SWIMMING: Caitlin stars on her screen test

Caitlin Wheatley was the star of the small screen, winning ten gold medals in Abingdon Vale’s winter open meet at Temple Cowley, Oxford.

Caitlin Wheatley was the star of the small screen, winning ten gold medals in Abingdon Vale’s winter open meet at Temple Cowley, Oxford.

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Caitlin Wheatley was the star of the small screen, winning ten gold medals in Abingdon Vale’s winter open meet at Temple Cowley, Oxford.

The 15-year-old also won a silver in front of the cameras.

Two days of racing were broadcast by local company M & Y Media, who rigged the arena with three cameras and eight computers.

They also had a 42-inch monitor to mix all the video feeds and pre-roll graphics with full race commentary, results boards and interviews.

By the end of the two days, 80,000 viewing minutes had been watched by people from all over the country – much more than they expected.

City of Oxford came away with a grand total of 98 medals, Helena Beel leading the way with five golds.

The 12-year-old won the 100m freestyle (1min 7.87secs), 100m breaststroke (1.24.48), 200m breaststroke (2.59.16), 50m butterfly (34.10) and the 100m individual medley (1:15.94).

There were also some notable swims from younger members.

Cathryn Peake, Ed Sharp, Theo Cooke, Alex Lawrence and Natasha Fenton were among those to shine.

Ellia Black was the star for Wantage White Horses, with four golds plus a club record in the 100m individual medley.

ABINGDON VALE MEDALLISTS

Gold – Girls: C Wheatley 100m IM, 50m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 200m IM, 200m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke; E Ford 100m backstroke, 100m IM, 100 butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle; N Curtis 50m butterfly; J Kilburn 50m backstroke; S Motha 100m butterfly, 100m IM, 200m IM, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly; M Royal 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly; P Sayers 50m breaststroke. Boys: E Rennie 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m IM, 200m IM; D Murphy 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 100m IM, 100m backstroke; C Bullock 200m freestyle; S Costello 200m butterfly; S English 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly; R Graham 100m freestyle; C Motha 100m butterfly; J Royal 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke; N Whitehead 100m butterfly, 50m butterfly.

Silver – Girls: R Motha 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke; A Bedford 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly; M Royal 200m freestyle, 100m IM; C Wheatley 100m freestyle. Boys: M Eccleston 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m IM, 50m butterfly; O Hodgson 100m IM, 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke; M Beckers 50m breaststroke; C Bullock 50m freestyle; S Costello 200m freestyle, 200m IM; R English 100m breaststroke; R Graham 100m backstroke; C King 100m freestyle; James Law 100m butterfly; Joseph Law 200m IM; A Lowe 200m backstroke; A Ostridge 100m breaststroke; N Whitehead 50m freestyle.

Bronze – Girls: A Fletcher-Ethrington 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke; G Ford 100m butterfly, 200m IM, 100m backstroke; A Bedford 50m butterfly; V Cooper 50m butterfly; K Kilburn 200m backstroke: P Sayers 100m breaststroke. Boys: S English 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke; O Hodgson 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke; C King: 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke; M Becker 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke; C Bullock 100m IM; S Costello 100m butterfly; W Devetta 50m butterfly; M Eccleston 50m freestyle; R English 50m butterfly; Joseph Law 100m butterfly; A Lowe 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke; A Ostridge 50m breaststroke; J Royal 50m butterfly; N Whitehead: 100m freestyle.

WANTAGE WHITE HORSES MEDALLISTS

Gold – Boys: O McDonagh 50m freestyle; G Ratouly 50m freestyle; O Onay 200m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke; D Jenkins 50m butterfly; E Beaumont-Dickerty 200m butterfly.

Silver – Girls: E Black 50m butterfly, 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 100m IM (club record); A Kirk 200m backstroke (club record); C Kirk 50m freestyle. Boys: O McDonagh 50m backstroke; J Barnes 200m butterfly.

Bronze – Girls: E Walters 200m butterfly; A Kirk 200m breaststroke; K McDonagh 50m backstroke; C Kirk 100m breaststroke; O McDonagh 200m backstroke; D Jenkins 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly; O Onay 100m IM; J Kay 200m breaststroke; D Pearman 50m breaststroke; E Beaumont-Dickerty 200m IM.

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