Medals, Speeding tickets and County times for Carnforth Otters in Blackpool


There were loads of great PBs, medals, speeding tickets** and three Lancashire County qualifying times to boot from the 23 Carnforth Otters swimmers who made their way to Blackpool for the North Lancashire Development Meet in July.

Ashton Pinnington (10) came home with a storming two gold medals and seven speeding tickets out of the ten events he entered, with Felix Brakewell (10) also bagging a silver, a gold and a speeding ticket in the 50m Breaststroke (47.97). Other 10 year olds, Honey Pinington-Mclean and Ronan Maher also put in some valiant swims.

9 year olds Evelina Raubaite, James Wilson and Isaac Midgley set some great official times in what was their first licensed meet, and Poppy Rix (9), at only her second competitive event, came home with a gold medal and a much coveted speeding ticket in the 100m Individual Medley (1:38.97).

It was the girls representing our 12 year olds in Blackpool, with Gabija Raubaite winning both a silver medal and a speeding ticket, Ellie Howley, two silvers and a gold, Maia Bishop, two bronzes and a silver, and Sacha Robb, two bonzes, a silver and two speeding tickets. Paige Evans swam a great PB in her 100m Butterfly (1:29.51) finishing just outside the medal positions.

The older swimmers also did well, with Ben Winterburn (16) claiming two speeding tickets and a gold medal out of his events and Connor White (14), a speeding ticket in the 50m Breaststroke (35.67). They both had a clean sweep of PBs.

Kiera Richmond (14) and George Wilby (11) each came home with a Lancashire County Championships qualifying time in the 100m Breaststroke with times of (1:24.39) and (1:34.06) respectively. George also bagged the club’s third County time of the weekend in the 200m Freestyle (2:36.37).

There was plenty more strength in the 11 year olds too, with Evie Sellers grabbing medals in all but one of her six events, with a speeding ticket and massive PB in the 100m Freestyle (1:16.29). Owain Heathcote-Jones also bagged a speeding ticket, and Anya White, a silver medal in the only events they entered. Finley Riches, Niamh Barnsley-Ryan and Kirsty Maher also put in some strong performances.

See all the 2017 results

** The award of speeding tickets is not unusual at level 3 events. These are issued to swimmers who swim faster than the upper entry qualifying times. Upper time restrictions are used in ‘Development’ meets to restrict the number of entries from faster swimmers, thereby giving those who are less experienced, the chance of winning a medal.
Unlike other types of speeding ticket, these are much sought after!

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