During the Easter school holidays, 9 of our Regional qualifiers (Otters has 13 qualifiers in total for 2016) took to the minibus for a little trip to the Home of the National Championships, Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
After early training at Chalfont on Friday morning, the team set off in hunt of a healthy breakfast, Warwick Services proved a perfect stopping point, providing the opportunity for the swimmers to stretch and get some energy for the weekend ahead.
We arrived in Sheffield at lunchtime, grabbed a light pasta meal at a lovely restaurant in the City before resting in advance of the Friday evening session. Ross and Max McGarvie, Daniella Hoyland and Sammy Farnfield all competed well in the 1500m/800m events. Ross set a huge PB and Club Record in the 1500m, a real gutsy swim as he wasn't feeling his best, whilst achieving an automatic qualify time for regionals.
Sammy also broke 2 club records in the 800m. The swimmers not involved in racing trained for an additional 90 minutes in the warm down pool during the events.
It was a very early start on Saturday morning, breakfast at 6.15am and over to the pool for 7.30am. All the swimmers were involved today and 5 swimmers broke club records during the day's events;
Sadie Lucas the 12&U record in the 200IM, 2 club records in the 400m freestyle and finally the 12&U club record but also Gold in the 100m backstroke.
Max McGarvie broke the 12&U record in the 50m freestyle.
James McLenn equalled a 2004 club record for the 14&U 50m freestyle with a time of 26.89.
Sammy broke the 2003 16&U and the Open club records for the 100m butterfly.
Zebina George then swam the 50m breaststroke in 38.94 which is the fastest ever swum by an Otters girl in a Long Course pool. It earned Zebina 5 club records, all the way to the Open age group. Later on in the day Zebina repeated the trick with a 2:59.88 in the 200m which is again the fastest ever by an Otters girl in a Long Course pool.
On Saturday night we travelled to Uncle Sams Diner for supper where the swimmers enjoyed vast quantities of very healthy burgers, steaks and ice cream!! Back to the hotel and crashed out in bed by 9.15pm.
Sunday breakfast was slightly later - 6.30am, then pack the gear, check-out of the rooms and over to poolside by 7.45am. More racing, much more training and further success in the pool.
Hugo Lane swam 35.51 in the 50m breaststroke which was the fastest ever by an Otters boy in Long Course pools, James also swam the fastest ever 200IM by an Otters boy.
Sadie, Max, and Zebina broke more club records on Sunday and Sammy broke the Otters 200m butterfly 16&U and Open record set in 2004.
Also swimming Regional qualifying times over the weekend was Charley Huggett in the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle, not bad Charley after all that training (!)
To sum up, 39 club records were broken and the team won 3 Golds, a Silver and 2 Bronze at the meet. The 13 Otters have qualified for 85 swims at the Regional Championships which commence in Portsmouth for the 15& over age group on April 30th.
We travelled back on Sunday evening, a good fun time had by all and the kids were brilliant (jolly untidy though!). Thanks to Victoria Lucas for organising everyone and well done Agnes, the swimmers are progressing very well.
Hopefully we will do these types of trips again very soon.
Good Friday : Chalfont Closed no swimming am & pm
Saturday : Maltman's closed all day, Chalfont open for the 7.00 - 8:15 swim
Sunday : Chalfont open for the 6:45 - 9:00 morning swim and the 15:45 - 19:00 evening swim
Easter Monday : Chalfont Closed, Teikyo Closed
Please see amended timetable effective from April 2016 on the timetable page, the changes affect the following sessions:
New: Tuesday Morning Hillingdon 5:45-6:45am
Removed: Wednesday morning Chalfont
Reduced: Friday morning Chalfont now 6-7am
Changed: Thursday Mornings Hillingdon 5:45-6:45am
All Otters please hold the following dates free for open meets that we will be hosting.
11 June @ Watford
17 & 18 Dec (venue will be issued closer to the date)
Note this will be the very very last meet when you can qualify for counties (there will be no last gasp at Maltmans this year).
We will also need help from parents for various duties on the day. From selling raffle tickets, to time keeping and handing out medals.
On Sunday our Otters swimmers added to Saturday's impressive medal haul.
In the morning there were 10 medals; 5 golds, 3 silver and 2 bronze. One of the highlights was a first gold medal for Hugo Lane at Counties.
In the AM Junior Championship finals James McClenn took 2 more cups and Sam Clark another 2nd and a 3rd. So 14 medals in the morning. Jack Eden and Zebina George also reached Championship Finals.
It was slightly quieter in the afternoon in terms of medals; three more golds, a silver and two bronze plus James secured his 6th Junior Championship Cup in the 100m backstroke Final. Seven medals so a total of 21 in the day and 19 rosettes.
However it wasn't quiet by the pool as we had fifteen girls in the 50m free, with first time appearances on Sunday from Zoe Holligan, Maddie Rae, Ella Reid, Edina George and Alexa Macallister. Also during the afternoon in one heat of the boys 100 back we had four Otters in the same heat, some of our 9/10 year old stars of the present and the future, Harry Gibb, Matthew Aldred, Luke McGarvie and Freddie Lucas.
Overall to date In 2016.
- 24 Golds
- 15 Silvers
- 9 Bronze
- 44 Rosettes
Total 48 medals and 44 rosettes.
Gold medals have so far been won by James McClenn with thirteen gold medals comprising seven age group gold plus six Junior Finals gold (swum at the end of the sessions); Sadie Lucas has five gold medals; Max Tulloch has three golds, Olivia Lee two golds and Hugo Lane one gold.
Special mention also to Sam Clark in James' category, seven silvers and three bronze, including a silver in the 400 IM with a 9 second personal best.
We had another new medallist on Sunday when Daniella Hoyland won bronze in the 200m back.
Holly Henderson, Maya Semyonova-Hoyland, Zebina George, Zoe Holligan, Max McGarvie, Ross McGarvie, Jack Eden and Matthew Aldred are our rosette winners.
In the overall rankings, Sadie Lucas is 2nd in the girls overall standings with Olivia Lee 11th. In the boys section, James McClenn is 4th, Sam Clark 11th.
Finally the overall club positions so far there are 10 clubs competing (including our near rivals) and Wycombe lead both sections;
5. Chesham 262.83
6. Otters 247.5
7. Amersham 229.5
5. Otters 296
7. Amersham 259.5
9. Chesham 57
There are many more photos in the members gallery.
Congratulations to the 2015 club record breakers
On day one of counties, held in Maidenhead, Otters collected
- 13 Golds
- 11 Silver
- 2 Bronze
- 15 rosettes (4-8 place)
Over 20 of our swimmers competed in Maidenhead on Saturday and half of them won either medals or rosettes.
James McClenn (4), Olivia Lee, Max Tulloch (3) and Sadie Lucas (2) all won Gold medals. Sam Clark won 3 Silvers and a Bronze, Hugo Lane and Charley Huggett both won a silver. Sadie also won three Silvers, James one silver and Olivia a bronze.
In the Junior Championships Finals held for all 50m and 100m events, James won 3 Cups whilst Sam won 2 silvers and a bronze.
A fantastic day all round and we do it again on Sunday.