On Saturday 8th December the Club sent an A and a B Team to compete in the final round of the National Arena Swimming League, with the A Team travelling to Wycombe and the B to Maidstone.
The A Team had qualified for the South Premier Division final, competing against Thanet, Bromley, Wycombe District, Oxford City and Guildford City – the repeat of the final last year, whilst the B Team were competing in the “Middle” final of Division 1 East after having already secured their place in the division from stellar performances in the previous rounds.
The B team were depleted on the night due to a variety of illnesses and injuries, but their typically raucous team spirit propelled them into a strong 4th place finish behind winners Maidstone, Black Lion and Thanet – beating Orpington Ojays and Erith & District.
The A Team fielded the youngest squad by quite a considerable margin in the final and battled to a hard fought 6th place in the league, 1 point behind Thanet Swim Club. This result placed Sevenoaks A as the 6th strongest team in the South of England and meant that, for the third year running, the A Team qualified for the National Arena League Cup Final in Cardiff.
This is astonishing achievement should not be underestimated, with the National Arena League themselves naming the South Premier Division being the strongest division in the entire country, as all 6 teams have now qualified for the National Final 2 years in a row. The Club will compete in Cardiff March 2nd and will attend ranked in 15th place.