Information, news and comments from the ASA Age Group and Youth Nationals.
The National Para-Swimming Championships 2019, coordinated by Activity Alliance, in partnership with British Para-Swimming, took place on the 30th November and 1st of December 2019 in Manchester.
More than 230 competitors took part with 17 year old Genny Hunter competing in this event for the fourth year running and first year as a member of Sevenoaks Swimming Club, supported by Coach Becky Monaghan.
Races are heat declared wins. Multi class (MC) events have swimmers with a range of impairments, from multiple classifications competing in the same race. They are grouped for heats on their fastest entry time and swimmers are awarded within their class once the heats are over. The winner of the race is not always, who touches the wall first, but the swimmer who posts the fastest time for their classification.
Having achieved all qualifying times at the end of last season at the British Para Swimming International meet, the Scottish Nationals and the Swim England Summer Nationals, Genny was eligible to compete in 7 events as per her classification (S8, SB8, SM8). This allows her to compete in the 50 freestyle, all 100m events, 200 IM and the 400 freestyle.
Genny chose to compete in 5 of the events:
100 freestyle (1.25.53)
200 IM (3.39.55)
50 freestyle (39.43)
100 backstroke (1.42.94)
400 freestyle (6.41.21)
With personal bests in 3 of those events, and very close in the other 2, it was an extremely encouraging display from Genny. The club are excited to be working with Genny as she continues her preparation for the British Para Swimming International Meet in April.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club was represented this year at the Swim England National Summer Meet (31st July- 4th August) by 12 of its swimmers ranging from 12 to 17 years old.
The Summer Meet forms part of a swimming competition structure in Great Britain whereby the 24 top ranked swimmers in each event are invited to compete at the British Swimming Summer Championships held between 23rd-28th July.
The next ranked 20 swimmers at Swim England affiliated clubs – or those who have chosen to be ranked as an English swimmer – are invited to compete at the Swim England National Summer Meet.
Qualification is often fiercely fought by swimmers around the country and the rankings are on swimmers’ performances at level 1 meets between a qualification window, typically between March and May of the same calendar year.
Sevenoaks kicked off Day 1of the Swim England National Summer Meet with 16 year old Oliver Coote competing in the 100breast. This was closely followed by Zachary Raymond in the 50free. Both boys racedwell and placed 18th.
Eva Okaro racing first in the 100breast came in a strong 13th. She then followed on with an even stronger 200 Free with a PB of 2.12.87making finals that evening and concluding day one with another PB of 2.10.55 and an impressive 4th place.
Day 2 saw U15s Zachary Raymond competing in the 200Free, he swam a very good 2.01.66 to place him 6thinto the final that evening, Lilie Chambers in the 50Free with a 28.01 was also 6thplace into her final. Euan Terry in the 100Fly with a 1.01.92 came in 16thand a lovely 58.70 put U16 Aiden McMillan into 3rdplace for his evening final.
With a gutsy swim and second PB for the day of 58.10s, McMillan brought home a superb and well deserved Bronze, his first English national medal.
Raymond came in 10th in his 200Free final and Lilie Chambers a good 7th in a tight 50Free Final.
Day 3, Friday, 2nd August kicked off with U17 Nathan Rodrigues and 15 yr Zachary Raymond with valiant swims in their 100Free heat swims, placing 14th and 18th respectively in 54.70s and 56.56s.
The boys were followed by U13 Eva Okaro racing first in the 50Back with a time of 31.23 placing her 1stinto that evenings finals and then the 200IM with a time of 2.28.63. (and 4thinto her evening finals).
Eva swam well bringing home a silver in the 50 back in 31.32s and bringing herself up a place in the IM she swam it with a time of 2.26.91 to win the bronze medal. These were her first medals at the Swim EnglandNational Summer Meet2019.
Day 4, nicknamed “Super Saturday!” Saw 8 swimmers from Sevenoaks Swimming Club represented in the pool.
The club’s busy day kicked off with U14 Elspeth Watson making her nationals debut and coming in 18th in the 200Fly.
This was followed soon after by Fly boys U16 Aidan McMillan and U15 Euan Terry also in the same event. A strong swim for Terry placed him 14th, with a time of 2.19.50 whilst another fabulous PB of 2.11.18 saw U16 McMillan into the final that evening in the 200Fly.
The busy Saturday saw debut U14 Jaedon Lynch & experienced U16 Maddy Glen racing next in the 50Breast. With two strong swims, of 33.43s and 33.68s respectively, the breaststroking duo saw themselves safely into the Finals too. (Maddy in first place into her finals for the evening.)
Next to the pool were U13 Izabella Okaro in the 100Back and U15 Lilie Chambers in the 100Free. Izzy missed out on a final by 0.02secs, coming in a strong 11th, with 1.09.75,whilst Lilie made her second final for the week entering into the evening 7thwith a time of 1.00.50.
The morning session concluded with U16 Jasmine Wallace making her debut in the 1500m Free. She placed a solid 9th out of 15 swimmers in the age group in 18.32.70.
Back for the finals that evening, Lynch and Chambers finished 9th in their finals, Jaedon in a pb of 33.26 and Lilie in 1.01.01, whilst U16s McMillan and Glen both produced confident and very strong swims. McMillan was rewarded with a Bronze medal in the 200Fly with another 2 second pb of 2.09.26 and Glen a silver medal in her 50Breast with a time of 34.02s.
Day 5, the last day of theSwim England National Summer Meet saw McMillan and Chambers back in the pool, both in the 50Fly.
This was their 3rd event for the Meet. Chambers came in a respectable 14thin 30.40, whilst McMillan sailed through to the finals with another PB of 26.76s in 3rdplace, he fought an amazing battle to PB yet again with a time of 26.46s and came in 4th.
Aiden McMillan, with his 3 events, swam 6 times and was impressive with 6 pb’s over the meet.
Concluding the season, Head Coach Keiron Piper commented that he could not be prouder of all his athletes racing at the British Summer Championships 2019 in Glasgow at the end of July and all those at the recent Swim England National Summer Meet in Sheffield.
Thanking all coaches, parents and volunteers at the club, he was proud of all his swimmers: “They all stepped up, be it a PB or final, but have all learnt something from the experience to build on next season. Its been a great year, but we have more to do!”
Sevenoaks swimmers have just returned from a fantastic week at the British Summer Nationals, held this year at the Tollcross International (50m) pool in Glasgow. To have qualified for this meet was a huge achievement in itself, with only the top 24 swimmers in Great Britain in each event/age group invited to swim once the ‘qualifying window’ (late March to late May) had closed. The format of these champs required heat swims in the morning and finals for the top 10 qualifiers in the evening. The age category is determined by the swimmers’s age as at 31st December each year.
Day 1 saw first time qualifiers Imogen Stoddart and Eva Okaro (both 13/14) put in solid performances in the 50m breaststroke, climbing up the rankings condiserably to 16th and 18th places respectively. Teammate Jacob Hudson (15 yrs) swam convincingly in the 100m breaststroke to place 13th overall.Day 2 saw the of Louis Hayes (15 yrs) who had qualified for an amazing 8 events at these champs. Louis finished in 20th place in the 50m breaststroke whilst team mate Jacob powered through the same event to a personal best time and finishing 17th. Madeleine Glen, swam an aggressive 200m breaststroke to rise 4 places and finish 20th overall. Eva returned in the 50m butterfly and flew down the pool to produce a 2nd place seed into the final that evening. Still just 12 years of age, Eva swam the 13/14yr final, fighting to the end. By just 0.02 Eva had snatched the gold and the British title in an incredible time of 28.26!
Day 3 saw the return of Louis (100m free) and Eva (50m free). Both swam quality heat swims to place in the finals later that evening. There, Louis performed greatly in a very fast final to finish in 6th place, with just 0.37 separating him from placing in 2nd place. Eva produced yet another fantastic swim to win the bronze medal with another personal best in 26.94. Both swimmers stepped up to race faster in their finals.
Day 4 saw the return and final swim for Jacob, this time in the 200m breaststroke. A technically outstanding heat swim bore Jake a seasons best time and and a 14th place finish. Jacob improved as the week progressed and will no doubt be looking to final in the three breaststroke events next season. Louis, swimming in the heats of 100m fly, produced a gritty swim, finishing 12th. Such is the strength of competition that just 0.11 separated 7th and 12th places. Eva returned to the pool for the heats of the 100m freestyle and came out with another finals place, seeded in 5th. Swimming with determination and conviction in the final that evening, she moved up to finish 4th, just 0.11 behind third place but with another huge personal best of 58.72.
Day 5 saw Louis flying the Sevenoaks flag in 2 events, beginning with the 200 Individual Medley. After such a long week, Louis showed great strength to finish in 13th place, so unlucky not to make the finals, just 0.21 outside of doing so. With little time to rest. Louis returned to swim in the heats of the 50m free. Finishing virtually on his PB time in a fantastic 25.11, he was incredibly unlucky to finish in 11th, just 0.07 from making the final.
Day 6 began with Madeleine swimming the heats of the 100m breaststroke. Another gutsy swim with a powerful second 50m she, too, was unlucky not to make the finals, finishing in 11th position, just 0.04 outside of a final place. Eva then swam in the heats of the 100m fly. Smashing her PB by almost a second, she took her place in the finals seeded 3rd. Louis stepped up for his final event in the heats of the 50m fly. Showing great courage after multiple tight margins, Louis put in a strong swim to secure a place in the finals seeded in 7th.
After a long week, Eva and Louis took their places in the evening’s finals.. Determined to give 100% to the end, in the 50m fly final, Louis produced a new PB of 26.39 to claim a fantastic 7th place. Eva lined up for her 100m fly final as the youngest swimmer in the race once again. She stormed through the field, smashing her earlier PB by 0.7s to finish in a time of 1.03.29 to win the silver medal - a fitting end to her amazing week. Both Louis and Eva again swam faster in their finals; showing the ability to step up when it matters. Eva now returns home with a full set of medals, a phenomenal achievement on her British National debut.
Head Coach Keiron Piper summed up his feelings: ‘ I am so proud of each and every one of our young swimmers who qualified and swam in Glasgow this week. They have produced PB’s, seasons bests and technically stronger swims under pressure. Each performance stood out in their own right for me and I can't wait to build on this platform in the new season where we'll come back tougher, smarter and better for this experience.’
Eva and Madeleine now travel to Sheffield together with many of their teammates to swim at the English Summer Nationals (the next 20 qualifiers in the window).
The Qualifying Window for the British Summer Championships and the Swim England National Championships 2019 opened on 22nd March 2019 and closed on Monday 27th May. Keiron Piper, the Head Coach of Sevenoaks Swimming Club is proud to announce that 17 swimmers have qualified across both championships.
Following the closure of the qualifying period, the top 24 ranked swimmers in Great Britain in each event/age group are invited to compete at the British Summer Championships. The next 20 ranked swimmers are then invited to compete in their selected Home Nations Summer Champs, (English, Scottish or Welsh) .
This year, the British Summer Championships will be held at the Tollcross pool in Glasgow between 23rd and 28th July. The British female qualifiers from Sevenoaks are : Eva Okaro (50 & 100 Free, 50 & 100 Fly, 50Breast), Maddy Glen (100 & 200 Breast) and Imogen Stoddart (50 Breast). Our Male qualifiers are: Louis Hayes (50, 100 & 200Free, 50 & 100Fly, 50Back, 50Breast and 200IM), Jacob Hudson (50, 100 & 200Breast) and Nathan Rodrigues (50Free).
To qualify for these championships is an achievement in itself. These swimmers are amongst the best in Great Britain, but to have 3, 5 and 8 events respectively at the British Summer Champs shows the tremendous talent of Jacob, Eva and Louis.
The next 20 swimmers in their respective age groups and events have qualified for the Swim England National Summer Meet, which will be held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield between 31st July to 4th August. Sevenoaks’ qualifiers are: Eva Okaro (200Free, 50Back, 100Breast & 200IM), Lilie Chambers (50Fly, 50 &100Free), Milllie Childs (50,100 & 200Back), Maddy Glen (50breast), Elspeth Watson (200Fly), Izabella Okaro (100Back), Jasmine Wallace (1500Free), Kara Dimond (100Breast). Aiden McMillan (50,100 & 200Fly), Zachary Raymond (50, 100 & 200Free), Louis Hayes (100&200Back), Nathan Rodrigues (100Free & Fly), Euan Terry (100b& 200Fly), Jaedon Lynch (50Breast) and Oliver Coote (100Breast).
Qualification for the English Nationals is no mean feat, considering the vast level of competition across the country. The hard training now continues in the weeks ahead. The swimmers and coaches are looking forward to some top level racing, which will be live streamed from the British Swimming and Swim England websites.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 13 yrs, has once again been selected to the Jamaica National Swim Team for 2019 and has been picked to represent Jamaica at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Barbados to be held 20-24 April.
Qualification this year was very tough, being one of the youngest swimmers in his age group. Jaedon is one of two 13 year old boys to have made the team and the only swimmer in his age group to have been selected again this year!