This weekend saw some of our younger Otters travel to Bracknell to compete in the 3rd County Development Meet in a bid to qualify for the 2015 County Championships.
21 Otters competed in over 80 swims, and some very credible results followed.
6 County qualifying times were achieved by Emily Sharpe (200 free and 100 IM), Zebina George (200 free), Ella Reid (200 free) and Katie Norris (100 IM and 50 back), and numerous PBs were swum throughout the day. Our young Otters also managed a tremendous haul of 30 medals:
Gold - Matthew Aldred, Ella Reid (2), Abbie Henderson (2), Katie Norris (2), Zebina George and George Mercer.
Silver - Abbie Henderson, Emily Sharpe, Zebina George, Amanda Newman (2), Jack Noller, Erin Tosh, Holly Henderson, Hugo Lane and George Mercer.
Bronze - Ella Reid, Emma Button (3), Emily Sharpe, Tabitha James, Zoe Jackson, Jack Noller (2), Holly Henderson and William Newman. Well done to all who swam!
Keep up the hard work!
Result as announced on the night.
Chalfont Otters finished in a creditable 2nd place on Saturday night after a titanic tussle with Didcot Barramundi.
In an unusual format, Jersey Tigers swam all of the events on Friday at their own pool in order to save travel and accommodation costs. Their times were emailed to the organisers and became known at the end of each race.
On the night, up against the other 6 teams, the Otters won 16 of the 50 heats and suffered 4 DQs, the final scores were as follows;
The result puts Otters in a competitive position just behind Jersey against Farnham, Hart, and Wycombe and Windsor B teams in our push for promotion by the end of the year. It will be tough but it is a good start. Thanks to our swimmers, officials and supporters, what a tremendous atmosphere.
34 of mainly our Junior Otters went to our first competitive meet of the season at the Maxwell Swimming Pool in Aylesbury, it is a fast pool and one that our swimmers perform well in and between them they returned with a healthy haul of medals, too many PB's to mention and eight new club records set.
The event was well run and some Otters parents helped the cause by volunteering their timekeeping skills, thanks to you from us all.
Sadie Lucas took five club records for the 10 and under group in 200m and 400m free, 100m and 200m back and 200m IM and Charley Huggett improved the 12 and under records in 50m free, 200m fly and 200m IM.
There were bronze medals for Hugo Lane, Max McGarvie, Georgina Vane, George Mercer, Grace McCann, Ross McGarvie (3), Sadie Lucas and Olivia Lee (5).
Silver medals were awarded to Emma Button, Holly Henderson, Abbie Henderson (2), Hugo Lane, Amanda Newman, Max McGarvie, Charley Huggett, Ross McGarvie and Sadie Lucas.
Our Gold medal winners were as follows; Grace McCann, Ross McGarvie, Olivia Lee (2), Charley Huggett (3) and Sadie Lucas (7-seven).
Many congratulations to all who swam at Maxwell, not only for your achievements in the pool but also your terrific behaviour and courteous nature in all areas of the facility. As the weekend drew to a close, we received a thank you from the organisers to our swimmers.
A few photos from the 10k Sponsored Swim that took place at Chesham Open Air Pool on Saturday 13th September can be found in the gallery.
05:43 and Kelvin is giving Otters their instructions for the first session at Hillingdon Sports Centre.
A huge well done for the MKJL Team!!!
On Saturday we (31 swimmers, 4 coaches and 8 parents) travelled to Wellingborough to compete in the final round of the 2014 Milton Keynes Junior League. Well done Emma for racing Hugo up to join us!
In the middle gala we faced some strong competition up against Windsor, High Wycombe, Witney, Wellingborough and Maxwell and we managed to secure 3rd place just behind High Wycombe and Windsor.
After the first 12 events we were in 3rd place, after half way we were 2nd place only 5 points away from Windsor, but in the final 9 relays despite our brilliant swims we had two disqualifications (starting too early in the relay) when we lost 8 points. The final scores were:
Our winners were:
Jack Eden - 11 yr old 50m backstroke
Charley Huggett - 12 yr old 50m butterfly
Sadie Lucas - 10 yr 50m backstroke
Georgina Vane - 11 yr butterfly
Abbie Henderson - 9 yr old 25m backstroke
Harry Gibbs - 9 yr 25m backstroke
Zebina George - 12 yr 50m breaststroke
Our team created a brilliant atmosphere, they were loud, cheered and screamed for every swim, face painting was going on throughout the whole gala by Captain Zoe.
On the way home we were delayed due to an unfortunate accident that our bus was involved in. All the swimmers were amazing, well-behaved (interested in what was going on) and patiently waited for the replacement coach which brought us back to Chalfont Leisure Centre around 11.30pm.
Thanks to everyone involved, Andrew J. for judging and Lynette Z. for timekeeping on debut. We have secured mid-table in Division 1 for this year and we will work hard to advance again in 2015. Thanks kids, you did everyone proud.