Diss Otters sent teams to two galas last weekend. A more experienced team of seventeen swimmers travelled for a weekend away in London to swim at the iconic London Aquatic Centre pool within the setting of the Olympic Park in Stratford. Meanwhile a team of ten development swimmers took to the water in a long course gala organised by City of Norwich swimming club at the UEA Sportspark.
Firstly to events in London which saw the Otters take on swimmers from twenty six different clubs from across London and the South East. An amazing return of 46 medals from just 105 swims consisting of 16 golds, 15 silvers and 15 bronzes. This together with 41 new personal best times sent the team back to Norfolk with heads held high.
London squad details were - Max Ashken (2G,4S,1B), Callum Blair, Noah Blair(1B), Harry Button(1B), Harrison Fall, Imogen Grimes(3G,1S,1B), Nathan Hunt(1S), Forbes Irvine, Thea Irvine(2G,2S,4B), Alex Jackson, Cassia Miller(3G,1S,1B), Ottilie Miller(1B), Matthew Munnings(1G,1B), Rosie Munnings(1G,2S,1B), Fin Neve(3S,1B), Ciaran Strike(1B), Matthew Tatum(4G,1S,1B).
In Norwich the ten swimmers who gained valuable long course pool experience over the weekend, took an incredible 38 new personal best times back to Diss from only 46 races swum - an 82% return. There was also the bonus of a silver medal for Donald Perrin in the 50m freestyle for 9 year olds.
Norwich squad members were Angus Betts, Portia Bloomfield, Jodi Brown, Tatim Brown, Abi Chisman, Grace Cook, Eleanor Godbold, Donald Perrin, Laurie Shearer and Mya Sidwell.