The fourth and final weekend of the Kent County Championships 2019 culminated in Sevenoaks Swimming Club amassing 9 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze and 46 finalist medals from their 130 qualified entries. This medal count resulted in the Club taking away 33 gold, 29 silver and 51 bronze and 197 finalist medals from the whole Championships. This great success and strength in depth, with more qualifiers and more finalists than any other Club placed Sevenoaks at the top of the points table for both men and women.
The final weekend at Crystal Palace kicked off with the women’s 100m breaststroke with an incredible 25 swimmers competing. Kara Dimond stormed home to a gold medal in the 14 years age group with Eva Okaro also achieving gold in the 13 years category, Emily Brown also 13yrs attained a well-deserved bronze. Madeleine Glen swam strong to secure a silver in the 16 years age group and followed up with another great swim later on in the day to win another silver in the 200m Breaststroke – as did Eva Okaro. In the 200m Breaststroke Kara Dimond managed a Silver and her teammate Holli Gushlow was hot on her heels with a bronze.
The men’s 100 backstroke saw Devon Tannock add to his tally of medals with his first gold of the Championships in the 10/11 age group. Next up came the men’s 200 backstroke with Louis Hayes not only securing a 1st place in his age group, but also winning the U/16 Junior Cup. Hayes too won gold in the 100m event.
The swimmers showed their resilience on the final day of the championships, starting with some fantastic swims in the women’s 100 butterfly; silver for Alyze Gentles (12yrs) and gold for Eva Okaro (13yrs).
The men’s 200 freestyle saw another great swim from Devon Tannock (10/11yrs) achieving bronze, a gold for Louis Hayes (15yrs), a silver for Zachary Raymond (15 years) and a bronze for Christopher Lee (17yrs). Tannock won another bronze later in the 100m event too. Meanwhile the 15 year olds dominated the podium in the same event with Louis Hayes, Euan Terry and Zachary Raymond securing an amazing gold, silver and bronze respectively.
The women finished the Championships off with the gruelling 200m butterfly. An exceptional swim from Ruth Godfrey (10/11) resulted in a first-medal win with a well-deserved bronze. The final medal of the day came from Elspeth Watson (14yrs) who battled hard to win gold in her age group.
What an exceptional effort from all swimmers and coaches which provided a plethora of medals and personal bests throughout the 4 weekends!!
Congratulations go to the following swimmers who placed among the top 8 finalists in their age groups: Abigail Saunders, Amelia Childs, Aoife Lauerman, Demi Alli, Edison Hammond, Edith Norton, Eleanor Allen, Ella Wood, Ellie Vowell, Evie Armstrong, Imogen Stoddart, Izabella Okaro, Jasmine Wallace, Jonathan Vowell, Lilia Fornasier, Lilie Chambers, Martha Roberts, Nathaniel Rodrigues, Noah Enticknap, Oscar Wilson, Robert Allen, Sarah Williams, Thomas Creasey, Toby Burke and Zoe Naylor-Perrott.
Congratulations to all swimmers who qualified to compete over the weekend: Amelia Tovey, Benjamin Strebel, Benjamin Watson, Betty Simpson, Caiden Hibbert, Daisy McMillan, Dillon Bentley, Evie Armstrong, Fern Gray, Imogen Stoddart, Iris Whitlock, Isabel Tyler, Isla Murphy, Jacob Crombie, Jacob Hudson, Jaedon Lynch, James Fry, Kezia Osborne-Walker, Laura Wright, Macauley Johnston, Martha Roberts, Megan Marter, Millie Armstrong, Oliver Coote, Ptolemy Mangat, Rosie Lauerman, Ruby Jarrett, Samriddhi Das, Seamus Hamilton, Thomas Johnston, Torsten Mangat, Vivien Rooney and Zachary Howard.
The Club are now hard at work preparing for the upcoming regional-qualifier meets and the National Arena B Final in Cardiff.