Busy times for Diss Otters

Swimmers from Diss Otters have had a busy month trying to get qualification times for January’s upcoming Norfolk County Championships.Newmarket Swimming Club’s December Open earlier in the month saw a squad of 28 Otters take to the pool in 169 individual swims.

These led to an impressive haul of 84 top 6 finishes which included 10 gold medals, 21 silvers and 19 bronzes.

This was followed last weekend by 16 swimmers competing at Great Yarmouth’s Winter Wipeout gala at the UEA Sportspark. 

Another competition of terrific performances saw 79 individual swims result in 49 top 6 finishes, including 6 golds, 11 silvers and 6 bronzes.
Numerous county qualifying times were achieved over the two galas, which should ensure that the club send a large squad of swimmers to take part in the showcase competition for Norfolk’s junior swimmers over two weekends in January.

On top of their individual aspirations the club were also represented by a team at the recent Thetford Dolphins Invitational Gala. The squad put in some great performances during the evening ultimately finishing in third place behind winners and hosts Thetford Dolphins and just a solitary point adrift of runners up Great Yarmouth.

Diss Otters are always looking for new members and currently train up to four nights a week at Diss Leisure Centre.

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Diss Otters Open Gala Report 2018

Diss Otters held their annual Open Gala at the UEA Sportspark pool on Sunday and the event was a great success for the club and it’s swimmers.

The organisers were swamped with entries this year and there was a packed programme of events to keep everyone busy throughout the day.

Visiting clubs included City of Cambridge, West Norfolk, Thetford Dolphins, Great Yarmouth and Huntingdon Piranhas. 

The spectator gallery was at capacity and they witnessed some great racing in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

The Diss Otters team were out in force with 47 swimmers taking part in a total of 292 individual swims which resulted in 101 top 6 finishes. Out of those 101 the swimmers bagged 8 gold medals, 28 silvers and 19 bronzes.

Full results are available here

Medal winners  on the day were Noah Blair, Oslo Chapman, Daniel Bachu, Matthew Munnings, Max Ashken, Matthew Tatum, Jude Ashken, Ella Townsend, Grace Cook, Evie Kemp, Rosie Munnings, Thea Irvine, Lottie Gates and Shannon Evans.

The team also achieved numerous qualifying times for January’s County Championships which the coaching team look to as one of the swimmers main targets.

The club are looking to increase the number of galas that they stage in the coming year so that they can give swimmers more opportunities to swim competitively,  as local galas put on by other clubs are usually over subscribed.

Diss Otters Sweep Aside Fenland Opposition!

A busy weekend of swimming for Diss Otters saw the club take part in numerous events across the region.

Saturday saw two squads roll into Norwich and Newmarket respectively. The squad at Norwich took part in the Midsummer Madness Gala at the UEA Sportspark. Fifty two individual swims resulted in thirty one new personal best times and twelve county qualifying times for 2019.

The evening saw a Fenland League gala take place at Newmarket Leisure Centre with teams from Diss, Bottisham, First Strokes and St Neots competing.

Diss led the gala from start to finish with some tremendous swimming across the team, resulting in twenty nine race wins from forty seven events, including in the traditional finale, the cannon relay which always sees the swimmers and supporters raise the roof and Saturday was no exception with team Diss storming to victory cheered home by the crowd.

Final scores at Newmarket were Diss 182, Bottisham 161, First Strokes 154 and St Neots 124.
The Otters now progress to the second round on September 29th and will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

Sunday saw two more events with a team going to Crown Pools in Ipswich for the July Surprize Gala which saw forty six individual swims produce twenty six new personal best marks and another host of County Championship qualification times.

Finally also on Sunday, Otters Callum Blair, Adam Lelean and Sally Lelean took part in the Cambridge Mill to Mill open water event with Callum finishing 2nd in his category clocking a hugely respectable 43 minutes for the 2.5km course.


Diss Otters Gold Rush!

Nine swimmers from Diss Otters took part in the Great Yarmouth Swimming Club Development gala held at UEA Sportspark on Saturday.

In an event designed to give novice swimmers the chance to get experience of competitive racing, it turned into a gold rush with the Diss team bringing home 13 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze medals.
The Otters squad members were Angus Betts, Freya Button, Grace Cook, Harrison Fall, Alex Jackson, Darcie Martin, Finlay Neve, Emma Neve and Heidi Noakes.
Also the club recently had two swimmers qualify for races at the ASA Eastern Regional Championships with Matthew Munnings competing in the 50m and 100m butterfly events and the 50m freestyle at the Norwich gala held over the May Day holiday weekend and then Daniel Bachu competed in the 50m butterfly at the Luton event held last weekend.
Congratulations to both boys for qualifying for such a prestigious event and for representing the club at Regional level.


Seventeen swimmers from Diss Otters took to the pool at Bury St Edmunds Leisure centre at the weekend for West Suffolk Swimming Clubs A”May”Zing Spring Gala.

The club sent a mixed squad of novice swimmers (including Blossom Day who was swimming in her first ever Open gala) and experienced competitors who helped mentor some of the younger team members.

From 85 individual swims the Otters had 41 top six finishes which included 11 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals.

The swimmers also set 56 new personal best times based on their entry times.

To cap the weekend at the conclusion of the action Rosie Munnings was presented with the “Top Girl” trophy for accruing the most points throughout the weekends racing.

The Diss squad members were Callum Blair, Freya Button, Harry Button, Olivia Chapman, Oslo Chapman, Amber Daly, Harry Daly, Blossom Day, Lily Ellis, Imogen Grimes, Alex Jackson, Darcie Martin, Matthew Munnings, Rosie Munnings, Emma Neve, Finlay Neve and Ciaran Strike.

Busy time for Diss Otters!

Diss Otters have had squads of swimmers take part in three competitions in the last fortnight. A team of sixteen juniors and one masters swimmer took to the UEA Sportspark pool for the Norwich Swan Open meet on the 21st and 22nd of April.

With the team swimming in a total of 91 races they finished top six in 48 of those with 22 podium positions consisting of 4 golds, 7 silvers and 11 bronzes. The team also hit many new personal bests which the coaching team are always pleased to see.

A special mention to Jacob Shadbolt and Nathan Hunt who were both swimming in their first open gala. The Diss medal winners were Ciaran Strike (2G, 2S,4B), Rosie Munnings (1G,1S,4B), Lily-Anne Jones (1S), Matthew Munnings (1S,1B), Ottilie Miller (2B), Sophia Pickering (1G) and Oslo Chapman (2S).

Sixteen Otters (pictured) travelled to Dereham last Saturday for the Norfolk Junior League B final for the Christine Clarke Cup and finished a very creditable second to host team Dereham Otters. Diss laid second throughout the evening without quite being able to catch the leaders.

On the night Diss won 13 out of a total of 45 races which were individual and relay events with a team consisting a mix of experienced and novice swimmers, so a very satisfactory result.

Also on Saturday seven swimmers took part in the Beccles Development gala.
These galas are a great stepping stone towards more competitive competitions and the Diss swimmers came home with medals and personal bests aplenty.

The Otters competing at Beccles were Freya Button, Lily Ellis, Eleanor Godbold, Darcie Martin, Ella Townsend, Toby Townsend and Molly Wilson.

The prestigious Eastern Regional Championships take place over the two May Bank Holiday weekends with Matthew Munnings having qualified for the senior (14-16yrs) weekend in Norwich and Daniel Bachu for the junior (11-13yrs)weekend in Luton.


CoN Easter Meet

Matthew T, Matthew M and Rosie

Well done to our intrepid trio of Matthew T, Matthew M and Rosie who have been competing at the CoN Easter Meet this weekend.

Rosie hit new PBs in all of her four races and topped it off with a silver in the 100 breaststroke, Matthew T swimming in the 17 and overs finished 3rd in the final of the 100 back with a new PB, whilst Matthew M hit a new PB in the 50 free of 27.54 (converts to 26.80 shortcourse) to qualify for Regionals.

Otters Success at Ipswich Open

A squad of fifteen swimmers from Diss Otters travelled down the A140 to a snowy Ipswich to take part in the March Open held at Crown Pools last weekend.

In a high quality gala with clubs competing from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex – Diss came away with an incredible 65 new personal best times from only 87 individual swims, a conversion rate of 75%. 51 of those swims resulted in a top six finish, and of those 51, 22 were podium positions (6 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze.)

The Diss Otters squad with their results summary were as follows:

Daniel Bachu – 1G 1B 5pbs
Millie Bachu – 2 pbs
Callum Blair – 1G 1S 1B 5pbs
Harry Button – 1pb
Olivia Chapman – 2 pbs
Oslo Chapman – 1S 4pbs
Lily Ellis – 2 pbs
Shannon Evans – 1S
Lotti Gates – 1G 2S
Forbes Irvine – 1B 6pbs
Thea Irvine – 1G 11pbs
Matthew Munnings – 1G 1S 3pbs
Rosie Munnings – 1G 1S 3B 11pbs
Ciaran Strike – 1B 7pbs
Matthew Tatum – 1S 6pbs

The Otters are in action next at the Norfolk Junior League gala held at Wymondham Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.


Otters Beat The Big Freeze

Otters at UEA Meet

Fifteen swimmers from Diss Otters beat the big freeze to take part in the City of Norwich March Long Course gala at the UEA Sportspark.  In a packed weekend of top class action the Diss squad took part in a total of seventy two races coming away with twenty five top six finishes, of which twelve were medals.  Oslo Chapman, Finlay Neve, Ciaran Strike, Sophia Pickering and Thea Irvine were the medal winners and all of the squad can be proud of their achievements, with some great new personal best times being set over the two day meet.

The Diss Otters swimmers who competed were Daniel Bachu, Callum Blair, Harry Button, Olivia Chapman, Oslo Chapman, Lily Ellis, Shannon Evans, Imogen Grimes, Forbes Irvine, Thea Irvine, Finlay Neve, Emma Neve, Sophia Pickering, Ciaran Strike and Matthew Tatum.