After four intense weekends of the 2016 ASA Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire County Swimming Championships, Bicester’s talented swimmers have finished an impressive fourth place in the overall county club rankings.
This is a fine accomplishment given the size of the Blue Fins compared to bigger rivals with more impressive facilities at City of Oxford, City of Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
The quality of Bicester’s swimmers translated into an impressive medal haul at the championships as they won a further 11 golds, seven silvers and eight bronze medals to take the final total to 29 golds, 17 silvers and 20 bronzes.
Lottie Wynne-Jones once again showed her talent with six more gold medals over the weekend, taking her overall total to 13, plus two county junior titles in butterfly events.
Lottie took gold in both the 100m butterfly (1:04.48) and 200m butterfly (2:24.12).
These record times also secured her the title of county junior champion (all ages 16 and under) for both events and new overall Bicester club record. Most impressively, Lottie is now number one in the ASA UK rankings for her age in both 100m and 200m.
Gold medals were also won by Lottie in 100m individual medley (IM) and 100m backstroke, where she gained a best meet time at counties for both races, and came second in the County Junior Championship for her medley.
Lottie’s other golds were achieved in the 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle where her time of 28.30 gained her a new club age group record.
In the open category, 16-year-old Tom Thornley notched up an impressive three overall County Championship titles for all three backstroke distances. He took gold in 50m and 200m backstroke.
Team-mate Kieran Bird, also aged 16, achieved an overall club record for this 100m breaststroke to win silver.
The men’s open 4x50m freestyle team of Tom Thornley, Joshua Rowland, Keiren Bird and Ryan Steward impressed by taking silver in their race and came second in the County Championships.
In the boys age 11 category, Harry Wynne-Jones demonstrated his talent by winning 200m backstroke gold in a new club age group record before taking silver in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
Not to be outdone, Georgia Usher demonstrated her improvements to take silver in both the 50m and 200m breaststroke, and bronze in 200m freestyle.
Oliver Inness shone once more in the age 15 category, taking gold for 200m backstroke in 2:13.66 and bronze in 100m freestyle, while William Whitley claimed gold in 100m breaststroke with a new club age group record of 1:09.97.
Other Bicester medal winners were Sinead Vine-Nealon, Freddy Bunce, Noah Powell and Maddy Powell.
Commenting on his squad’s performance, a delighted head coach Craig Oliver said: “We’re clearly pleased with the medal winning performances and club and age group records that were broken, but this result shows development right across the squad.
“Not only did we see an 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 and more were getting to the finals.
“I was particularly pleased to see some of the younger talent coming through, showing we have developing depth among our ranks.”