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.
CHALFONT Otters junior swimming team have bounced back into Division One at the first time of asking.
After demotion last year they finished second behind the City of Guildford to ensure they achieved promotion in the Milton Keynes League.
The senior squad have been set a similar challenge and got off to a good start by finishing second overall in the first round of the National Arena League in Portsmouth this week.
Head coach Kelvin Jones said: “I’m so proud of how the younger members of the club performed during this season in the Milton Keynes Junior League.
“Being promoted back to the First Division on their first try is hugely impressive and shows the strength Chalfont Otters is developing.
“They have set a challenge to the older swimmers who are looking to do the same and be promoted back to the First Division of the Arena League on the first attempt. After the first round it is clear they are stepping up to this challenge.”
The team is back in action at Guildford on Saturday, November 9.
The younger swimmers had a fine weekend at the Wycombe Long Course meet on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October with six club records being broken.
Congratulations to Sadie Lucas for setting three 9 year old records; 100 Free, 200 Free and 100 Back, to Olivia Lee for setting two records for 9 year olds; 100 Fly and 100 Breast and to Will Newman for breaking Darrell Baker's 200 Free record for 10 year olds which has stood since 2003.
A good set of PB's were gained and the medal count finished at thirteen gold, twelve silver and six bronze.
The gold medals were won by Lucy Villiers (4), Sadie Lucas (3), Will Newman (2) and one each for Jack Noller, Abbie Hjorring, Olivia Lee and Hugo Lane.
Silver medals went to Olivia Lee (3), Lucy Villiers (2), Emma Button (2), Abbie Hjorring (2) and 1 each for Mimi Bullivant, Will Newman and Sadie Lucas.
Bronze medals went to Jack Eden (2) and one each for Will Newman, Hugo Lane, Emma Button and Mimi Bullivant.
Saturday 7th December
Sunday 8th December
Otters/Apprentice/JCO Parent Meeting
Chalfont St Peter LC
Saturday 14th December
Arena League R3
Sunday 15th December
Club Fun Gala
Saturday 21st December
Hillingdon Long Course
Sunday 22nd December
Chalfont St Peter