The Gerrards Cross Fun Run is being held again on Sunday 11th May. There was a great turnout from Otters last time and it would be great to see many there again this year. Entry details are available on the GXFunRun website.
Saturday 24th May - Age Events Night 1
Monday 9th June - Open 800 Free
Saturday 21st June - Age Events Night 2
Saturday 28th June - Open 1500 Free
Monday 7th July - Open 400 Free & 400 IM
Saturday 19th July - Age Events Night 3
At the beginning of January 2014, three swimmers from Senior County were chosen for a two-day training camp; this camp was for multi-event county swimmers from the Berks and Bucks County Region and took place at Crystal Palace in London. Maya Semyonova-Hoyland, Charley Huggett and I were very lucky to be invited to participate in this trip, as well as the other boys and girls from the other eight swimming clubs. The other clubs being Reading, Wycombe District, Amersham, Windsor, Newbury, Chesham, Tilehurst, Maidenhead as well as of course Chalfont Otters.
On Saturday night Otters ventured to Waterlooville for the final round of the 2013 Arena League. Tradition now dictates that Round 3 means fancy dress and this years theme was ‘onesies’. John Hoyland looked particularly fetching in a body hugging shin-revealing black and white number but the prize for co-ordination went to the Finan/Hunn/Huggett/James quartet in a matching ‘lamb with pink scarf and mittens’ ensemble.
Once poolside, things got a little more serious. Otters were in with a chance of promotion and lining up against some very strong teams it wasn’t going to be easy. From the start it was clear that the level of competition had turned up a notch from the first two rounds and after 10 events, Otters were in 4th place behind Guildford, Portsmouth and Alton. We fought hard throughout but with the final eight relay races to go Otters remained in 4th place, trailing Alton by 10 points. 1st and 2nd place were out of sight but 3rd was still a possibility and thanks to some great swims - in particular the Girls 9/11 Medley (2nd), Girls 13/u Freestyle (1st), Boys 15/u Medley (2nd) – we entered the last race neck and neck with Alton.
Then, up stepped Phil Pope to take his place in the Mens Open Freestyle Relay and his place in Otters history. An hour and a half on the coach, 2 hours on the bench. Waiting for his chance. This was his moment. One race. One chance for glory.
Not quite the fairytale ending but Phil and the rest of the team gained 4th, pushing Alton into 5th which meant the final result was:-
1st Guildford – 302
2nd Portsmouth – 300
3rd Alton – 243
4th Otters – 240
A great team performance and a number of PB’s. In addition to the Girls 13/u Medley relay team (Maya, Katie, Charley, Carys), there were 1st places for Sam Clark (2), Sam Phippen (2), Maya and Harvey.
It's unusual but not unheard of for the team finishing in 3rd place to gain promotion so we awaited the calculations on how many teams were to be relegated from Div 1 with interest.
As it happens this year 3rd place does get promoted. Unfortunately it won't be us. Guildford spotted a mistake in the time given their swimmer for an event in Round Three which affected the points scored for that race and therefore the outcome of the gala - and the final league placings. Alton moved up into 3rd pushing us into 4th.
Congratulations to Guildford, Portsmouth and Alton. Well done to Otters - next year we'll be even stronger. It’s also hugely encouraging that a number of our swimmers are able to compete in the same age group next year, providing the prospect of returning in 2014 with a more experience, stronger, faster squad.
16th November 2013
Otters performed brilliantly at this friendly team gala against local rival clubs, including Maidenhead and Amersham.
For many of the team members, this was one of their first team gala experiences and many swam in races that they wouldn't normally get the chance to compete in.
Throughout the evening our young Otters swam brilliantly, many achieving PBs.
At the halfway mark, Otters were placed 2nd behind rivals Maidenhead, with fellow County club Bracknell in third position. However a few vital points were lost in the 2nd half of the gala, resulting in Otters finishing in 3rd position, behind Maidenhead and Bracknell; a respectable result in such a tightly swum gala.
Well done to all those swimmers who took part!
Bracknell - 151
Otters - 144
Amersham - 93
Henley - 57
The Chalfont Otters Swimming Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th November it will start at 7pm and any club members who wish to join are more than welcome. The venue will be the committee room at St Joseph's Church Chalfont St Peter, if you need directions please ask any member of the committee.
Otters produced a battling display on Saturday night resulting in another 2nd place finish. This time it had to be shared with Alton & District as both teams finished on 202 points. Winners Guildford weren’t too far ahead on 213. 3rd place West Wight finished some way behind on 157, narrowly pipping Staines on 156 with Chichester Cormorants trailing in last with 102.
Otters trailed Alton for most of the gala and with a third of the competition gone were 14 points behind. With 8 races to go the deficit had been reduced to 3 points and the final relays were fiercely competitive with Otters and Alton continually trading the odd point with each other. Two races proved decisive – in the Girls 13/u Freestyle Relay Otters gained 6 points to Alton’s 3 and in the following Boys 13/u Medley Relay Otters took 1st while Alton could only manage 4th.
The stats are interesting (honest!): Otters and Alton both achieved ten 1sts. Alton took fourteen 2nds while Otters could only manage eight. 3rd place finishes were the reverse – Otters fourteen, Alton 8. At the other end: 6th places – Alton three, Otters zero. Alton 2 DQ’s, Otters 1 DQ. Proof that as Kelvin always says – every point counts and DQ’s cost you.
Great performances all round – the Otters 1st places were;- Boys 13/u Medley and Freestyle relays (Ross McGarvie, Sam Phippen, Jamie Aldred, Matvey Boguslavsky), Sam Phippen (x2), Harvey James (x2), Sam Clark, Jamie Aldred (x2), Maya Semyonova-Hoyland.