The Social Team have been holding the Otters annual Family Fun Day for the past couple of years which includes a couple of games of rounders and everyone involved is invited to bring a picnic.
This year we plan to hold the event on Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 27th August at 2pm at the Recreation Ground, Park Place, Seer Green HP9 2FJ.
This year as a way of saying farewell to Terry & Heidi who are stepping down after 4 years they would like to put on a BBQ and are providing Sausages & Burgers in buns.
We are really looking forward to seeing as many Otters as possible and if you are able to come along please can you confirm the number in your party.
Please note this is a family event and we are unable to look after unaccompanied children.
This will also be the last event the current Social Team will be organising. This is a committee position ideal for someone whose child/children are just beginning their Otters adventure and who would like to but a little back into the club. If anyone is interested in please let us know.
The first set of photos (lots!) are in the gallery (login required).
Update: 2nd tranche now uploaded.
Saturday saw us head to Barnet for the first round of the MK Junior League, we had been drawn against some stiff opposition including this years winners of the TVJL.
Drawn in lane 3 the girls 12 medley relay got us underway. For most it was their 2nd or 3rd year swimming in the team competitions but we had our brand new 9year old boys and girls team pulling on the otters hat for the first time.
Noah Wheeler 9 managed to win his 25m backstroke and the 9yr boys Noah, Ethan Horne, Da Wei Allen and Daniel Cornfield managed a second place in their freestyle relay, a fantastic swim.
The 9year old girls stole the show winning both relays by half a length to second place and winning all 4 of the individuals Victoria Daley, Arabella Durkin, Emily Shuttle and Zara Holligan completed the team.
Other wins included the usual suspects, Sadie Lucas 12, 50FC. Olivia Lee 12, 50FLY. Freddie Lucas 10 picked up three first places in the 50BK and both relays, he was joined in the relays by Harry Gibb, Mac Lothian, Jason Vaughan and Chris Carradine.
There were fantastic swims all round and PB’s galore.
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Heads down for round 2 now.
The Otters' great performance carried on at the 2nd weekend of the Regionals; see what happened in chronological order:
Saturday, 28th May
Firstly, the boys 4x100 freestyle relay team (Sam Clark, Jack Eden, Max McGarvie & James McClenn) won 3rd place with a time of 4:08.02.
The girls 4x100 freestyle team (Sadie Lucas, Zoe Jackson, Georgina Vane & Zebina George) finished 16th place (4:32.47).
In the Boys 200IM heats James McClenn swam 2:25.27 (5th fastest time) and Sam Clark archived 2:31.74 (22nd place).
In the girls 200IM Sadie Lucas managed to get 2:40.80 (2nd fastest time) and then in the final she got 2:39.58 but it was "only" enough to the 4th place.
Zebina George swam 2:38.82 and finished 20th place. She also swam in the 200 Breaststroke and came 17th with the time of 2:59.37.
Sadie Lucas achieved 1:07.47 in the 100 freestyle (12th place) and Zebina George 1:06.14 (40th place).
James McClenn with the 2nd fastest qualifying time went into the 100 backstroke final (1:04.04) where he finished in 2nd position.
Also, Sam Clark swam 1:11.22 in the 100 backstroke and finished 20th.
Sadie Lucas with a time of 34.76 (2nd best qualifying time) went into the 50 backstroke final where she managed to take off more than 1sec and won the race (33.39). Her last win meant: Sadie is the Regional Champion in all three backstroke events (200m, 100m & 50m) in her age group. Well done Sadie, it's a massive achievement!!!
Zebina George and Daniella Hoyland also competed in the 50 backstroke and Zebina finished 36th (35.58) and Daniella got 36.90 (30th).
The boys finished the day with 50 freestyle as James McClenn got 27.27 (12th place), Jack Eden 28.26 (23rd) & Sam Clark 28.28 (25th).
Sunday, 29th May
Started with the boys 200 backstroke - Max McGarvie 2:36.64 (19th) Sam Clark (11th) 2:28.46 and James McClenn 2:23.36 (7th).
Girls 200 freestyle - Sadie Lucas 2nd place 2:19.82 with excellent race where Sadie had the better “touch”.
100 fly - Max McGarvie 1:18.44 (38th), Sam Clark 1:12.12 (30th) and James McClenn with a great swim in the final 1:04.59 (5th).
100 breaststroke Zebina George 1:24.98 (31st) and 50 breaststroke Sam Clark 39.17 (37th).
50 fly Daniella Hoyland 35.27 (31st), Zebina George 33.47 (33rd) and Olivia Lee with a brilliant swim in the final 32.50 (5th).
Boys 4x50 medley relay - Jack Eden, Sam Clark, James McClenn & Max McGarvie finished 5th place (2:08.04) and the girls 4x50 freestyle team - Zebina George, Zoe Jackson, Georgina Vane & Sadie Lucas - came 18th (2:02.23). 400 freestyle - Max McGarvie 5:02.55 (16th) and James McClenn 4:43.56 (18th).
The Championships final event was the girls 400 IM - Sadie Lucas (4th) 5:43.64.
Overall results of the Regionals Championship (15 & Over and 14 & Under): 13 medals of 6 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronzes; 11 4th-8th places; 21 10th-20th places.
Head coach comment: This years Regionals was the best ever results we Otters achieved. MASSIVE WELL DONE TO ALL OF YOU!!! You did such a great swims, lots of PBs, club records and couple of you will qualify to Nationals.
Last weekend 8 Chalfont Otters swimmers (Sadie Lucas, Olivia Lee, Daniella Hoyland, Zebina George, James McClenn, Sam Clark, Jack Eden) attended to the 14 & Under Regional Championships at Crawley. It was an unbelievably successful weekend as we won 8 medals - 5 golds and 3 slivers and the first team medal of the history of the club.
Gold medals: Sadie Lucas in 800m Freestyle (10:04.58), in 100m Backstroke (1:10.57) and 200m Backstroke (2:33.10); James McClenn in 50m Backstroke (28.99); Olivia Lee in 200m Butterfly (2:42.78).
Silver Medals: Olivia Lee in 100m Butterfly (1:12.26); Sadie Lucas in 400m Freestyle (4:55.35) and the Boys 4x50 Freestyle Team with James McClenn, Jack Eden, Sam Clark and Max McGarvie (1:51.34).
We also had more great results: James McClenn got into the 200m Freestyle final (2:09.18) and finished 8th place, the 50m Butterfly final (29.39) and finished 5th place and the 100m Freestyle final (58.06) and finished 6th place. 12th place in 50m Backstroke Sam Clark (32.30); 13th place in 1500m Freestyle Max McGarvie (19:44.80); 14th place in 400m IM Sam Clark (5:24.04); 17th place in 50m Freestyle Sadie Lucas (31.29); 25th place in 200m Breaststroke Sam Clark (3:00.71); 26th place Jack Eden in 50m Backstroke (33.49); 26th place Sam Clark in 100m Breaststroke (1:24.11) and 50m Butterfly (31.13); also, 26th place Daniella Hoyland in 200m Backstroke (2:48.44); 27th place the Girls 4x50 Medley Relay Team with Sadie Lucas, Zebina George, Olivia Lee and Daniella Hoyland (2:21.53); 28th place Sam Clark in 100m Freestyle (1:01.72); 30th place Daniella Hoyland in 100m Backstroke (1:19.10); 31st place Zebina George in 100m Backstroke (1:14.20); 33rd place Olivia Lee in 50m Freestyle (32.43) and 37th place Zebina George in 50m Breaststroke (39.75).
Head Coach Comment
I am so proud of all of you as we think we had never won so many medals in the Regional Championships before (but please let us know if you can remember and we had) and with Ross McGarvie’s bronze in the 1500m Freestyle from the 15 & Over Regional Championships we have already collected 9 medals and it is still one more weekend (28th & 29th May) to come and more places to collect.
WELL DONE FOR ALL SWIMMERS FOR THE FANTASTIC RESULTS!!!
Also, I need to mention the whole coaching team and parents/committee for supporting the swimmers and helping them to succeed!
A massive WELL DONE to all the Otters swimmers and parents and who took part in the fun run. It was a brilliant day and so fantastic to see Otters out in force. And the Otters all out in force cheering were great too.
We had 4 runners in the top 10 - congratulations to....
-Ross McGarvie who WON the whole race in 16:46.
-Adam Day who came 4th
-George Tipping who came 5th.
-Max McGarvie who came 8th
Congratulations also too our Otters Team 3 who WON the first club team award... (your trophy will be in the Otters display cabinet)
Thanks again for all your support, lets roll on GX FUN RUN 2018!!! (The long range weather is forecast to be good then too!)
Congratulations to Ross McGarvie who swam in the Regionals 1500m in Portsmouth at the beginning of May in a time of 17:56.94 and won a bronze medal.