Medal haul for Oban Otters at Linwood

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Oban Otters brought home an impressive 42 medals and 83 personal bests from 96 individual races at the REN96 Development Meet.

Eighteen Oban swimmers, ranging in age from 10 to 14 years, took part in the event in Linwood, the biggest entry into a competition for several years for the Atlantis Leisure based club and the first competition for many of the swimmers.

There were six more medals for a 300m freestyle team relay.
Head coach Amanda Coates said: ‘I’m delighted with the results. The swimmers train several times a week with early starts and their hard work has brought fantastic results.’

Among the 42 individual medals were gold for Andrew Boyle for 100m fly, Callum McInnes for 50m breast stroke, Edie Elliott for 50m fly and 50m back, Rachel Carre for 100m breast and Tayler Robinson for 100m freestyle.
Oban Otters took all the podium places for the 50m breast stroke with Callum McInnes, Andrew Boyle and Ewan Dowd taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Otters took all three podium spots in the 13/14 year boys category: 1 Callum McInnes; 2 Andrew Boyle and 3 Ewan Dowd.

Thirteen-year-old all- rounder Ewan Dowd took part in the most races, with nine individual swims, eight personal bests and eight medals. Rachel Carre, also 13, swum the most girls events with eight swims, seven personal bests and six medals. New club mascot Swoban the otter and the competitive atmosphere brought out 83 personal best performances, with many taking seconds from their previous personal best, helped by the swimmers cheering their club mates from the end of their lane.

‘One of the race officials came to me after the meet and said how great it was to see a club so supportive of each other,’ commented coach Alison Carre.

Many swimmers now have times that allow them to take part in graded meets and the club is focussed on further improving technique and stamina for the next competition.