With a couple of weeks off from team competitions many could think that’s a good time to put your feet up; catch a movie, catch up with some chores, take a nice walk in early spring sunshine. Or, being a Green Octopus, you can go off and chase some silverware and some PBs at open meets. Here’s how we got on.


1. Worksop Dolphins Spring Open Meet 3rd March.


Thanks to the fantastic cajoling from Fiona Coleman, NLSC sent a decent party to the Worksop Open Meet with our new Senior Squad coach, Jonny Higham, being on hand to inspire. The party was a good mix of squad members, development swimmers and Nova attached all looking to shine in their own way.


This was an event we targeted as club last year so we had to double down on the successes we achieved last year


PBs and medals came straight of the bat from Emma Demandt, Edie Syrett and Anujin Munkbhat in the 12 years 100M Breaststroke before Ryan Banks and Will Soden-Barton dialled in a great 1-2 in the 14 years 100M Backstroke.


Erno Lapis carried a rich vein of form in the 100M Freestyle before Will S-B went one better than the backstroke to secure the 14 years gold by threatening the magic one-minute mark. Taryn Walsh also capped off a great morning’s effort with a gutsy display in the 50M Freestyle.


Even though she hadn’t officially joined us as at this time, Hannah Edwards got the afternoon session off to a great start with victory in the 12 years 400M Freestyle – but she has joined us now and this makes us happy! Will S-B carried off his second gold in the 100M Breaststroke with Jamie Danson claiming bronze, missing out on silver by hundredths of a second.


His third gold came shortly after in the 50M Freestyle, leading out a 1-2-3 with Finn Ellis and Jamie joining him in the medals. Finn however capped off the day in style with gold in the 200M Backstroke pipping Ryan by two tenths for another Leander 1-2.


The PB count though outshone the medals and a small party definitely made its presence felt.



2. Arnold SC’s Ernhale Open Meet 9th & 10th March.


Spread over two days the Ernhale Open Meet draws a good crowd of swimmers from across the region and offers a different challenge to the Nova Sprint Meet held on the same Sunday.


Saturday night’s session was dedicated to the 400M IM (whole heap of nope going on there) and the 200M Freestyle events. Three of the Green Octopus’ newest recruits were in action in the 200M Free with Kallum Quirke taking home the 12 years gold, ably supported with a PB from Matthew Clarke in the same age group. Myleece Quirke also took a healthy chunk off her PB in the 14 years class.


Sunday’s session open up with Matt taking a great third place in the 200M IM which he backed up with a fourth place in the 200M Breaststroke and another PB.


For the girls, Katherine Hewing took the first of three sizeable chunks off her PBs in the 200M Fly (even more heaps of absolute nope there) before backing it up in the 100M Free. In the afternoon she set her final PB in the 100M Fly which came back to back after her debut in the 200M Breaststroke. Three big PBs, three medals, job done.


Finally in the afternoon, Finn Ellis and Jamie Danson carried through their form from the previous week with more medals; swimming some great, quick times in the 100M Back, Breast and Free.



3. Nova Sprint Meet 10th March


This meet is always a chance for swimmers to double-down on their performances at Counties and back up their results over the long course challenge. Many of the Green Octopus swam under the Nova banner but that doesn’t mean that we would overlook what they did; once an Octopus, always an Octopus.


The boys 200M IM kicked off the day with great performances coming from Harrison Howes, George Cummings with Nathan Chita, Kallum Quirke, Mckenzie Matthews, Luke Derivan and the newly streamlined Gabriel Oyaide-Nicholls (huge round of applause for the money he’s raised for charity) all medalling in their respective age groups.


More medals and PBs in the girls 100M Fly from Elissa Bowen, Rebeka Hodi with Ziyenne Shanker and Rosie Dickerson bringing home a 1-2 in the 13 years class. Courtney Price also took gold in the Open age group but Emma Demandt’s huge PB in the 12 year group also stands out.


Connor Byron took a great silver in the boys 100M Fly and Evie Sibley and Evie Ferrer decided to tie equally in the 50M Free just ahead of a great confidence boosting swim for Anja Tinsley in the same event.


Elissa Bowen took gold in the 9 years 100M Breaststroke, not bad for somebody who states she doesn’t like breaststroke, and backed up by Evie Sibley with silver in the 10 years group. In the boys’ event, George Cummings took bronze, Kallum his third silver of the day and a double gold from Luke and Gabriel in the 14 and Open groups respectively. Luke’s group was especially tight with him eventually sneaking home by a mere fifteen seconds….


Evie Ferrer showed her class in the 50M Backstroke taking the gold she missed out on from the Counties in the 10 years group and Rosie took silver in the 13 years group.


In the afternoon, more medals came from Elissa, Evie, Ziyenne, Nathan, Kallum, McKenzie, Harrison, Luke, Gabriel and Rosie and more great swimming came from Ruby Mandeville, Emma Beale, Harriet Dickerson, Edie Syrett, Sam Milliere, Billy Kielty, Hannah Edwards, Myleece Quirke, Ahona Chowdhury, Aaron Johnson, Connor Byron et al.


A great couple of medals too from Daniel Oyaide-Nicholls, our only swimmer wearing the Green Octopus in the 50M Breast and 50M Fly and last but by no means least the sprint meet also gave us a chance to welcome back Heaven Harris-Burton after injury. Enjoy the road back and the whole Green Octopus is behind you.



Open meets are really about the individual testing themselves against their peers and the clock. And as each and every swimmer is on their own personal journey and the individual successes being earned are our collective achievements.


Wherever and whenever that Green Octopus gets into the water you have hundreds of people behind you.


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