Lottie dazzles for brilliant Blue Fins

Bicester Blue Fins' ASA Oxfordshire and North Buckinghamshire County Championship squad
Bicester Blue Fins' ASA Oxfordshire and North Buckinghamshire County Championship squad

Bicester Blue Fins have moved from fifth to third in the overall county rankings after their young swimmers won a stunning 43 golds at the 2015 ASA Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire County Swimming Championships .

It was Bicester’s best ever performance at the championships as they collected 105 medals in total to become the top seeded non-city club in the county, only behind the major squads at Oxford and Milton Keynes.

Lottie Wynne-Jones was one of Bicester’s standout performers in the final weekend of action as she won an impressive five golds to take her tally to 12 in total.

In another show of her dominance in the age 12 category, Lottie’s 100m Butterfly was the fastest swim ever by a girl her age in the UK, was a county best meet time, a club age group record and meant she’s now ranked number one in the UK for this event.

She also broke records aplenty on her way to winning gold in the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 200m butterley and 100m individual medley before adding two silvers to cap off a brilliant competition for the young star.

Another top Bicester performer was Oliver Inness in the age 14 category. He won a further three gold and two silver medals to bring his total to 13 for the competition.

His victory in the 200m backstroke propelled him to the number one ranking in the South East Region, and his first place in the 50m backstroke was also a club age group record.

Tom Thornley added a further brace of gold medals to the one he already had, plus a further three silver medals in the age 16 category.

He became county junior champion in the 50m and 200m backstroke and was also runner-up in the overall County Championship (all ages).

Also in the 16-year category, Kieran Bird picked up two golds, one silver and three bronzes, taking his tally to an impressive 22 medals. He’s now the county junior champion in the 200m individual medley, with a swim that was also a club age group record time.

Tabitha Watkins had another excellent weekend, again demonstrating her growing confidence in the pool. Her sublime gold medal winning swim in the 50m breaststroke was not only a county best meet time and overall club record, but also put her at the top of the UK rankings for this event in the age 13 category. She also won three silver and two bronze medals.

Elsewhere, Christopher Littleton won his first gold medal of this year’s championship in a tight 50m butterfly final, while William Whitley took gold in the 100m breaststroke and Ellie Falkner won two silver medals.

Maddy Powell collected four bronze medals,Sinead Vine-Nealon won a silver and a bronze and Freddie Ashley-Sparks’ bronze medal in the 50m butterfly was a new club age group record.

Commenting on his squad’s performance, a delighted head coach Struan McNeil said: “We’re clearly pleased with the medal winning performances and 47 club and age group records that were broken, but this result shows development right across the squad.

“Not only did we see a 15 per cent increase in accepted entries into the championships, but a broader range of swimmers from all age ranges were able to compete compared to previous years.

“We’re so proud that our swimmers’ collective efforts have led to the club’s highest ever county ranking. Blue Fins are on the march, and with the season getting into full swing we feel the best is yet to come.”