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For the second consecutive year, Sevenoaks SC have qualified to compete in the B Final of the National Arena Swimming League due to be held in Cardiff next April.
Consistently strong performances across all three rounds of this prestigious national team competition mean that Sevenoaks SC continues to punch harder and higher than many other clubs across the country.
Last year, Sevenoaks SC came second overall - an huge feat considering the competition present in Cardiff.
Christmas Training Schedule 2017
The last day for regular club sessions will be on Friday 22nd December and training will resume on Tuesday 2nd January.
Below you will find details of the training sessions Sevenoaks will be running over the Christmas and New Year period.
The sessions will be aimed at maintaining fitness & skill levels.
These additional sessions must be booked in advance online. The prices below show the total cost for all of the sessions for each squad.
Top - £35 / County - £30 / Gold - £20 / Silver - £20 / Bronze - £10 / Platinum Junior - £10
Nathan, Ellis, Seb, Frankie and Zoë have all qualified and are travelling up to Sheffield for the Swim England National Winter Championships (50m) 2017 this week - so it's a collective Sennockian 'Good Luck' and 'Fast Swimming' to all of these members.
The National Winter Championships is the biggest English level 1 swimming meet of the winter months, with Britain’s top senior swimmers often involved.
The National Winter Champs offers a Christmas feast of fast swimming with the ASA’s historic and prestigious swimming trophies handed out to event winners.
The 2017 Championship will take place from 13 – 17 December.
We are now accepting online orders for Kent County Championship club swimming hats.
The closing window is 20th Dec 6pm. This is before the entry deadline to assist Ian Glen and the hat suppliers to ensure production and delivery in time for the competition.
For those who order but then don’t qualify the club will refund. The club will not order or permit swimmers to receive Kent champs hats unless they are accepted entrants.
The hats can be named individually, minimum order is 2.
Pricing is £15 for 2 (minimum order) and then £7 for each additional hat thereafter. The hats will have our club's logo with Kent ASA Swimming Championships 2018 printed. Your preferred name or initials will be printed underneath on both sides of the hat.
On Sunday 12th November, the Sevenoaks Sychronised Swimming team had an amazing day at the Kent Finals in Canterbury, with nearly everyone on the team coming away with a medal.
Synchronised Swimming is scored similarly to gymnastics in that points are awarded for technical difficulty, as well as artistic impression, with varying points gained depending on whether it is an individual routine or a group. In the group routines, the more in the team the higher the points awarded due to the difficulty in synchronicity.
For individual figures, in the novice category, Lena Saunders performed superbly and won the gold as a result with a bronze for Sayaka Soga, astonishing as both girls have only been swimming with Sevenoaks Swimming Club for less than a year. In Grade zero, Maelle Fontaine in the under-12’s produced a strong performance and received a bronze medal and Sophia McInnes in 13-18 age group bringing home the gold with Eden Dyer getting the bronze, both executing their routines with aplomb. In Grade 1, Maisie Wright and Aruni Meedeniva achieved silver and bronze respectively with wonderful executions and in Grade 2, Katie Henderson was also superb and won the bronze. The icing on the cake for the individuals was Sophia McInnes winning the trophy for best newcomer in Kent.
For the first time ever, Sevenoaks Swimming Club had entered three routines, each team swimming to music for three minutes. The under-12 team produced an accomplished performance and were delighted with their bronze medal and their highest score of the season with 45.79 points, losing to Hythe Aqua by only 7.5 points. The team consisted of Amelia Bell, Amy Cameron, Lucy Sadler, Katie Thomas, Angelina Bezuidenhout, Isabelle Thompson, Lena Saunders, Fleur Kirk and Sayaka Soga.
The 13-15 years team are a bit more experienced; they were delighted with their performance and were rightly awarded with the gold medal and a score of 50.03, higher than their score at the regionals earlier in thee season. The team were Eden Dyer, Emilie Williams, Esme Allford, Maelle Fontaine, Sophia McInnes and Tiia Lahdelma.
The oldest team, in the 15-18 age group, worked hard to pull off a great routine but sadly only placed 4th, against some stiff competition from Erith and District, Medway Mermaids and Hythe Aqua, but with their highest score of the season with 52.86 points, they should be deservedly proud! The team consisted of Abbie Mellor, Edie Coomer, Katie Henderson, Aruni Meedeniya and Maisie Wright.
Results from round 3 of the 2017 Kent Junior League have been published and are available here (requires web user login)
Sevenoaks Swimming Club A team won the Kent Junior League for the second year running and for the fourth time in last six years. They competed against Thanet ‘A’, Bromley, Beckenham ‘A’, Barking & Dagenham, Black Lion.
The squad was hampered by a schools national final at the London Aquatic Centre in the afternoon which required a hectic dash for many swimmers across to Beckenham for the KJL. The team are indebted to Daisy Widdowson who stepped up at the last minute to deputise in Event one for a swimmer caught in traffic.
Sevenoaks put in a dominate performance against arch rivals Thanet and a hugely improved Bromley team
Final results on the day were Sevenoaks 229, Bromley 214, Thanet 205, Beckenham 190, Barking & Dagenham 124, Black Lion.
The final league positions, after the three rounds, are Sevenoaks first, Thanet runners up and Bromley third.
Well done to the squad -
Jessica Harmer Abigail Saunders, Amelia Tovey, Valentina Groves
Izabella Okaro, Eva Okaro, Emily Brown
Imogen Stoddart, Kara Dimond, Elspeth Watson
Millie Childs, Megan Marter, Katie Vowell, Lilie Chambers, Daisy Widdowson
Devon Tannock, Jonathan Vowell, Alex Evans-Wilson, Oliver Dennis
Macaulay Johnston, Seamus Hamilton, Joseph Box, Albert Whitlock
Tom Creasey, Oliver Hamilton, Noah Enticknap, Caiden Hibbert
Louis Hayes, Jacob Hudson, Zachary Raymond, Ben Strebel
Meanwhile, the ‘B’ team competed in division one, lower gala against Shepway ‘A’, Maidstone, RTW Monson ‘A’, Thanet ‘B’ and Herne Bay.
In a hard fought fixture, Sevenoaks ‘B’ (187 points) were pushed into third place by Maidstone (224), RTW Monson (209) and ahead of Shepway (178), Thanet ‘B’ (134) and Herne Bay (116).
Fern Gray, Isabella Muñoz, Mia Bakunowicz, Olivia Dyckhoff
Isla Murphy, Rosie Deacon, Samriddhi Das, Daisy McMillan
Millie Armstrong, Martha Roberts, Isabelle MacKenzie, Emma Noble
Charlotte Prideaux, Kitty Fisher, Charlotte Dormieux, Ruby Jarrett
Ptolemy Mangat, Jacob Crombie, Maxwell Haslam, Xavier Hards, George Rehbein
William Jarrett, Joshua Crombie, Zachary Howard, Max Cooper, Thomas Hunt
Edward Holness, Jaedon Lynch, James Fry
Dillon Bentley, Marcus Humphrey, Charlie Purtill, Piers Harris
Sevenoaks swimmers were back out in force for Round 2 of the National Arena League last weekend with the A team journeying to Horsham to take on the big hitters of Guildford City A & B teams, Beckenham A, Winchester City and Atlantis. The B team headed off to the coast with hosts, Brighton, Croydon Amphibians, Chelmsford and Shepway as their fellow competitors.
The A team had a fantastic night and were in great form with 14 wins and 13 second places from 50 events showing their strength.
An outstanding race from Seb Stewart (17) in the Men’s Open 200IM kicked off the proceedings and set the night up with first win. This was shortly followed by a commanding performance from our 11/U girls in the Freestyle relay which they, once again, replicated later in the Medley relay. Not to be outdone the girls U13 won both their Freestyle and Medley relays too. With the Boys 13/U & 15/U girls in extremely fine form winning their medley and freestyle relays as well.
Izabella Okaro (11/U) produced a comprehensive win in the 50m Butterfly. Once again Millie Childs (13U) put in solid a win in the 100m Back and then Eva Okaro (11U) won convincingly in 50m Breast. They were joined in their wins by Louis Hayes (13/U) Butterfly immediately followed by Nathan Rodrigues (15/U) who fought hard for the win in the 100m Free. Next up Seb Stewart was back in the pool for the Men’s Open 100m Breaststroke, where the result was the tightest of the night but the touch just going to Seb!
In the youngest age group Eva Okaro was back in the pool smashing the 50m the Free by a good margin. These wins were strongly supported with some close fought place for 2nd with young Isla Murphy just being pipped in the 10/11yrs 50m Backstroke, Louis Hayes in the boys (13/U) 100m freestyle and in the 15/U age group, Ellis Stanhope, Frankie Whiting and Maddie Glen all swam brilliantly along with our Olympic Pentathlete, Joe Choong to gain strong 2nd places and the all-important points.
With strength in all areas Sevenoaks proved formidable in the relays gaining 2nd places, in addition to the 1st places, in girls and boys 13/U Freestyle, along with the 15/U boys Medley & Freestyle relays. The Ladies Open freestyle relay and Men’s Open Medley relay also gained great points with strong racing for 2nd place and Sevenoaks gained on their previous performance to finish the evening with a flourish and an exciting 2nd place in the 6-man Open relay.
The final results were: Guildford City A252, Sevenoaks 210, Beckenham A 182, Guildford City B 148 Winchester 138 and Atlantis 121
The B Team had yet another nail biting arena round with the final positions being decided in the last few races! Despite having an average age of the competitors of just 13yrs, the team stepped up to the challenge and grasped every point at every opportunity. They faced stiff opposition and at times it truly was men against boys but with solid wins in the younger age groups, Millie Armstrong (50m Back), Samriddhi Das (50m Fly), Daisy McMillan and Thomas Hunt (both 50m Freestyle) we were sticking to the tailcoats of Brighton all the way. Further wins from Imogen Stoddart, Kara Dimond and Ollie Coote all 100m Breaststroke and all swimming up an age group, allowed us to edge ahead of Brighton.
The young team also managed some superb 2nd places with the Boys 15/U freestyle team (Dom, Oscar, Robert & Ollie) smashing PB’s to be just touched out of 1st place, along with the Boys 9/11yrs Medley team (Max, Zach, William & Thomas) and 13/u Freestyle relay team (Elspeth, Ruby, Charlotte and Imogen) all producing fabulous swims. The Individual swimmers who helped tot up our points gaining 2nd places were Aoife Lauerman swimming up an age in (15/U) 100m Butterfly, Zach Howard (10/11yrs) 50 Breaststroke, Elspeth Watson (13/U) 100m Butterfly and Imogen Stoddart (13/U) 100m Freestyle.
The all-important 3rd places were gained by Dillon Bentley (13/u) 100m Breaststroke, Jasmine Wallace (15/U) 100m backstroke, Charlotte Prideaux and Tom Creasey (13/u) 100m Backstroke, Oscar Wilson (15/U) 100m Breaststroke and Rosie Deacon (10/11yrs) 50m Breaststroke.
Despite the young ages of the team they still managed a total of 27 top 3 placings – an astonishing performance.
Final positions were:
Chelmsford 215, Maidstone 209, Sevenoaks B 185, Brighton 180, Croydon Amphibians 150 and Shepway A 107.
Well done to all the swimmers for their exceptional swimming! Final Round is 9th December with the A Team heading to Wycombe and the B Team taking their battle to Hastings.
Florence Blaxill, a Sevenoaks Platinum Junior Squad swimmer, did a sponsored swim at Sevenoaks Leisure centre on Sunday October 22nd for Hospice in the Weald in memory of her father who died last year. He was looked after by the Hospice.
Her father, Neill, was a local man who ran the antique clock shop on St John’s Hill in Sevenoaks.
Doing the 2K sponsored swim was a big thing for Flo, she did it on her own, not as any part of any group and so far, she has raised over £2700 an amazing amount considering her target was just £200!
Flo said “My dad was on a skiing holiday with his friends when he had a seizure on the skiing slopes and was rushed to hospital in Geneva. He was allowed home after a few days but had to get a special plane home with a Doctor on board just in case he had another seizure. He was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumour. He had radiotherapy and chemotherapy every day to reduce the size of the tumour. After many severe seizure episodes and urgent trips to A&E he had to spend days in hospital and one was on my birthday which was particularly hard. We had already booked a holiday in Sicily with friends which we managed to enjoy most of it until my dad had another episode and he was taken back to hospital. Mum stayed with him and they were flown home on another special plane while I stayed with my friends to finish off our holiday, but it wasn’t the same when he wasn’t there, and I worried about him a lot.”
She went on:” My dad then stayed in hospital for the next five months and only came home for the last time a couple of weeks in November before he had to go back in again. He got worse and in January was transferred to the Hospice in the Weald who looked after him for the last week of his life. They really looked after him in such a kind and caring way which I know made his last few days a lot easier. They were really kind to me and my mum and it made it a little easier knowing he was there.
I have always enjoyed swimming and loved playing abut in the pool with my dad on our holidays and we went swimming even though it was sometimes really cold. One year we both jumped in the pool before we even got the bags out of the car!”
If you would like to donate to Flo and support her in this very worthy cause, please go to her JustGiving webpage: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/floblaxill
Sevenoaks swimmers produced a night of superb swimming in Round 1 of the National Arena League with the A team heading off early for their journey to City of Oxford while the B team headed off to the familiar waters of hosts, Erith & District at Crook Log.
The A team were up against formidable opposition facing friendly rivals, Amersham, Woking, Guildford City B Team and Maxwell. They had a fantastic night and were in great form with 16 wins out of 50 events which was impressive against such excellent opposition.
A superb performance from our 11/U girls kicked off the night with the first win in the Freestyle relay which they replicated later in the Medley relay. Not to be outdone the Boys 13/U & 15/U boys were also in extremely fine fettle and won both their Freestyle and Medley relays too.
These teams were joined in winning by Jacob Hudson (13/U) 100m Breast shortly followed by Izabella Okaro (11/U) 50m Butterfly. Both Millie Childs & Euan Terry (13U) put in solid wins in the 100m Back and then Eva Okaro (11U) won convincingly in 50m Breast. They were joined in their wins by Frankie Whiting (15/U) who broke 1 minute in 100 Free immediately followed by Nathan Rodrigues (15/U) also in the 100m Free.
In the youngest age group Eva Okaro was back in the pool smashing the 50m the Free, quickly followed by Zac Raymond (13/U) in 100m Free - both very outstanding swims. 14 year old Ben Ward had a very convincing win in the (15/U) Breaststroke. Other superb efforts we produced by Rose Compton (14) swimming up two age groups in the 200IM in the Open age group and gaining an excellent 3rd place and Zoe Naylor -Perrot and Maddy Glen both 14, also swimming in the Open age group with Zoe gaining an important 3rd place. Maddy also produced great swim in the 15/U 100m Breast with an excellent 2nd place.
Enabling Sevenoaks to gain ground with 2nd placings were youngsters Isla Murphy, Albert Whitlock & Macaulay Johnston(11/U) in 50m Back, Breast & Butterfly. Frankie Whiting also swam superbly to gain 2nd place in 100m Back (15/U) and 100m Free swimming up in the Open age and Seb Stewart grabbing a great 2nd in 100m Breast (Open).
Both Chris Cheng and Ellis Stanhope swam excellent races to bring home 3rd in the Open and 15/U 100m Butterfly, with Ben Strebel replicating them in the 13/U. Lillie Chambers also won 3rd in a hard-fought race in the (13/U) 100m Freestyle.
With strength in all areas Sevenoaks proved formidable in the relays gaining 2nd places, in addition to the aforementioned 1st places, in girls 13/U Medley and Freestyle, along with the 15/U girls and the boys 11/U Medley relay. The evening culminated in the exciting 6-man Open relay with Sevenoaks bringing home a fabulous 3rd place.
The final results were: Cityof Oxford 242, Sevenoaks 219, Amersham 167, Woking 148, Guildford City B 137 and Maxwell 133
The B Team had yet another successful arena round despite being up against some very tough opposition. They faced local rivals Erith & District and Orpington, Shepway, Mid Sussex Marlins and Hastings Seagulls.
The team consisted of a very young squad with an incredible 10 swimmers swimming up in age groups. Despite this they managed a total of 21 first or second placings with the girls 11/U team of picking up 4 first places. Of those, including 1st place in the Freestyle and Medley relays for this age group Millie Armstrong and Rose Deacon both gained individual 1st places in 50m Back & Breaststroke. Other 1st placings came from George Tyler (16) in 100m Butterfly Open age group and Teddy Wallace in 100m Freestyle (15/U) with Oscar Wilson (14) grabbing a tight 1st place in 100m Breaststroke (15/U).
In the 13/U team the girls managed a superb 2nd place in the Freestyle and Medley relays with both the 11/U & 15/U boys fighting hard for 2nd place in the Medley relay. Both Megan Marter and Elsbeth Watson went on to swim incredible races to pull off fabulous 2nd place for both in the (13/U) 100m Breaststroke & Butterfly individual races. Whereas in the youngest age group other 2nd places were gained with William Jarrett in 50m Butterfly and Zac Howard in 50m Breaststroke along with girls 50m Freestyler Sami Das.
In the 15/U age group Aiden McMillan gained a 2nd in 100 Butterfly along with Sarah Williams in 100m Breaststroke. Aiden (14) also raced the men’s Open age 200 IM with Amy Farthing swimming the Open Ladies and grabbing a close 2nd place which she replicated in the Open 100m Freestyle and Butterfly.
The all-important 3rd places were gained by Boys 13/U Medley relay, Ben Channon in the 100m Back (15/U) and Sami Das in the 50m Butterfly. Joining them in their superb swimming were Charlotte Prideaux & Tom Creasey in the 100m Backstroke, along with both 100m Freestylers Imogen Stoddart and Marcus Humphry and finally Noah Enticknap in the 100m Butterfly all swimming in the 13/U age group. Further 3rd places were gained by Aoife Lauerman (14) in the 100m fly 15/U and George Tyler in the Open age 100m Breaststroke.
Other great performances were produced by Jonathan Vowell, Oshi Hamilton, Jazzy Wallace, Phoebe Brockington, Laura Wright, Thomas Hunt, Eddie Hammond, Millie Lodge, Ollie Coote & Dominic Percy.
Final positions were:
Mid Sussex Marlins 240, Hastings Seagulls 203, Sevenoaks B 194, Erith & District 155, Orpington Ojays 132 and Shepway 125.
Well done to all the swimmers for their exceptional performances and hopefully we can keep the momentum going into the next round.