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Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – February 7, 2020 – 22 teams competed at the Eastern Committee Championships in Perris, CA. With only 5 swimmers EOST finished in 9th place with 429 points. The swimmers had amazing performances achieving 26 medals out of 27 races. Coach Otteson commented, "Our swimmers had an incredible day! If you take away the relay points, EOST would have finished in the top 3. Relay teams score double points, so it's hard to compete with teams that are showing up with multiple relays. However, our swimmers were...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – January 10, 2020 – Every year the fastest 32 swimmers in Southern California are selected to compete in an All Star Festival. This year only 2 swimmers from the Coachella Valley were chosen to compete: Shayna Hecht and Owen Otteson. Both swimmers compete for Elite Otters Swim Team in Palm Springs, CA. SoCal Swimming Website: " The Southern California Swimming All Star Festival meet will be held on the last weekend of January. SCS All Star Festival represents the best of Southern California Swimming. Selected swimmers...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – January 7, 2020 –As an 11 year old swimming in the 11-12 age group, Ava Otteson has shown what it takes to persevere and compete on the younger side of her age group. Otteson has already achieved 5 Spring Junior Olympic Cuts. Coach Laura Otteson said, "Swimming at the bottom of your age group is often a very humbling experience. Ava has shown her competitive drive and ability to adjust to adversity this season. She shows up everyday to practice and gives 100%." The Spring Junior...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – January 7, 2020 –Two swimmers from the Coachella Valley were chosen to participate in the All-Star Festival in Los Angeles, CA on January 25, 2020. Shayna Hecht and Owen Otteson were named in the top 32 fastest swimmers (7-10 age group) in Southern California. Coach Laura Otteson commented, "It's been so much fun to watch these two swimmers grow and compete with Southern California's fastest swimmers. They have earned their spots on this All Star Team." Both Hecht and Otteson also competed in the Summer Junior...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – December 13, 2019 –EOST participated in Winter Age Group Championships (WAGS) December 13-15 in Palm Springs, CA. There were 2 EOST swimmers that finished in the top 10 and brought home multiple medals. Ava Otteson competed in 5 events at WAGS. She dropped over a second in her 200 freestyle swimming a personal best earning an 8th place medal. Otteson also dropped time in her 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke where she was out touched by less than .2 for a medal. Shayna Hecht also had...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – July 29, 2019 – ELITE Otters Swim Team, Southern California’s elite swimming team, had three members compete in the 2019 Southern California Swimming Summer Junior Olympic Championships (JOs) in Riverside, CA on July 24-28, 2019. EOST swimmers that qualified for JAGs were: Shayna Hecht (age 10), Owen Otteson (age 8), and Ava Otteson (age 11). Hecht medaled in the girls (5-10) 100 meter backstroke and reached “B” finals in four other events. Coach Laura Otteson said, "Hecht had multiple outstanding performances at JOs! She came to...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – June 30, 2019 – ELITE Otters Swim Team, Southern California’s elite swimming team, had three members compete in the 2019 Southern California Swimming June Age Group (JAGs) Invitational meet in La Mirada, CA June 13-16, 2019. Otters swimming at JAGs were Shayna Hecht, age 10, who medaled in four out of five events, Owen Otteson, 8, who raced in four events in the boys 7-10 group, and Ava Otteson 11, who swam in five events in the girls 11-12 group. With every passing meet, EOST swimmers...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – May 26, 2019 – ELITE Otters Swim Team, southern California’s elite swimming team, continued to build on its huge string of success since its debut less than four months ago with their outstanding performances at the Palm Springs LC BRW Meet on May 24-26, 2019. The Otters were led by Shayna Hecht and Owen Otteson, who combined for seven new summer Junior Olympic qualifying times. Together with Ava Otteson the Otters now have three swimmers competing in a total of 15 events in July’s summer JO’s....

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – 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,...

Laura Otteson

PALM SPRINGS, CA – April 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...