Otter Mile Report

It was a decidedly grey and drizzly evening for the 2017 edition of the Otter mile, run on Friday 28 July and taking in a pleasant and winding portion of the Thames at Windsor. 13 swimmers braved the conditions, along with an array of supporters. Having taken a boat ride a mile upstream the swimmers made their way back to Windsor leisure centre with various degrees of urgency.

Open water supremo, Pip Bennett was the first to finish (in 20 min 37 sec) but took himself out of the race for this year’s trophies by donning a wetsuit (a one off, he assures us) so it was left to Hayley Davis to battle with Dave Warren for top honour and, in her first Otter mile swim, she took the overall win - the first lady to do so this decade. Well done Hayley! She showed her commitment to all things Otter by following this up with a trek to Barnet the next day for the annual Middlesex Masters competition, and reigned supreme there too. Dave won the men’s trophy. The men’s and women’s top 3 were:

1. Dave Warren, 21 min 4 sec
2. Mike Reys, 21:36
3. Chris Grey, 21:42

1. Hayley Davis, 20:57
2. Lex Higlett, 21:45
3. Carly Jackson-Clark, 24:58

The mile is run as a scratch race, yet there is also a handicap event (the Hon Handicapper having decided the handicaps in advance and working out the handicap placing upon completion of the race). So in addition to the ‘first past the post’ trophies, there’s a handsome handicap plate on offer. This year Mike Reys defied the handicapper and added his name to the list of mile handicap winners - well done Mike! Top three in the handicap race as follows:

1. Mike Reys (handicap 21:15, actual 21:36, difference +0:21)
2. Hayley Davis (20:30, 20:57, +0:27)
3. Lex Higlett (21:00, 21:45, +0:45)

Special mention to Ben Cocksworth, Alex Bion and Carly Jackson-Clark, all from the water polo side of the club who competed in their first Otter open water event and proclaimed that they’d be turning up for another one! 

Following the racing we quickly retreated to the pub to replace the burnt carbs. Thanks to Hon Handicapper, Dave Warren, for making the boat, safety and pub arrangements for this year’s event. The final club open water event of the year is the Quarter-mile, which is held at Parliament Hill Lido on Saturday 12 August. Contact Tracey Allen ( if you’d like more info or to sign up.

13 swimmers at the start of the Otter Mile

13 swimmers at the start of the Otter Mile

Women's and overall winner Hayley Davis receiving the trophy from President, Paul Hindle

Women's and overall winner Hayley Davis receiving the trophy from President, Paul Hindle

Men's mile winner Dave Warren receiving the trophy from President, Paul Hindle

Men's mile winner Dave Warren receiving the trophy from President, Paul Hindle

Mile Handicap winner Mike Reys receiving the trophy from President, Paul Hindle

Mile Handicap winner Mike Reys receiving the trophy from President, Paul Hindle

Half-Mile Handicap Report

On Friday 14 July, 34 swimmers and supporters made their way to Henley on Thames for Otter's annual half mile handicap. In perfect conditions, 21 swimmers took to the Thames and glided effortlessly down to the Henley Sailing Club. We were treated to a flying visit from Barbara Woodward, in town for the ambassadors’ conference and, adding weight to the argument that the best way to secure a good handicap is to leave the country for a prolonged period (ambassadorial posting optional), she reigned supreme, winning the JW Rope trophy. 

In second and third place were Hayley Davis and Maddie Parra, with open water first timer, SJ Law, coming in fourth. All agreed that it was well worth the trip out of London for the evening, with Henley Sailing Club laying on another generous BBQ after the swim. Thanks to Dave Warren for organising and handicapping.

Full results can be found here: Half-Mile 2017 Results

The next open water event is the mile at Windsor on Friday 28 July. Sign up with Dave for another relaxed social swim with Otters from across the club. 

21 swimmers at the start of the Half-Mile

21 swimmers at the start of the Half-Mile

Half-Mile winner Barbara Woodward being presented with the J. W. Rope Memorial Trophy by President Paul Hindle

Half-Mile winner Barbara Woodward being presented with the J. W. Rope Memorial Trophy by President Paul Hindle

Saturday training sessions for Q3.

We are pleased to confirm the Saturday training sessions for Q3.

LAC 11:00 - 12:30: July 1, July 8, July 22, Aug 5 & Aug 26

Crystal Palace 11:00 - 12:30: July 15 & July 29

These dates are now in the Club Calendar so check there before reaching out to the captains with questions. Happy swimming.

More medals and a British Record on Day 3 of the British Long Course Championships

The Mens 120-159 4 x 200 Metre Freestyle Relay (Nicolas Barber, Graham Webster, Mike Reys, Olivier Geleoc) started the last day of Long Course action in style winning in 9:27.51.

Craig Gillespie 30-34 (1:10.73) & Camille Vrain 25-29 (1:25.28) were both 2nd in the 100 Metre Breaststroke
with Wai Kwong Wan 30-34 (1:14.05) & Liz Shaw 50-54 (1:35.14) in 3rd. Alice Dinsdale-Young 25-29 (1:33.00), Emma Shkurka 35-39 (1:26.63), Gina Hobson 40-44 (1:32.23) & Enrico Hahn 35-39 (1:15.05) all finished just outside the medals in 4th,with Mike Reys 40-45 (1:18.53) in 5th. 

Wade Rimbach (2:28.69) continued his good form in the 200 Metre Backstroke taking silver in the 30-34 age group. 
Hayley Davis was just outside the medals in 4th in 30-34 (2:37.16), while Abi Hucker came in 6th in the 25-29 (2:50.36) 

All three Otter Mixed 4 x 50 Metre Medley Relay's collected silver medals: 100-119 in 2:08.37 (Wai Kwong Wan, Dontony Gill-Nasadi, Abigail Hucker, Alice Dinsdale-Young), 120-159 in 2:07.82 (Nicolas Barber, Camille Vrain, Fraser Peh, Emma Shkurka) & 160-199 in 2:09.74 (Gina Hobson, Mike Reys,  Michelle Senecal, Olivier Geleoc)

The Mixed 100-119 4 x 100 Metre Medley Relay took Gold and a British Record in 4:30.14. Congrats Wade Rimbach, Craig Gillespie, Abigail Hucker, Catherine Demont. 

More Otter medals in the 50 Metre Butterfly. Roger Lloyd-Mostyn won the 75-79 (40.05), Stephen Braine was 2nd in 60-64 (30.01), Fraser Peh 25-29 (26.41) & Craig Gillespie 30-34 (27.87) were 3rd. Gina Hobson (31.51) was 4th, Wai Kwong Wan (29.39), Olivier Geleoc (30.00), Camille (34.03), Michelle Senecal (33.92) were 5th & Enrico Hahn (29.01) was 6th. 

And Abi & Hayley rounded out the meet with Bronze medals in the 800m Freestyle. Hayley Davis (10:13.60) in the 30-34 age group and & Abi (10:32.94) in the 25-29 age group.

Congratulations to everyone who swam, Otter and otherwise. It was another brilliant weekend of Masters racing. Next up, Worlds. 

15 more Otter Golds on Day 2 of the British Long Course Championships

Day two kicked off with Nicolas Barber (4:43.23) & Wade Rimbach (4:45.57) taking silver and bronze in the mens 30-34 400 Metre Freestyle.  Derek Parr (6:38.87) also picked up silver in the 70-74, while Catherine Demont (4:55.23) was 4th,  Abi Hucker (5:08.85) 7th 25-29 & Camille Vrain (5:20.13) was 8th in the Ladies 25-29.

Michael Jennings (31.44) 35-39 & Roger Lloyd-Mostyn (45.90) 75-59 both came close in the 50m Backstroke finishing 2nd, while Martin Sartorius 30.29 25-29 took 3rd. Gina Hobson (34.78) 40-44 was 4th, Graham Webster (33.23) 25-29 was 6th, Nicolas Barber (32.79) 30-34 was 7th & 
Astrid Wharton (48:09) 45-49 was 10th.  

Session 4 finished with all 4 of the Otter 4 x 50 Metre Medley Relay teams taking first or second. The Mens 100-119 Otter A team of Wade Rimbach, Craig Gillespie, Fraser Peh, Martin Sartorius won in 1:53.02. The Mens 280-319 Otter A team of Anthony Ray, Derek Parr, Stephen Braine, Roger Lloyd-Mostyn won in 2:50.2. The Mens 120-159 team of Enrico Hahn, Dontony Gill-Nasadi, Wai Kwong Wan, Graham Webster  were 2nd in 2:01.48 and the Womens 100-119 team of Abigail Hucker, Camille Vrain, Catherine Demont, Alice Dinsdale-Young were 2nd in 2:16.29

SESSON 5 started with the mens and womens 4 x 100 Metre Freestyle Relay winning gold. 
The Mens 120-159 team in 4:06.75 (Olivier Geleoc, Graham Webster, Enrico Hahn, Dontony Gill-Nasadi.) The women's 120-159 team in 4:19.36 Hayley Davis, Catherine Demont, Gina Hobson, Olivia Reynolds.

Otter had more success in the 100 Metre Butterfly. Number 1 Derek Parr won the 70-74 (1:25.43) while Roger Lloyd-Mostyn won the 75-79 (1:43.81). Fraser Peh was 2nd in the 25-29 (1:00.18), Michelle Senecal was 3rd in the 40-44 (1:19.77), Catherine Demont was 4th and Abi Hucker 6th in the 25-29 (1:12.44 & 1:15.95). And Hayley Davis swam the 7th fastest ladies time over all (1:10.15), but somehow still finished 7th in the ridiculously tough 30-34 age group. 

Otter had a clean sweep of the podium in the mens 30-34 200 Metre Breaststroke. 
1st Craig Gillespie (2:36.22), 2nd Wade Rimbach (2:46.63), 3rd Wai Kwong Wan (2:48.16). Enrico Hahn won the 35-39 (2:41.98). Camille Vrain (3:07.05) & Elizabeth Shaw (3:22.13) took bronze in the 25-29 & 50-54 age groups. While  Dontony Gill-Nasadi (2:57.35) & Alice Dinsdale-Young (3:22.02) both finished 5th in the 25-29. 

Emma Shkurka took out the ladies 35-39 50 Metre Freestyle winning in 28.92. Roger Lloyd-Mostyn was 2nd in the 75-79 (35.42), Craig Gillespie & Gina Hobson were 3rd in the 30-34 (26.51) & 40-44 (29.05). Stephen Braine 4th 60-64 (29.41), Fraser Peh (25.57),  Nicolas Barber (27.50), Olivier Geleoc (27.71), Anthony Ray (41.42) & Olivia Reynolds (29.20) all finished 6th in their age groups. Martin Sartorius (25.72) 7th, Michael Jennings (26.91) & Wai Kwong Wan (27.70) were 8th, Graham Webster (27.01) & Elizabeth Shaw (34.27) 10th. Camille Vrain (31.56) 11th, Astrid Wharton (37.22) 13th & Dontony Gill-Nasadi (28.31) 17th. 

Three more Otter relay gold medals at the beginning of Session 6.  The Womens 120-159 4 x 50 Metre Freestyle Relay won in 1:55.30 (Catherine Demont, Emma Shkurka, Olivia Reynolds, Gina Hobson). The Mens 100-119 in 1:46.50 (Fraser Peh, Graham Webster, Enrico Hahn, Dontony Gill-Nasadi) & Mens 280-319 in 2:34.21 36.59 (Roger Lloyd-Mostyn, Anthony Ray, Derek Parr, Stephen Braine.)

3 Gold medal swims in the 400 Metre IM. Hayley Davis 5:36.06 (30-34) & Derek Parr 7:32.21 (70-74) were at it again picking up another gold each. Wade Rimbach 5:23.25 & Wai Kwong Wan 5:33.16 went one, two in the mens 30-34 and Abi Hucker was 4th in the ladies 25-29 in 5:51.21. 

Catherine Demont (1:01.75) picked up her 2nd individual gold in two days in the 25-29 100 Metre Freestyle. Otter picked up 4 silver medals through Emma Shkurka 35-39 (1:04.50), Stephen Braine 60-64 (1:06.36), Anthony Ray 70-74 (1:38.69) & Roger Lloyd-Mostyn 75-79 (1:21.11). Gina Hobson picked up Bronze in the 40-44 (1:03.23). Lot of other Otters in action in the final event of day two with Fraser Peh 56.26 was 4th, Martin Sartorius 56.98 & Alice 1:05.01 were 5th, Craig 56.97 & Olivier 1:02.71  were 6th, Enrico Hahn 59.41 & Olivia 1:05.18 were 7th, Graham 59.15 & Nicos 1:00.97 were 8th, Michael 1:00.03 & Camille 1:07.52 were 9th & Dontony 1:04:40 was 15th. 

Congrats to everyone who raced today, one more day of racing to go. Good luck Otters!

8 Otter National titles on day one of the British Long Course champs

Otter picked up 8 National titles on day one of the GB Masters & Senior Age Group Long Course Championships at the Aberdeen Sports Village.

Mike Reys was the first Otter to hit the water and the first Otter to meal this weekend. Picking upsilver in the Mens 40-44 1500 Metre Freestyle (19:53.47). 

The Otter mixed 240-279 4 x 50 Metre Freestyle Relay of  Michelle Senecal, Anthony Ray, Astrid Wharton & Roger Lloyd-Mostyn went one better and became the first Otters to pick up National titles at the beginning of session 2. 4 more relay teams picked up medals one day one: The Mens 120-159 4 x 100 Metre Medley Relay team of Martin Sartorius, Craig Gillespie, Wade Rimbach & Nicolas Barber picked up gold in 4:35.68 . As did the mixed 120-159 4 x 100 Metre Freestyle Relay team Dontony Gill-Nasadi, Enrico Hahn, Hayley Davis & Olivia Reynolds (4:10.86). While the Mixed 160-199 4 x 100 Metre Freestyle team of Olivier Geleoc, Mike Reys, Gina Hobson, Emma Shkurka (4:11.09) and  the Mixed 240-279 4 x 100 Metre Freestyle team of Elizabeth Shaw, Anthony Ray, Astrid Wharton, Roger Lloyd-Mostyn (6:01.48) took home silver. 

Otter went one, two at the top of the podium in the 25-29 200 Metre Butterfly with Catherine Demont wining in 2:42.77, closely followed by Abi Hucker 2:43.32 for second. Hayley Davis was 3rd in the 30-34 age group in 2:34.33, while Derek Parr once again won the Mens 70-74 in 3:46.27. 

3 more titles in the 200 Metre IM. Wade (2:24.35 ) and Craig (2:24.65) dominated the mens 30-34 age group, picking up Gold and Silver. Hayley Davis (2:35.14) picked up her first individual national title in the ladies 30-34 and Derek picked up his second in 3:24.67 (70-74). Emma Shkurka 2:47.20 was 2nd in the 35-39, Enrico Hahn (2:29.27) was 4th in the mens 35-39, Gina Hobson 2:44.93 was 5th in the 40-44, while Camille (2:46.99 ), Abi (2:49.63) & Alice (2:50.66) finished 6th, 7th & 8th in the Ladies 25-29 age group.

Otter came close to 5 more titles in the 100 Metre Backstroke with Hayley Davis 1:10.32 (30-34) , Martin Sartorius 1:06.27 (18-25), Wade Rimbach 1:05.90 (30-34), Michael Jennings 1:10.20 (36-39) & Anthony Ray 2:01.56 (70-74) all picking up silvers and Nicolas Barber 5th in 1:13.60 (30-34).

Close again in the 200 Metre Freestyle with Craig Gillespie 2:09.14 (30-34) & Anthony Ray 3:38.14 (70-74) placing second while  Stephen Braine 2:41.79 (60-64) &  Roger Lloyd-Mostyn 3:09.64 (75-79) medaled in third. Catherine Demont was 5th 2:18.31 (25-29,  Nicolas Barber 6th 2:16.85 (30-34), Graham Webster 7th 2:13.59 (25-29) & Elizabeth Shaw 9th 2:46.11 (50-54) in their respective age groups. 

Craig Gillespie (31.06) was 2nd again in the 50 Metre Breaststroke. Emma Shkurka (37.70) was 3rd 35-93, Nicolas Barber (37.87) was 4th 30-34,  Gina (42.10) 40-44 & Liz Shaw (43.94) 50-54 were 5th, Alice (40.36) 25-29 & Dontony (35.00) 25-29 were 6th, and Enrico (35.04) 35-39 & Mike (35.09) 40-44 were 7th.  

Congrats to all the Otters who raced today. Looking forward to day two tomorrow!

The Otter Summer Open Water swims & socials

We are please to confirm the dates of the 3 open water events of the summer :

The Half-mile on Friday 14th July, The Mile on Friday 28th July, The Quarter mile on Saturday 12th August. 

All 3 events have a very unique feel, are extremely enjoyable and are a great occasion for Otters of all section to gather and enjoy the (warm!) summer together. Those are the best occasions to meet members from other lanes or teams, and share food, drinks...and water as a group.

Information on each respective event will follow shortly, but do not miss the occasion of booking those dates in your calendar.

Hoping to see many of you there, Your captains.

Otters at the 2015 1/2 Mile

Otters at the 2015 1/2 Mile

Otter U/17 are National Champions!

London Otter were out in force in the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships 2017 U17 Girls’ semi-finals, beating Tyldesley to make their way into Sundays finals. London Otter stormed their way to a second victory, of the day (with the U19s winning earlier in the morning vs Liverpool) this time thanks to their U17 squad. Katie Cutler was the top goalscorer, hitting the back of the net four times as the London side beat Tyldesley 18-3

Despite the U19’s defeat against City of Manchester earlier in the day, the younger squad kept their composure in the final defeating City of Liverpool at their opponents’ home pool to claim the Girls’ U17 National Age Group Water Polo title with a 14-7 win. Katy Cutler showed her goal scoring prowess again, with six of the team’s 14 goals.

At the end of the first quarter the scores were level. Although Otter were first to strike, scoring a point at the hands of Cutler, Liverpool matched them goal for goal.The second quarter was the game changer for the London side as they secured five points and conceded none. This gave them a comfortable lead at half time. Although City of Liverpool’s Molly Boniface-Ashton totted up four goals, Otter swam away with the game winning 14-7.

Congrats to all players who competed in the competition.

And a massive Congratulations to the Otter U/17s team on becoming National Champions again!

Otter U/19s win silver at National Age Group Champs

London Otter and City of Manchester U19 girls kicked off the ASA National Age Group Water Polo Championships 2017 in style besting their rivals at the atLiverpool Aquatics Centre on Saturday 1 April.

The U19 Girls’ semi-final saw last year’s champions London Otter take on City of Liverpool. These were the same teams in the 2016 U19 Girls final, in which Otter managed to take the win. It was a hotly contested match, with the score sitting 7-7 at the end of the third quarter. Each goal scored by the London side was returned by their rivals. Otter took the lead at the halfway point of the final quarter, and despite a goal from Liverpool with 47 seconds on the clock, Otter took victory, 11-10

The Girls’ U19 National Age Group Water Polo Championship final saw Manchester beat defending champions London Otter by 5-3 to take the title for 2017. Otter got off to a slow start with City of Manchester scoring four out of their five goals in the first quarter. The second quarter bore no fruit for either side, but a determined Otter side began clawing their way back into the game after half time. Goals from Cecily Turner, Katy Cutler and Poppy Mayall saw the London side closing in on their rivals’ lead. Before a final goal from Clapperton in the closing minute of the game saw Manchester secure their victory and take the title from the reigning champions.

Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the competition, and to Manchester on the win. 

Otter undefeated at the U17 National Age Group Championships.

London Otter finished top of their groups as defending champions City of Manchester dropped out at the Preliminary stage of the 2017 Girls’ U17 National Age Group Championships. Otter won all four matches in Group A, finishing on goal difference of +46 to secure their qualification in impressive style. 

The London side will be the only one of last year’s four finalists in this year’s semis. Seven-time champions City of Manchester finished fourth in Group A and last year’s bronze medallists Rotherham Metro were third in Group B.

Otter kicked off their campaign with comprehensive wins over Tyldesley 13-3, and Cheltenham 13-2, before a 16-0 shutout against City of Sheffield. They maintained their 100 per cent record with a 14-5 defeat of Manchester in the final game of the day. Tyldesley secured the second qualification spot from Group A.

The young Otter Futura development team put up a fight in Group B going down 10-5 to group winners City of Liverpool, 7-4 to runners up Newton Abbott and 10-4 to Rotherham.

Congrats to all of the girls who played and good luck in the next round of games!