Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala 2022.

We took a squad of 11 swimmers to the Warwick Thompson Memorial Gala 2022 held in Thetford 21st – 22nd May 2022.

Our squad consisted of Ethan Bailey, Ben Eastwood, Lily Ellis, Liz Ferrier, Eleanor Godbold, James Guerin, Adam Lelean, Hollie Richards, Emily Rose, Sasha Spinks and Pascal van Enckevort. Competing across all disciplines they achieved 36 Top eight finished and many more PBs.

200M Individual Medley age group medallists were Ben Eastwood GOLD, Adam Lelean GOLD, Emily Rose GOLD

100M Backstroke age group medallists were Ethan Bailey GOLD, Pascal Van Enckevort SILVER, Hollie Richards GOLD, Emily Rose GOLD, Lily Ellis BRONZE.

100M Breaststroke age group medallists were James Guerin GOLD, Emily Rose GOLD, Lily Ellis BRONZE.

100M Freestyle age group medallists were Ethan Bailey GOLD, James Guerin GOLD, Adam Lelean GOLD, Liz Ferrier BRONZE, Lily Ellis BRONZE.

200M Backstroke age group medallists were Pascal Van Enckevort GOLD.

50M Breaststroke age group medallists were Ethan Bailey GOLD, James Guerin SILVER.

50M Backstroke age group medallists were James Guerin GOLD.

50M Freestyle age group medallists were Ethan Bailey SILVER, James Guerin SILVER

100M Individual Medley age group medallists were Ethan Bailey GOLD, James Guerin GOLD

50M Butterfly age group medallists were Ethan Bailey GOLD

City of Sheffield No Frills LC 2022 Meet.

Our top 2 Performance squad swimmers had the fantastic opportunity to swim at the City of Sheffield No Frills LC 2022 Meet held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre 21st to 22nd May 2022. This is one of the largest swimming complexes in the country, the 25m warm up pool being the same length at the width of the 10 lane competition pool! All our swimmers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have a lot of positive take aways from the weekend.

Our squad consisted of Grace Cook, Amber Daly, Ella Goodswen, Forbes Irvine, Finley Neve, Olly Shadbolt, Laurie Shearer, Mya Sidwell, Matthew Tatum and Ella Townsend.

Swimming in 46 events across all disciplines the team achieved 11 Top eight finished, 36 PBS and brought home 6 medals.

It was an exiting and action packed weekend. A dead heat between Finley and Matthew in the 50m Freestyle both coming in at 27.55! Everyone getting PBs and some all important fast licensed times in the bag ready for 2023.

Matthew Tatum achieving SILVER medals in the 50M Backstroke, 200M Backstroke, 100M Backstroke and Bronze in the 200M Individual Medley.

Finley Neve achieving GOLD in the 50M Breaststroke and BRONZE in the 50M Butterfly.

Swim England East Region Long Course Regional Championships 6th – 8th May 2022

Diss Otters is extremely proud of Finley Neve, who due to his hard work and dedication qualified for the Swim England East Region Long Course Regional Championships this year.

Competing in the 200M Individual Medley, 50M, 100M and 200M Freestyle and the 50M, 100M and 200M Breaststroke he had an action-packed weekend.

Finishing with a time of 2.32.26 in the 200 Individual Medley he had a hard bought race.

He finished with a time of 28.02 in his 50M Freestyle, 1.00.18 in his 100M Freestyle and made the final in the 200M Freestyle with a time of 2.12.41 finishing in 7th place over all.

He gave a master class in Breaststroke with a time of 35.50 in his 50M and made the finals in both the 100M and 200M Breaststroke events. Finishing in 8th place overall in the final of the 100M with a time of 1.16.13 and absolutely smashing his PB in the 200M finishing in 5th place overall with a time of 2.47.00.

He represented our club to the highest standard and we all say a massive well done!

This is certainly an event all our swimmers can aspire to.

 

 

Team Waveney Development Meet 30th April 2022

Diss Otters took a very excited squad of 11 swimmers to the Team Waveney Development Meet 30th April 2022.

Being a development gala, this event is aimed at the less experienced swimmers within our junior squads and is the perfect platform for them to practice their racing strategies and gain times away from the bigger Open Galas, which in the future they may wish to progress to. Races took place over all strokes at 50Ms.

Our squad consisted of 11 swimmers aged between 8-15, competing in 52 individual swims. They achieved 17 top 8 places, 5 medals and 32 PBs. Our squad members were Amelia Bailey, Ethan bailey, Millie Clifford, Ashleigh Fall, Liz Ferrier, Nia Jones, Seren Jones, Roman Joseph, Daisy Lewis and Hollie Richards.

Roman Joseph dropped over 10 seconds on his 50M Breaststroke to finish well inside the top 8. Daisy Lewis dropped over 3.5 seconds on her 50M Breaststroke and Hollie Richards dropped over 5 seconds on her 50M Freestyle to finish in the top 8.

50M Backstroke age group medallist Ethan Bailey taking the GOLD

50M Breaststroke age group medallists were Ethan Bailey (BRONZE), Millie Clifford (GOLD) and Hollie Richards (GOLD)

50M Butterfly age group medallist Ethan Bailey taking the GOLD with a massive 11 second PB.

Swim England East Region Long Course Regional Championships 30th April to 2nd May 2022

Diss Otters is extremely proud of Matthew Tatum, who due to his years of hard work and dedication qualified for the Swim England East Region Long Course Regional Championships this year,

Competing in the 100M and 200M Backstroke he fought hard in these 2 very demanding events.

Finishing with a time of 1.05.73 in the 100M and with a time of 2.21.35 in the 200M he represented our club to the highest standard and we all say a massive well done!

This is certainly an event all of our swimmers can aspire to.

Newmarket 8th Master’s Meet 24th April 2022

3 of our Masters took part in the 8th Newmarket Master’s Meet on Sunday 24th April 2022 at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

Adam and Sally Lelean were joined by Emily Rose, they had a great day coming away with a total of 15 medals between them.

Emily had an outstanding meet coming away with GOLD in the 400M Freestyle and 100M Butterfly, SILVER in the 50M Butterfly and Bronze in the 50M Freestyle and 100M Individual Medley.

Sally continued her recent form coming away with GOLD in the 50M and 100M Breaststroke and SILVER in the 50M and 100M Backstroke.

Adam as usual was on top form obtaining GOLD in the 200M Individual Medley, 100M Individual Medley and 100M Freestyle, SILVER in the 100M Butterfly and 100M Backstroke and BRONZE in the 100M Breaststroke.

City of Norwich Long Course Level 1 Easter Meet 22nd to 24th April 2022.

We took a squad of 7 swimmers from both our Junior and Senior squads to the City of Norwich Long Course Level 1 Easter Meet held over the long Bank Holiday weekend of the 22nd to 24th April 2022 at the UEA Sports Park Norwich. Competing against 49 clubs from around the country this really was a thrilling meet and great experience for our swimmers.

Matthew Tatum, our most experienced swimmer at the event again led by example. Competing in no less than 9 events. He qualified for the 100M Backstroke final, after a hard-fought race he finished in 6th place overall which is a fantastic result. He really was our MVP for the weekend – leading the land warm up for our younger swimmers, keeping everyone entertained and calm poolside throughout the long sessions and imparting his words of wisdom. He had 3 top 8 finishes overall and a fantastic weekend.

Elliot Barkway competed in the 50M Butterfly and the 50M Freestyle events, moving up two places against the accepted entries on his Freestyle.

Jessica Freeman competed in the 50M Freestyle. After a cracking start, she finished in the top 8 for her age group and achieved a solid PB against her accepted entry time.

Freya Reed competed in the 50M Freestyle. She dropped over a second on the event to walk away with a fantastic new PB.

Ella Townsend competed in the 50M Freestyle. She had a great swim shaving off 0.10 to achieve a new PB.

Grace Cook competed in the 100M Freestyle and 50M Freestyle. She climbed up 19 places against the accepted entries on the 100M freestyle with a massive new PB.

Olly Shadbolt completed in the 100M Freestyle and 50M Freestyle. They had a mega weekend, climbing up 10 places on their 100M Freestyle and 19 places on their 50M Freestyle and achieving new big PBs on both events.

Swim England East Region Long Course Regional Development Meet Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 2022

6 team members were in action at the Swim England East Region Long Course Regional Development Meet Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 2022 at the UEA Sports Park Norwich. Competing in 14 events across the weekend. The team took on 58 clubs from Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and other local Norfolk teams who's swimmers qualified. This was certainly the biggest event our swimmers have attended in recent years and one to aspire to above County level.

Matthew Tatum our most experienced competitor at the weekend led by example bringing home Gold in the 200IM, Gold in the 50M Backstroke and Silver in the 400M Freestyle as well as a top 8 finish in the 50M Fly.

Thea Irvine our Senior Captain won Bronze in the 200M Breaststroke with a fantastic swim.

Elliot Barkway finished in the top 8 for his 50M Fly with a great swim.

Debuting at their first Regional level meet were Jessica Freeman, Ella Townsend and Grace Cook.

Jessica Freeman has a fantastic 50M Freestyle and came home with a new PB.

Ella Townsend absolutely smashed her PB on 50M Freestyle.

Grace Cook finished well inside the top 8 on the 400M Freestyle swimming a solid race.

 

The Guernsey International Open Masters Meet 1st April to 4th April 2022

Sally and Adam Lelean were in action again at the 29th Annual Guernsey International Open Masters Meet held between April 1st and 4th 2022 in Guernsey. The experienced duo have attended this meet a staggering 26 times before, although not always at the same time.

Previously Diss Otters Swimming Club has won the Top Team award but with only 2 swimmers this time it was a little out of reach even for Sally and Adam.

There is a limit of 10 individual events per swimmer, Adam completed the full 10 events and Sally completed 6 events.

Sally achieved 5 Gold medals in the 50M Backstroke, 100M Backstroke, 200M Backstroke, 50M Breaststroke, 200M Breaststroke and she achieved Silver in the 100M breaststroke, an absolute cracking result!

Adam achieved 8 Gold medals in the 100M Breaststroke, 400M Freestyle, 200M Backstroke, 50M Breaststroke, 200M Individual Medley, 200M Breaststroke, 200M Fly, 100M Individual Medley and he achieved 2 Silver medals in the 100M Freestyle and 200M Freestyle, truly an outstanding effort!

Adam also won Top Male swimmer across the entire meet, huge congratulations.

Essex Age Masters Championships March 12th 2022

Adam and Sally Lelean were in action again at the Essex Age Masters Championships on March 12th 2022 at Basildon.

Taking part in 10 events they put on a great performance with 10 top 8 finishes and 7 medals between them.

It was yet another masterclass in swimming by Sally who won Gold in the 100M Breaststroke, Gold in the 100M Backstroke, GOLD in the 50M Backstroke and Gold in the 50M Breaststroke.

Adam was also on top form taking Silver in the 50M Breaststroke, Bronze in the 200M Freestyle and Bronze in the 50M Freestyle.

Both Sally and Adam have supported our club enormously over the many years they have been involved with Diss Otters Swimming Club and we send them huge congratulations on their achievements.