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Diss Otters make a splash at Norfolk County Challenge Gala in Dereham

There was plenty for Diss Otters to celebrate during their recent trip to the Norfolk County Challenge Gala, which was hosted in Dereham over the weekend of June 25-26.

The Otters had 14 swimmers with the necessary qualifying times to feature at the event, which saw some of the county’s top swimmers come together.

And the Diss-based club held their own to finish with 23 medals and 54 top eight finishes from 66 individual swims.

Diss Otters at a Norfolk gala in Dereham
Diss Otters at a Norfolk gala in Dereham

Among the squad’s top performers was Ben Eastwood, who collected a total of five medals, two of which were gold.

His victories came in the 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke, while he won a trio of silvers in the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle. The other gold medals were won by Ella Goodswen and Grace Cook in the 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle respectively.

The Otters’ other medal winners were: Jessica Freeman (1 silver, 1 bronze), Ella Townsend (2 silver, 2 bronze), Donald Perrin (4 bronze), Hebe Shearer (1 bronze), Laurie Shearer (1 silver) and Liz Ferrier (1 bronze).

Diss Otters squad: Ben Eastwood, Daisy Lewis, Donald Perrin, Liz Ferrier, Ella Goodswen, Ella Townsend, Emillia Clifford, Ethan Bailey, Grace Cook, Hebe Shearer, Hollie Richards, Jessica Freeman, Laurie Shearer and Mya Sidwell.

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