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25/10/15  Sophie Casson has broken the 400m Free Masters World Record in Sheffield with a time of 4:15.04. Congratulation Sophie on another amazing swim. Read More
23/10/15  Well done to Ella Mounsey and Hannah Edwards who have been selected to represent Cumbria at the Inter-Association Gala.
21/10/15  Well done Alex Livingstone, Aimee Banks, Thomas Dugdale, George Cookson & Alice Sands who have been selected for the North Lancs Inter-County Team.


The North West Team has won the English Schools Championship with Josh competing with the senior team and winning Bronze medals in both the 100m (1.06.34) and 200m (2.25.19) individual Breaststroke events and Bronze with the Medley relay team.

This year's event was hosted by the North East Division at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre on 27/28 June and 17 year old Josh Thompson represented the North West Division, competing for the senior team.

As always, the event provided lots of fast paced swimming and an awful lot of noise from the swimmers as they cheered on their team mates.

Josh won Bronze medals in both the 100m (1.06.34) and 200m (2.25.19) individual Breaststroke events and Bronze with the Medley relay team.

The last events of the weekend were the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay event. The points were close and there was everything to play for. With every event the noise levels soared and a series of thrilling races provided a fantastic end to the competition. Josh and the senior boys brought home a Silver medal and then waited with the rest of the North West team for the final results.

North West Division were the overall winners!

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Otters at the Great North Swim

Well done to Ffion and Aimee who both completed the half mile at the Great North Swim. Aimee was on fire finishing in 12:06 (8th place out of 595), raising money for St Johns Hospice. JT coach Ian Probert completed the 2 mile event in 52.25 an amazing swim and fellow JT coach Andrew Richardson in 1.07:40. Well done also to all the parents who competed.

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Otters Rock again in Blackpool

Another super Blackpool Rocks for our Young Otters with 35 competing reflecting the fantastic enthusiasm and commitment in our squads seen this season on poolside. Louie Drummond (11), Kirsty Maher (9), Ellie Jenkins (9) and Anya White (9) all competing for the first time. 37 medals including 11 gold's, third club in the points table and the vast majority of swimmers with solid PB's.

The Blackpool Rocks Open Swimming meet proved a big draw for up and coming young swimmers from Carnforth Otters with 37 travelling to compete. Between them they lifted the club into 3rd position overall behind Wigan Best and Pioneer 79. The event was open to youngsters starting out in their competitive swimming career and to older more experienced swimmers as practice before the all important Regional and National Championships.

At the younger end, 9 year old McKennzie Ronson Horrocks put in an incredible swim in the 200m free to win with a time of 2:44.15. McKennzie also dominated in the 100 Free (1:17.78) and the 50m Backstroke (41.07) to collect 3 gold's in his first open meet. 14 year old Benjamin Winterburn also took gold in the 200m Freestyle with a 6 second personal best to finish in first place with a time of 2:16.18. Holly Salisbury (14) also took gold in the 200 Free with a time of 2:12.05 and the 50m Free with a 29.05 with brother Connor (12) taking gold in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:22.40. Aimee Banks (14) swam a superb gold medal swim in the 50 Fly coming in on 32.27. Aimee also took gold in the 100 Free in 1:02.62. Further gold medals where taken in the 50 Free by Christopher Stainton (14) with a time of 27.41. All our gold medallist took a significant share of Silvers and Bronze medals as well.

In addition to our gold medal swimmers, a number of our young Otters put in great swims to clinch Silver and Bronze medals. Zara Wilson (9) held her nerve in the 200 backstroke to take Silver with a time of 3:29.02. Rhys Ashton (10) took Silver in the 400m Free with a time of 5:46.23, Bronze in the 200 Free with a time of 2:42.47 and Bronze in the 50 Free at 33.19. Mathew Crabtree (13) swam a solid personal best of 34.55 in the 50 Backstroke to take Silver and 29.07 in 50 Free to take Bronze. Ella Mounsey (13) took a Bronze in the 400 Free with a time of 4:42.35. Hannah McMillan (9) took Bronze in 200m Free in 3:02.78, Connor Sisson (12), Silver in 100Fly in 1:37.39 , Connor White Silver in 100 Breaststroke in 1:31.13, Ace Bower (10) Bronze in 100m Backstroke in 1:30.89 and also 50m Backstroke in 40.73.

It was also great to see many other Carnforth Otters swimmers competing for the first time including Louie Drummond (11), Kirsty Maher (9), Ellie Jenkins (9) and Anya white (9). Well done also to Maia Bishop (9), Ellie Howley (10), Alice Sands (11), Lydia Shenton (13), Lydia Denby (13), Isabelle Woodman (13), Timothy Woodman (11), Charles Moore (11), Sacha Robb (10), George Cookson (11), Alexander Tokarski (11), Jack Collett (9), Hayden Mills (10), Kiera Richmond (12), Sadie Spencer (14), Thomas Dowthwaite (11) and Joshua Rigby (11) who all swam personal bests.

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Josh Competes at the British Championships

Carnforth Otters swimmer Josh Thompson (16) returns from the British Championships with a 24.17 in his 50 Free, a 1:06.30 on 100 Breaststroke and witnesses Adam Peaty break the world record in 100BR

16 year old Josh Thompson recently competed at the British Championships at the Olympic pool in London. Competing at the younger end of a two year age group, Josh was swimming amongst the country’s best junior and senior swimmers, all vying for selection in GB teams for European and World Championships. Josh’s first event was the 50m Freestyle where a great early morning time of 24.17 was right on his personal best. An hour or so later, Josh lined up for his 100m Breaststroke heat alongside British record holder Adam Peaty. Despite an excellent first half of the race, a finishing time of 1.06.30 was 1½ seconds off Josh's best time and not fast enough for a place in the final.

Although very disappointed with the Breaststroke swim, Josh thoroughly enjoyed the experience of competing at such an incredible event- invaluable experience for him going forward.

In the finals session the same evening, the crowd were treated to a thrilling senior final where Peaty broke the World Record in the 100 Breaststroke!

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OSG Solicitors Sponsor Otters

Carnforth Otters would like to welcome Oglethorpe, Sturton and Gillibrand (OSG) Solicitors as the clubs main sponsor from April 2015. OSG will provide resource to assist the club implement key elements of its strategic plan over the coming years following the successful renewal of the clubs Swim21 certification last month.
Please see Lancaster Guardian, Thursday 23rd April 2015, p58

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County's 2015 Roundup

Hannah becomes Cumbria County Champion in the 50, 100 & 200m Breastroke, Emily in 50m back, 18 places in the finals of the Lancashire County Competition secured, Ace, George and Lydia experience their first County level competition, the 14 year old girls become a force to be reckoned with and Josh swims a 53.27 in the 100m Free finals

Cumbia County Championships

Emily Reay

Despite battling against nerve damage to her arm and a long term knee injury throughout the autumn and early spring, a very determined Emily put in some great performances at the Cumbria County Championships with 2 PBs and 3 regional times. She is the 14 Years 50m Girls Backstroke Champion for Cumbria and claimed 3 second places and 2 thirds. Well done to Emily!

Hannah Edwards

Hannah had a super championships and achieved her goal of qualifying for the NW Regional Championships in 9 different events. She is the 13 year old girls Cumbria Champion in 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke, and had 3 second and 4 third places. A broken finger prevented her from competing in the final weekend – the things people do to get out of swimming an 800M! Roll on the Regionals!

Ella Mounsey

Ella had some absolutely stunning swims at the Cumbria County Championships and gained many excellent new PB’s across the board. She has gained Regional times in the 100m Backstroke with an impressive PB of 1.11.79 and the 200m Backstroke. In the 400 Freestyle Ella smashed her PB, recording a time some 9 seconds inside the qualifying time (short course). She gained 3 second places in the 13 year old age group and 5 third places. Great work Ella!

Alex Aglioli

Despite having missed training from a long term shoulder injury Alex put in some good performances at the Age Groups.Well done Alex and fingers crossed for an injury free spring and summer!

Lancashire County Championships

Some excellent performances across the board from all our swimmers who competed at the Lancashire County Championships this year. Clocking plenty of Regional qualifying times along the way, they also managed to achieve 18 places in the finals in this highly competitive event.

First timers at these Championships Ace Bower (10), George Cookson (11) and Lydia Denby (14) had a great time experiencing competition at this level, as well as getting their first taste of a 50 metre pool. Youngsters Ace and George held their nerve to produce some great swims, with George finishing in the top 10 in three events and top 20 in the rest. Lydia put in solid performances in all of her events, an unfortunate DQ in the 200m Freestyle not dampening her spirit.

The 14 & 15 year old girls were a force to be reckoned with :

Aimee Banks (14) had an outstanding meet, achieving places in the final of all of her 5 sprint events and winning a Silver and 2 Bronze medals with some super personal best times. Top 7 placings across all of her events show how far Aimee has progressed in the last year.

Versatile Alex Livingstone (14) competed across a wide range of events, putting in some excellent performances. Six top 10 places and a finalist in the 100m Backstroke reflect Alex’s continuing improvement and personal determination. Holly Salisbury (15) finished in the top 20 in all of her Freestyle and Backstroke events, narrowly missing a medal in the 100m Freestyle, and finishing the competition with an excellent time in the 200m Freestyle.

Alice Sands (11) continues to show great promise, finishing in the top 12 in 3 events with some great swims in the 50 & 200m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke.

Jess Shatford (16) competing in the Open age group, looked good in her 50 & 100m Breaststroke events, finishing 7th & 9th respectively.

Rhys Ashton (11) achieved top 20 placings in all four of his events with some solid swims.

Thomas Dugdale (13) is another swimmer who continues to show great promise. Despite a DQ on the 200m Butterfly on the first weekend in Liverpool, Thomas kept his cool in Manchester and delivered some great times. As well as three top 20 finishes, he achieved a place in the finals of the 50m and 100m Butterfly events. Finishing 6th in the 50 Fly final, Thomas then produced an incredible 3 second PB in the 100m final to come in 4th.

Matthew Crabtree (13) swam PBs in his 3 Freestyle events, finishing 12th and 9th respectively in the 100 & 200m Freestyle, then going on to secure place in the final of the 50m Freestyle. Matthew produced another PB in the final finishing in 8th place.

Josh Thompson had a good competition winning several medals including Golds in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke events. However, the highlight of the Championships for him was his superb time of 53.27 in the 100m Freestyle final.

Other swimmers who competed at the County Championships: Charles Moore (12), Kiera Richmond (13), Lydia Louise Shenton (13), Hannah Ritchie (13), Ben Winterburn (14), Amie Turner (15), Chris Stainton (15) and Mary Hodgson (18)

It's back to training now and those swimmers who have achieved qualifying times will be looking forward competing in the North West Regional Championships in May and June. Josh is also preparing to travel to London in April to compete in the British Championships and swim for the first time in the Olympic pool.

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Superb North Lancs Age Groups for Otters

54 Medals including 21 Gold across 50 Otters swimmers who competed, Josh swims 5th fastest time ever for a 16 year old in 50 Free and a privilege to see Sophie swim the 400 Free in a world class time. 27 Otters gain County Qualifying Times. Great to see the younger swimmers competing, especially those who have only just started training for competition.

The new competition season got off to a great start for Otters at the North Lancs Age Groups in January. Held across two weekends in Blackpool, 50 swimmers from across the club entered the meet. Several younger swimmers were competing for the very first time: Ace Bower, Sasha Robb, Hannah McMillan, Maia Bishop, Zara Wilson, Pippa Darlington, Jack Collet, Sid Metcalfe, Tim Woodman, Aleksander Tokarski, Isabelle Woodman, Jake Edwards all gained some valuable experience and put in some solid performances with 9 year old Ace finishing in top 5 positions in all of his events with some fantastic times. At the other end of the club, it was a privilege for everyone to watch Masters World Record holder Sophie Casson swim 4.20.80 in the 400m Freestyle.

Producing 235 personal best times and 54 medals, the competition saw some excellent performances with 27 swimmers achieving County qualifying times and many achieving Regional times as well. Ace Bower (9), George Cookson (10) and Lydia Denby (13) all qualified for the Lancashire County Championships for the first time.

10 year olds George Cookson and Alice Sands put their mark on the competition with George finishing in the top 5 in six of his events and Alice finishing in the top 10, bagging 6 medals in the process.11 year olds Sunni Rich and Charles Moore and Thomas Dugdale (12), finished in the top 10 in all their events.

With some superb swims, Aimee Bank (13) won medals in all her 8 events, including 6 Golds. The 13 year old girls were a force to be reckoned with, especially in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke, with Aimee, Hannah Edwards, Alex Livingstone and Ella Mounsey all finishing in the top 10 in these events. Hannah and Alex continued their form throughout the competition with top 10 finishes in all their events.

14 year olds Emily Reay, Holly Salisbury, Ben Winterburn, Richard Mead and Chris Stainton all swam well, with the girls finishing in the top 6 in all of their events and the boys in the top 15 in theirs.

Jess Shatford (15) swam in the Breaststroke events, winning Gold in the 50m and Silver in the 100 & 200m events.

William Ritchie (16) finished in the top 8 in his events, achieving 6 personal best times and winning 4 Silver medals.

Josh Thompson (16) had an excellent competition, producing a string of top ranking times and a 50m Freestyle time of 23.19 which ranks as the 5th fastest ever for a 16 year old.

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Otters TRI for the Charity Headway

14 Carnforth Otters swimmers formed five teams and took part in the 3-1-5 indoor triathlon relay in order to raise funds for the charity Headway. Headway, Lancaster and Morecambe Bay, are a self-funding group which offers support to people with Brain Injuries and their carers within the district.

Fourteen Carnforth Otters swimmers formed five teams and took part in the 3-1-5 indoor triathlon relay in order to raise funds for the charity Headway. Headway, Lancaster and Morecambe Bay, are a self-funding group which offers support to people with Brain Injuries and their carers within the district. Many of the team members exchanged their usual swimming attire for running and cycling kit with four teams completing the sprint distance (400m swim, 6 mile bike, 3 mile run), and one team in the Olympic distance (800m swim, 12mile bike, 6 mile run). The teams included a club coach and there was also a mum's team.

The swimmers chose the charity as club captain Mary Hodgson's dad was in a serious cycling crash two years ago and the swimming club members were very supportive of her family whilst he was in hospital. Once home, Headway helped her dad and the rest of her family come to terms with his injuries.

In total the swimmers raised £100 in entry fees and £370 in sponsorship monies. This week the swimmers invited members of the Headway group along to see them train in their more usual environment of the swimming pool and handed them a cheque for the monies they had raised.

Jason Le Masurier, a member of Headway who has recently competed in his first triathlon commented, "It was great to see these young people taking part in the indoor triathlon and Headway will put this money to good use encouraging and supporting its members to become as active as is possible."

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North Lancs Age Groups, January

Our Christmas Training Times at Heysham are ONLY for swimmers who have entered Age Groups in January. These sessions are our final preparation stage from our first training cycle. Please note entries must be in by Wed 10th December.
There will be Christmas training at HEYSHAM for those swimmers competing at North Lancs Age groups ONLY:
  • Mon 22nd Dec 1 -3pm
  • Tue 23rd Dec 1- 3pm
  • Sat 27th Dec 12 - 2 pm
  • Sun 28th Dec 12 - 2pm
  • Tue 30th Dec 11 - 1 pm
  • Sun 4th Jan 12pm- 2pm (only for normal Sunday group as Salt Ayre closed 4th January.

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8 Records Broken at Club Gala

Well done to all club swimmers who competed at the club gala this weekend. 8 club records broken and a fantastic turn out from our swimmers. Click Here for results
174 Personal Bests, 8 NEW CLUB RECORDS:
  • Lucy Adamson (6), 18m Freestyle (14.59), 18m Backstroke (17.05)
  • Eric Inman (6), 18m Freestyle (13.66)
  • Rhianna Sisson (8), 25m Freestyle (17.22)
  • Ace Bower (9), 50m Freestyle (35.85)
  • George Cookson (10), 50m Freestyle (33.36)
  • Josh Thompson (16), 100m Freestyle (51.50), 100m IM (57.96)

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Otters Notices
Training is cancelled in the second session at Salt Ayre on Saturday 14th November 5pm-6:30pm due to Arena League. The early session 4pm-5:30pm will go ahead as usual.
Club Gala

Saturday 28th November, 16:00

Free entry. Click Here for entry form

Entry forms to be handed to Caroline Westbury, Viv Denby or Caroline Adamson. No later than Saturday 14th November 2015

North Lancs Age Groups (Blackpool - 26 & 27 September and 3 & 4 October) Please note the deadline for entries to Viv is Friday 4th Sept. See link in the competition diary for all forms and information.
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