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Sevenoaks SC Masters Swimmer, Shelley Robinson, competed in this year's Swim England Open Water Festival 1.5K Masters Swim at the Rother Valley Country Park near Sheffield.
After all the rain over the last couple of weeks, the water had been billed at 17°C which meant that under the new rules wetsuits would be compulsory. However, the temperature perked up to 18.4°C which produced a quandary - wetsuit or no wetsuit.
In the end, Shelley was the only swimmer in her wave hardy enough to opt for a swimsuit-only swim. The choice was a good one as she finished three-and-a-half minutes faster than last year - and in gold medal position, beating the second-placed swimmer in her 65-69 age-group by a margin of 26 seconds.
A good day’s Open Water swimming!
The amended summer holidays training schedule is now available here (in pdf format)
Have a great holiday period !
We're delighted to announce the 2017 Club Championships are now open for entries.
This year’s Club Championships series is made up of two parts:
Entry Closing Date
Online entry reference
2017 Club Champs
The following documentation is also available for viewing / download -
Congratulations to several of our officials who passed their assessments at our SOFS Open this weekend:
Steve Noble - Judge level 2 starter
Claire Marter Judge level 1
Jack Argirov, Sally Hudson, Lucy Johnston, Helen Stoddart and Sam Wood - Timekeeper.
Thank you to all the officials who helped make our gala possible. Without these people giving up their evenings and weekends to get the training done, these licensed galas would not occur.
More than 160 of Kent’s Masters swimmers (18+ years) competed at Medway Park on Sunday 25th June in the Kent Masters Swimming Championships.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club fielded a team of eight ranging in age from novice Masters swimmer Amy Farthing (18) to Tony Meek (67). In comparison, local friends and rivals RTW Masters brought a team of more than 40 swimmers in their bid for a ninth consecutive Top Club title, but we were determined to make it harder for them!
The Championships started well for the Sevenoaks squad with five swimmers in the 100 Freestyle event and Tony Meek (65-67 years) bringing home the first gold of the day despite it being his first competition after 18 months of health issues.
The next event (50 Fly) was Amy Farthing’s first event as a Master coming home in a creditable silver medal position. Both Shelley Robinson (65-69) and Pauline Caven (55-59) finished in gold medal positions with Pauline also setting an excellent new Event Best Performance (EBP) of 39.25 as well as a Club record.
The Ladies 100 Individual Medley event was a cracker, with Amy (18-24) coming home in a hard-fought first place in 1:08.58 - a Personal Best time and Club record. Stephen Rickards (60-64) was competing in his first ever IM event and finished in a creditable second place with new SSC Master, Peter Gruitt (65-69) finishing in third place behind Tony’s second.
The first relay was the Ladies 200+ years 4 x 25 Freestyle and, with only RTW Masters entering a team in the age group, the Sevenoaks team of Pauline, Jill Geer (40-44), Shelley and Penny Stotesbury (50-54) had something to prove - which they did - storming home in 1:04.96 to a gold medal and smashing a 20-year EBP in the process. Sweet success!
They then proceeded to finish off the first session in style, and in the 100 Backstroke event Penny, Pauline and Shelley all put in gold medal-winning swims in times that broke existing club records, with Pauline also setting her second EBP (1:25.84) of the day.
The afternoon session was ‘ladies only’ for the Sevenoaks team but opened well for Amy in her 100m Butterfly event, swiftly followed by the 50m Backstroke event. SSC made their mark in terrific fashion with first places for Amy, Penny (in an EBP of 38.44), Pauline and Shelley, and all in new club record times.
This was swiftly followed by success in the Ladies 200+ years 4 x 25 Medley Relay with the same team of ladies pushing RTW Masters into second place once again, but sadly missing out on a new EBP by just 3/10 of a second!
The competition finished with a well-deserved first place from Jill in her 100m Breaststroke event and gold and silver for Pauline and Shelley respectively in the final individual event (50m Free). The overall tally of 17 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze medals from a relatively small team was excellent, especially when factoring in the 4 Event Best Performances and 12 Club records.
On Saturday 17th June, Sevenoaks SC hosted their Maritime Trophy gala on one of the hottest days of the year. Six teams of young swimmers competed at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre with much noise and excitement from all the teams.
The Sevenoaks relay teams in all age groups took the majority of the first and second places and in the individual events, many first and second places were achieved with some very close finishes.
These young swimmers showed excellence in the quality of their swimming, especially those who were competing in their very first gala event. A justifiable satisfaction also from the many personal best times achieved by many of the swimmers.
As always, the noisy final squadron event brought the evening to a close with a tightly fought race and dead heat between Sevenoaks and Beacon SC in 1st place. A jubilant Sevenoaks team were announced the overall winners with 222 points.
Full results from this gala are now available in our results sub-section here (requires Sevenoaks SC member web login)
Sevenoaks Swimming club hosted round one of the Kent Junior League 2017 at the Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th June. The KJL is the leading team competition for 13 years and under in the county. The Sevenoaks A team were last year’s winners and B team are newly promoted to the premier division. The fixture included both Sevenoaks A & B teams, Beckenham A, Royal Tunbridge Wells Monson A, and Shepway A.
The A team were seeded in top position and quickly justified this rating with a string of first and seconds places. Amelia Childs and Louis Hayes shone in the flagship 200m IM events with Childs winning in a time that places her 25th in Britain and Hayes recording a time which makes him 14th in Britain.
Amongst so many brilliant performances and personal bests special mention goes to 10 year old Eva Okaro who produced astonishingly quick times in 50m freestyle (28.50 secs) and 50m butterfly (31.25 secs) . Both these times top the British rankings by some margin.
The B team performed above expectation and did a fantastic job to finish a superb 3rd place. The whole team performed superbly and demonstrated the depth and quality that Sevenoaks currently has. There were many great performances and personal bests, but special mention must go to Oliver Hamilton who was the only swimmer from the B team to beat a Sevenoaks A team swimmer. In the 12/u 100m breaststroke, Oliver smashed out an 8 second PB to go 1.27.43. Other swimmers that PBed were Isabella Munoz, Ameila Tovey, Katie Vowell, Ben Strebel, Martha Roberts, Thomas Hunt, Verner Krynauw, Samriddhi Das, Isabelle MacKenzie, Daisy Widdowson, Emma Noble, George Rehbein, Zack Murphy and Edward Smith.
Every single race was fought to the last stroke. This was best demonstrated by Emma Noble who produced a superb last 50 in the Girls 12/u 4x50 Freestyle relay. Emma dived in 5th and fought to the bitter end to finish 2nd! All the swimmers demonstrated this toughness and it was a major factor towards the superb finishing result.
The final scores were Sevenoaks A (1st) 272.5, Beckenham A 236, Sevenoaks B 157, RTW Monson A 149.5, Maidstone 136, Shepway A 115
The coaches wish to thank all the helpers and volunteers as these galas could not happen without your support. The next round of the Kent Junior League is 9th September 2017.
Mia Bakonowicz, Abigail Saunders, Valentina Groves, Olivia Dyckhoff,
Izabella Okaro, Eva Okaro,Emily Brown
Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson
Millie Childs, Megan Marter, Lilie Chambers, Ruby Jarrett
Jonathan Vowell, Alex Wilson, Devon Tannock, Jacob Crombie
Macauley Johnston, Albert Whitlock, Joseph Box, Seamus Hamilton
Tom Creasey, Caiden Hibbert, Jaedon Lynch
Louis Hayes. Jacob Hudson. Zachary Raymond,
Isabelle Stoddart, Isabella Munoz, Amelia Tovey, Fleur Kirk
Millie Armstrong, Martha Roberts, Samriddhi Das,Felicity Yates
Kara Dimond, Isabelle MacKenzie, Emma Noble
Daisy Widdowson,Kitty Fisher, KatieVowell, Charlotte Prideaux
Martin Argirov, George Rehbein, Zachary Murphy, Tom Johnston
Thomas Hunt Luke Dimond, Joshua Woods,Edward Smith
Oshi Hamilton, Verner Krynauw, James Fry, Edward Holness
The 2017 British Summer Championships took place across six days at Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool from 25-30 July.
The country's top 24 swimmers in each age group including a number of Sennockians competed at this prestigious event held at Ponds Forge.
Congratulations to the following for their swims -
Ben Ward - 50m , 100m, 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM
Nathaniel Rodrigues - 50m & 100m Free
Ellis Stanhope - 200m & 1500m Free and 200m Fly
Seb Stewart - 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Rose Compton - 200m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM
Maddie Glen - 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Zoe Naylor-Perrott - 50m Free
Ellie Vowell - 50m Fly
Annie Keppel-Palmer - 400m IM
plus the Girls 14-16 years 4x100m medley relay team
Full results are available here
A recap of all the action is available via video streaming here
Swim England's National Summer Meet took place from 2-6 August at Ponds Forge and pitted the next 20 ranked swimmers at Swim England affliated clubs against each other.
Congratulations to the following club members for competing -
Oliver Coote - 50m & 100m Breaststroke
Louis Hayes - 50m & 100m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke
Ben Ward - 50m Backstroke and 400m IM
Nathaniel Rodrigues - 200m Free, 100m & 200m Fly
Ellis Stanhope - 50m,100m & 400m Free
George Tyler - 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Milly Childs - 50m & 200m Backstroke
Rose Compton - 800m Free, 50m Backstroke & 400m IM
Zoe Naylor-Perrott - 100m Free, 50m & 100m Backstroke and 50m Fly
Ellie Vowell - 100m Free, 100m Fly and 200m IM
Frankie Whiting - 50m Free & 100m Free
Sevenoaks Swimming Club reached the pinnacle of their swimming history by qualifying for the National Arena Swimming League B Finals at the International Pool in Cardiff on the 8th April.
The National Arena Swimming League is a nationwide competitive league that takes place over 3 galas in October, November and December with the teams with the highest points, gained from the most top 6 places in each swimming event, qualifying for the national finals in April the following year. Many of the most successful clubs are based in large towns and/or cities, so for a community club based in our small market town to qualify was a huge achievement.
The weekend started with great anticipation and excitement with the theme adopted by the swimmers and supporters alike of ‘Sevenoaks Superheroes’ and they quickly proved worthy of the theme as each and every swimmer really stepped up to the mark, with some outstanding swims being recorded in the competition. We had a relatively young team with many of our members swimming up an age category yet still performing incredibly against much more mature competitors from the other clubs competing, namely: Boldmere, Swansea City, Hatfield, City Of Liverpool, Ealing, Hillingdon, City of Peterborough, Chelsea & Westminster and our friendly local Kent rivals, Thanet.
The competition was one of the closest recorded between the competitors with the top 3 clubs throughout the afternoon, Sevenoaks, Ealing and Thanet, switching frequently from 1st to 3rd place making the competition tense with excitement and anticipation.
Sevenoaks managed an incredible 2nd place with Ealing SC managing to secure the winning spot and Thanet 3rd.
What an achievement for the club, 2nd place in the National Arena Swimming League B Final on our debut against such seasoned and strong competition!
Highlights from the coaches were the superhuman swims from every member of the team - stepping up to the occasion, incredible support from the parents in the stands, the combined team spirit and effort, encouragement from all swimmers on poolside and last but by no means least, beating our local friends and swim colleagues Thanet SC by two points.
Sevenoaks have just appointed its very first head coach, Matt Smithurst, who will continue to move the club forward in its current trajectory, to put more swimmers at a higher level, whilst still maintaining the close club environment which offers swimming to all, at all levels.
Matt stated ‘We have a really strong younger end who will hopefully ensure we can replicate this success in years to come.’
Sunday 19th March saw the annual Sevenoaks mini polo tournament for the under 12s which was once again sponsored by BDR and E2W with 28 kids taking part from Sevenoaks/ Hythe/ Monson/ Faversham.
It was a fully packed hour of water polo with two games taking place at the same time ensuring everyone was active. With a fully packed viewing gallery with every spectator spot taken the supporters were fully engaged throughout the tournament.
The final scores of the tournament were -
Faversham v Hythe - 0-2
Sevenoaks v Monson - 5-1
Faversham v Sevenoaks - 2-3
Monson v Hythe - 1-3
Faversham v Monson - 1-3
Sevenoaks v Hythe - 3-7
The final positions were
(1) Hythe (2) Sevenoaks (3) Monson (4) Faversham
It was great to see so many Sevenoaks players taking part especially the new players who have only been playing a few weeks. Thanks goes to the older juniors for helping, Elliot for reffing and George, Chante and Leane for coaching the Sevenoaks team.
Thanks also goes to the parents and coaches from other clubs for supporting this event for the second year running.
This event was proudly supported by BDR and E2W