Sevenoaks Swimming Club reached the pinnacle of their swimming history by qualifying for the National Arena Swimming League B Finals at the International Pool in Cardiff on the 8th April.
The National Arena Swimming League is a nationwide competitive league that takes place over 3 galas in October, November and December with the teams with the highest points, gained from the most top 6 places in each swimming event, qualifying for the national finals in April the following year. Many of the most successful clubs are based in large towns and/or cities, so for a community club based in our small market town to qualify was a huge achievement.
The weekend started with great anticipation and excitement with the theme adopted by the swimmers and supporters alike of ‘Sevenoaks Superheroes’ and they quickly proved worthy of the theme as each and every swimmer really stepped up to the mark, with some outstanding swims being recorded in the competition. We had a relatively young team with many of our members swimming up an age category yet still performing incredibly against much more mature competitors from the other clubs competing, namely: Boldmere, Swansea City, Hatfield, City Of Liverpool, Ealing, Hillingdon, City of Peterborough, Chelsea & Westminster and our friendly local Kent rivals, Thanet.
The competition was one of the closest recorded between the competitors with the top 3 clubs throughout the afternoon, Sevenoaks, Ealing and Thanet, switching frequently from 1st to 3rd place making the competition tense with excitement and anticipation.
Sevenoaks managed an incredible 2nd place with Ealing SC managing to secure the winning spot and Thanet 3rd.
What an achievement for the club, 2nd place in the National Arena Swimming League B Final on our debut against such seasoned and strong competition!
Highlights from the coaches were the superhuman swims from every member of the team - stepping up to the occasion, incredible support from the parents in the stands, the combined team spirit and effort, encouragement from all swimmers on poolside and last but by no means least, beating our local friends and swim colleagues Thanet SC by two points.
Sevenoaks have just appointed its very first head coach, Matt Smithurst, who will continue to move the club forward in its current trajectory, to put more swimmers at a higher level, whilst still maintaining the close club environment which offers swimming to all, at all levels.
Matt stated ‘We have a really strong younger end who will hopefully ensure we can replicate this success in years to come.’