Latest News:
08/09/15  Well done to Sophie Casson who has won the 5.25mile Chillswim of Coniston in a new course record of 2:00.20
08/09/15  Well done to NW Tri Team members Rhys Ashton, Hannah Edwards and Sasha Oldham who won Silver at the Inter-Regional Triathlon Championships
01/08/15  Super results for Thomas, Alex, Chloe and Elias in Aalborg, see Youth Games

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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Ace Leads the Way at Wigan

With 2 months in a pot with a broken ankle and only 1 week back training Ace(9) led the way with a Gold in the 50m Free (34.89). Hayden(9) Connor(11), Aimee(13) and Rhys(10) also took medals. Mathew, Lydia, Alex, Alice and Thomas all swam County Times

Carnforth Otters Juniors were in action again last weekend at the Wigan Future Stars Meet, a Level 2 competition that placed our young Otters against the best in the North West. 9 year old Ace Bower was superb. Following 2 months in a pot with a broken ankle and only 1 week back at training, Ace took Gold in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 34.89. A superb achievement for Ace in his first open competition. This result also gives Ace his first County Qualifying Time for 2015. 9 year old Hayden Mills also delivered some exceptional swims with a 3:24.67 in 200BK that gave him a Bronze medal and a super 37.74 in the 50m Free. Ace also took bronze in 200m Breastroke with a time of 3:54.15.

At the 10 year old age group Rhys Ashton managed to smash his 200m Freestyle time swimming a 2:42.76 that gives young Rhys his second County Qualifying Time. Rhys also secured a third County Time on his 100 Backstroke with a 1:26.48, but just missed out on his 50 backstroke with a 40.83. Alice Sands also secured her 3rd County Qualifying Time for the 200 Backstroke coming in on a solid 3:08.20. Further medals were taken by 11 year old Connor White in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:33.35 (Silver) and in the 50m Breastroke with a time of 42.50 (also Silver)

For the older swimmers, the meet brought rewards to the intense training program they are following. 12 year old Thomas Dugdale was back to form with a 1:15.38 for his 100 Fly, another County time. 12 year old Lydia Denby swam a superb County Qualifying time of 5:13.80 in her 400m Freestyle and a solid personal best of 1:17.71 in 100 Fly. 12 year old Mathew Crabtree also smashed all his personal best times and achieved County Qualifying Times of 31.02 for 50 free, 1:08.50 for 100 free and 2:27.19 for 200 free. 13 year old Aimee Banks continued her superb form with outstanding swims with a 29.27 in her 50 Freestyle, 1:02.77 in 100 Freestyle and a 2:28.54 in the 200 Backstroke (Bronze medal). 13 year old Alexandra Livingstone also swan personal best times in 7 events with County Times for all 7 races.

Well done also to 12 year old Kiera Richmond, 13 year old Ben Winterburn and 14 year old Jessica Shatford who put in some solid performances at the event.

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Young Otters Caught Speeding in Blackpool

The next generation of mighty Otters put their training to the test in Blackpool returning with Speeding Tickets, Medals and Personal Best Swims. Well done to in particular Sacha, Josh, Hayden, Zara, Thomas and Aleksander as this was their first open comp
The next generation of mighty young Carnforth Otters put their training to the test at the North Lancs Level 3 Gala in Blackpool. 17 Otters competed, bringing home an incredible 20 speeding tickets that are awarded to swimmers who have improved their times so much they swim faster than the level of the competition allows.

The 8-12 year old Junior Top Squad swimmers laid down the gauntlet for competing clubs in the 2014/15 season. At the 200m distance, 10 year old George Cookson and 9 year old Ellie Howley were superb with 200m Freestyle times of 2:41.79 and 3:09.70, both being awarded speeding tickets for swimming faster than the fastest qualifying time for the competition. This time also gives George his first qualifying time for Lancashire County's in March 2015. 9 year olds Hannah McMillan and Sacha Robb also competed this distance both swimming under 3:27 with Hannah winning gold with a time of 3:22.36 and 9 year old Hayden Mills a 3:18.79 which also made the gold medal spot. Also at the 200m distance, 10 year old Rhys Ashton took top spot in the Breastroke with a time of 3:41.02 that gained him a speeding ticket although the win was not as sweet as it could have been as young George got the better of him by 6 seconds but was disqualified on a turn. In the 200m backstroke, 10 year old Alice sands also took a speeding ticket swimming a 3:09.82 that also qualifies her for County's and 9 year old Hayden another superb Gold Medal swim at 3:34.78 in what is his first competition.

At the shorter distances 10 year olds George Cookson and Rhys Ashton took the two top spots in the 100m IM with very respectable times of 1:29.62 and 1:30.72. Both have considerable room for improvement so in the next competition this event will be an interesting race. 12 year old Megan Haines smashed her PB in the 50 Free to achieve a time 39.94 and 10 year Alice Sands, braving the effects of a nasty bug also took a speeding ticket despite a 1.5 seconds drop off from the previous weeks Biathlon time of 34.00. 9 year old Hayden put in a superb sprint to finish 2nd on the 50m free with a time of 38.21 that gave him another speeding ticket. 9 year old Ellie Howley finished with a Speeding Ticket with a time of 39.36 and Hannah McMillan just missed a medal with a 40.52. Zara Wilson was close on her heels with a 40.61 and Sacha Robb just a fraction behind at 40.81. 10 year old Josh Rigby also put in a great first gala swim with a time of 47.11. In the 50m fly, 10 year old Aleksander Tokarski at his first gala swam a super 46.51, 9 year old Hannah McMillan a gold medal swim of 47.40 and Sacha Robb an excellent 51.77. 10 year old George Cookson also took top spot with a 42.05 Gold Medal swim.

The older Top Squad swimmers also used the event as an opportunity to see how their training is progressing in events were their existing times are appropriate for the competition entry requirements. 13 year old Ben Winterburn smashed his personal best times in the 100m and 200m freestyle with times of 1:06.30 and 2:25.37. 12 year old Kiera Richmond was also superb on 100m and 200m Breastroke swimming 1:29.91 and 3:12.53. 12 year old Thomas Dugdale showed he was back to form with a 2:50.15 in the 200m IM and Lydia Denby delivered a superb 200m Fly to finish with a 2:58.86.

The Carnforth Otters junior squad now look forward to the Level 2 competition at Wigan mid-November and the completion of their first training cycle in January with North Lancs Age Groups.

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England Talent Squad for Emma

Emma Whitaker has recently been awarded a place on the Pentathlon England Talent Program, a major achievement. In this interview, Emma talks about how she got onto the program and what she hopes to achieve.

Pentathlon involves 5 sports, swimming, running, shooting, fencing and horse riding. There are also biathlons that involves the running and swimming. There is also a "Triathlon" event that unlike the Olympic sport that involves a continuous swim, bike and run replaces the bike with shooting to deliver an event that normally involves a swim, then a sperate shoot and finally a combined run and shoot. This type of Triathlon is called "Modern Triathlon".

What are you hoping to achieve now you are on the Pentathlon England Talent Program?

I would really like to do Pentathlon events when I am older. I have done lots of Biathlons and Modern Triathlons that involves shooting as well. I love riding and have done lots of show jumping. I would love to get into the GB team but am not sure yet whether I am good enough.

How did you get onto The English Talent Program?

I did training days at Accrington and did some Biathlons and a Triathlon and competed in two fencing competitions. I needed to get a fast swim time and a fast run time. It took ages but eventually I achieved it. Now I have also got a fencing kit.

How important is your swimming within the Pentathlon events?

Really important as you get more points on your swim than any of the other events. I have had to start doing loads more swimming since I got onto the talent program. It's a big change because over the past few years I have only been doing once or twice per week.

How are you finding the increased amount of swimming you have to do?

I am enjoying my swimming loads more. It is much harder as I am in a harder lane now but I know I am getting lots faster and fitter. It's really good. I have always been lots slower than my friends and now I am getting similar times.

What advice would you give the young Otters who may be interested in Pentathlon?

Train hard but don't overdo it otherwise you will get bored and stop enjoying it. Do all the disciplines in training you will compete in. Don't worry if you are not the fastest, I am still not as fast as loads of my friends but I am starting to get a lot quicker now.

What are you really proud of?

I did the Triathlon Championships at Solihull and got the best combined score for the run and shoot and I am really proud of competing in the events I do because they are really hard. At the beginning of the season it was the national triathlon champs where I achieved best combined event in my age group. Just recently I also completed my first full Pentathlon where I finished 4th against the countries best in my age group.

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Otters Swimmers Compete at Inter-Regionals

Josh Thompson, Hannah Edwards and Ella Mounsey represented their County's at the ASA National County Team Championships in Sheffield. As part of the winning team Josh swam a 1.02.58 for the 100m Breastroke, the 5th fastest time ever for a 16 year old

Defending their record of 12 consecutive wins, the Lancashire swim team had their work cut out at this year's British Gas ASA National County Team Championships, one of the most colourful events in the swimming calendar. Slower on paper than arch rivals Yorkshire, it needed everyone in the team to be at their best to bring home a 13th win this year.

Competing in the 16/17 year age group for Lancashire, 16 year old Josh Thompson had a superb swim in the 100m Breaststroke, finishing 2nd in a personal best time of 1.02.58- the 5th fastest time ever for a 16 year old. Josh also competed in the Medley Team Relay, with a 50m Breaststroke leg of 28.34 helping the team to great finish in a time of 1.42.52. He also swam in the 6 x 50m Freestyle Mixed Relay team.

Holding off Somerset,Yorkshire and Middlesex all day, Lancashire were finally crowned 2014 Champions- a very impressive result!

Representing Cumbria for the first time in the 12/13 year age group were 13 year olds Hannah Edwards and Ella Mounsey. Hannah swam right on her personal best time (1.24.95) to finish 20th in the 100m Breaststroke and swam the Breaststroke leg (38.99) in the Medley team relay, the team finishing in 20th position. Ella had to wait patiently for the day's final event, the 6 x 50m Freestyle Mixed Relay. It was worth the wait though, as she pulled off an excellent swim of 30.20.

Having been promoted to Division 1 after last year's Championships, Cumbria weren't quite strong enough to hold onto their place in this Division. Finishing in 20th position, they were relegated to Division 2.

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Otters Notices
Sessions Cancelled
Due to North Lancs Level 3 competition this weekend, the following sessions are cancelled:
  • Fri 2nd October - Heysham (both early and late sessions
  • Sat 3rd October - Salt Ayre 4-6:30pm
  • Sun 4rd October - Salt Ayre 8-9:30am

Good luck to all our swimmers who will be competing

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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