SWIMMING: Ashley-Sparks stars as Bicester take second

The Bicester Blue Fins squad celebrate their runners-up place in the Milton Keynes & District League Gala

The Bicester Blue Fins squad celebrate their runners-up place in the Milton Keynes & District League Gala

First published in Sport

FREDDIE Ashley-Sparks scored a hat-trick of wins as Bicester Blue Fins finished second in the Milton Keynes & District League’s opening gala at Barnet Copthall pool in north London.

Ashley-Sparks won the age 11 50m freestyle and butterfly, as well as touching home first in the age 12 50m butterfly.

There was double joy for Tabitha Watkins, who won the age 12 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Lottie Wynne-Jones took the age 11 50m butterfly and backstroke titles, while Maddy Powell won the age ten breaststroke.

Bicester got off to the perfect start with victory for the age 12 girls’ team of Melissa White, Watkins, Wynne-Jones and Tansy Hammond in the 4x25m medley relay.

Wynne-Jones and Maddy Powell then combined with Alex Pluckrose and Georgina Zilvetti as the 11 year girls won their medley and freestyle events.

Charlotte Kemp, Freddy Bunce, Powell, Wynne-Jones, Ashley-Sparks, Tom Whitley, Watkins and Ethan Cavill stormed to victory in the 8x25m canon freestyle relay comprising the fastest boy and girl swimmers from the four age categories.

Blue Fins finished overall runners-up behind winners Windsor.

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