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The Swim England South East Championships 2019 for the 15 and Overs were held over the first bank holiday weekend in May and Sevenoaks were represented in Wycombe by the following female qualifiers: Eleanor Allen, Lilie Chambers, Amelia Childs, Maddy Glen, Megan Marter, Zoe Naylor-Perrot, Edith Norton, Jasmine Wallace and Daisy Widdowson.
The Boys who qualified and competed were Louis Hayes, Jacob Hudson,
Christopher Lee, Aiden McMillan, Zachary Raymond, Nathaniel Rodrigues, Benjamin Strebel, Euan Terry.
The South East Region hosts many strong large Clubs, ranging from Thanet, Guildford and the City of Oxford, meaning that the qualification standard is incredibly difficult; with only 10-18 swimmers allowed to enter the varied distances and events.
Despite this criteria, Sevenoaks’ 17 Swimmers amassed numerous heat swims and personal bests, resulting in a total of 30 finals and 9 medals.
Lilie Chambers (15) kicked off the medals Saturday evening, winning a bronze in the 50m Fly, followed later the same evening by breaststroking duo Maddy Glen (16) and Jacob Hudson (15) winning Bronze respectively in the 100m Breaststroke.
Louis Hayes (15) over 3 days, managed to secure Golds in the 100Free, 100m Fly and 50m Fly, Silvers in the 200m Free and 50m Free and a Bronze in the 50m Back.
Sevenoaks too competed in the 4x100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley relay events in pursuit of national qualification. Jasmine Wallace, Edith Norton, Maddy Glen, Amelia Childs and Lilie Chambers rotated for both relays and finished in strong top 10 places. Robert Allen joined the pool for the boys relays alongside Benjamin Strebel, Aiden McMillan, Euan Terry, Jake Hudson and Zachary Raymond.
Both sets of relay swimmers await for confirmation of National qualification along with those competing in individual events and will find out by the end of May.
Thanking all coaches at Sevenoaks Swimming Club, parents and volunteers, Head Coach Keiron Piper was extremely proud of all his swimmers. “Hard work pays off and there is more to come!”
The 14 and Under Regionals will be held over two later weekends in May and the Club are confident that the age groupers will follow suit from their older peers and excel at their Regional Championships to be held in Crawley.
A packed K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley hosted the younger swimmers with a tremendous 29 swimmers qualifying for this event. A great achievement and a wonderful experience for some who qualified for the first time.
Some strong swims and personal bests saw Sevenoaks represented in 12 finals over the course of both weekends.
The first medal went to Alyze Gentles in the 200 IM, 11/12 Age Group. A superb swim from Alyze and a well-deserved bronze medal. Next up saw the Okaro sisters up against each other in the 13 years Age Group. A fantastic battle saw Eva win bronze and Izabella coming in 7th position.
Always a tough event, the 200 fly, saw a tremendous effort from Elspeth Watson to win silver in the 14 years Age Group. The medals kept on coming courtesy of Eva Okaro winning bronze in the 50 Breast and gold in the 50 Fly, the 100 Fly and the 100 Free, 13 years Age Group. Well done Eva!
There was some tough competition from the male swimmers in the South East Region, however Demi Alli had a memorable day, battling to win silver in the 50 Free and bronze in the 50 Breast in the 11/12 Age Group.
Altogether it was a successful Championships from the young swimmers, demonstrating that hard work and determination pays off. Congratulations also goes to all of the coaches.
Finalists:Eva Okaro, Elspeth Watson, Demi Alli, Kara Dimond, Jaedon Lynch, Martha Roberts, Imogen Stoddart, Isla Murphy, Noah Enticknap, Izabella Okaro & Millie Armstrong.
Qualifiers:Abigail Saunders, Albert Whitlock, Alyze Gentles, Amelia Tovey, Benjamin Watson, Caiden Hibbert, Daisy McMillan, Demi Alli, Ella Wood, Elspeth Watson, Emily Brown, Eva Okaro, Fern Gray, Holli Gushlow, Imogen Stoddart, Izabella Okaro, Jaedon Lynch, Joseph Box, Kara Dimond, Martha Roberts, Millie Armstrong, Noah Enticknap, Sam Martin-Young, Samriddhi Das, Seamus Hamilton, Thiago Gentles, Thomas Creasey, William Jarrett, Zachary Howard.