Well done to our Ot­ter pool stars

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I AM writ­ing to per­son­ally con­grat­u­late a num­ber of our Chal­font Ot­ters swim­mers who qual­i­fied for the South East Re­gional Swimming Cham­pi­onships, which took place over three week­ends last month in Crawley and Portsmouth.

The re­gion­als are the next step up the com­pet­i­tive lad­der from the coun­ties and one step be­low the na­tion­als.

I am par­tic­u­larly proud as this year we had the high­est num­ber of Ot­ters swim­mers to ever qual­ify for the re­gion­als. Twelve swim­mers – a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

I would like to es­pe­cially con­grat­u­late the fol­low­ing swim­mers.

James McClenn, who gained a sil­ver medal in the 50me­tre back­stroke (bk) and a bronze in the 100m bk.

Sam Phip­pen won a sil­ver medal in the 100m front crawl (fc) and bronze in 50m bk.

Ten of our swim­mers also made it to the fi­nals, in­clud­ing: James McClenn (200m bk-6th/50m fc 8th/200m fc 8th), Sam Clarke (200m IM 6th/50m bk 5th/200m bk/100m bk 4th), Charley Huggett (50m but­ter­fly 6th)

Long course per­sonal bests came from: Hugo Lane (50m bk), Ze­bina Ge­orge (100m fc/200m br/100m bk), Jamie Al­dred, Sadie Lu­cus, Daniella Hoy­land, Luke Molon­ley and An­gus Guiron­net.

The ma­jor­ity of all these swim­mers have beaten the cur­rent club long course records by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin.

Fi­nally, I am de­lighted to an­nounce that Sam Phip­pen and James McClenn have also qual­i­fied to swim at the Na­tion­als Cham­pi­onships in Sheffield in Au­gust 2015.

Con­tinue to train hard and well done all!

KELVIN JONES Head coach Chal­font Ot­ters Swimming Club

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