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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.
11/03/15  Well done North Lancs A for a superb performance last night despite key swimmers absent,

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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Rhianna Reports on her Aquathlon Win at Northwich

7 Year old Rhiana Sisson reports on her day at Northwich Aquathlon with her friends Anan and Tom and the COLTS she swims alongside at Otters, Rhys, Lydia and Ffion.
Got up early at seven o clock to set off. On the way Mum got lost had to ask two people how to get there? Finally we got there to meet Anan, sign in get a drink from the burger van.

We put our things in transition then walked round the track with Anan, then went to get ready. I felt nervous but was determined to beat the boys!! My goggles were about to snap so mum quickly ran out to get more. Then I got my chip which was number 8.

The man told us what to do, then we got in the water and after a countdown the whistle went!! I was in the lead in the swimming - I did 2 lengths then got out, the lady said well done, I walked out to transition put my race belt and trainers on and then I was off. I sprinted then I slowed down, making sure the boys weren't catching me, then at the end I sprinted again

I got my medal, snack and drink and the man told me I'd won. I got a picture taken with Anan and Tom then I got changed and we had a picture with the big teddy bear mascot, outside we sat on the grass and ate sausage and chips with all our friends from Otters.

Next it was time to set off home, I fell asleep in the car after what was my favourite aquathon so far!

Rhianna Sisson

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7 year old Rhianna takes the win at Northwich

Carnforth swimmer 7 year old Rhianna Sisson joined her friends from City of Lancaster Triathlon (COLT) this weekend at the Northwich Aquathlon in the Tristart category to take an impressive win with a 50m swim and transition time of 1:27 and a 400m run ti
Carnforth swimmer 7 year old Rhianna Sisson joined her friends from City of Lancaster Triathlon this weekend at the Northwich Aquathlon in the Tristart category to take an impressive win with a 50m swim and transition time of 1:27 and a 400m run time of 2:40. The Tristart category is indented as an introduction to triathlon based events for 8-9 year olds and this result builds on two super performances at the Salt Ayre and Kendal Aquathlons over the last few weeks. Also competing in the Tristart category was Anna Tiger Clark and Tom Adamson both of whom performed superbly. Congratulations also to Carnforth swimmer Rhys Ashton who once again took the win in Tristar 1 despite a problematic transition, Lydia Shenton with an impressive 2nd place in Tristar 2 and Ffion Ashton with a 5th place in Tristar 3.

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Otters Notices
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.
Blackpool Rocks - Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd May. Open for Entries see Further Details and Entry Form
Northwich Junior Aquathlon, Sun 3rd May open for entries. Also OUR OWN Salt Ayre Junior Triathlon Sunday 21st June. see NW Junior Series
New dates for 2015 - see "Competition Diary" for North Lancs, Microleague and Triathlon North West fixtures. Note different Age census dates for N. Lancs, Microleague and Age Group team selection
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