Blue Fins excel in tough gala

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BICESTER Blue Fins finished fifth in the third and final round of the Milton Keynes & District Junior Swimming League Division One.

Taking place at the Temple Cowley Pool in Oxford, the Blue Fins took on a strong field with clubs from Oxford, Harrow, Windsor and Brompton in what proved to be a tough gala for the youngsters.

The nine-year old girls team of Ella Littlewood, Alex Pluckrose, Maddy Powell and Lottie Wynne-Jones were the first to secure six points as they won their 4x25m freestyle relay, beating second-placed Brompton by four seconds.

The nine-year old boys relay team of Tom Whitley, Chris Littleton, Cameron Digman and Zack Obied had to settle for a hard-fought third and four valuable points.

Matty Thornley, Alex Pryce, Freddie Ashley-Sparks and Lucas Davis put in a great performance in their 10-year-old medley relay, securing a first place and another six points.

At the end of the first group of relays, Windsor led on 37 with Bicester last on 28 in a tight competition.

In the individual events, there were some fine swims from nine-year old Tom Whitley in the 25m breaststroke, coming first, matched by team mate Freddie Ashley-Sparks in the 50M butterfly event.

Meanwhile, for the girls, there were first place finishes for Lottie Wynne-Jones (25m butterfly) and Maddy Powell (25m backstroke).

Ella Littlewood, Tabitha Watkins and Oliver Inness all secured second places while Angus Pollock, Eloise Tagg, Tansy Hammond, Ethan Cavill, Eveena Shah, Zack Obied, Lottie Wynne-Jones, Chris Littleton, Tabitha Watkins Oliver Inness and Lucas Davis came third in their individual events.

The final batch of relay events got under way with the 4 x 25M medley relay in which Bicester’s nine-year old girls team of Maddy Powell, Eveena Shah, Lottie Wynne-Jones and Ella Littlewood put in a superb effort to grab another first and six more points.

As for the boys, Zack Obied, Tom Whitley, Chris Littleton and Angus Pollock were just pushed into second by a strong Brompton team.

The 11-year boys team of Oliver Inness, Gabe Ellis, Ethan Cavil and William Whitley hung on for a gutsy third, as did the final cannon relay with the team of Ella Littlewood, Chris Littleton, Lottie Wynne-Jones, Lucas Davis, Tabitha Watkins, William Whitley, Eloise Tagg and Oliver Inness.

The final scores were: 1) Brompton, 216pts; 2) City of Oxford, 204pts; 3) Windsor, 199pts; 4) Boro of Harrow, 181pts; 5) Bicester Blue Fins, 167pts.

Head Coach Kirsten Pankhurst said afterwards: “This was another excellent performance with an array of best times.

“The competition was fierce but Blue Fins acquitted themselves well with six first places.

“Swimmer of the night was Freddie Ashley-Sparks with an amazing new club record in the boys 10 years 50m Fly.

“He is definitely one to watch for the future.”