Oliver Lines at the double for CMK in National Swimming Championships

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THE City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club took their largest ever team to the National Youth and Age Group Championships held over two weeks in Sheffield.

The team of 19 competed really well as they set seven new county record times and reached four finals. But the star of the show was 13-year-old Oliver Lines who won silver and bronze medals in butterfly events.

On day one Lucy Chenery made the 200 freestyle final and Ryan Anscomb set a new club record time over 50m as he recorded a massive personal best at 100m backstroke.

The men’s 4x100m freestyle team set a new county record time with Ben Flaherty, Aaron Lee, Courtney Dos Santos and Chris Forshaw all setting news PBs.

Day two’s highlight was a county record for the girl’s 4x100m freestyle team of Tash Pike, Joss Ulyett, Emma Joyce and Rebecca Marshall.

On day three Tom Flaherty joined the team for the 4x200m freestyle and swam a new PB, as did Lucy in the 100m backstroke.

Day four saw the 100m breaststroke races with Courtney setting a new club record and Joss earning a storming new county record over 50m and 100m. Joss went even faster the next day in the medley relay with Lauren Ottaway, Rebecca and Tash.

The last five days of the competition were for the age group swimmers aged between 11-14 years. Isobel Jones had a strong meet making three semi-finals on day one with a new club record in the 100m freestyle. But her highlight was later in the meet in making her first national final, coming 8th in the 200m freestyle again in a new club record.

Charlotte Evans started the meet with a bang and a county record time in the 200m backstroke and just missed out on a medal as she came 4th in the final.

Charlotte then swam solidly throughout the meet, ending 6th in the overall BAGCAT competition in her group, with Isobel 10th.

Lauren Parker and Lucy Farmer joined Charlotte and Isobel to make the 4x100m freestyle team, which resulted in another junior county record.

Bethany Barby and Anya Wooliscroft teamed up with Isobel and Charlotte for the 4x200m freestyle again with all girls swimming under their respective PB times.

Oliver Lines, pictured, made a solid start in reaching the 100m backstroke final on day one. But it was day two that saw him really step up and take silver in the 200m butterfly, and come 6th in the 100m freestyle final.

However, Oliver wasn’t going to be denied a second medal as he secured bronze in the 100m butterfly final.