The 2016 ASA South East Region Age 14 and Under Swimming Championships were held this weekend at the K2 pool in Crawley, and swimmers from Bicester Blue Fins were in action.
The second week of the championships gave the 11/12, 13 and 14-year-old swimmers the opportunity to compete with the best from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Channel Islands.
A very strong Blue Fins team travelled to Crawley determined to bring home some medals, and the small Bicester Village sponsored club achieved fantastic results, finishing the two gruelling days of stiff regional competition with a haul of four gold medals and one bronze thanks to the amazing swims of 12-year-old Lottie Wynne-Jones.
The weekend was kicked off by both Lottie and Maddy Powell competing in the 800m freestyle, and both girls posted respectable times with Maddy hitting a PB of 9:53.57 for seventh and Lottie placed fifth.
Lottie was on fire throughout the two days, achieving some fine results for Bicester.
After winning her heat for the age 13 200m butterfly with a new club record of 2:25.94, she went on to dominate the final to secure her first gold.
The same pattern followed in the 100m butterfly where Lottie smashed the heats with a great time which she then bettered in the final to claim gold, clocking a superb 1:06.76.
Lottie was also the one to beat in the 200m backstroke where she broke the regional record in the heats and then again in the final in claiming a third gold, this time finishing in 2:25.32, and that was followed by her winning bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Two Bicester girls qualified for the age 13 400m freestyle race, with Lottie capping off a stunning weekend with yet another gold and club record, while her teammate Maddie Powell came in a very respectable 11th place in a new PB.
Tia Falkner, Christopher Littleton, Harry Wynne-Jones and Rachel Lawrence also set new PBs for the Blue Fins.
The club’s head coach Craig Oliver said: “It was fantastic to have such a great team of U14s performing at the championships, especially seeing our younger swimmers, coached mainly by Neil Blunstone, break into the Regional scene with strong swims. Every single one of them worked hard and should be very proud of their achievements.”