Despite being early in the season, the standard of the competition was high. The men’s 100m freestyle which saw Oxford new recruit Josh Preston tie in first place with a London swimmer. There were also victories for Oxford’s Andrew Rroberts in the men’s 100m breaststroke, and Shannon Harris in the women’s 100 m freestyle. The close competition was won by the London team. However, Oxford coach Roger Howes said that the team performed excellently: “They can all be very proud of themselves.” Oxford’s swimmers showed impressive pedigree during their season opening friendly gala.ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005