MASSIVE MEDAL GLORY IN WEEKEND 2
Sevenoaks continued their fine form at the weekend as the Kent Championships 2018 got well under way with the 200m and 100m events in Fly and Breaststroke for the boys and Backstroke and Free for the girls.
Starting proceedings on Saturday were the boys in their quest for glory in the 100m fly. First off to a ‘flying’ start were the youngsters, Oliver Dennis, Thomas Johnston (11) and Max (10) with Oliver qualifying being the first to qualify for the finals, shortly followed by Joseph Box (12) Jaedon Lynch & Caiden Hibbert (13), Euan Terry, Louis Hayes and Ben Strebel (14), Oscar Wilson & Aiden McMillan (15) and finally Nathan Rodrigues and Ellis Stanhope (16). Oliver swam well in his inaugural final for 8th place in the 10/11yrs, Joseph Box fought hard for 6th place, a feat replicated by Jaedon with Caiden finishing in 8th. Ben battled hard for 5th with Euan following in 6th and Louis bagging yet another Gold medal in the 14 yrs category. Shortly after came the 15 yrs final and Aiden matched last weeks’ medals grabbing another Silver with Oscar battling hard for 6th. Then Nathan and Ellis went head to head with Nathan bringing home the Silver medal and Ellis 4th. Finally, Chris Cheng managed a deserved 5th place in the 17/over age group. Superb performances in the heats also came from Josh Wood, William Jarrett, Max Cooper and Macauley Johnston (12), Jacob Hudson (14), Oliver Coote & Eddie Hammond (15), Teddy Wallace (16), George Tyler & Chris Lee (17).
Next came the turn of the girls with the 200m Backstroke. Starting the medal haul for the girls was 11 yr old Jessica Harmer who managed a Silver with Alyze Gentles finishing well in 5th. Millie Armstrong added to the medal haul with a Silver in the 12yrs age group, with Eva Okaro and twin sister Izabella finishing in 5th & 7th. Elspeth Watson and Imogen Stoddart (13) battled strongly and were rewarded with Silver and Bronze respectively. Adding to the Silver medals was Millie Childs (14) with Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson & Lillie Chambers bagging 6th, 7th & 8th in the same age group. Next up were the 15 yr olds with sole competitor, Jasmine Wallace, finishing superbly in 6th place. The only 16yr old competing was Emma Evans-Wilson who battled hard throughout and finished strongly for 4th place.
Swimming well in the heats were Abigail Saunders (11) Samriddhi Das, Daisy McMillan Ella Wood and Emily Brown (12) & Charlotte Prideaux (14). Finally, in the 17/over Amy Farthing finished in a well-deserved 5th place.
The second session of the day got underway with the boys gruelling 200m butterfly. Tough youngster Oliver Dennis kicked off the proceedings again with a fabulous 6th place. In the 12 yrs Macauley Johnston also swam well and managed a well-deserved 5th with William Jarrett finishing in 8th. Jaedon Lynch and Caiden Hibbert (13) were back in the pool and finished 6th & 7th and Noah Enticknap 10th with Ben Strebel & Euan Terry finishing in 5th & 6th in the 14 yrs age group. Aiden McMillan was the only 15yrs entry for Sevenoaks and made it count by adding a Bronze medal to his haul. Finally, Ellis Stanhope (16) was back battling it out for the medals, this time he showed true class and finished victorious with a Gold Medal and Junior Champion Cup too.
Finally, after a long day, the girls headed to the starting blocks for the 100m backstroke and with Jessica Harmer (11) swimming brilliantly to win Silver and Alyze Gentles gained 4th place. In the 12yrs category we had 4 swimmers qualify for the final, with Millie Armstrong and Eva Okaro bagging Silver and bronze medals with Isla Murphy and Izabella Okaro finishing in 5th & 6th. In the 13 yrs Imogen Stoddart and Elspeth gained fabulous Silver and Bronze and in the 14 yrs the battle was between Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson and Millie Childs with Millie bagging the Silver and Daisy and Katie finishing well in 7th & 8th place. Jazzy Wallace was the only finalist for the 15 yrs along with Emma Evans-Wilson in the 16yrs in the 17/over with Emma winning a wonderful Bronze and Jazzy 8th. and Amy Farthing 6th.
Excellent swims were posted by Valentina Groves & Abigail Saunders (11), Sami Das, Emily Brown, Daisy McMillan, Ella Wood & Martha Roberts (12), Lillie Chambers and Charlotte Prideaux (14), Beth Hook (16) & Phoebe Brockington (17).
Sunday commenced with the boys 100m Breaststroke. The heats started with Johnny Vowell, Zach Loder (11) & Jacob Crombie (10) all swimming well in the 10/11 yrs. William Jarrett, Zach Howard, Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood & Josh Crombie all swam well in the 12 yrs with Albert Whitlock and Seamus Hamilton qualifying for the finals. Thiago Gentles also produced a great swim in the 13 yrs with Tom Creasey, Noah Enticknap and Jaedon Lynch bagging places in the final. In the 14 yrs Noah Saunders, Dillon Bentley, Euan Terry & Ben Strebel produced good swims along with Zac Raymond, Louis Hayes & Jacob Hudson swimming their way to the finals. In the 15 yr age group, Robert Allen & Aiden McMillan swam well with Eddie Hammond, Oscar Wilson and Ollie Coote all bagging a place in the finals. Dominic Percy, Ellis Stanhope & George Tyler, Sevenoaks’ only 16 & 17 yr old breaststrokers, also swam well with Dom & George gaining places in the finals.
In the finals Seamus and Albert battled hard with Seamus gaining a Bronze and Albert a 4th place. Jaedon produced a strong finish to add another Bronze to the Sevenoaks tally with Noah and Tom finishing in 6th & 8th place. The 14yr old final finished with a battle for Gold and Silver between Jacob & Louis with Jacob pipping Louis to the Gold medal with a storming finish and Zac finishing in 8th place. Oscar, Ollie & Eddie battled it out in the 15 yrs, with Ollie winning the Silver medal, Oscar just missing out finishing in 4th and Eddie a strong 6th. Dom Percy (16) swam a great race & jumped a place to finish in a well-deserved 6th. In the 17ys & over, a fantastic swim was produced by George, finishing in 5th place.
Next up were the girls in the 200m freestyle:
In the 10/11 yrs, Jessica Harmer won Gold with Alyze Gentles finishing in 5th. The twins were back battling it out in the 12yrs age group along with Millie Armstrong. Eva finished victorious with sister Izzy in 6th and Millie in 7th. In the 13yrs Eslpeth Watson bagged the Silver with Imogen 6th place, and Millie Childs finished 4th in the 14 yrs. Maddie Glen & Ellie Vowell had storming races in the15yrs with Maddie winning the Bronze medal and Ellie finishing in 8th. Finally, in the 17yrs & over Amy Farthing finished in 4th place.
The evening Session on Sunday commenced with the girls 100m freestyle with thefinals producing some outstanding results for the Sevenoaks swimmers. In the 10/11-year age group, three girls managed to qualify with the exciting race with Sevenoaks winning Gold for Jessica Harmer, 4th for Alyze Gentles and 7th for Amelia Tovey. The twins battled it out in the 12 yrs final with Eva Okaro winning Gold and the Silver going to sister Izabella. Imogen Stoddart gained 4th in the 13yrs with Elspeth Watson finishing in 5th. In the 14-year-old category, Millie Childs finished in 5th while Lillie Chambers gained 7th place. In the 15 yrs Sevenoaks won the Silver with Zoe Naylor-Perrot, along with Maddy Glen and Ellie Vowell securing 5th & 8th respectively. In the 16 yrs Emma Wilson came a fabulous 8th.
Other performances of note included Abigail Saunders (11) Martha Roberts, Emily Brown, Sami Das, Millie Armstrong & Daisy McMillan (12), Holli Gushlow (13), Daisy Widdowson, Ruby Jarrett & Katie Vowell (14), Aoife Lauerman, Millie Lodge, Edith Norton & Laura Wright (15) and Phoebe Brockington (17.
Finally, the boys 200m breaststrokers were up in the pool. The races saw George Tyler producing an excellent swim securing Bronze medal in the 17 yrs and over. The 16-year olds Ellis Stanhope & Dom Percy posted excellent swims to manage a 4th & 8th place respectively and in the 15 year old event Oliver Coote, Oscar Wilson & Aiden McMillan made a great race with Coote securing another fine Silver, Wilson an excellent 4th and Aiden a great 6th place. In the 14 yrs Jacob Hudson stormed home for another Gold Medal with Jaedon Lynch (13) winning a fabulous Bronze and Noah Enticknap 5th and Tom Creasey 8th along with Albert Whitlock (12) finishing in 4th. Finally, in the 10/11yrs Johnny Vowell swam well to come home in 8th.
Excellent swims were also recorded by Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood, William Jarrett, Zach Howard (12), Thiago Gentles (13), Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Noah Saunders & Dillon Bentley (14) & Robert Allen (15).
The final flourish of medals meant over the whole weekend Sevenoaks managed 8 Gold, 16 Silver, 10 Bronze and an astonishing 63 finalist medals. Well done all for a superb weekend of racing!