The annual Swim England National County Team Championships 2018 is once again taking place this October 7th at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Always a fun, colourful and competitive event, it is played out in front of a packed house in Sheffield.
It kicks off the competitive short course season for many of the swimmers taking part.
With more than 900 swimmers competing from 36 counties the County Team Championships is split into two divisions. Division 1 typically has 20 teams while Division 2 has up to 20.
The 50m national pool is specially divided into two 25m short course pools so that the event takes place for both Divisions within the one venue at the same time. There will be two heats for each event on the schedule with heats in Division 2 starting only 20 seconds after those in Division 1. This adds to the electrifying atmosphere of the fast paced event which is also fully live streamed.
Individual events are contested over three double banded age groups – 12/13 Yrs, 14/15 Yrs and 16/17 Yrs. There are 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke events for each age group with one swimmer competing from each county.
There will also be 4x50m Medley Relays held for each age group and one Mixed 6x50m Freestyle Relay. The mixed relay consists of teams made up of one boy and one girl from each age group.
This year, 7 swimmers from Sevenoaks Swimming Club have been selected to form part of the team representing the County of Kent in Division 1. This is the highest number there has been for the club.
The following Sevenoaks SC swimmers will be racing in the following events:
Millie Childs (14) 100Back
Kara Dimond (13) 100Breast
Imogen Stoddart (13) 50Breast in Medley relay
Eva Okaro (12) 100Fly, 50Free in Medley & Free Relay.
Izabella Okaro (12) 50Fly in Medley Relay
Nathan Rodrigues (16) 100Free, 50Free in Medley & Free Relay
Louis Hayes (14) 100Fly, 100Back and 50Fly in Medley Relay.
Also selected from Sevenoaks SC this year for the SE Regional Training Camp were 12 year olds Eva Okaro, Izabella Okaro and Emily Brown.
14 year olds Louis Hayes and Jacob Hudson have been selected for the National Development Programme 2018.