The 2018 Kent County Swimming championships concluded in fine style at the Olympic pool based in the London Aquatic Centre at the weekend where Sevenoaks Swimmers were crowned the top Kent Swimming club having won the greatest amount of points for both girl and boy swimmers throughout the four weeks of the Championships.
Once more the Sevenoaks swimmers proved their brilliance by producing some outstanding racing.
First up on the agenda early Saturday morning was the boys 200m Individual Medley. In the 14 year old age group, Louis Hayes won Gold with 6th going to Jacob Hudson. Shortly after, an abundance of 4th places were secured by Ellis Stanhope (16) Aiden McMillan (15) and Oliver Dennis (11). Caiden Hibbert (13), Jacob Hudson and Oscar Wilson followed with 6th places and Eddie Hammond in 7th and Jaedon Lynch in 8th. Macauley Johnston, Noah Enticknap, Euan Terry, Robert Allen and Chris Lee also put in some superb performances.
In the girls 50m backstroke, the heats and finals were awash with Sevenoaks talent. Jessica Harmer kicked off with a Gold in the 10/11 yrs shortly followed by an amazing 12 yrs final, with Eva Okaro winning Gold and twin sister Izabella winning Bronze, Millie Armstrong 4th and Emily Brown 5th. Millie Childs (14) and Elspeth Watson (13) both won Silvers with Imogen Stoddart bringing home the Bronze in the 13 yrs. Amy Farthing (20) won 4th while Ellie Vowell and Emma Evans-Wilson both gained 5th places with Daisy Widdowson swimming well for 6th and Maddie Glen 8th. In the Open final only Millie Childs (13) qualified with a much older field and finished super 8th.
Other fabulous swims we recorded by Beth Hook (16) Jazzy Wallace, Aoife Lauerman & Millie Lodge (15), Katie Vowell & Lillie Chambers (14), Holli Gushlow & Kara Dimond (13), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das, Ella Wood, Martha Roberts & Carra Singleterry (12) and Alyze Gentles, Abigail Saunders & Amelia Tovey (10/11).
Next it was time for the boys to shine in the Butterfly 50m sprints. Making the finals in the over 17 yrs was Chris Cheng who secured a Bronze and a place in the Open finals, a feat replicated by Louis Hayes by winning the Gold in the 14 yrs. Nathan Rodrigues managed a Bronze in the 16yrs. Aiden McMillan produced arguably the swim of the morning. Ranked 3rd in the final he executed a fantastic race to finish in first and win a hugely deserved Gold medal. Ben Strebel & Jaedon Lynch swam hard for 5th & 8th place. There were also super swims from Stephen Weller, Chris Lee and George Tyler (17), Ellis Stanhope, Ethan Hunter, Teddy Wallace and Dom Percy (16), Oscar Wilson, Eddie Hamond, Robert Allen and Torsten Mangat (15), Zach Raymond, Euan Terry, Jacob Hudson and Dillon Bentley (14), Caiden Hibbert, Noah Enticknap and Tom Creasey (13) Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood, Max Cooper and William Jarrett (12) and Jonathan Vowell (11).
In the Open final Chris Cheng managed credible 4th and Louis finished in 8th.
The afternoon saw a swathe of Sevenoaks swimmers back on the podium with the boys 50m Breaststroke. Albert Whitlock, Jaedon Lynch, Louis Hayes, Jacob Hudson, Oscar Wilson, Dom Percy and Stephen Weller stormed into the finals. Albert swam a strong race and secured the Bronze in the 11yrs to start proceedings. Jaedon followed and was on a roll, clinching his second Gold of the day. 14yr olds Louis and Jacob went off head to head, this time with Louis also winning his second Gold and Jacob finishing well for Silver. In the 16 yrs Dom Percy fought tough opposition and managed a great 6th while Oscar secured a superb Bronze in the 15 yrs. Finally, Stephen Weller swam well for 7th place. In the heats the following swam well for some excellent PB’s: George Tyler (17) Ethan Hunter (16), Robert Allen, Eddie Hammond, Aiden McMillan & Torsten Mangat (15), Ben Strebel & Euan Terry (14), Caiden Hibbert, Tom Creasey, Thiago Gentles & Noah Enticknap (13) & Osh Crombie & Zac Howard (12) and finally Devon Tannock, Johnny Vowell & Zach Loder (11),
The final event of the day saw the girls return to the pool with the super exciting 50m Freestyle sprints. All these outstanding girls managed to either hit or better their respective PB’s in every race... a feat not previous witnessed by any Sevenoaks coach.
Ellie Vowell stormed to a fine Gold medal in the 15 yrs along with Jessica Harmer (11) and Eva Okaro (12) both comfortably winning Gold in their age groups. Sister Izabella Okaro followed swiftly for her Silver medal. Alyze Gentles (11) and Imogen Stoddart (13) also smashed their finals with Silvers won for both. Amelia Tovey bagged 5th and Daisy Widdowson (14) finished in a fine 6th, along with a strong swim from Emily Brown for 7th a position replicated by Emma Evans- Wilson (16). There were superb swims from: Millie Lodge & Laura Wright (15) Millie Childs, Katie Vowell, Ruby Jarret & Megan Marter (14), Emma Noble (13), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das, Isla Murphy & Millie Armstrong (12) and Abigail Saunders (11)
Sunday witnessed the last day of the 2018 Championships with the results produced by Sevenoaks again being excellent:
In the girls 11 yrs 200m Individual Medley, Eva Okaro added another Gold to her collection with sister Izabella adding another Silver. Jessica Harmer also won a Silver in the 11 yrs along with Elspeth Watson in the 14 yrs. Amy Farthing, Alyze Gentles, Imogen Stoddart and Maddie Glen winning Bronze medals in the respective age groups added to the medal tally along with Millie Childs grabbing 4th and Millie Armstrong a 5th. Jasmine Wallace produced a storming swim to win a 6th in the 15 yrs and Sarah Williams and Abigail Saunders winning 8th places saw Sevenoaks rising in the table of top overall club. Other swimmers who produced fabulous swims were: Emily Brown, Martha Roberts, Hollie Gushlow, Katie Vowell, Megan Marter, and Aoife Lauerman.
The boys were focussed on the 50m backstroke. There was no surprise when Louis Hayes won Gold in the 14-year event. Ethan Hunter, Ellis Stanhope and Nathaniel Rodrigues all qualified for the final in the 16 yrs where all 3 boys swam superbly - Ethan secured the Bronze, Nathan 5th and Ellis 6th. Oliver Dennis was on fine form and grabbed another Gold in the 11 yrs with Devon Tannock finishing in 7th. Also managing 7th places were Caiden Hibbert and Robert Allen. Joseph Box finished off the medals in the backstroke with a fine Bronze in the 12 years. The heats produced some wonderful PBs from Jonathan Vowell & Alex Evans-Wilson (11), Albert Whitlock & Macaulay Johnston (12), Tom Creasey, Noah Enticknap, Jaedon Lynch and James Fry (13) Ben Strebel, Zac Raymond, Euan Terry, Dillon Bentley and Jacob Hudson (14) Eddie Hammond, Torsten Mangat & Aiden McMillan (15), and Chris Lee (17).
Next was the girls 50m butterfly and the Okaro girls were battling it out in the 12yrs with Eva winning Gold and Izabella Silver, replicating last year’s result! Jessica Harmer won yet another Gold in the 11 yrs with Ellie Vowell and Imogen Stoddart winning a silver medal a piece! Elspeth and Lillie Chambers finished strongly in 4th with Millie Childs and Alyze Gentles fighting hard for 6th places. Finally, Millie Armstrong finished in a great 7th place. Fabulous swims came from Amy Farthing, Sarah Williams, Aoife Lauerman, Laura Wright, Maddie Glen, Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson, Megan Marter, Ruby Jarrett, Holli Gushlow, Emma Noble, Emily Brown, Sami Das, Ella Woods & Daisy McMillan and finally the youngsters: Abigail Saunders and Isabella Munoz.
In the afternoon the 50m Breaststroke for the girls featured some wonderful racing. In the 13 yrs, four girls made the finals and finished in a spectacular 1,2,3, for Sevenoaks: Imogen Stoddart winning Gold, Kara Dimond Silver and Holli Gushlow the Bronze, while in the 12yrs another 4 girls made the finals: Eva winning her final Gold of the championships, Emily Brown the Silver with Izabella Okaro and Martha Roberts finishing in 6th and 7th respectively. Jessica won her final Gold in the 10/11 yrs with Alyze finishing in 6th and Abigail in 7th. Maddie Glen gained another well-deserved Gold in the 15 yrs with Ellie Vowell finishing strongly for Silver and Issy Tyler a great 7th. In the 14 yrs both Megan Marter and Ruby Jarrett finished well for 5th and 7th with Amy Farthing finishing her Kents in a fine 6th in the 17& overs. In the heats the girls showed strength in depth with Poppy Homes and Sarah Williams (16) Olivia Chapman and Jasmine Wallace (15) Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson & Millie Childs (14), Betty Simpson (13) Rosie Deacon, Daisy McMillan, Rosie Lauerman, Sami Das and Millie Armstrong (12) and Fern Gray (11) swimming brilliantly in the heats.
Finally finishing the Championships, the boys 50m freestyle saw Nathaniel Rodrigues (16) take Gold and qualify for the Open final in which he finished a fine 8th. Louis Hayes finished his Kents with yet another Gold and Stephen Weller finished with a Bronze medal in the 17 yrs & over and secured a place in the Open final where he went one better and finished with an amazing Silver. Joseph Box and Zach Raymond also added to the medals with both swimming great races to win Bronze in their age groups. Eddie Hammond won a fine 5th as did Jaedon Lynch. Ellis Stanhope and Tom Creasey fought hard for 6th. Great swims were also posted by George Tyler, Chris Lee, Ethan Hunter, Teddy Wallace, Dom Percy, Oscar Wilson, Aiden McMillan, & Robert Allen, as well as Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Dillon Bentley, Caiden Hibbert, Noah Enticknap, James Fry and Albert Whitlock.
This brought an end to a hugely successful Kent Championships. Sevenoaks swimmers should be justifiably proud of their achievements, winning a magnificent 54 Gold, 43 Silver and 43 Bronze and 197 finalist places.
Huge thanks to Kent swimming for their dedication to such a superb event and to the coaches, officials, helpers and parents for their hard work and continuous support.