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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.
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!
The penultimate round of this league was held at Eltham on Saturday 18th May.
In the individual events for the 9/10 age group Isabel Pennington Legh swam into 1st place in the backstroke with a new PB. In the boys 9/10 backstroke Thomas Ellershaw also gained 1st place and a new PB.
In the 12/u age group Alice Stone gained a new PB in the breaststroke with 3rd place and a 3rd place also in the boys 12/u breaststroke for Harry Barden.
Also 12/u girls saw a 1st place for Kezia Osborne-Walker in the fly event and a new PB. In the boys event George Rehbein’s swim was time faulted but gained him a new PB time.
12/u freestyle event saw Zac Loder swim to a 1st place and a personal best time.
The 14/u age group there was a 1st place for Rosie Lauerman and a 2nd place for Sam Martin-Young in the freestyle event. Macaulay Johnston also gained a 2nd place in the Boys fly event.
To round off the individual events, Ruby Jarrett gained a comfortable 1st place in the Girls Open fly event.
In the relay events the Boys 9/10 team came 2nd in the medley and the freestyle. The Girls were 5th in the freestyle relay event.
The 12/u medley event saw a 1st for the boys and 3rd for the Girls. The Girls freestyle event gained them a 4th place.
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.