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On Saturday 18th May 2019, at Folkestone Sports Centre, Sevenoaks Water Polo Club took on four Kent Water Polo clubs for the annual Kent Water Polo Festival.
Sevenoaks Water Polo Club competed in the Under 12’a, Under 14s and Under 16’s events. The Kent clubs at the event were Sevenoaks, Hythe, Faversham, Beckenham and Tunbridge Wells Monson.
With only five in the team on the day, the Sevenoaks Waterpolo Under 12’s worked very hard. These young competitors won against Bexley, drew against Beckenham and lost against Hythe. They came away with medals for 2nd position overall.
The Sevenoaks Waterpolo Under 14’s were a solid and cohesive team and achieved 3rd position overall. With a win against Monson and Faversham, and loses against Beckenham and Hythe, they played well and with a great result.
Last on the day were the Under 16s Sevenoaks Waterpolo. who came second in their group and were 4th position overall. They won convincingly against Monson, but played a an exciting and tough game against Hythe and Bexley, with loses against both.
Congratulations to all of the players who competed on the day. Each age group were very strong and worked hard for these great results. Thanks to coach Tom McDonald for supporting and wrangling the teams, while Ben McDonald ran the score keeping for the day. Thank you also to all of the Sevenoaks Water Polo spectators who cheered our teams on and if you bought a raffle ticket on the day. These funds go towards subsidising the Kent Development training and Kent Tournaments.
Well done Sevenoaks Water Polo Club.
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.
This years sprint events are now open for entry
The Kent Masters Committee are delighted to invite you to this day 2 of this year's championships.
The full conditions and programme can be found HERE
Entries are now open HERE
We are constantly improving the championships. New for 2019 we will now offer a new 4 x 50m Medley relay as well as LIVE results.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club’s ‘A’ team recently returned from the National Arena ‘B’ final in Cardiff, securing a fantastic 6th place overall, and 4th place in the combined relays. The qualifying process took place over the latter part of 2018 and involved over 350 Clubs and 10,000 Swimmers (in 6 regional leagues) battling their way through the 3 qualifying rounds (individual events and team relays) to reach the prestigious finals.
Only the top 20 clubs made it through, the first 10 to the ‘A’ finals and the next ten to the ‘B’ final. On the day. Sevenoaks fielded one of the youngest squads, with only one male and 2 female swimmers competing in the Open events, with the remaining Open category spots being fielded by their younger swimmers. Their opposition consisted of the eventual winners Mount Kelly as well as Winchester, Southport, Camden Swiss Cottage, Thanet, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Bromley and Ipswich.
Each member of the Sevenoaks team gave every ounce of effort, many swimming in back to back events. There were plenty of top 3 finishes in both the individual and relay events. Most notable of these were the individual 1st place finishes from Kara Dimond (14/U 100m breaststroke) Eva Okaro (100m freestyle and 100m butterfly) and Aiden McMillan (16/U butterfly) together with the Girls 14U 4 x 50m freestyle team - Eva Okaro, Samriddhi Das, Imogen Stoddart and Isabella Okaro who also took the win. Eva was justly rewarded for her efforts, winning the award for the top swimmer in the 14/under age group (even more remarkable because she isn’t yet 13!) presented by Commonwealth Gold medallist Alys Thomas.
Head Coach Keiron Piper said ‘I am incredibly proud of each and every swimmer – reaching the finals with such a young team was a huge achievement, and to come 6th against huge opposition was justly deserved’ The team consisted of: Abigail Saunders, Alyze Gentles, Amelia Tovey, Fern Gray, Thomas Johnston, Millie Armstrong,Demi Alli, Jacob Crombie, Toby Burke, Devon Tannock, Joseph Box, Elspeth Watson, Eva Okaro, Izabella Okaro, Kara Dimond, Samriddhi Das, Jaedon Lynch, Noah Enticknap, Thomas Creasey, Lilie Chambers, Maddy Glen, Amelia Childs, Edith Norton, Zoë Naylor-Perrott, Aiden McMillan, Euan Terry, Jacob Hudson, Louis Hayes, Oliver Coote, Robert Allen, Amy Farthing, Emma Evans-Wilson, Benjamin Strebel, Eddie Hammond and Nathan Rodrigues
On Tuesday night 12th March at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, Charlie Exall and Mark Freed of Sevenoaks Water Polo Team broke the World record for the most number of consecutive water polo passes by a pair. The previous record was 65 passes, Charlie and Mark smashed the record managing a total of 95.
Please follow this link to photo’s and video’s of the event - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/54hq7cqo4p8k8eh/AAAxOjQc7zXNrlAvsyzod8d_a?dl=0
So I’m making a list of things I want to do before I’m sixty and I think breaking a world record would be high on the list, but probably not feasible. Then I think well why not? A little bit of research and I see that the some world records exist in Water Polo. The record of 65 consecutive passes by a pair sounds achievable, surely I can do that. After all I started playing 40 years ago.
Choosing a partner and some training, applying to make an attempt, setting a date. Small set-back; partner struck down with pneumonia and unable to train. New partner and we are off. Beat record in training with new partner, set new date. Date arrives, nervous, small crowd, cameraman, pressure. First attempt ends with me dropping the ball after about 20 passes. Second attempt I do the same at 61, agonisingly close to the record. Third attempt (last chance – getting tired) stop counting, breathe, relax, just do it. Overjoyed - the new (subject to confirmation) world record stands at 95. Ticked break world record off to-do list.
A big thank you to Charlie my partner. It was a pleasure and experience I will never forget.
Thanks to our teammates at Sevenoaks, our friends at Monson ( Tunbridge Wells) for hosting the attempt, our two referees Dave Murphy and Clive Donaldson and our cameraman Jon Mackenzie. Thanks to Danny Hanlon my original partner, who has made a full and good recovery and to Jonathan Exall for supporting and encouraging us on the night.
But its more than that. Water Polo is a truly fantastic sport to participate in, whatever your age. Charlie, my partner, and I hope that by breaking the record we can make people more aware of the sport. We want to encourage more Swimming Clubs to truly embrace Water Polo. Recognising it as a way of keeping young people engaged in water based sports, as well as attracting those from other ball sports who might see it as a way of continuing to compete when the body is perhaps not up to higher impact sports.
Record Breakers: Mark Freed (59) and Charlie Exall (25) both play for Sevenoaks Water Polo Club.
Record Broken: Most Consecutive Water Polo Pass by a pair.
Venue: Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre
When: 12th March 2019
- This record is for the most consecutive water polo passes completed without stopping.
- This record is to be attempted by a team of two.
- This record is measured by the passes made successfully without a break.
Rules for Most consecutive water polo passes by a pair
- The water polo ball must be a standard water polo ball that must be approved by the officials, one of which must be a qualified referee.
- The attempt begins when the first participant passes the ball to the second participant, and the second participant passes back to the first and so on.
- Each pass must travel at least 7 metres (23 feet). This distance must be measured and marked out, video of the measurement must be submitted with the claim.
- The ball may be passed with either hand.
- The ball must be passed with a legal action i.e. conform to the rules of water polo, and be acceptable to the qualified official (Referee).
- Both participants must tread water for the duration of the attempt. If either participant touches the bottom of the pool, the attempt is ended.
- The ball must be immediately passed and caught without the ball touching the surface of the water.
- At least two qualified water polo referees must be present during the attempt.
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!
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.
The fourth and final weekend of the Kent County Championships 2019 culminated in Sevenoaks Swimming Club amassing 9 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze and 46 finalist medals from their 130 qualified entries. This medal count resulted in the Club taking away 33 gold, 29 silver and 51 bronze and 197 finalist medals from the whole Championships. This great success and strength in depth, with more qualifiers and more finalists than any other Club placed Sevenoaks at the top of the points table for both men and women.
The final weekend at Crystal Palace kicked off with the women’s 100m breaststroke with an incredible 25 swimmers competing. Kara Dimond stormed home to a gold medal in the 14 years age group with Eva Okaro also achieving gold in the 13 years category, Emily Brown also 13yrs attained a well-deserved bronze. Madeleine Glen swam strong to secure a silver in the 16 years age group and followed up with another great swim later on in the day to win another silver in the 200m Breaststroke – as did Eva Okaro. In the 200m Breaststroke Kara Dimond managed a Silver and her teammate Holli Gushlow was hot on her heels with a bronze.
The men’s 100 backstroke saw Devon Tannock add to his tally of medals with his first gold of the Championships in the 10/11 age group. Next up came the men’s 200 backstroke with Louis Hayes not only securing a 1st place in his age group, but also winning the U/16 Junior Cup. Hayes too won gold in the 100m event.
The swimmers showed their resilience on the final day of the championships, starting with some fantastic swims in the women’s 100 butterfly; silver for Alyze Gentles (12yrs) and gold for Eva Okaro (13yrs).
The men’s 200 freestyle saw another great swim from Devon Tannock (10/11yrs) achieving bronze, a gold for Louis Hayes (15yrs), a silver for Zachary Raymond (15 years) and a bronze for Christopher Lee (17yrs). Tannock won another bronze later in the 100m event too. Meanwhile the 15 year olds dominated the podium in the same event with Louis Hayes, Euan Terry and Zachary Raymond securing an amazing gold, silver and bronze respectively.
The women finished the Championships off with the gruelling 200m butterfly. An exceptional swim from Ruth Godfrey (10/11) resulted in a first-medal win with a well-deserved bronze. The final medal of the day came from Elspeth Watson (14yrs) who battled hard to win gold in her age group.
What an exceptional effort from all swimmers and coaches which provided a plethora of medals and personal bests throughout the 4 weekends!!
Congratulations go to the following swimmers who placed among the top 8 finalists in their age groups: Abigail Saunders, Amelia Childs, Aoife Lauerman, Demi Alli, Edison Hammond, Edith Norton, Eleanor Allen, Ella Wood, Ellie Vowell, Evie Armstrong, Imogen Stoddart, Izabella Okaro, Jasmine Wallace, Jonathan Vowell, Lilia Fornasier, Lilie Chambers, Martha Roberts, Nathaniel Rodrigues, Noah Enticknap, Oscar Wilson, Robert Allen, Sarah Williams, Thomas Creasey, Toby Burke and Zoe Naylor-Perrott.
Congratulations to all swimmers who qualified to compete over the weekend: Amelia Tovey, Benjamin Strebel, Benjamin Watson, Betty Simpson, Caiden Hibbert, Daisy McMillan, Dillon Bentley, Evie Armstrong, Fern Gray, Imogen Stoddart, Iris Whitlock, Isabel Tyler, Isla Murphy, Jacob Crombie, Jacob Hudson, Jaedon Lynch, James Fry, Kezia Osborne-Walker, Laura Wright, Macauley Johnston, Martha Roberts, Megan Marter, Millie Armstrong, Oliver Coote, Ptolemy Mangat, Rosie Lauerman, Ruby Jarrett, Samriddhi Das, Seamus Hamilton, Thomas Johnston, Torsten Mangat, Vivien Rooney and Zachary Howard.
The Club are now hard at work preparing for the upcoming regional-qualifier meets and the National Arena B Final in Cardiff.
The third weekend of the 2019 Kent Championships continued to bring great success for Sevenoaks Swimming Club at Crystal Palace. Over the course of the weekend the Club amassed a total of 8 gold, 10 silver, 13 bronze and 52 finalist medals from their 182 heat swims. The Club currently sit atop of the points table with one weekend to go.
The boys opened the weekend with the 100m Butterfly, with Devon Tannock driving home to a bronze medal in the 10/11 year category. Louis Hayes and Euan Terry placed top two in the 15 years final, with Hayes also delivering the Junior U/16 Trophy. Aiden McMillan continued his fine form with a gold in the 16 years category and repeated the same placing later in the 200m Butterfly, securing the U16 trophy in the process. Louis Hayes secured 1st place (joint) in the 200m with Euan Terry again mounting the podium with his teammate in 3rd place.
The ladies opened their account in the iconic 200m Freestyle with Alyze Gentles finishing in 3rd place in the 12 years age group whilst Eva Okaro stormed to victory in the 13 years category for both the 200 and 100m Freestyles while Zoe Naylor-Perrot battled for a fantastic bronze in the 100 Freestyle. Alyze Gentles finished one place higher to win a silver medal in the 100m Freestyle final later on in the day, with Lilie Chambers joining the medallists with a bronze in the 15 years final.
Devon Tannock achieved his first silver medal the next day in the boys 100m Breaststroke 10/11 years category and Demi Alli joined with the same placing by in the 12 years final. Jacob Hudson and Louis Hayes shared the podium for the 15 years category once again with a gold and bronze medal respectively, whilst training partner Oliver Coote secured a superb bronze in the 16 years final. The 200m Breaststroke also bore fruit for the boys with William Jarrett finishing strong to win silver in the 13 years, Jaedon Lynch bronze in the 14 years, Jacob Hudson silver in the 15 years, Oliver Coote silver in the 16 years and Club Captain George Tyler attaining bronze in the 17+ final.
Eva Okaro and Millie Armstrong opened the ladies account on Sunday with a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the 13 years age group for the 200m Backstroke and both made the podium in the exact same positions later in the 100m Backstroke. Izabella Okaro attained her first gold medal of the Championships in the 13 years final, meaning once again that the podium was dominated by Sevenoaks swimmers. Amelia Childs continued her rich vein of form in the 15 years age group, winning silver in the 200m and bronze in the 100m backstroke. Jasmine Wallace returned home with 2 medals on Sunday too with bronze in both the 100m and 200m events. This is following an astounding performance when Jasmine brought home gold in the 1500 freestyle the previous weekend. In addition Lilie Chambers put in a superb effort bringing home the Bronze also for the 1500 Freestyle.
The following swimmers also placed amongst the top 8 in the finals: Benjamin Strebel, Zachary Raymond, Oscar Wilson, Samriddhi Das, Elspeth Watson, Edith Norton, Amelia Lodge, Madeleine Glen, Emma Evans-Wilson, Jacob Crombie, Toby Burke, Sam Martin-Young, Seamus Hamilton, Albert Whitlock, Noah Enticknap, Thomas Creasey, Emily Brown, Katie Vowell, Ella Wood, Isla Murphy, Toby Burke and Seamus Hamilton.
Congratulations too to the following swimmers who qualified and swam over the weekend: Boris Argirov, Maxwell Haslam, Jonathan Vowell, Macauley Johnston, Max Cooper, Caiden Hibbert, Dillon Bentley, Edison Hammond, Torsten Mangat, Ruth Godfrey, Fern Gray, Abigail Saunders, Daisy McMillan, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Amelia Tovey, Daisy Widdowson, Ruby Jarrett, Aoife Lauerman, Martin Argirov, George Rehbein, Zachary Loder, Zachary Howard, Ethan Martin, Thiago Gentles, Dominic Percy, Valentina Groves, Charlotte Prideaux, Martha Roberts, Evelyn Martin, Eleanor Allen, Thomas Johnston, Lilia Fornasier, Laura Wright and Noah Saunders.
The second weekend of the Kent County Swimming Championship 2019 kicked off at Crystal Palace on Saturday 26th January with the Girls 400m IM.
The ladies stepped up in this tough event with Alyze Gentles (U12) winning bronze, Elspeth Watson (U14) clinching a silver and Eva Okaro storming through in the 13years age group to win Gold.
Next came the Boys 400m Free where Aiden McMillan, U16, added to his medal tally with a powerful swim to secure bronze. The ladies followed suit too and didn't shy away either in the 400m Free, with Jasmine Wallace (U16), Amelia Childs (U15) and Alyze Gentle (U12) all returning home with bronze medals.
The boys finished proceedings on the Saturday in the 400IM, with Aiden McMillan and Oscar Wilson, both U16, winning gold and bronze respectively.
Louis Hayes, U15, also brought home gold, but also secured two hands onto the U16 400IM Junior Cup.
Day 2 of the Second weekend brought on more strong swims and personal bests.
Kicking off with the 200m IM sprint, our U13 girls Eva and Izabella Okaro brought home gold and bronze respectively. Amelia Childs powered through to deliver a bronze in the U15 age group.
Devon Tannock set the boys off in the 200m IM too by winning a sturdy bronze. Jake Hudson (U15) stormed through on all four strokes to win bronze whilst teammate Louis Hayes duplicated his performance from the day before to bring home Gold and the U16 200IM Junior Cup.
Our Dynamic duo Jasmine Wallace U16 and Lilie Chambers U15 swam strong and brought home Gold and Bronze respectively in the long distance 1500m.Hard work bears fruit, with coaching and support on all levels assisting in stunning results at the end of the first 2 weekends with swimmers of Sevenoaks Swimming Club amassing a collective total of :
6 U16 Junior Cups, 16 Golds, 12 Silvers, 30 Bronzes, 99 (Top 8) Final Swims and 337 Heat Swims. No small achievement for any club!
Two more weekends of fast racing to go with the Kent County Swimming Championships 2019 concluding on the 10th of Feb.
Here is a list of Club qualifiers who also competed over the weekend :
400IM Qualifiers: Sarah Williams, Eleanor Allen, Holli Gushlow, Emily Brown, Samriddhi Das, Millie Armstrong, Macaulay Johnston, Robert Allen, Euan Terry, Jacob Hudson, Benjamin Strebel
400Free Qualifiers: Toby Burke, Jacob Crombie, Thomas Johnston, Macauley Johnston, Thomas Johnston, Noah Enticknap, Dillon Bentley, Jacob Hudson, Benjamin Strebel, Euan Terry, Ruth Godfrey, Eva Okaro, Izabella Okaro, Daisy McMillan, Millie Armstrong, Elspeth Watson, Holli Gushlow, Lilie Chambers, Madeleine Glen, Amelia Lodge, Edith Norton, Emma Evans-Wilson
200IM: Abigail Saunders, Fern Grey, Alyze Gentles, Lilia Fornasier, Emily Brown, Martha Roberts, Millie Armstrong, Samriddhi Das, Holli Gushlow, Katie Vowell, Megan Marter, Madeleine Glen, Aoife Lauerman, Sarah Williams, Zachary Raymond, Thomas Creasey, Jaedon Lynch, Toby Burke, Jonathan Vowell, William Jarrett, Zach Howard, Seamus Hamilton, Macauley Johnston, Robert Allen, Edison Hammond, Oliver Coote, Oscar Wilson
Girls 1500Free: Daisy McMillan
Boys 800Free: Euan Terry, Noah Enticknap