NEWLY-promoted Bicester Blue Fins travelled to Oxford to compete in the first round of the Division One Milton Keynes and District Junior Swimming League for boys and girls between the ages of nine and 12.
Competing against teams from Hillingdon, Ealing, Wantage and Oxford, the Bicester contingent did themselves credit but found things difficult against such experienced opposition.
The girls’ age 9 4x1 length freestyle relay team – Ella Littlewood, Eveena Shah, Maddy Powell and Lottie Wynne-Jones, secured second in their event and picked up five points.
That was matched by the boys’ team of Tom Whitley, Christopher Littleton, Cameron Digman and Angus Pollock.
Emily Allen, Tabitha Watkins, Lottie Wynne-Jones and Sophie Phillips also finished second as did Matt Thornley, Alex Pryce, Freddie Ashley-Sparks and Lucas Davies.
For the 11-year-old boys, William Whitley, Ethan Cavill, Daniel Pilgrim and Conor Dines put in a gutsy swim to come third to add another four points to their team’s final tally.
In the individual events Bicester’s only first place finish came from nine-year-old Lottie Wynne-Jones with a superb swim in the 25m butterfly.
But there were second-place finishes for Angus Pollock (25m freestyle), Zack Obied (25m backstroke) and Christopher Littleton (25m butterfly).
Tabitha Watkins was narrowly beaten into second place in her 50m freestyle event with Lottie Wynne-Jones once again swimming up an age group and finishing third in her 50m butterfly race.
There were third-placed finishes for Eveena Shah (25m breaststroke), Tom Whitley (25m breaststroke) and Matty Thornley (50m backstroke)
In the final nine relay events, Bicester’s girls’ aged 9 team of Powell, Shah, Wynne-Jones and Littlewood came second once again while Obied, Whitley, Littleton and Pollock took top spot.
Watkins, Zilvetti, Phillips and Littlewood grabbed a hard fought third with Davies, Ashley-Sparks, Thornley and Pollock coming second before Cavill, Ellis, and Whitley wrapped up another third place finish.