatened an upset on a number of occasions when City swimmers bettered their anticipated finish position and gained unexpected points for the team; specific mention goes to the following team members for their nine individual ‘surprise’ results.
Lachlan Middleton (Boys11/U 50m Back); Morgan Smith (Boys13/U 100m Br/s); Gretel Goodgame with a double surprise for the opposition (Girls13/U 100m Back and 100m Free); Mimi Morley Iszatt (Ladies open 100m Back); Kayden Sillah (Boys 11/U 50m Br/s); Evie McLean (Girls 13/U 100m fly); Natasha Fenton stealing the Girls 15/U 100m Br/s by 0.39 of a second and, in the last individual race, Dan Jenkins (Mens open 100m Free).
These great efforts, combined with the relay teams’ results, ensured that Thanet were kept under constant pressure. With Oxford swimmers gaining 21 first places (two more than Thanet’s 19) the outcome was not easy to predict, making this a nail biting evening for all the swimmers and spectators. When the points were finally tallied, Thanet’s higher number of second places meant that they won this time around in this see-sawing contest.
Round 3 of the competition takes place on 9th December 2017.
Link to printable version of this press release: COSC Arenal League R2 2017 report