Testing the water in Swansea

For the first weekend of March, 7 Otters made the long journey out to the Welsh National Pool in Swansea, the venue for this year’s British Masters Championships in June, to compete in the Swim Wales Open Masters 2019. After a grey and rainy, but very successful, 2 days, the small team brought a total of 20 medals back to London.

Fraser, Wade, Pip, Chris & Catherine

Fraser, Wade, Pip, Chris & Catherine

Wade Rimbach took home 2 gold medals for both his 50m & 100m butterfly, as did Simon Williams for his 50m freestyle. Chris Morgan almost had a clean sweep, taking home 5 gold medals out of 6, as well as a silver in the 100m breaststroke.

Catherine Demont single-handedly represented Otter’s female side in her first meet since undergoing knee surgery last summer, taking home a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle & a gold medal in the 100m butterfly, and Caspar Stops achieved 3 medal winning places in his 4 races, in the 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly & the 50m freestyle. Lastly, Pip Bennett won first place for the 1500m freestyle, the result of which contributed to the British Championships titles this year.

A strong start to the season, and we look forward to being back in June!