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27/04/15  Superb 1st place for Micro B team yesterday and Micro A team an excellent 3rd place with 125 points you guys are fantastic young swimmers!
28/03/15  Fantastic swimming tonight from our Microleague A and B teams. Two 2nd places achieved with style
19/03/15  Good luck to Mary Hodgson who will represent Great Britain at the Quarteira ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup on Saturday.



Times Tumble at Kendal

After only 4 weeks of training since the summer break, our swimmers excelled at the one day Ulverston Graded Meet with outstanding performances from all age groups, especially our younger swimmers Hannah and Maia who competed for the first time.

Carnforth Otters have achieved some exceptional results in their first early season meet in Kendal.  Expectations where not high given only 4 weeks of training competed since the summer break but personal best times toppled and the medals rolled in.

13 year olds Alex Livingston and Aimee Banks both went under 1:12 for their 100 backstroke and together with Hannah Edwards, dominated the 100m event with 2 of the top 3 places with Aimee taking gold with a time of 1:04.31. Meanwhile, 14 year old Holly Salisbury continued to build on the  form that took her to 2014 nationals with a win in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1:02.12 with Emily Reay coming in second.  Emily also took Gold on the 100 fly with a time of 1:11.51. For the boys, William Ritchie, a National Breastroke and Freestyle swimmer turned his hand to fly taking gold with a time of 1:07.39 and Danny Davies delivered the fastest 100m Breastroke time of the day with a time of 1:14.87. 13 year old Chris Stainton, also performed well for early season achieving silver in 100 free (1:03.15).

At the younger end, Connor White put in the best 100m Breastroke time of the day for the 11 year old age group with a time of 42.27 with Charles Moore taking bronze in 50m fly and personal best times in all his events.  10 year old Alice sands continued her return to form after illness with personal best times in all events she competed in and a bronze medal in 50 Breaststroke of 45.28. 10 year old Rhys Ashton also showed early promise for 2015 age groups with improvements in technique delivering 3 bronze medals and top 5 positions in all events and 9 year old Ellie Howley, in only her 2nd gala once again showed herself as a champion of the future with top 3 positions in 50m fly, Breastroke and freestyle.  For  9 year olds Hannah McMillan and Maia Bishop, this was their first gala. Both girls swam superbly laying down times to beat at age groups with Hannah taking ribbons for a 4th and two 5th places.

Well done also to Tomas Dugdale, Kiera Richmond, Hannah Ritchie, Connor Salisbury and Connor Sisson who all swam solid times to build on at 2015 age groups.

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17 Otters in Winning NW Triathlon Team

The COLT team that has won the NW Club Championship 2014 included 17 Carnforth Otters Swimmers out of the 20 strong team. A fantastic achievement and experience for our young Otters

Last Sunday, Triathlon Clubs from across the North West Region including Mersey Tri, Manchester Tri, Chester, Carlisle, Bolton Triathlon clubs, Tri Team Wigan, Arragon’s and Tri Lakeland all came together to race for the 2014 club title. None could match the sheer strength and determination of COLTs juniors. With a minimal strength team of 8-13 year olds and missing all the clubs 14-18 year old athletes, COLT took the title winning by 26 points and pushing Mersey Tri into second place overall and the NW academy hub, Tri team Wigan into third.

10 Year old Rhys Ashton led the way in the points table with a decisive win in the Tristar 1 race which also delivered young Rhys the 2104 individual title for the 2014 race series.  Thomas Dowthwaite took third place, Lewis Trowse 14th and Luke Leadbeatter 19th.  The 8 year old Tristart boys where magnificent, racing as a team with a sprint finish that gave Archie Honeysett 2nd place, Annan Tiger Clarke 4th and George Wilby 5th.  The 8 year old girls, both good swimmers but new to bike racing also performed well with Rhianna Sisson taking 3rd place and Alexandra Craven 10th.

Moving on to Tristar 1 girls, the points table was looking positive for COLT’s so it was now down to the girls to keep the points rolling in. 9 year old Kirsty Maher didn’t disappoint and took 9th place with Pippa Darlington taking 17th and Madison Craven 19th. In the longer Tristar 2 and Tristar 3 events for 11-12 year olds and 13-14 year olds respectively the swim distances go up to 200m and 300m and hence favour the strong swimmers.  In Tristar 2, Lydia Shenton once again was superb on the swim and bike but could not hold off Tri Lakelands elite runner Molly Wren and had to settle for second. Sasha Oldham again was solid at the younger end of the Tristar 2 field and took an impressive 8th place. For the boys, Thomas Dugdale and Jake Edwards raced hard to take 12th and 13th place respectively.  In Tristar 3, Hannah Edwards, Steph Driscoll and Ruby Frankland provided the icing on the cake with a brilliant 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

For a small club to achieve this title against the giants, Mersey Tri, Manchester Tri and Tri Team Wigan is a testament to the athletes but also the coaches especially Mark Smith from Carnforth Otters who has put many hours into supporting COLT juniors and Graham Hodgson from Lancaster & Morecambe Athletics who has done a fantastic job coaching the run. COLT now look forward to 2015 as NW Club Champions 2014 and would also like to thank EDF energy for their support.

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Ellie, Alex and Chris take GOLD at Salford

Some super swims, especially from 9 year old Ellie Howley who in her first gala took gold in the 200 IM with a time of 3:34.46 and Bronze in 50 Fly (47.50) and 50m Breastroke (51.50). Golds also from Alex Livingston and Chris Stainton
Full results on Salford Results. Some super swims especially 12 year old Alex Livingston with a 100 fly of 1:15.63, 200 BR 3:06.28 and 200BK 2:42.16 and 100FR 1:08.28. Also 13 year old Chris Stainton took the 50 BR title in 38.51 and in 100FR in 1:02.28. Well done also to Connor Salisbury, Rhys Ashton, Lydia Denby, Ffion Ashton, Kiera Richmond, Hannah Ritchie, Connor White, Ella Mousley and Alice Sands for some great swims.

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World Class from Josh, Rachel and Jess

Carnforth Otters swimmers, 16yr Josh Thompson, 14yr old Jess Shatford and 18yr old Rachel Ritchie have all made the finals against Olympians at the International Meet in Manchester with Josh taking Silver medal in the 100 BR with a time of 1.05.44

This was 14 year old Jess Shatford's first experience at senior level and she managed to hold her nerve and swim right on her personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke heats to win a place in the Junior women's (16 and under) final. Coming back the following morning to all the pomp and ceremony of a final, Jess had a brilliant swim in a closely fought race, finishing in 7th position in a time of 35.42. This was an excellent result and bodes well for Jess's future in the pool.

16 year old Josh Thompson's first event was the 50m Breaststroke where he clocked an incredible personal best time of 29.53. This was not only fast enough to secure a place in the Junior men's (18 and under) final , it ranks as the fastest in Britain in his age group and takes him into the European junior rankings for the first time, in 7th position.

Lining up for the final the following morning, Josh held his form and put in another sub 30 second time of 29.69 to finish in the Bronze medal position. This was followed with an equally impressive swim in the 100m Breaststroke heats, winning a place in the final with a personal best time of 1.05.93. Josh then managed to shave off a further half second in the final to come home in the Silver medal position with a blistering 1.05.44, another British number one time.

18 year old Rachel Ritchie narrowly missed a place in the Open final of the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1.13.55, but she progressed easily to the final of the 50m Breaststroke with an excellent swim of 33.13. The final was a very close race where Rachel put in another excellent performance of 33.34, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place.

Rachel also swam the Breaststroke leg in the 4 x 100m Medley relay team with fellow swimmers from City of Manchester, Jess Fullalove on Back, Georgia Barton on Fly and Olympian Jess Lloyd on Free. In a neck and neck race with Plymouth Leander, the Manchester A team were just pipped at the post into 2nd place with a time of 4.13.05. This was enough to win the girls £400 in prize money which they were eager to go off and spend!

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Micro A Race The Top Teams In The NW

Well done to all Micro A swimmers for a superb performance against the strongest teams in the area Preston, Leyland and Southport. All put 100% into their swims and there was a great team atmosphere. Many strong PB's and wins on our individual swims
Well done to all Micro A swimmers for a superb performance against the strongest teams in the area Preston, Leyland and Southport. All put 100% into their swims and there was a great team atmosphere. Many strong PB's and wins on our individual swims. A 3rd place is a great result against these teams. A special mention for Ace, Hayden and Alice who are in the top 10 stats in addition to All our boys relay teams. A big thanks to Paul & Susan for a great job this year

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National Success for Otters

Five of our swimmers, Holly Salisbury (13), Rachel Ritchie (18), Josh Thompson (16), William Ritchie (15) and Jess Shatford (14) competed at the British Gas National Championships at Pond's Forge in Sheffield in August, An honour reserved for the top 1% o

Five of our swimmers competed at the British Gas National Championships at Pond's Forge in Sheffield in August.

This was 13 year old Holly Salisbury's first time qualifying for these Championships and she held her nerve to produce an excellent PB of 1.01.91 in the 100m Freestyle to finish in 22nd place.

In her second year at Nationals, Jess Shatford (14) competed in the 100m Breaststroke and the Open 50m Breaststroke events. Both of her swims were right on her PB with times of 1.17.71 (28th) and 35.29 (95th) resp.

This was also 15 year old William Ritchie's second year at Nationals. Qualifying for the 15/16 yrs 200m Breaststroke, William had a strong swim, finishing 27th with a PB of 2.31.10

16 year old Josh Thompson had a full week of competition. In his first event, the 100m Breaststroke, Josh progressed through the heats and semis into the final, finishing 4th, narrowly missing a medal by 4/100ths of a second with an incredible PB of 1.04.78.

Next up was the 100m Freestyle and a PB of 54.16 (31st), followed by the Open 50m Breaststroke finishing 19th in a time of 30.12 A disqualification in the 200m Breaststroke after a superb swim was a huge disappointment, but with true determination, Josh brushed himself off for the 50m Freestyle on the final day. With no room for error, Josh produced PBs in the heats and semis to win a place in the final. With only a touch separating all the swimmers in a fantastic race, Josh pulled out another PB of 24.14 to finish in 6th place.

In her last National Championships before heading off to Stirling University, Rachel Ritchie (18) also had a number of events during the week's competition: A great swim of 33.60 (19th) was close to Rachel's PB in the 50m Breaststroke, a good start to the week. Next was the 200m Breaststroke which saw Rachel produce excellent swims close to her PB (2.37.23) in the heats and semis to achieve a place in the finals and finish in 8th position. A DQ at the start of the 100m Breaststroke was a huge disappointment for Rachel, but just like Josh, she dug deep to come back to swim in the team relays with City of Manchester. Up against the likes of Plymouth Leander, the Manchester relay teams put in strong performances to finish in 34th place (4.04.12) in the Freestyle event and 14th (4.24.61) in the Medley relay

The National Championships signalled the end to a hugely successful season for Carnforth Otters, with many memorable and impressive performances by individuals as well as the Micro, North Lancs and Arena league teams.

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Sarah Selected for Team GB

Carnforth Otter Swimmer Sarah Hodgson has been selected for the GB Junior Triathlon Team following a superb performance at the Blenheim Triathlon. Sarah will compete this week in the 2014 European Triathlon Union Junior Championships in Austria.

The British Triathlon Super Series brings together the UK's most prestigious triathlons giving crowds of spectators the chance to watch Elite athletes and mass fields at the same event. Blenheim triathlon saw the Senior Elite triathletes race with the Junior Elites in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace. In addition the first two Junior finishers were guaranteed selection for the Great Britain Junior team competing in the 2014 European Triathlon Union Junior Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

In the elite female race eighteen year old Junior Triathlete, Sarah Hodgson, came out of the 750m lake swim just behind the first bunch of athletes and quickly settled into the second group of riders on the road. Throughout the 40K ride around the grounds of Blenheim palace the first group of riders, which included two juniors, kept away and so Sarah entered transition for a second time as the third placed junior. Sarah quickly settled into the 5k run and overtook one of the Juniors in the front bunch to finish 2nd Junior and 6th overall in the race. As a result she will form part of the GB Junior team travelling to the European Championships next week.

Beau Smith returning to form from injury was equally impressive in the elite men's race. Exiting the water he settled into the leading bike group from where a solid run with a strong finish secured him in 7th position overall.

As well as being members of the City of Lancaster Triathlon Club both athletes are based at Leeds University and train with the Leeds Triathlon Squad. They would also like to acknowledge the support of Mark Smith, Head Coach at Carnforth Otters and Colin Gemson, Endurance coach at Lancaster & Morecambe AC in preparing them for this event.

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Young Otters Can Run

Otters youngsters were out in force at the Blackpool Aquathlon with George Wilby taking Gold, Annan Tiger Clarke Silver, Tom Adamson Bronze and Joe Martin 4th place in the Tristart race this weekend. Rhys Ashton took Gold in Tristar 1

Young COLT Triathletes, all member of Carnforth Otters ASC where out in force this weekend for the Blackpool Junior Aquathlon. In the Tristart competition that involved a 50m swim and 400m run, our athletes took the first 4 places. With George Wilby taking Gold, Annan Tiger Clarke Silver, Tom Adamson Bronze and Joe Martin just 3 seconds behind in 4th place.

In Tristart 1 Rhys Ashton took Gold again after being pushed hard by Frazer Cooke from Southport Swimming Club. Rhys swan 150m and ran 1200m with a winning time of 7:12. In Tristar 3 Ben Winterburn achieved his best result of the season with a superb Silver medal coming in with a time of 16:46.

Well done also to Lydia-Louise Shenton who took Bronze in Tristar 2 girls with a time of 12:59 and Sasha Oldham, Harry Booth, Kirsty Maher, Madisson and Alexandria Craven, Jack Collet and Will Howard also put in excellent performances.

These results secure for Rhys and Lydia top positions in the North West Championship although the season is still young with most of the triathlons still to come.

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Sarah & Mary Take Gold and Silver at the British Junior Aquathlon Championships

Carnforth Otters sisters Sarah and Mary Hodgson take an incredible Gold and Silver at the British Junior Aquathlon Championship in Hyde Park, London this weekend. Congratulations to both our swimmers for this amazing achievement.

The British Junior Aquathlon Championships took place at Hyde Park, London as part of the PruHealth ITU World Championship Series on Saturday. The young athletes competed on the course as the crowds started lining the course ready for elite senior events. On a glorious day the athletes competed over the swim-run course (750m swim/5km run).

In the girls’ event, the early pace in the swim was set by a lone swimmer with a small bunch including Sarah Hodgson chasing her down. The next bunch of swimmers included younger sister Mary Hodgson. By the exit of the swim the first three swimmers had formed a group and Sarah exited the water in second place. Mary was out the water in 4th place just over 30 seconds behind her sister. A quick transition meant that Sarah took an early lead which she extended throughout the 3 lap run. At the end of the first lap Mary was still in 4th but with the third placed runner in her sights she quickly moved into third. As she turned into the final lap she moved into second place holding onto a small lead from the third placed athlete throughout the third lap. So the podium was a family affair and saw Sarah Hodgson (27:59) take gold and Mary Hodgson Silver(30:19).

Sarah commented, "My swim was the weaker part so I was surprised to come out of the water with the leaders. From there it was just a question of running to bring it home. It's amazing to be able to do it on the Olympic course and the atmosphere is great for it.”

Both girls are members of the City of Lancaster Triathlon Club. Sarah, who is based at Leeds University, trains with the Leeds Triathlon Centre, however during the holiday trains in Lancaster with Mary. Both girls would like to thank Mark Smith from Carnforth Otters and Colin Gemson from Lancaster & Morecambe AC for helping to prepare them for this event.

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Otters Rock in Blackpool

With only a week to go before the North West Regional Championships, many Carnforth Otters swimmers elected to use the Blackpool Rocks weekend for training but those who did race certainly turned some heads.

With only a week to go before the North West Regional Championships, many Carnforth Otters swimmers elected to use the Blackpool Rocks weekend for training but those who did race certainly turned some heads. Please see Rocks Results for the official results for the weekends racing.

New girl 13 year old Holly Salisbury who has only been training with Carnforth Otters for 3 months claimed no fewer than 6 gold medals. This meet, has shown that Holly has a bright future under Carnforth's Performance Program. "I have really enjoyed the last few months training with the Otters and although the program is tough, I have seen this weekend how much I have improved". Holly knocked 12 seconds of her 400 Free time, 4 seconds of her 200 Free, 5 seconds off her 200 Backstroke with PB's for all other events. Holly will race again next weekend at North West Regionals.

Also bringing home 5 Gold medals was 13 year old Christopher Stainton with a solid PB in the 50m Freestyle of 28:43. Emily Reay who trains at both Kendal and with Carnforth Otters T-squad on this occasion represented Kendal ASC bringing home the top 14 year old girl award in the bagcats, 6 gold medals and 2 Silvers with PB's in 5 of her events. Emily will also join her friends at Otters at North West Regionals next weekend.

At the younger end, the participation was focused around a group of swimmers developing for level 2 competitions in 2014/15. Achieving impressive gains and a further gold plus 4 silver medals was 11 year old Thomas Dugdale who knocked 10 seconds of his 200 IM time, 3 seconds off his 100 Backstroke, 4 seconds off his 100 Fly, 3 seconds off his 200 Free and 3 seconds of his 100 Free. 13 year old Ben Winterburn also demonstrated a massive improvement by swimming a 2:30 for his 200 Free. 10 seconds faster than 6 months ago.

Further impressive gains where achieved by 12 year old Mathew Crabtree, knocking 7 seconds of his 200 Free time since January with PB's in all other events. 11 year old Kiera Richmond achieved PB's in all her races, Connor Salisbury with PB's in every event including a 5 second gain in his 100m Fly and Connor White who knocked 8 seconds off his 200m Breastroke. 9 and 10 year old Rhys Ashton and George Cookson went head to head in several events, both smashing their 200 Free times with major gains on their Breastroke. Also bringing home Bronze medals was Richard Mead for 50m Backstroke and Ffion Ashton for 50m Fly. Richard also smashed his 200m Free time with a 10 second PB and a 2 seconds gain on his 100 free. In the 400m Freestyle, 12 year old Hannah Ritchie, 11 year old Sunni Rich and 12 year old Lydia Denby all produced fantastic swims. Lydia also knocked 8 seconds of her 200IM time and 7 seconds off her 200 Fly.

Well done also to Alice Sands who returned to competition following illness and both William Mead and Lydia Shenton who both knocked a considerable time of their 200 backstoke.

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There will be NO training Good Friday (3rd April), Saturday (4th April) or Bank Holiday Monday (6th April). Training will continue as normal on Easter Sunday (5th April) and throughout the rest of the holidays.
City of Salford Summer Spectacular -18th - 19th July - Further details to follow.
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Northwich Junior Aquathlon, Sun 3rd May open for entries. Also OUR OWN Salt Ayre Junior Triathlon Sunday 21st June. see NW Junior Series
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