Great display by Otters in gala

ONE of the final events on the swimming calendar for the season saw 30 Diss Otters take on swimmers from all over Norfolk in the County Challenge gala.

ONE of the final events on the swimming calendar for the season saw 30 Diss Otters take on swimmers from all over Norfolk in the County Challenge gala.

Over two Sundays during June the Otters put on many fine displays.

From a total of 149 swims the Otters achieved 118 top tens and 77 medal winning top six finishes with 14 of those being bronze, 15 silvers and 13 champions taking home gold.

Head coach Jamie Rush congratulates the swimmers, who all put in some outstanding performances and outline each individual and their best swims below.


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First of all the boys. Harvey Sarson, the youngest male Otter at the meet, achieved two silver medals with great personal best swims in the 200m front crawl and 100m IM.

Alexander Bartlett achieved the biggest personal best of all of the Otters, beating his 200m breaststroke time by 33 seconds.

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Ben Rose got a medal in the 200m backstroke, finishing fifth with a 21-second pb.

Dominic Johnson claimed a well- deserved sixth place medal in the 200m breaststroke.

Jacob Blades swam superbly well to not only complete the 200m fly but also take home the gold medal. Sam Neal got a medal in the 50m breaststroke and also achieved an enormous pb in the 200 front crawl of 24 seconds.

Jordan King took home 10 medals from the meet with one outstanding swim in the 200m breaststroke, paced to perfection to win his age group with a 16-second pb.

Liam Harvey broke a long standing pb in his 100m backstroke which earning him a bronze medal. Daniel Brooks showed great determination to sprint the entire 200m front crawl and finish in eighth position.

Boys' captain Ryan Hargrave took home two gold medals with a great pb in the 50m fly. Will Dickinson performed strongly in the 200m front crawl to finish fourth in a new personal best time.

Iwan Lloyd knocked 17 seconds of his 200m backstroke time, arning himself fourth place.

His older brother Gwylim Lloyd also achieved fourth in the same event the 200m backstroke and finally Edward Budds performed strongly in the 100m breastroke with a 10-second pb.

The girls attended in greater numbers than the boys, beginning with the youngest of them Katie Halmshaw whose best position of third came in the 200m breastroke.

Mhairi Parsons finished just short of the medals in seventh with a superb pb in the 200m backstroke.

Ellie Sarson pushed her way from sixth to third fastest in the 200m backstroke.

Jess Nash showed great technique and speed in her 50m front crawl race, finishing 10th in a new pb.

Nila Taylor smashed her previous best time by 25 seconds in the 200m front crawl.

Pippa Rice took home two silver medals in the 200m backstroke and 100m IM. Kirsty Barker gained medals twice with two pbs in the 200m IM - fifth and 200m front crawl - fourth.

Francesca Wallace won the 50m breaststroke and swam equally as well in the 100m fly pushing herself up the ranking from slowest qualifier to third fastest finisher.

Hattie Miller came close to her pb in the 50m front crawl, taking home a bronze medal for her efforts.

Emily Lutkin amazed in her 100m breaststroke swim as her new personal best time took her from eighth fastest to winner of the event.

Caitlin Davy's best position came in the 200m IM where she achieved a fourth place finish and a superb pb of 21 seconds.

Carly Rose put in a great effort in the 200m fly to finish third.

Sophie King took home 10 medals from the meet equalling her brother's tally with two golds in the 50m and 100m fly and a pb in the 200m front crawl.

Girls' captain Hannah Blades won the 50m fly as did Elly Osborne, both showing great determination in their swims.

In the last race of the competition Emma Halmshaw competed in a superb 100m IM racing in a heat full of 11-year-olds she managed to touch the wall in third position to take home the gold medal.

Diss Otters are moving forward not only with an expanding coaching team, an exciting summer training schedule but also with technology.

They have a brand new website thanks to Pixelwood which is www.dissotters.co.uk so visit that for more details on the club and how to join.

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