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Sevenoaks Swimming club hosted round one of the Kent Junior League 2018 at the Leisure Centre. 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 were out to prove their place in the premier division. The fixture pitched both teams against Beckenham, Shepway, Saxon Crown and Black Lion. Unfortunately both teams were somewhat hampered by the late arrival of some swimmers who participated in the national IAPS gala at the London Aquatic Centre that same afternoon although it didn’t dampen their efforts
For some 9 and 10 year olds this gala was their first league fixture and they performed brilliantly within the noisy, competitive environment.
The A team were seeded in top position and quickly justified this rating with a string of first and second places battling with Beckenham, who led after 12 events, but the A team strength in depth told in the end. They finished with a fine flourish, winning the squadron relay having already secured 25 1st places from the 48 races, helped by Elspeth Watson (220 IM & 100 Fly), Johnny Vowell (50 Breast), Devon Tannock (50 Back), Imogen Stoddart (100 Breast), Amelia Tovey (50 Free), Alyze Gentles (50 Back, 50 Fly), Oliver Dennis (50 Back), Jacob Crombie (50 Free, 50 Breast), Emily Brown (100 Breast), Izabella Okaro (100 Free), Joseph Box (100 free), along with 12 of the 17 relay races.
Special mention must go to Valentina Groves who stood in for an older swimmer who was delayed at the Aquatic Centre and swam a credit worthy 100m butterfly.
The B team produced a number of solid results with several spectacular races, including a couple of wins against the A team rivals: Caitlin O’Sullivan (10/u 50 free), Amelie Thompson (10/u 50 breast) and Samriddhi Das (13/u 100 Back). The swimmers pulled all the stops out to finish in the top 3 in an astonishing 22 races.
The final results were Sevenoaks A first on 263 points, Beckenham 255, Black Lion 165, Sevenoaks B 154, Saxon Crown 125, Shepway 95.
The teams were as follows:-
Freya Ashdown, Iris Whitlock, Annabel Nung, Ruth Godfrey
Abigail Saunders, Amelia Tovey, Alyze Gentles, Valentina Groves
Millie Armstrong, Izabella Okaro, Eva Okaro, Emily Brown
Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson,
Devon Tannock, Jacob Crombie, Maxwell Haslam, Xavier Hards
Oliver Dennis, Jonathan Vowell, Thomas Johnston
Macaulay Johnston, Seamus Hamilton, Ben Watson, Joseph Box
Jaedon Lynch, Noah Enticknap Tom Creasey
Vivien Rooney, Amelie Thompson, Evie Collings,Caitlin O’Sullivan, Evie Armstrong
Fern Gray, Mia Bakunowicz, Olivia Dyckhoff
Isla Murphy, Martha Roberts, Daisy McMillan, Rosie Deacon, Samriddhi Das
Isabelle MacKenzie, Kara Dimond, Holly Gushlow
Matthew McLean, Boris Argirov, Aidan Moore, Hugo Schwemm
Ptolemy Mangat, Joseph Strebel, George Rehbein, Zachary Loder
Zachary Howard, Albert Whitlock, William Jarrett, Ethan Martin
Thiago Gentles, Edward Holness, James Fry
The coaches would like to thank all poolside helpers, officials and the leadership group for supporting and enabling this event, in particular Janet Benn for organising the venue and helpers.
Round two will take place in September 8th.
On Sunday June 24, the Sevenoaks Sychronised Swimming team had an amazing day at the Kent Finals in Canterbury, with nearly everyone on the team coming away with a medal.
For individual figures, in the novice 12u category we had a silver medal for Ella Francis and a bronze for Anjola Pratt. In the Novice 13-18 we had a gold for Niamh Black and bronze for Jodie Yew. All four girls have only swum with us since January. In Grade zero 13-18 Katie Thomas brought home silver. In Grade 1 12u Amelia Bell took silver and Tiia Lahdelma silver in the 13-18 age group. In Grade 3 13-18 Aruni Meedeniya took bronze swimming up a grade. Niamh Black won the trophy for best newcomer in Kent.
We entered two routines, each team swimming to music for 3 minutes. The 12u team, were ecstatic to take home the gold medal and the U12 trophy with a score of 52.7 Team: Amelia Bell, Angelina Bezuidenhout, Anjola Pratt, Betty Black, Ella Francis, Fleur Kirk, Gemma Grobbelaar, Isabelle Thompson, Laragh Redhouse, Lena Saunders, Lucy Sadler and Maelle Fontaine.
The 13-15 years team were delighted to come away with a silver medal and a score of 55.36, higher than their score at London Regionals. Team: Amy Cameron, Aruni Meedeniva, Eden Dyer, Emilie Williams, Katie Thomas, Michaela Grobbelaar, Niamh Black, Sayaka Soga, Sophia McInnes, and Tiia Lahdelma
The teams are still in training for their last competition of the summer on 7 July at the London Aquatic Centre. This is the National Combo Cup and it is the first time Sevenoaks Synchro has competed in team routines at national level.
KCASA Masters Sprint Championships Report
Around 120 of Kent’s Masters swimmers (18+ years) competed at Medway Park on Sunday in the Kent Masters Swimming Sprint Championships.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club was fielding a team of nine ranging in age from their newest Masters competitors Lauren Hawthorn (26), Ben Garfield and Patrick Tschorn to Tony Meek (68) back to form after a period out of swimming through health issues. In comparison, RTW Masters had brought a team of more than 40 swimmers in their bid for a tenth consecutive Top Club title, but Sevenoaks was determined to make it harder for them!
The Championships started well for the Sevenoaks squad with three swimmers in the 100 Freestyle event and auren (25-29) bringing home the first gold of the day, swiftly followed by Tony (65-69) in the men’s event.
The next event (50 Fly) brought home another batch of medals with Shelley Robinson (65-69) finishing first, Lucy Dickson (55-59) in third place and Tony storming home to a silver medal in his event.
The first relay was the Mixed 240+ years 4 x 25 Freestyle but the Sevenoaks team of Mark Phillips (50-54), Lucy, Tony and Shelley couldn’t quite match to the strength of the RTW Masters team, finishing in silver medal place just 11/100ths ahead of third-placed Hythe Aqua.
The 4x25m Individual Medley events brought in another range of medals – two gold and two silver with Penny Stotesbury (50-54) putting in a cracking performance to finish first in 1.23.81, smashing the SSC record by four seconds.
The Ladies 200+ years team of Penny, Lucy, Lesley (50-54) and Shelley managed to push RTW Masters into third place by just half a second, but success was sweet!
Moving into the final event of the morning session, the 100m Backstroke events finished in style with three gold medals and a silver including a super swim by Patrick Tschorn (40-44) who managed to break a nine-year-old SSC record.
The next set of relays were hard fought with RTW Masters just managing to finish ahead of the Sevenoaks teams by the slimmest of margins. Still, it did mean another silver and bronze to add to the tally. However the Ladies 200 years team did reverse the order, finishing almost 2 seconds ahead and taking the silver medal.
Medals came in thick and fast during the afternoon session with 10 ten gold medals alone! Shelley finished her 100 Butterfly event in a Kent record time and both Lesley and Lucy pulled in their first gold medals (100 Breaststroke and 50 Free respectively).
But the swim of the day had to be from Ben Garfield (35-39) who finished his 50 Free event in a staggering time of 25.92, smashing the previous Kent Record by almost a second and finishing fourth fastest overall despite giving away 17+ years – a brilliant swim!
Sevenoaks Masters finished the day on a high with an overall tally of 19 gold, 12 silver and 9 bronze medals, two Kent records plus numerous event best times and SSC records, smashing last year’s performance in style.
Sadly, SSC were unable to knock RTW Masters from there top spot, but were awarded the Best Improving Club Trophy based on points gained.
Results from the first round of the 2018 Kent Junior League competition have now been published and are available here (requires club member web login to view)
A report from the first event of this popular competition will be published here soon.
On 9 June, Sevenoaks Sychronised Swimming team had an amazing day at London Regionals, with everyone on the team coming away with a medal.
This was their first competition this season, with each team swimming a routine to music for 3 minutes. The U12 team, were delighted with their gold medal with a score of 53.86, over 3 points clear of the runners up. Team: Amelia Bell, Angelina Bezuidenhout, Anjola Pratt, Caitlin Lauerman, Ella Francis, Fleur Kirk, Gemma Grobbelaar, Isabelle Thompson, Laragh Redhouse, Lena Saunders, Lucy Sadler and Maelle Fontaine.
The U15 team are a bit more experienced but had a few hiccups on the day; they were delighted to come away with a bronze medal and a score of 55.20, less than 0.75 points from second place. Team: Amy Cameron, Aruni Meedeniva, Eden Dyer, Emilie Williams, Katie Thomas, Michaela Grobbelaar, Niamh Black, Sayaka Soga, Sophia McInnes, and Tiia Lahdelma
Both teams are looking forward to their next outings at the Kents at Canterbury on 24 June and their first swim in the National Combo Cup at the London Aquatic Centre on 7 July.
The first day of the British Swimming championships 2018 saw the continued heatwave even in Sheffield!
The first swimmer for Sevenoaks SC was 14 year old Jake Hudson, in his first ever Nationals he was racing in the 100 breast, he swam a storming first 50 to finish with a 1.12.00 just off his pb. This was a very gutsy race for our swimming newcomer, his first time at Nationals, first time racing in the huge pool hall of Ponds Forge, the enormity of which is not to be underestimated. Well done Jake.
Next in the water was 20year old Amy Farthing, in her first ever individual race at Nationals. She was on fine form, going in ranked in 16th place, she swam a fabulous 1.5 sec pb of 5.11.66 and brought herself up two rankings.....a great result for this very tough event, great swim Amy.
14 year old Louis Hayes had the first of his 8 British events, 50back, he raced extremely well to bring home a nearly 1 sec pb of 28.74, pulling up his entry ranking from 8th to 5th and make it through to the evening final, superb first swim. He then swam his second ever best time of 28.87 to come home in 9th place, this in in the whole of GB. Well done Louis.
Our fourth swimmer of the day was 15 year old Maddy Glen in the 50 breast, she was going in on 22nd place ranking and with a super swim of 34.72 she brought herself up 5 places on her entry, a fantastic achievement, watch out for Maddy next in the water on Sunday with her 100 breast event.
Jake has the 200 breast on Friday, Amy has 200 fly on Thursday and 1500 free on Friday, Louis has 100 back tomorrow, Wednesday, 100 free Thursday, 100fly Friday, 50 free Saturday and 50 fly on Sunday.
The squad will be joined by Zoe Naylor-Perrott and Ellis Stanhope later in the week.
A great start to the champs, well done all.
14 year old Louis Hayes in action again with the 100 back. Going in ranked in 7th place he swam a solid heat of 1.02.72 to qualify for the final in 8th place. With a superb step-up in the final he took himself up to 6th place and swam a great pb of 1.02.01 always good to swim faster in the final than the heat.
The third day dawned as hot as ever and we had a trio of swimmers lined up in the morning heats.
Amy Farthing in the 200 fly this very hard 4 length race went well and she came in her ranking slot with a 2.31.75 she returns tomorrow for her 1500m.....
Louis Hayes in the 100 free which is the blue ribbon event and therefore very tough competition. He swam an excellent heat to just qualify for the final in 10th place, with a 56.25 and then absolutely gave his all in the final to come to his pb and up one place to 9th with a very presentable 55.92. Another super swim and he is back in the pool tomorrow with his 100 fly.
Zoe Naylor-Perrrott in the 15 year old girls 50 free swam a great event with a 27.74 just off her pb and just missing out on the final. She will be back in action at the English Nationals next week.
The 4th day brought Jake Hudson back up to Sheffield for his 200 breast, his main event.
Jake now over his first Nationals Nerves, swam a superb 4 lengths breastroke, with a 2 second pb of 2.33.79 and hitting his targets perfectly, he qualified in 6th place for the evening final. He came back with an even more determined swim and took another 2 seconds off his time to finish with a 2.31.58 and in 7th place. A great result for a first time national swimmer.
Louis Hayes was in his 100 fly and again a very clever heat swim just off pb of 60.56 and 5th place into the final. He was superb in the final, swimming faster than in the morning and finishing in 6th place with a 60.26 bearing in mind this is the middle of a very grueling week for him, a great result.
Amy Farthing had her 1500 in the middle of the day, an unusual time for swimmers to race but she was not phased and kept her reps steady to finish in 7th place with an 18.39.99 this was her last event and a great sense of relief as she moves on to Swansea University to study sports and exercise science in the Autumn. Well done Amy and Good Luck!
The penultimate day of Nationals and this sees Louis Hayes in the 50 free and Ellis Stanhope in the 800 free, both ends of the spectrum for SSC!
Louis probably exhausted by now was just off his pb with a 25.57 and 12th place, just missing out on the final by 0.02 and giving him a well earned rest for the evening.
16 year old Ellis Stanhope racing at that strange middle of the day time was in good form and swam a 9.03.46 to come in 15th place and lets remind ourselves that this is, as for all the swimmers, the placing in the whole of Great Britain.
So, we have reached the last day of an amazing meet for our fabulous squad of talented swimmers.
15 year old Maddy Glen was back in Sheffield for her 100 breast and perhaps with too much pressure she was off her pb with a 1.16.92 and 19th place.
Louis Hayes in our final event the 50 fly was once again in great form, the evening of rest obviously a huge help he broke 27 for the first time and came home in 26.90 to qualify 2nd for the evening final. A great swim, surpassed only by his evening swim another pb of 26.77 and a 4th place by only 0.02 secs, a very exciting final and a fantastic swim and fantastic meet for 14 year old Louis, well done.
The second weekend of the Age Group SE Regional championships proved to be yet another glorious event for the junior swimmers from Sevenoaks Swimming Club which ended with Sevenoaks being placed second overall in the medal table.
Noah Enticknap (13) kicked off proceedings with a well-earned 8th Place in the 800m freestyle for the boys with Euan Terry finishing in 13th in the 14yrs age group.
The boys 200IM was to follow shorty after with Noah, Tom Creasey, Jaedon and Caiden competing for the 13yrs and Jacob Hudson for the 14yrs. All put in good performances.
In the girls 50 back there was a plethora of 11/12yrs old from Sevenoaks with Eva and Izabella Okaro and Millie Armstrong making the finals along with Millie Childs in the 14 yrs. Eva pulled out the first Gold of the Day with Izabella finishing in 5th and Millie Armstrong in 6th, Millie Childs then stormed from 4th qualifier to picked up a well-deserved Silver. Robust swims were produced by Sami Das, Emily Brown, Jessica Harmer, Isla Murphy and Daisy McMillan in the 11/12 yrs along with Imogen Stoddart and Elspeth Watson in the 13 yrs and Daisy Widdowson, Lillie Chambers plus Katie Vowell in the 14 yrs.
Soon after the 200m freestyle beckoned for the boys with Joseph Box making the finals for the 11/12 yrs olds and Tom Creasey (13) and Louis Hayes (14). Joseph finished strongly for 6th, Tom took 8th and Louis bagged another Silver for Sevenoaks. Jaedon, Noah, Caiden (13) along with Zac Raymond & Ben Strebel (14) also swam strong races in the heats and produced some great PB’s.
Shortly after was the 200m breaststroke for the girls with Eva and Emily Brown (12) making the finals along with Holli Gushlow and Imogen Stoddart (13). Eva just missed out on a podium place, finishing in 4th with Emily hot on her heels in 6th. Holli managed a great 7th with Imogen finishing in 8th. Kara Dimond & Elspeth Watson in 13 yrs and Megan Marter (14) produced some good swims in the heats.
The arduous 200m butterfly for the boys was next, with qualifiers William Jarrett and Macauley Johnston in the 11/12 yrs, Jaedon, in the 13 yrs, and Euan Terry and Ben Strebel in the 14 yrs. Euan made the finals and swam strongly for a great 6th place.
The girls were back in the pool for the 100m freestyle with a whopping 10 qualifiers of which 7 were in the 11/12 age group. Eva and Izabella qualified for the finals and Eva was top of the podium again for another Gold with Izabella in 6th. Lilie Chambers made the finals in for the 14 yrs and finished strongly for 6th. Millie Armstrong, Sami Das, Emily Brown, Jessica Harmer and Daisy McMillan (11/12) Imogen Stoddart & Elspeth Watson (13) and Millie Childs (14) all pulled out great swims in the heats.
The last event of the first day was the boys 100m Backstroke with Caiden and Louis flying the Sevenoaks flag. Louis qualified for the finals finishing a place higher than the heats and a Bronze medal.
Out of 22 races on Day One, we made a spectacular 11 finals.
Day 2 and we had 28 races over 6 events for the Sevenoaks contingency which started with the boy’s 50m Breaststroke. Sam Martin-Young and Albert Whitlock represented the 11/12 yrs olds, Jaedon, Noah and Thiago Gentles the 13yrs and Louis and Jacob Hudson the 14 yrs. Louis went on to the finals with a strong 4th as his final position.
The girls’ 50m Butterfly followed shortly after with Eva & Izabella, Jessica, Emily, Sami and Millie Armstrong along with Elspeth, Imogen Millie Childs and Lilie Chambers pulling out fast swims. Eva and Izabella qualified for the 11/12 yrs old finals and pulled off a sister double act with Eva winning Gold and Izabella the Silver. Lilie also qualified for the final finishing strongly for 7th.
Only Caiden Hibbert swam in the 200m Backstroke finishing a good 24th.
We had 6 girls in the 200 freestyle heats; the Okaro twins, Daisy McMillan, Elspeth, Millie Childs and Lilie. Eva and Millie made the finals with Eva astonishing everyone with yet another Gold and Millie storming to a fine 5th.
This was swiftly followed by the 100m Butterfly heats where we had 9 qualifiers, Macaulay, William and Joseph in the 11/12 yrs, Jaedon & Caiden in the 13 yrs and Louis, Zac, Euan and Ben Strebel in the 14 yrs. All the boys produced some great swims with Louis swimming into a fine Gold medal position.
7 girls made the regionals for the 100m breaststroke, Eva, Emily, Jessica and Izabella for the 11/12 years, Imogen, Kara and Holli for the 13 yrs and Megan Marter for the 14 yrs. Eva, Emily made the finals in the 11/12 years with Eva bagging Silver place and Emily a Bronze medal. Imogen and Kara fought hard for 4th & 5th place with Imogen just pipping Kara.
Finally, the end was in sight and after a short break the final swimmers took to the pool for the 400 freestyle for the boys and the 400m IM for the girls. Noah, Euan and Ben represented the boys, all pulling off strong swims Noah for 9th and Euan and Ben 16th and 21st respectively. The girls were represented by Millie Armstrong and Elspeth Watson - both managed great swims after a long weekend, Millie a brave 7th place and Elspeth finished the weekend off in 5th.
Two long and sometimes exhausting weekends but a hugely successful Regionals with 24 Medals in total: 11 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze medals. All the coaches were tremendously proud of all the swimmers and Sevenoaks Swimming Club wish to thank the coaches, volunteers, officials and parents for giving up their time supporting these events.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 12 yrs, has been selected to the Jamaican National Squad for the Central American and Caribbean Championships to be held in Aruba over June 28th to July 4th 2018as part of the CCCAN Games 2018.
With 37 countries competing in these games it is a huge honour and immensely exciting for Jaedon to be selected to compete at such an prestigious event.
Jaedon has been a member of Sevenoaks Swimming Club since 2017 and this is the second National call up for our talented youngster.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club wishes Jaedon the very best of luck during the competition and look forward to hearing of his success on his return. The whole Club is incredibly proud of his achievement.
Last weekend was the turn of the younger swimmers in Sevenoaks Swimming Club to test their talent against the rest of the SE region at Crawley Leisure Centre. Thankfully the weather was more forgiving for the swimmers than the Bank Holiday weekend although, anyone who has been to Crawley will know how hot the spectators’ gallery gets! The Age Group regionals is spread over 2 weekends to allow more swimmers to qualify and ensure there is a good representation from across the region.
We had a whopping 37 swimmers qualified for 100 races over this first weekend – a phenomenal achievement for the youngsters - under the hopeful eyes of coaches Jo King, Paddy Ham, Jon Yates and Vince Norris.
Day 1, Saturday morning, kicked off with 49 swims from the youngsters and Euan Terry was first off the blocks in the 1500m freestyle achieving a strong 10th place. Soon after was the 200m IM for the girls and in the youngest age group we had 7 swimmers including 11 yr olds Jessica Harmer and Alyze Gentles. Eva and Izabella Okaro and Emily Brown made the finals with Eva producing an astonishing swim to finish in 1st place and the first Gold for Sevenoaks. Izabella and Emily also swam superbly finishing in 4th and 7th in the final. Elspeth Watson (13) also qualified for the finals in her age group and just missed a medal, finishing in 4th. Harmer, Gentles, Millie Armstrong, Daisy McMillan and Imogen Stoddard also swam strong races in the heats and produced some great PB’s.
Soon to follow was the boys 50m Backstroke and where Joseph Box, Caiden Hibbert, Jaedon Lynch and Louis Hayes were representing the Club. All swam well with Joseph and Louis making the finals and Louis kick starting his regionals with a great Silver medal.
Shortly after was the excitement of the 50m freestyle for the girls with sisters Eva and Izabella Okaro, Samriddhi Das, Emily Brown, Jessica Harmer, Daisy McMillan & Millie Armstrong in the 11/12 yrs. Imogen Stoddart, and Elspeth Watson in 13 yrs and Lilie Chambers, Millie Childs and Daisy Widdowson in 14 yrs. All girls produced fabulous swims and an amazing 4 girls made the final in the 11/12 yrs with Eva smashing the Regional record and winning her second Gold medal. Izabella joined her sister on the medal rostrum in a wonderful Bronze position – a true family affair! Emily finished in 7th and Sami in 8th. In the 14 yrs, Lilie Chambers proved her quality finishing in a great 3rd for Bronze medal.
The arduous 200m breaststroke for the boys was next, with qualifiers Albert Whitlock in the 11/12 yrs, Jaedon, Noah Enticknap and Thiago Gentles in the 13 yrs, and Jacob Hudson in the 14 yrs. Jacob made the finals and swam strongly for a great 4th place.
200m Butterfly is not for the weak and Elsbeth and Holli Gushlow were our qualifiers in the 13 yrs. Elspeth went onto swim to prove her dominance in this stroke finishing in a flourish for 1st place and Gold medal.
The boys were back in the pool for the 100m freestyle with qualifiers Joseph Box (12) Tom Creasey, Noah and Jaedon (13), Louis, Zach Raymond and Ben Strebel (14) with Louis making the finals and producing a great PB to finish in 2nd place for another Silver.
Final race of the day was the girls 100m Backstroke. Eva, Izabella, Millie Armstrong Sami Das, Emily and Isla Murphy all qualifying in the 11/12 yrs, Imogen Stoddart in the 13 yrs and Millie Childs and Lilie Chambers in the 14 yrs. Eva, Izabella and Millie A. went on the race in the finals in their age group with Eva finishing in 4th, Millie in 7th and Izabella in 8th. Millie Childs produced a great swim in the 14 yrs finals to finish a strong 4th.
Out of 18 events in Day One, we made a spectacular 11 finals.
Day 2 and we had 51 races for the Sevenoaks contingency which started with the girls 50m Breaststroke. Eva & Izabella, Emily Brown, Jessica Harmer and Martha Roberts represented the 11/12 yrs olds, Imogen, Kara Dimond, Holli and Elspeth qualified for the 13 yrs and Megan Marter, Ruby Jarrett and Eleanor Allen the 14 yrs. All girls swam great races in the heats with Eva, Emily, Imogen and Kara qualifying for the finals. Eva won the Bronze and Emily came 6th in the 11/12 yrs with Imogen bagging a super Silver and Kara finishing powerfully for 4th in the 13 yrs.
The boys 50m Butterfly followed shortly after with Joseph Box, Jaedon, Tom Creasey, Caiden Hibbert, Louis, Ben Strebel, Zach & Euan pulling out fast swims. Louis qualified for the final and led from the start to comprehensively finish in 1st place for Gold medal.
The girls who swam in the 200m Backstroke were Millie A. Eva, Emily Brown, Daisy McMillan and Sami in the 11/12 yrs, and Daisy Widdowson (14) with Millie A. making the finals and jumping from 6th placed qualifier to 5th in the final – a great swim.
We had 3 boys in the 200 freestyle heats; Euan finishing in 10th & Zach in 15th for the 14 yrs and Noah finishing in 13th for the 13 yr olds.
This was swiftly followed by the 100m Butterfly heats where we had 6 qualifiers, Eva and Izabella, Sami and Millie A in the 11/12 yrs and Elspeth in the 13 yrs and Lilie in the 14 yrs. All the girls produced some great swims with Eva and Elspeth swimming into the finals. Elspeth stormed to a great 4th place then Eva smashing the 11/12yrs final and finishing in an amazing first place for another Gold medal.
7 boys made the regionals for the 100m breaststroke, Albert Whitlock and Sam Martin-Young for the 11/12 years, Jaedon, Noah and Thiago Gentles for the 13 yrs and Louis and Jacob Hudson for the 14 yrs. Louis and Jacob made the finals after some strong swims with Louis finishing in 6th place and Jacob pushing the whole way for a great PB and Bronze medal.
Finally, the end was in sight and after a short break the final swimmers took to the pool for the 400 freestyle for the girls and the 400m IM for the boys. Youngsters Daisy McMillan (12) and Millie Childs (14) represented the girls, both pulling off strong swims Daisy for 23rd and Millie, missing a medal by a whisper finishing in 4th. The boys, Macauley Johnston and Jacob Hudson both managed brave 13th places and Louis finished the weekend off in 9th.
A long, hot weekend but a fabulous start to the Regionals with 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. All the coaches were tremendously proud of all the qualifiers and are looking forward to the next weekend of fast racing!
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High Wycombe Leisure Centre in Bucks was the venue for a sweltering weekend of Regional Championships for the Over 15 swimmers at Sevenoaks Swimming Club proving that they were no wilting flowers by producing some outstanding swims in one of the hottest Bank Holidays on record, all under the enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging eye of coach, Paddy Ham. The South East Region is one of the largest in the country incorporating counties as far as Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. This year’s qualifying times were set at an unsurpassed level for the races, so huge congratulations must go to all 15 qualifiers for meeting the tough entry requirements.
Friday kicked off proceedings with the new distance swims of 1500m for girls and 800m for boys. Amy Farthing (20) started with a fine 4th place followed by a gutsy swim from Ellis Stanhope (16) who stormed home on the last length to secure a well-deserved Bronze Medal.
Saturday morning and with the sun blazing through the glass of the pool, the boys in 50m Breaststroke were first off the blocks. Ollie Coote and Oscar Wilson pulled out the stops and came in 9th and 16th in the 15 yrs, with Dominic Percy (16) coming 19th and only just off PB while swimming with a broken thumb.
Next in the pool were the girls 50 Fly swimmers with Ellie Vowell and Zoe Naylor-Perrott (15) both producing fabulous swims and Ellie qualifying for the 15 yrs final and finishing in a fabulous 6th place. The boys 200m Freestylers were next up for a cool dip with Aiden McMillan (15) and Ellis Stanhope (16) both comfortably qualifying for the finals and managing a great 7th and 4th respectively.
Next, we had Jasmine Wallace (15) making her regionals debut and Emma Evans-Wilson (16) in the 200m backstroke and both finishing a fine 12th place, shortly followed by Zoe back for the 100m Freestyle along with Emma in the 50m Back, with Emma finishing in 12th and Zoe managing to bag a place in both finals, securing 8th in the Back and a superb Bronze in the Freestyle.
200m Butterfly is not for the faint hearted but Amy, Ellis and Aiden proved their metal with Amy and Aiden qualifying for the finals and finishing 6th and 5th respectively and Ellis narrowly missing out on a final spot and finishing 9th.
Finally, Maddie Glen (15), Sarah Williams (16) along with Ellie, Oscar and Ollie were up for the 100m Breaststroke. Ellie finished a very respectable 14th, Oscar 16th and Sarah 17th all producing very good swims with Maddie and Ollie qualifying for the finals and both finishing in in a flourish in 6th place.
Sunday turned out to be even hotter inside by the pool and outside in the sunshine. The day was to be a medal producing one which started with our fabulous distance guys, Amy and Ellis, both securing amazing Silver medals in the 400IM and 1500m Freestyle. Brilliant racing by both swimmers.
Next were the sprints: 50m Freestyle, with Emma, Maddie, Ellie and Zoe racing. Maddie finished 24th, with Ellie and Emma both finishing in 17th and Zoe qualifying for the finals and fighting hard for a super 3rd Silver medal of the day. The boy sprinters in 50m fly were Aiden McMillan and Chris Cheng (21) with Aiden finishing in 17th and Chris going on to the finals and bagging a great 7th place.
This was swiftly followed by the girls 200m Breaststroke event with Maddie Glen and Sarah Williams swimming. Sarah finished strongly in 13th and Maddie went on to finish in a fine 7th in the finals. Emma was back in the pool in her 100m backstroke and gaining another 12th place.
After all the distance swims and medals, Ellis tried his luck at 100m Freestyle and, having managed the unenviable position of finishing joint 9th in the heat, had the joys of swimming in swim off for a finals place – he produced an astonishing race to win and jump from 9th to 3rd fastest qualifier, but it was a race too far for one day although he still managed to finish in a great 6th place. The day was rounded off with Amy in another distance, this time 400m Freestyle finishing with a good 9th place.
Bank Holiday Monday, when most were soaking up the hottest Bank holiday, our swimmers and our hugely dedicated Coach, Paddy, were back at the pool early on for a final day of racing.
Amy managed a strong 7th in the 800m Freestyle, followed by 50m backstroker, Ethan Hunter (16) and 50m Breaststrokers Maddy & Ellie. Ethan and Ellie finished a fine 16th a piece with Maddy qualifying for the final and executing a great race to finish in 6th. Oscar and Ollie were back for the 200m Breaststroke with Oscar finishing a fine 12th and Ollie a stonking 5th in the finals.
100m Butterfly swimmers were next in the pool: Aiden and Chris for the boys and Ellie and Zoe for the girls. All pulled out the stops with Zoe finishing in 15th, Ellie in 12th and Aiden in 9th. Chris, however decided that a Bronze medal had his name on it and stormed the finals to claim that prize!
Last, but not least, our two swimmers who started the proceedings also finished it with Ellis swimming to an amazing 4th in the 400m Freestyle and Amy finishing in a fabulous 5th in the 200 IM.
Massive well done to all the swimmers and thanks to the parents for their support, the officials for their time but the biggest thanks must go to Paddy who endured the whole weekend as sole coach, 12hrs a day and didn’t stop smiling and encouraging the swimmers throughout. He was exhausted, and his voice was all but gone at the end but “it was worth every second” he said,” a great showing from the senior swimmers who gave it everything and I couldn’t be prouder”.
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