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10/04/14  See Rachel compete at the British Gas Championships Thursday 10/4 am and Sunday 13/4 am on Live Stream
17/03/14  Congratulations to Josh Thompson and Jessica Shatford for achieving National Qualifying times at County’s this weekend.
16/03/14  Congratulations to Alex, Thomas, Danny, Jessica, Josh, Rachel and William who all came back with medals from County’s this weekend.



An Interview with Sofia Cuquerella

Charlotte Dent reports on 13 year old Sofia Cuquerella who is visiting from Valencia, Spain. Sophia is staying with a host family, attending Heysham School and swims with Carnforth Otters during her stay and has made many friends since her arrival.
Young Spanish swimmer Sofia Cuquerella, 13, is currently on a placement in England, staying with a host family and attending Heysham School. Sofia joined Otters when she arrived in the area and has quickly fitted into the Club making friends with Amie Turner, Jess Shatford and myself.

Sofia is from Valencia Spain, a large city lots going on. She found the journey to England exciting, not knowing who would meet her at the airport or what her host family would be like! School in Britain is quite different to school in Spain: At home, school hours are 8am to 5.30pm with a 3 hour lunch break! Although Sofia studies fewer subjects in Spain, she gets more homework and has more exams there. She is finding Science lessons here more enjoyable - being able to work in the labs, rather than just from a text book makes it much more interesting.

Sofia's swimming club in Valencia is about the same size as Carnforth Otters. She trains 5 or 6 times per week, all 2 hour sessions. Sofia is amongst 15 swimmers at her Club who competed at the Spanish National Championships. Her main events are 100m Breaststroke (1.21.00) and 100m Freestyle (1.07.00) Sofia is really enjoying her time in England and her training with Otters. She is learning a lot from Mark and finds that his programmes are much more interesting than the 2 hour sessions in Spain!

Charlotte Dent

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North West Region Winter Championships, 2013, Manchester


Excellent performances from our three swimmers at this year's Championships which was a long course meet for the first time in several years. A tough time in the winter training programme to be swimming back to back long course races, but Willia

Excellent performances from our three swimmers at this year's Championships which was a long course meet for the first time in several years. A tough time in the winter training programme to be swimming back to back long course races, but William, Josh and Rachel worked very hard to produce some great results which included a PB from William in every event:

16 & Under: William Ritchie (15) 50 Breast 32.69 PB 7TH IN FINAL 400 Free 4.24.75 PB 4TH IN FINAL 200 Breast 2.37.24 PB 200 Free 2.05.79 PB 100 Breast 1.12.35 PB 7TH IN FINAL Josh Thompson (15) 50 Breast 31.20 PB SILVER IN FINAL 100 Free 56.97 PB 200 Breast 2.34.27 5TH IN FINAL 50 Fly 27.87 PB 100 Fly 1.02.70 PB 100 Breast 1.10.25 BRONZE IN FINAL 200 IM 2.17.17 PB 50 Free 25.48 PB 4TH IN FINAL Open: Rachel Ritchie (17) 50 Breast 33.98 BRONZE IN FINAL 100 Free 1.02.07 200 Breast 2.45.70 50 Fly 30.92 PB BRONZE IN FINAL 100 Breast 1.14.77 BRONZE IN FINAL 200 IM 2.28.40 PB 50 Free 28.00 PB BRONZE IN FINAL

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Blackpool Level 3 Meet Race Report

17 Carnforth Otters swimmers competed at the Blackpool Level 3 returning with 24 speeding tickets 13 Gold medals, 8 Silver medals and 2 Bronze.
Following a fantastic start to the season for Carnforth Otters with both a new world record from Sophie Casson in the 400m freestyle masters and a new World Champion in Sarah Hodgson for the U19 Biathle, 17 young Otters descended on Palatine pool in Blackpool to smash their personal bests and set new targets for their next round of competitions.

The competition at Blackpool is very popular and being a level 3 excludes the fastest swimmers in the area so as to give youngsters new to the sport or those who are still learning the basics a chance to win medals. Also for many Carnforth Otters swimmers who have recently been improving, the competition provided an opportunity to put their skills to the test and establish some targets for the larger age group competition in January. It also provided an opportunity to swim alongside their friends from other clubs including Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club, Preston ASC, Garstang ASC and Blackpool Aquatics.

There were some superb performances across the team with 15 year old Lydia Westbury, 12 year old Alex Livingstone, 9 year old Alice Sands and 12 year old Ben Winterburn, winning medals in every event or in some cases swimming faster than the published fastest qualifying times resulting in "speeding tickets" the ultimate goal for these young swimmers. A special mention should also be made of 13 year old Inez Little and 9 year old Rhys Ashton who competed for the first time and 11 year old Lydia Denby who braved the 200m Butterfly, the hardest event for a young swimmer to compete in. In total our young otters won 24 speeding tickets 13 Gold medals, 8 Silver medals and 2 Bronze.

Mention should also be made of a number of Otters posting the fastest times in the competition. 10 year old Connor Sisson and 12 year old Ffion Ashton both went fastest over 50m freestyle in their respective age groups. Connor posted a time of 35.23 and Ffion 32:07. In the 12 year old 200 Individual Medley, Alex Livingstone, achieved the fastest time of 2:50.56 and Lydia Westbury went quickest in the 14 and over 100m Freestyle at 1:06.26. Finally, quickest event times were also logged by Lydia Denby, (3.15.93) in the 11 year old 200m Butterfly and Lydia Shenton (2:41.51) in the 11 years old 200m Freestyle. Well done also to James Moore, William and Richard Mead, Grace Gladwinfield, Kiera Richmond and Sarah Bellamy who all exceeded their personal bests.

LYDIA WESTBURY 15 50 free : 30.11, gold pb 100 free - 1:06.26, gold 200 free : 2:25.97, silver 50 - fly - 33.20 gold 100 fly : 1.15.51 silver 200 IM : 2.45.96 silver pb
FFION ASHTON 12 50 free : 32.07, speeding ticket pb 100 free : 1:11.57, speeding ticket pb 200 free : 2:38.17, 4th pb 100 back : 1:19.10, speeding ticket pb 200 back : 2:55.71, 5th pb 50 fly : 35.71, speeding ticket pb 100 fly- 1:26.32 gold pb
AMY MONKHOUSE 12 100 free : 1:12.88, speeding ticket pb 200 free : 2:38.55, 5th pb
ALEX LIVINGSTONE 12 50 back : 36:96, speeding ticket pb 100 back : 1.19.97 speeding ticket pb 200 back : 2.49.42 speeding ticket pb 50 fly : 36.53 speeding ticket pb 100 fly : 1.20.42 speeding ticket pb 200 IM - 2.50.56 speeding ticket pb 50 breast : 43.60 silver pb 100 breast : 1.34.81 bronze pb 200 breast : 3.19.79 gold pb
INEZ LITTLE 13 first gala 100 free : 1:13.44, 4th
LYDIA DENBY 11 50 free : 34.44, 4th pb 50 back : 39.92, speeding ticket pb 100 back : 1:26.92, gold pb 50 fly : 37.35, speeding ticket pb 100 fly : 1:25.94, speeding ticket pb 200 fly : 3:15.93, speeding ticket pb 50 breast : 47.08, pb 100 breast : 1:41.11, bronze pb 200 breast : 3:32.54, silver pb
LYDIA SHENTON 11 50 free : 34:17 gold pb 100 free - 1:14.36, speeding ticket pb 200 free : 2:41.51, speeding ticket, pb 50 back : 41.57, 4th, pb 100 back : 1:29.23, 4th pb 200 back : 3:08.08, silver pb 200 IM : 3:09.42, speeding ticket 50 fly : 39.04, gold pb 100 fly : 1:37.98, pb 50 breast : 47.94, pb 100 breast : 1:43.45, pb 200 breast : 3:39.37, pb
KIERA RICHMOND 11 50 breast : 46.18, pb 100 breast : 1:43.55 200 breast : 3:36.21
GRACE GLADWINFIELD 12 50 Breast : 45.15, 5th pb 100 breast -1:42.50, pb
SARAH BELLAMY 10 50 breast : 54.91, pb 100 IM, 1:38.31
ALICE SANDS 9 100 IM : 1:38.73, speeding ticket pb 200 Breast : 3:54.73, speeding ticket pb 50 fly : 47.92 gold pb
RICHARD MEAD 12 50 fly : 37.94, silver pb 100 fly - 1:27.43, silver pb 200 IM : 3:07.18 speeding ticket pb 50 breast : 47.69, pb 100 breast : 1:45.76, pb 50 free : 32.38, speeding ticket pb 100 free : 1:12.64, speeding ticket pb 200 free : 2:39.27, speeding ticket pb
BEN WINTERBURN 12 50 free : 32.13 speeding ticket pb 100 free : 1:14.29, gold, pb 200 free : 2:41.35, gold pb 50 back : 37.16, gold pb JAMES MOORE 12 50 free : 36.48, pb 100 free : 1:22.43, pb
CONNER SISSON 10 50 back, 45.06 200 back - 3:19.96, speeding ticket 50 fly, 44.12 50 free : 35.23, speeding ticket pb 200 free : 2:59.75, speeding ticket. 100 IM : 1:31.10, speeding ticket pb 200 breast : 3:51.84, 5th pb 50 breast, 52.14
WILLIAM MEAD 10 50 back : 43.07, silver pb 200 back : 3:26.65, 4th pb 200 free : 3.04.90
RHYS ASHTON 9 First gala 50 free - 40.10, gold pb 200 free : 3.16.85 speeding ticket pb 50 back - 47.46, 4th pb 50 breast : 54.26 6th pb

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SALFORD POTENTIAL OLYMPIANS- 2/3 NOVEMBER

A great weekend's racing at Salford, where young swimmers Alice Sands and Connor White exceled themselves and Alice placed in the top 5 and achieved a PB in every event she entered.
A great weekend's racing at Salford, where young swimmers Alice Sands and Connor White exceled themselves and Alice placed in the top 5 and achieved a PB in every event she entered.

Alex Livingstone put in a special appearance to swim the 400m Freestyle for the first time and cam within 2 seconds of a Regional QT, whilst Sam Timpany brushed off his racing shorts to give a good account of himself. Toa Smith swam close to his PBs in every event and Josh Thompson qualified for the 'Skins' and finished a very close second in a tightly fought contest, bagging himself some prize money along the way.

ALICE SANDS (9) 50 BREASTSTROKE 48.21 GOLD PB 200 BREASTSTROKE 3.49.97 GOLD PB 50 BACK 45.10 SILVER PB 50 FREESTYLE 37.18 5TH PB 50 FLY 46.39 BRONZE PB
CONNOR WHITE (10) 50 BREASTSTROKE 46.20 BRONZE PB 100 FREESTYLE 1.27.56 8TH 200 BREASTSTROKE 3.39.14 BRONZE PB
ALEX LIVINGSTONE (12) 400 FREESTYLE 5.13.94 6TH PB 15 & OVER
TOA SMITH (15) 200 IM 2.31.36 9TH 100 FREESTYLE 1.02.22 10TH 100 FLY 1.08.14 6TH 400 FREESTYLE 4.47.01 4TH
JOSH THOMPSON (15) 200 IM 2.16.75 4TH 50 BREASTSTROKE 31.02 GOLD 100 FREESTYLE 56.95 4TH 200 BREASTSTROKE 2.30.18 GOLD 100 FLY 1.03.33 BRONZE 400 FREESTYLE 4.25.88 BRONZE 50 BACK 29.89 BRONZE 50 FREESTYLE 25.22 SILVER
SAM TIMPANY (17) 200 IM 2.24.41 7TH 50 BREASTSTROKE 31.28 SILVER 100 FREESTYLE 59.51 7TH 100 FLY 1.02.91 SILVER

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Otters race in National Inter County Team Championships

Four Otters swimmers represented their County in one of the swimming calendar's most hard fought competitions at Ponds Forge Sheffield, on 20th October.
Four Otters swimmers represented their County in one of the swimming calendar's most hard fought competitions at Ponds Forge Sheffield, on 20th October.

In the Inter County Team Championships, the UK's 39 counties and regions compete in two divisions in a fast paced, short course meet which brings together the country's top young swimmers. 13 year old Emily Reay represented Cumbria, competing in the final event, the mixed 6 x 50m Freestyle relay and helped the team finish 5th in this race with PB of 28.27. In the 2nd division, Cumbria fought neck and neck against strong competition right from the first event of the day, finally finishing 4th behind Warickshire, Essex and Leicestershire.

Meanwhile, 13 year old Jess Shatford, 15 year old Josh Thompson and 17 year old Rachel Ritchie were all representing Lancashire, Premier division champions for the last 11 years! Jess had a strong swim in the 100m Breaststroke, finishing 7th with a PB of 1.16.12, and also swam the Breaststroke leg (35.36) in the Medley relay to help her team finish 6th. Josh flew off the blocks in his 100m Breaststroke to hold off the competition and finish 1st with a massive PB of 1.05.18. Josh's Breaststroke leg (29.42) in the Medley relay helped his team to secure first position in an incredible team performance. Rachel continued her recent fine form with a 3rd place and a PB of 1.09.88 in her 100m Breaststroke event. Rachel was in good company, finishing just behind Olympian Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and British Age Group record holder Sophie Taylor.Ponds Forge 800.jpg Rachel's Breaststroke leg (32.29) in the Medley Relay helped her team to secure 1st place in another outstanding performance. Taking an early lead in the morning, Lancashire held off Yorkshire, Middlesex and Cheshire to be crowned Champions for the 12th successive year- an amazing achievement!

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Sophie breaks World Record!

Carnforth swimmer Sophie Casson drew the curtains on the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2013 in style, posting a new World Record time of 4:15.74 in the 25-29yrs 400m Freestyle.
Carnforth swimmer Sophie Casson drew the curtains on the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2013 in style, posting a new World Record time of 4:15.74 in the 25-29yrs 400m Freestyle. (ASA News Article) Sophie has been back training with Otters since she retired 2 1/2 years ago, and this is her first competitive meet since then. Smashing the old record by 3.5 seconds, Sophie was delighted by her performance.

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Sarah’s World Championship success in Cyprus

[img]http://www.carnforthotters.co.uk/galleryimages/Sarah Biathle.JPG[/img]A team of athletes from Britain headed to Limassol in Cyprus in September to compete in the World Biathle Championships. The format for the Biathle is a continuous run / swim / run event over distances that vary depending on age category. The competition this year attracted teams from 37 nations worldwide and continues to grow in popularity. All the athletes selected to represent their country had qualified at the British Championships held in August at Salford Quays. The Youth A and Junior ladies categories were combined into a single race in which Sarah Hodgson competed in the Youth A (17 and 18 year old category). The running class of Sarah saw her build a lead together with GB fell runner Caroline Lambert over the first 1500m run with a chasing pack behind. Sarah extended her lead in the 200m sea swim and exited for the final run with a solid lead. Sarah crossed the finishing line not only to be crowned U19 world champion but also ahead of the Junior (19-21 year old) athletes. She was also part of the gold winning British U19 team. Sarah, a member of City of Lancaster Triathlon Club, would like to thank her swim coach, Mark Smith at Carnforth Otters together with Colin Gemson, who coaches her at Lancaster & Morecambe AC, for preparing her for this event.

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Ulverston Meet

[img]http://www.carnforthotters.co.uk/galleryimages/Kendal Meet Oct 2013 500.jpg[/img]Eight swimmers from Carnforth Otters recently competed in the Ulverston Open Age Group Meet held in Kendal. Awards were issued for the top 6 places in each event & between them the Otters achieved an impressive 15 awards from the 26 races entered- a fantastic start in the first competition of the season, especially after only 4 weeks of training since the summer break. In the combined age group for 12-13 year olds, Charlotte Dent, 13, was awarded 4th place in 100m Breaststroke & Aimee Banks, 12, awarded 4th in 100m Freestyle, 5th in 100m Backstroke & 6th in 100m Butterfly. 11year old Lydia Shenton received awards for finishing 6th in both 100m Butterfly & 100m Freestyle. Competing in the 10 year old events were Connor Sisson, Sarah Bellamy & Megan Haines. Connor came 3rd in 50m Freestyle, 4th in 100m Individual Medley & 5th in 50m Butterfly. Sarah achieved awards for all her 3 races - 4th in 50m Freestyle, 4th in 50m Butterfly & 5th in Individual Medley. Madison Craven & Alice Sands competed in the 9 year old events. Alice was awarded 4th for 50m Breaststroke, 5th for 50m Backstroke & 6th for 50m Freestyle. Special congratulations to Megan Haines and Maddison Craven who were competing in their first open event. Both of them thoroughly enjoyed themselves and swam brilliantly!

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Josh competes at the UK Schools Games

[img]http://www.carnforthotters.co.uk/galleryimages/Josh school games.jpg[/img]15 year old Josh Thompson represented England North at the UK Schools Games in Sheffield 12-15 September. The Games are an opportunity for elite young athletes from a range of sports to experience living together and competing together as well as being able to watch other athletes at work. Josh thoroughly enjoyed the four day experience staying in the athlete village at Sheffield University and he got a huge amount out of being with the team for that time, both competing and during ‘down time’. They also had time to watch some of the other sports, including table tennis and wheel chair basketball. To top it off, Josh performed superbly in his individual event, the 100m Breaststroke, winning a silver medal which was presented by Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer Ross Davenport. Competing against some of the country’s top swimmers, Josh took over one second off his personal best, to finish with a time of 1.07.31. He also had a great swim in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay event, producing another PB and winning a bronze medal with the team. The England North swim team came 2nd overall, just behind England East. A great result against top level competition from the other three English regions, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the visiting Brazilian National Youth team.

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Jess selected for Lancashire

[img]http://www.carnforthotters.co.uk/galleryimages/Jess 800.jpg[/img]13 year old Jessica Shatford has been selected to represent Lancashire in the National Inter County Championships to be held at Pond's Forge, Sheffield in October. This is the first time that Jess has been selected, and is based on her excellent performance at the National Age Group Championships in July. Jess hopes that the team claim another victory this year, making it 12 in a row! ---------------------------------------------------------------------

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