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Laura Otteson May 5, 2019

ELITE Otters participated in the Palm Springs Cinco de Mayo Swim Meet this past Sunday. Owen Otteson swam to two Junior Olympic cuts in the 50 butterfly(5 second drop) and 50 backstroke (4 second drop). Additionally, Otteson swam his first ever 200 freestyle.  His performance in the 200 freestyle ranks him as the 20th fastest 8 year old in the nation. Awesome work Owen! Shayna Hecht, who recently joined ELITE Otters and has been training as an Otter for the past 2 months, also swam to 2 Junior Olympic cuts in the 100 Freestyle...

Laura Otteson Apr 17, 2019

Femke Heemskerk, the Dutch gold medalist and world champion in the 100 freestyle, was swimming while we were practicing today. She said she’s determined to qualify for next Olympics!  She was so kind! After her work out she spent 15 minutes talking with our athletes on deck. Then she got back into the water to model all 4 strokes and take a picture with our athletes. She also signed autographs for the kids! Femke is a Dutch competitive swimmer who won a gold medal with the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. ...

Laura Otteson Mar 4, 2019

Ava Otteson aged to the 11-12 group in February.  However, that's not stopping her from reaching her Summer JO cut times!  At Otteson's 2nd meet as an 11 year old she achieved 4 Summer JO Cuts.  Here's the breakdown of her events: 200 free    2:11.35     with a 3.93  drop     JO CUT 50 free         27.98     with a 1.07 drop      JO CUT 50 fly            30.99     with a .36 drop        JO CUT 200 IM   ...

Laura Otteson Mar 3, 2019

Elite Otters participated at the Eastern Committee Championship Meet in Perris, California on March 2 & 3. In practice the swimmers have been focusing on improving technique, increasing endurance and mastering racing skills.  Their hard work and determination are definitely showing results in the water! Owen Otteson scored 67 points and earned 4 medals.  Istvan Banki scored 46 points and earned 3 medals.   Ava Otteson scored 50 points and earned 3 medals.  She also rose to the event swimming to 4 summer Junior Olympic cut times! Way to go Elite Otters! ...

Laura Otteson Feb 11, 2019

Owen Otteson received 1st place honors (tying with Owen Forget Star Aquatics) and Istvan Banki received 2nd place at the IMR swim meet held im Palm Springs, CA on February 9 & 10.  Excellent work representing Elite Otters! Otteson's Events:  100 IM  1:30.27     1st place with 7 second drop 50 Free    32.96     2nd place with 2.72 second drop 25 Breast 24.86     3rd place with drop .51 25 Back   19.70      3rd place 25 Fly      18.05      1st place with drop .1 Banki's Events: 100 IM   1:36.31...

Laura Otteson Jan 27, 2019

Congratulations to Ava for her selection to the 2019 SCS All Star Festival Team.  She was one of 32 of the fastest in her age group that was chosen according to her combined results from competitions ranging from September 1-December 17, 2018.  The 2019 All Star Festival was hosted by Southern California Swimmer at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce, CA on Sunday January 27th.  Excellent job Ava!