Coach is delighted with Otters

IT has been a busy and successful time for Diss Otters swimmers.Head coach Jamie Rush, is over the moon with the club's recent results and puts it down to hard work during training.

IT has been a busy and successful time for Diss Otters swimmers.

Head coach Jamie Rush, is over the moon with the club's recent results and puts it down to hard work during training.

He said: 'I am delighted at the recent achievements. The swimmers are training really well and competing to their best which is rewarding for me as a coach - let's keep it up!'

The Junior League final was held at Wymondham Leisure Centre where Diss Otters came sixth in the top league, the Copeman Cup, despite losing some swimmers who were stuck abroad due to the volcanic ash cloud.

Otters competed in two rounds against 10 other clubs throughout Norfolk and saw in excess of 50 personal bests.

Otters then travelled to Newmarket Open competition and achieved a huge medal haul of nine golds, 13 silvers, 13 bronzes, 11 fourths, six fifths and two sixth places and coming sixth overall as a team.

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The following weekend saw three of Otters' top female swimmers compete strongly in the East Region youth championships.

Hannah Blades finished 16th in a time of 34.16 in the 50m backstroke, Maya Harris achieved 14th position in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 39.19 and Katie Nash competed in three events over the weekend finishing 19th in the 50m backstroke (35.12), 41st in the 50m freestyle (30.45) and 22nd in the 50m butterfly (33.30).

The girls' taste of the regionals this year has made them hungry for more successful results in the future.

Following a rest for the younger swimmers, they entered back into the water for the West Suffolk SC Open at the weekend at Bury St Edmunds. Ryan Hargrave, Emily Lutkin, Katie Halmshaw and Hattie Miller all gained top-six finishes and the team as a whole brought home 11 top-ten finishes and 25 top-twenty finishes.

The final competition over this busy period saw a group of

first-time and inexperienced competition swimmers take to the waters of Diss pool in the 2010 tiddlers competition.

The club finished in fourth position with all swimmers improving on their personal bests.

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