SWIMMING: Super Wilkinson through to open water nationals

Didcot Barramundi’s team at Westhampnett Lake (from left): Ollie Mew, Toby Mew, Matthew Millard, Jack Shayler, Michael Fabes, Nick Sims, James Kelly, Freddie Wilkinson, Ollie Beard, Molly Ripley, Aoife Kelly, Ollie Ripley and club chairman Geraldine Kel

Didcot Barramundi’s team at Westhampnett Lake (from left): Ollie Mew, Toby Mew, Matthew Millard, Jack Shayler, Michael Fabes, Nick Sims, James Kelly, Freddie Wilkinson, Ollie Beard, Molly Ripley, Aoife Kelly, Ollie Ripley and club chairman Geraldine Kel

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DIDCOT Barramundi’s Freddie Wilkinson won a gold medal in the ASA British Gas South East Regional Open Water Championship at Westhampnett Lake, near Chichester.

Wilkinson won the 12-year-old boys’ 1,500m to earn an invitation to compete in the national championships at the Rother Valley Country Park, near Sheffield, next month.

Clubmate Aoife Kelly, 15, collected bronze in the girls’ 2,000m.

Abingdon Vale’s Nienke Lijzenga took three victories in Wycombe SC’s summer meet at Handy Cross.

Lijzenga won the 100m breaststroke, 200m breastroke and the 200m individual medley.

She also produced five other top-three finishes.

Other victories came from Will Devetta (50m butterfly) and Alice Martin (50m backstroke).

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BICESTER Blue Fins’ Kieran Bird, 14, has received confirmation that his time of 2mins 8.82secs at the Oxon & North Bucks County Championships at Aylesbury in March was a regional junior record for the 200m butterfly.

The mark has been ratified by the South East Regional Amateur Swimming Association.

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