Latest News:
29/07/14  Click Here for the final North Lancs Swim League Table. Carnforth B Promoted to Div 2. Carnforth A third, Div 1. Fantastic Result for Carnforth Otters
12/07/14  Incredible performance from all North Lancs A and B team swimmers tonight with wins from both teams. Team B win by 20pts that should take them to Div 2 in 2015.
03/07/14  We had 42 swimmers with entries in the Lancaster City meet - if you have requested transfer to the Salford meet - these have now been submitted



Club Records Fall at April Club Gala

Fantastic performance from the clubs swimmers with 143 personal best times and 5 new club records from Mckenzie Ronson-Horrocks (8), Ace Bower (9), Aimee Banks (13), Josh Thompson (16) and Rachel Ritchie (18)
CLUB GALA 1, 26TH APRIL 2014

143 PERSONAL BEST TIMES and 5 new NEW CLUB RECORDS:

  • McKENZIE RONSON-HORROCKS (8), 25M FREESTYLE, 17.01
  • ACE BOWER (9), 25M BACKSTROKE, 18.98
  • AIMEE BANKS (13), 100 BACKSTROKE, 1.10.72
  • JOSH THOMPSON (16), 100 BACKSTROKE, 1.01.37
  • RACHEL RITCHIE (18), 100 FREESTYLE, 58.40

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Further Medal Haul in Cumbria Championships

This year's Cumbria Age Group Championships produced some impressive results from four Otters, Emily Reay, Chris Stainton, Ella Mounsey and Hannah Edwards who live (and are educated) in Cumbria adding to a superb season at County's
Kendal 8/9th March Copeland 15/16th March Carlisle 22nd March

This year's Cumbria Age Group Championships produced some impressive results from four or our swimmers who live (and are educated) in Cumbria. The swimmers, Emily Reay, Chris Stainton, Ella Mounsey and Hannah Edwards entered the championships in confident mood, following months of meticulous preparation and hard work under the watchful eyes of their coaches here at Carnforth Otters.

Emily Reay continues to go from strength to strength and swam really well across the three weekends claiming 7 fabulous PBs with the following set of stunning results:
50m Free 28.62 (PB) 1st in her age group but qualified for the County Championship Final and came 3rd overall with a time of 28.21 (PB), 100m Free 1.03.02 (PB) 3rd in her age group and in the final 1.03.14 3rd, 200m Free 2.20.17 5th, 400m Free 4.54.69 3rd, 50m Butterfly 32.48 (PB) 3rd, 100m Butterfly 1.10.73 (PB) 3rd in her age group and in the final 1.09.69 (PB) 3rd, 200m Butterfly 2.35.27 (PB) 3rd and 100m IM 1.13.66 (PB) 4th.

Chris Stainton swam into excellent form for the competition and came away with 3 second places, 6 third places and a fourth place, collecting an impressive 8 PB's on the way. His full results are below:
50 Free 28.47 (PB) 3rd, 100 Free 1.03.32 (PB) 3rd, 50 Fly 33.71 (PB) 4th, 100 Fly 1.14.81 (PB) 3rd, 50 Breast 38.36 3rd, 100 Breast 1.22.50 2nd, 50 Back 32.79 (PB) 3rd, 100 Back 1.11.18 (PB) 2nd, 100 IM 1.14.65 (PB) 3rd and 200 IM 2.36.89 (PB) 2nd.

Ella Mounsey turned on both speed and style to produce her best results yet at the Championships, with 3 individual seconds and 2 third places, 2team third places in the medley and freestyle relay and a host of well earnt PBs in
200 freestyle 2.24.83 (PB) 2nd place, 400 freestyle 5.07.07 (PB) 2nd place, 50 fly 35.08 4th place, 50 backstroke 35.35 (PB) 4th place, 50 breastroke 41.49 4th place, 200 backstroke 2.41.24 (PB) 3rd place, 100 freestyle heats 1.06.89 final 1.06.60 (PB) 3rd place, 100 breastroke heats 1.29.75 5th final 1.29.80 5th place, 50 freestyle 31.43 (PB) 5th place, 100 fly heats 1.16.42 1st final 1.16.36 (PB) 2nd place and 200 breastroke 3.13.93 6th place.

Hannah Edwards moved up a gear to collect an individual second and third place positions for the first time and smash her PBs in 10 races! She joined Ella in the medley and freestyle relays to claim a third place in a fierce battle between Cockermouth and Ulverston. See results below:
50 freestyle 31.24 (PB) 4th, 100 freestyle 1.07.36 (PB) 4th, 200 freestyle 2.28.10 (PB) 4th, 400m freestyle 5.12.61 (PB) 3rd, 800 freestyle 10.36.84 (PB) first 12 year old, 50 back 35.57 (PB) medley relay, 100 back 1.18.45 (PB) 3rd, 100 breast 1.26.88 (PB) 2nd, 200 breast 3.06.57 (PB) 3rd and 200 IM 2.53.53 (PB) 4th place.

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County Championship, National Times and Medal Haul

Congratulations to all County swimmers who have competed over the last two weekends. Especially to Jessica & Josh who secured further National Qualifying Times and Alex, Thomas, Danny, Jessica, Josh, Rachel and William who all came back with medals.


This year's long course Championships produced some fantastic results from our younger swimmers competing there for the first time as well our more experienced and older swimmers. Lancashire is the strongest county for swimming in Great Britain and to get qualifying times for this event is an achievement in itself. To go to this event and produce these excellent performances against some of the Country's top swimmers is testament to the hard work and dedication of our swimmers and coaches.

Competing for the first time at County level were:Rhys Ashton, Alice Sands, Connor Sisson, Connor White and Ben Winterburn

9 year old Rhys Ashton produced a series of very good swims, finishing in the top 14 in all events.

Sunni Rich (10) had four top ten places in her events.

11 year old Thomas Dugdale performed superbly winning his first County medal (Bronze) in the 100m Freestyle (1.09.65) and finishing in the top 8 in all his events bar one.

Hannah Ritchie (11) and Toa Smith (15) finished in top 20 positions in every event, Charles Moore (11) finished in top 20 positions in every event bar one

Alex Livingstone (12) also won a memorable first County medal (Silver) in the 800m Freestyle (10.36.28) and finished 9th in the 400m Freestyle.

Charlotte Dent (14) swam to an impressive 5th place in the 50m Breaststroke, Aimee Banks (13) finished in the top 10 in 3 events

14 year old Jess Shatford swam exceptionally, achieving two National Qualifying times in the 50m & 100m Breaststroke events and Silver medals in the 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke (35.27, 1.17.09, 2.50.22 resp)

William Ritchie (15) produced some superb results, winning Silver with a very impressive swim in the 400m Freestyle (4.18.67) and Bronze in the 50m (32.54) and 100m (1.10.96) Breaststroke. He also finished in 5th place in the 200m Freestyle and in the top 13 positions in his other events.

Josh Thompson (15) had an outstanding competition achieving National Qualifying Times and Gold/Silver in the 50m (25.01) and 100m (54.86) Freestyle. He also won Gold medals in the 50m (30.44) & 100m (1.07.38) Breaststroke & 200m Freestyle (1.59.90) and Silver in the 50m Backstroke (29.18) and placed 4th/6th in the 50m/100m Butterfly.

Danny Davies (16) won Bronze medals in the 50m (32.76) and 100m (1.16.13) Breaststroke and finished in the top 16 positions in his other events.

Rachel Ritchie (17) swam only 3 events as she is busy preparing for the Commonwealth trials in April. An excellent swim in the 50m Breaststroke (33.92) won her a Silver medal and solid swims in the 50/100m Freestyle events gave her top 20 placing's.

Connor Sisson (10), Kiera Richmond (11), Ffion Ashton (12), Amie Turner (13) and Connor White (11) all did well, finishing in the top 20 in at least one event, whilst Sarah Bellamy (10) and Ben Winterburn (13) produced some solid results.

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GB Squad Selection for Beau

Well done to Beau Smith who has been selected for the GB team to compete at the University World Triathlon Championships in Brazil on the 20th April. Beau is still an active member of our Open Swim Team and recently been training with the Triathlon Squad
Carnforth Otters Open Team swimmer Beau Smith has been selected for the University GB squad to compete at the World University Championships in Brazil on April 20th 2014. For the official announcement see GB Squad Selection.

Beau will join Calum Grant Johnson - Leeds Metropolitan University, Heather Elizabeth Sellars - University of Leeds, Jennifer Alice Manners - Loughborough University, Lucy Smith - Loughborough University, Luke Leslie Watson - Loughborough University, and Samuel Nicholas Wade - Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The competition will involve Olympic Distance that is 1.5Km swim, 40Km bike and 10Km run.

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Otters Retain the Bob Marshall Trophy

Incredible performance at North Lancs Age Groups with 30 swimmers through to County's and 12 through to Regionals, a BAGCAT winner in young Alice Sands and the Bob Marshall trophy for the third year running for winning the Open Championship.
In two weekends of incredible performances, 42 swimmers represented Carnforth Otters at this year's North Lancs Age Groups and Championships in Blackpool. Between them they won 68 prestigious badges for podium places and swam 204 personal best times.
30 of the swimmers have now qualified for the Lancashire County Championships in March and 12 have achieved North West Regional Qualifying times.
Competing for the first time at the Age Groups were 9 year olds Alice Sands, Rhys Aston and George Cookson- all three of them produced some excellent swims across the 4 days- a great start to their swimming careers.
The Open boys (Josh Thompson, William Ritchie & Alasdair Fairhurst) produced a 1,2,3 in the 400m Freestyle with Bill Timpany and Toa Smith finishing 4th and 6th. A very rare occasion to see one Club taking the top three positions in any event.
BAGCAT winners for top overall swimmers in each age group (14 & under) were:
  • Alice Sands (9) 1st
  • Connor Sisson (10) 4th
  • Sunni Rich (10) 6th
  • Aimee Banks (12) 2nd
  • Jess Shatford (14) 3rd
And finally, for the 3rd year in a row, Carnforth won the Bob Marshall Trophy for top performing Club in the Championship events.
Well done to all the swimmers and to the coaching team after a long winter of dedication and hard training to produce these outstanding results!

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Otters Unleash North Lancs B Team

A superb start for the North Lancs B team at Fleetwood with some fantastic swims delivering a second place to Fleetwood A. Well done to all the swimmers and to Fleetwood for their first win of the competition.
What a start for our North Lancs B team at the first league fixture of the season at Fleetwood with many swimmers surprising themselves as to how effective the winter training program has been. With many swimmers at the lower end of their age group, this team shows great promise as many will still swim in the same age group next year and some the year after as well. With superb leadership from Michelle and Carol, our swimmers where bursting with enthusiasm with the first few events delivering some clear wins that unfortunately did not count due to a wee bit of over excitement. Despite this, our swimmers remained focussed and continued to excel with several swimmers including Luc Lavender and Richard Mead pulling out some great swims in their first competition for some time. Well done to Fleetwood A for a well-deserved win and to all our swimmers who behaved impeccably and made the event one of the most exciting for some time.

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English Talent Program Selection for Ben

After a frustrating year marred by injury, Carnforth Otters swimmer, Ben Winterburn has been invited onto the first step of the England Talent Program within Pentathlon GB following a solid swim and run at the British Modern Biathlon Championships
After a frustrating year marred by injury, Carnforth Otters swimmer, Ben Winterburn, finished 2013 on a high by finishing 20th at the British Modern Biathlon Championships in Birmingham. Biathlon consists of a separate run and swim where points are awarded for times achieved in each discipline. Ben achieved the consideration standards set by Pentathlon GB in both events and has been invited onto the first step of The English Talent Programme.

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Club Gala 3 Nov 23rd

6 new Club records broken during the last club gala of the season from: Rhianna Sisson (7), McKenzie Ronson-Horrocks (7), Ace Bower (8) and Connor Sisson (10) together with 165 personal best times across the club. Well done to all Otters swimmers.
Some fantastic swims across all age groups in the last Club gala of the year, especially at the younger end of the Club where it is great to see such potential for the future. There were 165 personal best times recorded during the evening, which included 6 new Club records: Rhianna Sisson (7) 18m Freestyle 13.30 McKenzie Ronson-Horrocks (7) 18m Freestyle 13.46; 18m Backstroke 15.47 Ace Bower (8) 25m Freestyle 17.38; 25m Breaststroke 23.43 Connor Sisson (10) 50m Freestyle 34.01.

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Carnforth Otters Promoted to Arena Premier League

Carnforth Otters achieve a second place in the Arena Division 1 final securing promotion to the Premier Division in 2014. This result puts Otters in the top league of ALL the team based competitions they compete in including Microleague and North Lancs.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed on Saturday 14th December in the Division 1 Arena final. Despite just missing out on the trophy to Ulverston by 10 points, a second place takes the team up to the Premier Division.

Thanks from all the swimmers to Andy, our team manager and Mark for another year of exceptional coaching. Highlights were several duals on both front and back between Sophie Casson and her competitors from Ulverston Otters, the Under 13 boys who were superb, Rachel as always in all her events and William's win by what looked like over half a length in the Breastroke.

This result puts Carnforth Otters in the top league of ALL the team based compeitions they compete in, Arena, Microleague and North Lancs. A staggering achievement for a small club.

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Inter Association 2013, Blackpool

A record number of Carnforth Otters swimmers were selected to represent North Lancs and Cumbria in this year's Inter Association Gala held at Blackpool 30 Nov/1 Dec. Well done to Aimee, Jess , Connor, Thomas, Hannah, Emily, Charlotte and Ella.

8 young swimmers from Carnforth Otters were selected to represent their swimming association in this years Inter Association Competition held at Blackpool 30 Nov/1 Dec.

As always, the standard of the swimming was very high and produced some great results:

NORTH LANCS:
Aimee Banks 100m free 1.05.58, 6th 200m free 2.23.62 7th 100m back 1.13.19 4th
Charlotte Dent 100m breast 1.27.30 10th
Jess Shatford 200m breast 2.47.02 2nd 100m breast 1.16.03 3rd
Thomas Dugdale 50m fly 34.75 4th
Connor Sisson 50m free 34.74 9th
CUMBRIA:
Hannah Edwards 200m fly 3.39.32 10th
Ella Mounsey400m free 5.09.11 11th 200m breast 3.16.43 9th 100m breast 1.30.08 10th
Emily Reay 100m free 1.04.42 8th
Final results:
1. Liverpool & District 868 2. North Lancs 703 3. Manchester & District 471 4. Cumbria 423 5. Central Lancs 414 6. North Midlands 311

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Otters Notices
Dates for the Summer Break
  • Last swim at Heysham: Friday August 1st 2014 (COLT Adult Thursday will continue)
  • Last swim at Salt Ayre: Sunday August 3rd 2014
  • Last swim at the University: Tuesday August 5th 2014
  • last Swim at Carnforth: Friday 18th July 2014
Return to Training
  • Salt Ayre Mon Sept. 1st 2014; Carnforth Mon Sept. 8th; University Tues Sept.9th 2014; Heysham Thurs Sept.11th 2014
Blackpool Junior Triathlon incorporating the Club Championship, Sunday 21st September is now open for entries. Organised by Blackpool Aquatics.

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Put your swimming skills into practice and enjoy some running and cycling all in the same race! Entry deadline 14th September or earlier if the race fills up
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