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12 is the magic number at National Summer Meet

Published in Nationals
Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

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). 


Summer training schedule

Published in Newsflash
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 00:00

Normal training continues until week ending 28th July 2019.


Following sessions cancelled in week commencing 29th July 2019 :

 - Tuesday 30th @ New Beacon, Silver

 - Wednesday 31st @ Leisure Centre, Bronze

 - Sunday pm session, 4th August @ Sennocke, Masters, Platinum Senior & Junior Development


The following program will run between 5th August-18th August

- Tuesdays @ Sennocke, 6-8pm :

  • Performance Development, Youth Development & Gold

 - Wednesdays @ Leisure Centre

  • 8-9pm : Masters, Platinum Senior
  • 9-10pm : Senior Water Polo

 - Thursdays @ Leisure Centre

  • 5:45-6:45pm : Entry Levels & Transition
  • 6:45-8pm : Bronze, Silver, Junior Development
  • 8-9:15pm : Performance Development, Youth Development & Gold

- Sundays @ Sennocke

  • 9-10am : Junior Water Polo
  • 10-12pm : Performance Development, Youth Development & Gold
  • 12-1pm : Silver, Bronze, Junior Development & Transition



The following program will run between 19th August-29th August

- Mondays @ Wally Hall

  • 6-7:30am : Performance Development, Youth Development & Gold

- Wednesdays @ Leisure Centre

  • 8-9pm : Masters, Platinum Senior
  • 9-10pm : Senior Water Polo

- Thursdays @ Leisure Centre

  • 5:45-6:45pm : Entry Levels & Transition
  • 6:45-8pm : Bronze, Silver, Junior Development
  • 8-9:15pm : Performance Development, Youth Development & Gold

PLEASE NOTE - Sunday 25th August - all sessions due to be held at the Sennocke Centre are CANCELLED due to a planned deep clean of the pool.


Full program resumes on Friday 30th August 2019.


It's a medal haul at Kent Synchro Championships

Published in News
Sunday, 07 July 2019 00:00

The Sevenoaks Sychronised Swimming team shone at the recent Kent Championships in Canterbury with every swimmer leaving the event having won a medal!

In the individual championships, the medal winners were:

Novice category - Abigail Bampton, bronze  (12/U). Ruby Ferguson (13-18), in her first ever competition won the Gold!

Grade 0 (13-18) Lena Saunders brought home the silver medal with Michaela Grobbelaar winning the bronze. 

Grade 1 figures it was gold  for Sarah Fitz-Gerald, (12/U) an amazing achievement after just 10 months with the club. In 13-18 age group, Emilie Williams won the  bronze.

Grade 2,  Lucy Sadler (12/U) won the bronze medal whilst Maelle Fontaine also won the bronze medal in the 13-18 category.

In Grade 3, (13-15) Tiia Lahdelma won silver, whilst Aruni Meedeniya (15-18) took the bronze.

The team also entered two duets. The 12u girls managed to bring home a second gold medal this season. Lucy Sadler, Fleur Kirk (and reserve Angelina Bezuidenhout). The 13-18 duet narrowly missed out on a podium place coming in 4th.  Tiia Lahdelma, Aruni Meedeniya (and reserve Amelia Bell)

Finally, the club entered three routines in the team championships, each team swimming to music for 3 minutes. The 12u team, were ecstatic to take home the gold medal and the U12 trophy. Team members: Angelina Bezuidenhout, Betty Black, Abigail Bampton, Stanley Stiff, Ella Francis, Fleur Kirk, Gemma Grobbelaar, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Lillie Horgan and Abbie White

The 15U team won bronze in a very tough category,  just 0.2 separating them from the gold! 

The 13-18 team were ecstatic to win gold and the Kent title. 

The teams are training hard for their final competition of the summer, the National Combo Cup, the second time Sevenoaks has competed at national level.


Kent Junior League 1st round Sat 8th June

Published in Kent Junior League
Friday, 05 July 2019 00:00

The KJL got off to a good start at the beginning of June with great swims from both A and B team members.

The A team led by coach Vince Norris swam st Maidstone and the B team led by coach Jack Agirov were at their home pool in Sevenoaks.


These swimmers won some valuable points for Sevenoaks by achieving first place in the following events...


13/U Girls 4 x 50m Medley relay & 13/U Girls Freestyle 4 x 50m relay Millie Armstrong Martha Roberts Samriddhi Das Daisy McMillan

11/U Boys 50m Breaststroke  - Jacob Crombie

12/U Boys 100m Breaststroke - Demi Ali

10/U Boys 50m Breaststroke - Aaron Green

13/U Girls 100m Backstroke - Millie Armstrong

13/U Girls 100m Breaststroke - Martha Roberts

12/U Girls Freestyle 4 x 50m relay - Alyze Gentles, Amelia Tovey, Abigail Saunders, Fern Gray


Also representing the A team were...

Macauley Johnston, Dakota Lynch, Imogen Smith, Amelia Ashton, Isabel Pennington Leigh, Torin Smith, Aaron Green, Freddie Martin Young, Thomas Ellershaw, Ptolemy Mangat, Tom Johnston, Joseph Strebel, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Lillia Fornaisier, Iris Whitlock, Evie Armstrong, Jacob Crombie, Toby Burke, Xavier Hards, Maxwell Haslam, Sam Martin Young, Ben Watson & Max Cooper.


Representing the B team were....

Anjola Pratt, Joshua Crombie, Imogen Brand, Tallulah Parkinson, Emily Stone, Isla Norton, Ethan Green, Matthew Trenter, Lucian Hayes, Lucas Bowen, Charlotte Wright, Amelie Thompson, Maisie Chambers, Isabelle Stoddart, Thomas Holness, George Rehbein, Henry Prickett, Ethan Hudson, Anabel Nung, Sophie Bentley, Logan Hibbert, Patrick Murphy, Peter Clews, Oliver Bowen, Cara Singleterry, Rosie Lauerman, Ella Wood, Rosie Deacon, James Ellershaw, Josh Wood, Tate Pitchie-Cooper & Caitlin Miller.


The final round for 2019 took place at Eltham pool on the 22nd june.

The results of all the rounds were as follows :

Round 1 (no team was entered)

Round 2 2nd place

Round 3 5th place

Round 4 6th place

Round 5 5th place

Round 6 5th Place

Our final league position at the end of the year was 6th place and a League Place Trophy was awarded to each team.

Competing clubs are  Bexley, Dartford District, Erith district, Gravesend & Northfleet, Greenwich Royals, Orpington Ojays, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge


Personal best times were achieved by the following

Theo Loder in the 9/10 years breaststroke

Toby Burke in the 12/u breaststroke

Kezia Osborne-Walker in the 12/u fly

Jacob Crombie in the 12/u backstroke

Ethan Martin in the 14/u freestyle


There were also new recorded times for Aaron Green in the 9/10 fly and Evie Mann in the 9/10 freestyle

Swimmers in the team were :

9/10 years Emily stone, Imogen Myles, Dakota Lynch, Evie Mann, Theo Loder, Aaron Green, Thomas Ellershaw.

12/u Caitlyn Semple, Iris whitlock, Kezia Osborne-Walker, Alice Stone, Jacob Crombie, Toby Burke, Xavier Hards, Zac Loder

14/u Cara Singleterry, Abigail Saunders, Bethany Burke Macaulay Johnston, Joshua Crombie, Ethan Martin

Open Age: Evie Martin, Noah Saunders,, Dillon Bentley


The final round in each year holds a ‘fun’ event at the end of the gala.  This is a Canon relay where 8 selected girl/boy swimmers from each team/age group start in the water in age order.  The first (youngest) swimmer swims one length, the second completes 2 length and so on, the last swimmer completing the whole 8 lengths. Swimmers are not allowed to overtake the swimmer in front and the team to complete all 8 lengths first is the winner of that relay race.

Over the 6 rounds, our position has been dictated by the amount of DQ’s and Time Faults which lose points, although time faults are recorded and the swimmer is able to have that time attributed to him/her but with nil points for the team.

Time faults are set for this league to deter clubs from entering their fastest swimmers and to enable slower swimmers the opportunity to compete in a six round league against similar level swimmers.

Each year the time faults are set at just below the Kent Consideration time for that year. These are set and agreed at the League’s annual AGM.

At the end of the league year all points from the year are added up and trophies awarded to each club according to their final position in the league table.

We suffered this year from a missed round and quite a few time faults overall but hopefully the 2020 teams will be stronger and we are able to challenge the current league leaders.


TUDOR CUP – this trophy was introduced in 2016 to mark the Olympic year and is held as the final round (separate from the League awards).  It is held in alternate years and Sevenoaks were the first winners of the Cup in 2016. It will be held again in 2020 as the R6 of the league year.

Thank you to all those swimmers, officials, parents, helpers who have supported the League in the past and looking forward to a successful 2020.


Club records updated

Published in Latest News
Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

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17 Sennockians qualify for Nationals

Published in Nationals
Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

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 Synchro top the charts at London Regionals

Published in News
Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

On Saturday the 9th June, the Sevenoaks Sychronised Swimming Team competed in their most successful competition to date, the London Regional Championships held at the White Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley. It was their first competition of the season and the teams were up against stiff competition from 7 other clubs. 

The club has swimmers aged between 10 and 16 years and Sevenoaks were thrilled to win gold in every team routine, plus a gold in the 12/under duets and a silver in the 13-18 duets. Everyone in the team came away beaming with a gold medal, an amazing achievement. The judges were impressed with Sevenoaks’ technique, execution and artistic impression.

The victorious teams were as follows:

12u team: Angelina Bezuidenhout, Betty Black, Ella Francis, Fleur Kirk, Gemma Grobbelaar, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Lillie Horgan.

15u team: Jodie Yew, Michaela Grobbelaar, Sayaka Soga, Laragh Redhouse, Lena Saunders, Lucy Sadler, Niamh Black, Ros Hilson.

13-18 team: Aruni Meedeniya, Eden Dyer, Maelle Fontaine, Emilie Williams, Sophia McInnes, Amelia Bell, Isabelle Thompson, Tiia Lahdelma.

12u duet: Lucy Sadler, Angelina Bezuidenhout, reserve Fleur Kirk.

13-18 duet: Tiia Lahdelma, Amelia Bell.

The team are now looking forward to the Kent Finals in two weeks’ time, followed by the National Combo Cup in July.


A real swimming family - Sevenoaks Masters

Published in News
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 00:00

Sevenoaks Masters squad recently had a real family feel to it at Wednesday training when, by coincidence, we had a number of parents/children/siblings all swimming at the same time!

If you’re over 18, have swum in the past and feel inspired to give it another go then please contact Gavin Coveney - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – to arrange to come down on our main Wednesday training night. We swim from 8-9PM on a Wednesday and Thursday 8.15-9.15PM at the Leisure Centre and Sunday 7-8.30PM at Sennocke. Generally, we cover 1800-2500 metres in an hours session.

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