Otter swimmers picked up 13 European Championship medals, 4 British Records & 24 Otter Club records this week.
Dave Warren, Roger Lloyd-Mostyn & Derek Parr took home 3 medals each, from their 3 individual swims. Dave finished the Championships with 1 gold, 45-49 Years 200m Butterfly – 2:16.44, two silvers 45-49 Years 200m Freestyle – 2:01.74 & 200m Individual Medley – 2:14.94 & 3 British Records. Roger collected a medal of each colour winning gold in the 75-79 years 100m Butterfly - 1.36.50, silver in the 100m Freestyle 1.20.03 & Bronze in the 50m Butterfly 38.75. Derek Parr took home a gold in the 70-74 years 100m Butterfly 1.21.35, & bronze medals in the 200m Fly 3:30.50 & the 50m Fly 34.34. Amazing work swimming gentleman!
The Otter Ladies 4x50 Freestyle relay teams also enjoyed some brilliant results on a very exciting day 2 of the Championships. The 120+ team of Lex Higlett, Olivia Reynolds, Laure Kearns & Catherine Demont won gold in the 120+ age group in 1:54.55. While the 160+ team of Gina Hobson, Emma Shkurka, Jane McMenemy & Fiona Marshall Staines won silver in the 160+ age group in a British Record setting time of 1:56.41.
Hayley Davis & Peter Kirk both picked up bronze medals, Peter in the 60-64 years 100m Freestyle 1:03.82 & Hayley in the ladies 30-34 years 800m Freestyle in 9:58.03. Brilliant work
There were also 24 Otter club records broken this week, with records broken in all but 3 of the age groups. Dave Warren once again lead the way breaking records pretty much every time he hit the water. Dave broke Otter 45-49 age group records in all 3 of his individual swims; 200 Free (56.58), 200 Fly (2:16.44), 200IM (2.14.94) and also broke the 50m Free record (25.51) in a relay. Craig Gillespie, Hayley Davis & Roger Lloyd-Mostyn broke 3 records each, Craig claiming the 200IM (2:19.52), 50 Breast (30.68), 100 Breast (1:09.72) records in the 25-29 age group. Hayley breaking records in the 30-34 age group for the 800 Free (9:58.03), 200 Back (2:31.95), 200 Fly (2:31.24). Roger Lloyd-Mostyn in the 100 Free (1.20.03), 50Fly (38.75), 100Fly (1.36.50).
Jane McMenemy broke the 200 (2:29.57) & 400 (5:19.76) records for the 45-49 age group with her two individual swims, and was part of the British Record Silver medal winning 160+ 4x50 relay team.
Maddie Parra broke the 25-29 200 Fly record (2:37.83), Ollie Caldwell the 30-34 100 Fly (1.02.52), Christophe Amardeilh the 35-39 200 Back (2:32.20), Fiona Marshall Staines the 35-39 50 Breast (37.35), Emma Cartwright 40-44 50 Fly (39.91) John Paulson 50-54 400 free (4:50.74), Guy David 55-59 100 Fly (1:08.47), Peter Kirk 60-64 100m Free (1.03.82) & Bob Thomas the 70-74 years 50 Back (41.35).
Congratulations to everyone who swam for Otter at the championships. Whether you won a medal, broke a British Record, Otter Record, got a top ten finish, a personal best, or just had fun competing hope you had a brilliant time. As Dave Warren said, this sport isn't just about one person racing in a lane in a pool, it is a collective with lots of great people, common goals and shared experiences and better for it. All those who have entered and swam will have your own stories to tell for many years to come, I'm sure this event will live in the memories for years where for other events the memories will fade.