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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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Arena League B Final Saturday 21st April
Cardiff International Sports Centre
Sevenoaks Swimming Club competed on Saturday 21st April in the prestigious Arena League B Final, comprising the second 10 of the top 20 swimming clubs in England.
The teams included the following swimmers:
In the female category:-
Izabella Okaro, Emily Brown, Eva Okaro, Jessica Harmer and Millie Armstrong, Millie Childs, Lilie Chambers, Daisy Widdowson, Imogen Stoddart and Elspeth Watson, Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor-Perrott, Maddy Glen, Emma Evans-Wilson and Amy Farthing.
In the male category:-
Albert Whitlock, Macaulay Johnston, Joe Box, William Jarrett, Ben Strebel, Jacob Hudson, Euan Terry, Zac Raymond, Louis Hayes, Ethan Hunter, Ellis Stanhope, Olly Coote, Oscar Wilson, Aiden McMillan, Chris Lee, Henry Choong, Chris Cheng and Joe Choong
The performances were outstanding with Sevenoaks Swimming Club finishing 5th overall on the day.
A new first for the club was to break 3 of the Arena League Records in the following events:
- Girls 12 & Under Age Group 4 x 50 mtr Freestyle Relay comprising of Jessica Harmer, Emily Brown, Izzy Okaro and Eva Okaro.
- Girls 12 & Under Age Group 4 x 50 mtr Medley Relay comprising of Millie Armstrong, Emily Brown, and Eva Okaro, Izabella Okaro.
- Girls 12 & Under Age Group 50 mtr Individual Freestyle by Eva Okaro in 27.92 taking the record set in 2008. An absolutely stunning swim from a very talented young swimmer.
First places also went to ….
- Boys 13/u 4 x 50 Freestyle Relay of Louis Hayes, Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Zac Raymond
- Boys 13/u 4 x 50 Medley Relay of Louis Hayes, Jacob Hudson, Ben Strebel, Zac Raymond
- Eva Okaro in 50 butterfly only 0.20 off the record for this event also!
There were also fabulous 2nd place swims from Millie Armstrong in 50 back, Emily Brown in 50 breast, Louis Hayes in 100 fly all great swims at this very high level of competition.
We were delighted to welcome back our University swimmers Henry Choong, Chris Cheng and pentathlon Olympian Joe Choong always lovely to see them back in the fold!
Congratulations to all of our swimmers on a superb performance and a big thank you to the parents who came along to watch and support the Club. It truly was a successful and enjoyable day out for all.
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Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 12 yrs, has been selected to represent Jamaica in the 2018 Caribbean Swimming Championships to be held in Kingston, Jamaica over 29th March to 3rd April 2018 as part of the Carifta Games 2018. The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics and swimming competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). The games were first held in 1972 and only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete in the competition. Previous competitors include superstars such as Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
Jaedon started swimming at the age of 5 and joined Sevenoaks from Dartford Swimming Club in March 2017. He is ranked in the top 3 for all the events he has qualified for at the Carifta’s and is in a strong position to bring home Gold medals in many events. He is currently the fastest qualifier for 100 Back, 50/100/200 Breast, 50/100/200 fly and 200 IM. Jaedon will be competing in the 11-12 year old category against swimmers from 27 Caribbean countries. He qualifies through his parents and as he holds dual nationality for Jamaica and the UK.
Last Saturday, Aquatic Sports of Jamaica (ASAJ) announced the team which includes 12 overseas-based swimmers and 15 debutants most of whom will compete in the 11-12 age group, including Jaedon.He received the invitation this week to represent Jamaica from the National Coach. ASAJ president Martin Lyn believes the 36 chosen swimmers represent the best of the current active swimmers down to compete in all events, as the selection committee had a very difficult task of narrowing the list.
A swimmer qualifies for national (international age group swimming events) selection by achieving AA time standard or higher in at least two events and must be ranked first or second place in those events.
“Jamaica has proposed one of the strongest teams that we have ever fielded for a Carifta Swimming Championships; the fact that we will be hosts allows us to name a lot of swimmers this time around …..so that is good for us,” Lyn told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
“Our younger age group indicates that we definitely have depth in Jamaican aquatics and the objective of swimming at home is to ensure that we use home court to our advantage. That, coupled with the fact that we have some strong members on the team, means we can look forward to positive results from our athletes.”
Sevenoaks Swimming Club wishes Jaedon the very best of luck during the competition and look forward to hearing of his undoubted success on his return. The whole Club is incredibly proud of his achievement.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club were once again proud to host the John Carrie Memorial Shield Gala on 3rd March at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre. The evening was a fine and fitting tribute to such a stalwart of Sevenoaks Swimming. The icing on the cake was a resounding win for Sevenoaks against strong swimmers from other local invited Clubs.
The gala is an annual event held in memory of John Carrie who held numerous high ranking roles within the sport, both locally and regionally and was a staunch supporter of Sevenoaks becoming first a Committee member, then Treasurer, and later Chairman of the Club (with his wife, Pat, as Club Secretary) until 1989 when both of them were made Life Vice Presidents of Sevenoaks on their retirement from the Committee.
The evening is as much fun as it is competitive, and the swimmers are usually a mixture of ages and ability with the emphasis on allowing some of the less regular competitive swimmers an opportunity to perform.
Of the 51 events in total, Sevenoaks managed a fantastic 29 1st Places with 9 time faults.
The final positions were:
Sevenoaks 224 pts
Chislehurst Millennium 185 pts
Edenbridge Piranhas 180 pts
Sutton Atlantis 177 pts
TASS 84 pts
The Team list was:
Isabelle Stoddart, Freya Ballard, Iris Whitlock, Evie Collings, Mia Bakunowicz, Iris Jarrett, Rosie Lauerman, Layla Ballard, Ruby Jarrett, Emma Noble, Imogen Stoddart, Beth Coveney, Aoife Lauerman
Vincent Bakunowicz, Jacob Crombie, Tommaso Cuomo, Maxwell Haslam, Ptolemy Mangat, Martin Argirov, Thomas Johston, Joseph Strebel, Thomas Creasey, Joshua Crombie, William Jarrett, Ben Strebel, Torsten Mangat, Eddie Hammond, Jamie Benn
Sevenoaks Swimming Club had virtually a clean sweep at the medals at the Kent Championships relay event at the London Aquatic centre last weekend.
The event comprised of single sex and mixed relays in 24 events of freestyle and medley relays. Sevenoaks pulled out a massive 19 podium places, 9 Gold medal places, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze.
Gold medals went to :
Boys 13/14 4 x 50m Free Zac Raymond, Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Louis Hayes
Girls 12/U 4 x 50m Medley Millie Armstrong, Emily Brown, Eva Okaro, Izabella Okaro
Girls 12/U 4 x 50m Free Eva Okaro, Emily Brown, Jessica Harmer, Izabella Okaro
Mixed 12/U 4 x 50m Medley Joe Box, Emily Brown, Eva Okaro, Macauley Johnston
Mixed 12/U 4 x 50m Free Max Cooper, Izabella Okaro, Joe Box, Eva Okaro
Boys Jnr 4 x 50m Free Nathan Rodrigues, ZacRaymond, Ellis Stanhope, Louis Hayes
Boys Jnr 4 x 50m Medley Louis Hayes, Ollie Coote, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues
Boys 13/14 4 x 50m Medley Ben Strebel, Jacob Hudson, Louis Hayes, Zac Raymond
Mixed 13/14 4 x 50m Medley Millie Childs, Jacob Hudson, Louis Hayes, Lillie Chambers
Silver Medals went to:
Girls 13/14 4 x 50m Medley Millie Childs, Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson, Lillie Chambers
Mixed Jnr 4 x 50m Free Maddie Glen, Nathan Rodrigues, Ellis Stanhope, Zoe Naylor-Perrot
Girls 13/14 4 x 50m Free Daisy Widdowson, Millie Childs, Imogen Stoddart, Lillie Chambers
Mixed 13/14 4 x 50m Free Daisy Widdowson, ZacRaymond, Lillie Chambers, Louis Hayes
Bronze Medals went to:
Girls Jnr 4 x 50m Medley Millie Childs, Maddie Glen, Lillie Chambers, Zoe Naylor-Perrot
Boys 12/U 4 x 50m Free Joe Box, Mac Johnston, Max Cooper, Albert Whitlock
Boys 12/U 4 x 50m Medley Ollie Dennis, Albert Whitlock, William Jarrett, Joe Box
Girls Jnr 4 x 50m Free Emma Evans-Wilson, Maddie Glen, Lillie Chambers, Zoe Naylor-Perrot
Mixed Jnr 4 x 50m Medley Millie Childs, Jacob Hudson, Eva Okaro, Nathan Rodrigues
Girls Open 4 x 100m Medley Emma Evans-Wilson, Maddie Glen, Zoe Naylor-Perrot, Amy Farthing
Mens Open 4x 100 Free 4th Chris Lee, George Tyler, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues
Mens Open 4x 100 Medley 4th Chris Lee, Ollie Coote, Nathan Rodrigues
Mixed Open 4x 100 Medley 6th Emma Evans-Wilson, George Tyler, Eva Okaro, Nathan Rodrigues
Girls Open 4 x 100m Free 6th Emma Evans-Wilson, Maddie Glen, Millie Childs Zoe Naylor-Perrot
Mixed Open 4x 100 Free 6th Nathan Rodrigues Zoe Naylor-Perrot, Ellis Stanhope, Maddie Glen,
Well done to those chosen to represent Sevenoaks Swimming Club
On the evening of Saturday 24th February, Sevenoaks Swimming Club took part in the second round of the Tudor League. The Tudor League provides an opportunity for swimmers to represent the club and swim competitively. Upper time limits are present for each event to ensure that Clubs do not enter their fastest swimmers, therefore letting the less experienced and younger swimmers have a go. Those swimmers who exceed the upper time limits are disqualified.
The Tudor league normally takes place at Eltham Leisure Centre and there are six galas spread out during the first 6 months of the Year.
Sevenoaks were pitched against local clubs Bexley, Orpington, Erith, Dartford, Greenwich, Tonbridge and Gravesend.
A superb team effort saw Sevenoaks come 2nd overall to Bexley in a closely fought contest. There were numerous PB's from the swimmers - including for Ines Gascoyne-Day in her Tudor League debut. She stormed to 1st place in 50 free in a superb time of 35.95sec. Other fabulous swims came from rising star, Devon Tannock where he won the 50 fly in a time of 43.16sec. The whole team swam superbly but there were notable swims from Freya Ashdown, Max Cooper and James Fry. Overall, it was a fantastic team performance and the swimmers did themselves proud. The 3rd round of the Tudor League is March 24th where Sevenoaks will be pushing to take first place.
The team was made up of the following swimmers:
Evie Collings,Rosie Lauerman, Max Cooper, Scarlett Brady, Edward Holness, Isabel Tyler, Jamie Benn,Freya Ashdown, Iris Jarrett, Zachary Loder, Emma Noble, Elizabeth Coveney,Iris Whitlock, Ruth Godfrey, Jacob Crombie, Boris Argirov, Xavier Hards, Betty Simpson, Macaulay Johnston, Noah Saunders, James Fry, Thomas Johnston, Ben Channon, Ines Gascoyne-Day, Kezia Osborne-Walker, William Jarrett, Thomas Johnston, Laura Wright.
Sevenoaks SC swimmers Zoë Naylor-Perrott (15) and Maddy Glen (14) have just returned from Edinburgh where they swam at the British Swimming Championships a meet that is the epitome of high performance swimming. Over 500 competitors travelled from all corners of the UK to swim in this prestigious event. Races took place over four days in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Swim Meet 2018.
Although tough qualification times were set, Zoë qualified to swim in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly. Maddy qualified for the 50, 100 and 200 metre breaststroke. This was the first time the girls had qualified to swim at the British Championships and were among the youngest competitors to compete. They were both honoured to be on the same starting line-up as many national, international and Olympic swimmers, including Adam Peaty, James Guy and Siobhan Marie O’Connor.
With the arrival of snow, Zoë was able to fly out before the airports closed on Wednesday morning and found herself in the same warm up lane as Adam Peaty and James Guy on Wednesday evening! She then competed her 3 events between Thursday and Saturday, with her times being close to her PB’s, finishing higher than her entry seeding in all events.
Maddy’s events started later in the week, but with the worsening weather, her journey to Edinburgh did not go according to plan. Her train stopped at Newcastle and despite all efforts by her desperate Dad to fly, drive or get a train up to Edinburgh, they remained in Newcastle until Saturday. Maddy missed her best ranked event (100m breaststroke) and they had decided to head back to London when their hotel offered them a shared minivan to Edinburgh. Arriving after warm up and just an hour before the 200 breaststroke, Maddy valiantly swam the event even being mentioned by the commentators for her tenacity and determination! She was then able to compete the 50m breaststroke the following day swimming again not far off her personal best.
Head coach Matt Smithurst said:
‘’It was a massive achievement for Zoë and Maddy at their young age to qualify for so many events at the British championships. With the significant challenges brought by the weather, I am really proud of how both girls handled the pressure and how well they raced. This experience will be invaluable in the years to come’’
The 2018 Kent County Swimming championships concluded in fine style at the Olympic pool based in the London Aquatic Centre at the weekend where Sevenoaks Swimmers were crowned the top Kent Swimming club having won the greatest amount of points for both girl and boy swimmers throughout the four weeks of the Championships.
Once more the Sevenoaks swimmers proved their brilliance by producing some outstanding racing.
First up on the agenda early Saturday morning was the boys 200m Individual Medley. In the 14 year old age group, Louis Hayes won Gold with 6th going to Jacob Hudson. Shortly after, an abundance of 4th places were secured by Ellis Stanhope (16) Aiden McMillan (15) and Oliver Dennis (11). Caiden Hibbert (13), Jacob Hudson and Oscar Wilson followed with 6th places and Eddie Hammond in 7th and Jaedon Lynch in 8th. Macauley Johnston, Noah Enticknap, Euan Terry, Robert Allen and Chris Lee also put in some superb performances.
In the girls 50m backstroke, the heats and finals were awash with Sevenoaks talent. Jessica Harmer kicked off with a Gold in the 10/11 yrs shortly followed by an amazing 12 yrs final, with Eva Okaro winning Gold and twin sister Izabella winning Bronze, Millie Armstrong 4th and Emily Brown 5th. Millie Childs (14) and Elspeth Watson (13) both won Silvers with Imogen Stoddart bringing home the Bronze in the 13 yrs. Amy Farthing (20) won 4th while Ellie Vowell and Emma Evans-Wilson both gained 5th places with Daisy Widdowson swimming well for 6th and Maddie Glen 8th. In the Open final only Millie Childs (13) qualified with a much older field and finished super 8th.
Other fabulous swims we recorded by Beth Hook (16) Jazzy Wallace, Aoife Lauerman & Millie Lodge (15), Katie Vowell & Lillie Chambers (14), Holli Gushlow & Kara Dimond (13), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das, Ella Wood, Martha Roberts & Carra Singleterry (12) and Alyze Gentles, Abigail Saunders & Amelia Tovey (10/11).
Next it was time for the boys to shine in the Butterfly 50m sprints. Making the finals in the over 17 yrs was Chris Cheng who secured a Bronze and a place in the Open finals, a feat replicated by Louis Hayes by winning the Gold in the 14 yrs. Nathan Rodrigues managed a Bronze in the 16yrs. Aiden McMillan produced arguably the swim of the morning. Ranked 3rd in the final he executed a fantastic race to finish in first and win a hugely deserved Gold medal. Ben Strebel & Jaedon Lynch swam hard for 5th & 8th place. There were also super swims from Stephen Weller, Chris Lee and George Tyler (17), Ellis Stanhope, Ethan Hunter, Teddy Wallace and Dom Percy (16), Oscar Wilson, Eddie Hamond, Robert Allen and Torsten Mangat (15), Zach Raymond, Euan Terry, Jacob Hudson and Dillon Bentley (14), Caiden Hibbert, Noah Enticknap and Tom Creasey (13) Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood, Max Cooper and William Jarrett (12) and Jonathan Vowell (11).
In the Open final Chris Cheng managed credible 4th and Louis finished in 8th.
The afternoon saw a swathe of Sevenoaks swimmers back on the podium with the boys 50m Breaststroke. Albert Whitlock, Jaedon Lynch, Louis Hayes, Jacob Hudson, Oscar Wilson, Dom Percy and Stephen Weller stormed into the finals. Albert swam a strong race and secured the Bronze in the 11yrs to start proceedings. Jaedon followed and was on a roll, clinching his second Gold of the day. 14yr olds Louis and Jacob went off head to head, this time with Louis also winning his second Gold and Jacob finishing well for Silver. In the 16 yrs Dom Percy fought tough opposition and managed a great 6th while Oscar secured a superb Bronze in the 15 yrs. Finally, Stephen Weller swam well for 7th place. In the heats the following swam well for some excellent PB’s: George Tyler (17) Ethan Hunter (16), Robert Allen, Eddie Hammond, Aiden McMillan & Torsten Mangat (15), Ben Strebel & Euan Terry (14), Caiden Hibbert, Tom Creasey, Thiago Gentles & Noah Enticknap (13) & Osh Crombie & Zac Howard (12) and finally Devon Tannock, Johnny Vowell & Zach Loder (11),
The final event of the day saw the girls return to the pool with the super exciting 50m Freestyle sprints. All these outstanding girls managed to either hit or better their respective PB’s in every race... a feat not previous witnessed by any Sevenoaks coach.
Ellie Vowell stormed to a fine Gold medal in the 15 yrs along with Jessica Harmer (11) and Eva Okaro (12) both comfortably winning Gold in their age groups. Sister Izabella Okaro followed swiftly for her Silver medal. Alyze Gentles (11) and Imogen Stoddart (13) also smashed their finals with Silvers won for both. Amelia Tovey bagged 5th and Daisy Widdowson (14) finished in a fine 6th, along with a strong swim from Emily Brown for 7th a position replicated by Emma Evans- Wilson (16). There were superb swims from: Millie Lodge & Laura Wright (15) Millie Childs, Katie Vowell, Ruby Jarret & Megan Marter (14), Emma Noble (13), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das, Isla Murphy & Millie Armstrong (12) and Abigail Saunders (11)
Sunday witnessed the last day of the 2018 Championships with the results produced by Sevenoaks again being excellent:
In the girls 11 yrs 200m Individual Medley, Eva Okaro added another Gold to her collection with sister Izabella adding another Silver. Jessica Harmer also won a Silver in the 11 yrs along with Elspeth Watson in the 14 yrs. Amy Farthing, Alyze Gentles, Imogen Stoddart and Maddie Glen winning Bronze medals in the respective age groups added to the medal tally along with Millie Childs grabbing 4th and Millie Armstrong a 5th. Jasmine Wallace produced a storming swim to win a 6th in the 15 yrs and Sarah Williams and Abigail Saunders winning 8th places saw Sevenoaks rising in the table of top overall club. Other swimmers who produced fabulous swims were: Emily Brown, Martha Roberts, Hollie Gushlow, Katie Vowell, Megan Marter, and Aoife Lauerman.
The boys were focussed on the 50m backstroke. There was no surprise when Louis Hayes won Gold in the 14-year event. Ethan Hunter, Ellis Stanhope and Nathaniel Rodrigues all qualified for the final in the 16 yrs where all 3 boys swam superbly - Ethan secured the Bronze, Nathan 5th and Ellis 6th. Oliver Dennis was on fine form and grabbed another Gold in the 11 yrs with Devon Tannock finishing in 7th. Also managing 7th places were Caiden Hibbert and Robert Allen. Joseph Box finished off the medals in the backstroke with a fine Bronze in the 12 years. The heats produced some wonderful PBs from Jonathan Vowell & Alex Evans-Wilson (11), Albert Whitlock & Macaulay Johnston (12), Tom Creasey, Noah Enticknap, Jaedon Lynch and James Fry (13) Ben Strebel, Zac Raymond, Euan Terry, Dillon Bentley and Jacob Hudson (14) Eddie Hammond, Torsten Mangat & Aiden McMillan (15), and Chris Lee (17).
Next was the girls 50m butterfly and the Okaro girls were battling it out in the 12yrs with Eva winning Gold and Izabella Silver, replicating last year’s result! Jessica Harmer won yet another Gold in the 11 yrs with Ellie Vowell and Imogen Stoddart winning a silver medal a piece! Elspeth and Lillie Chambers finished strongly in 4th with Millie Childs and Alyze Gentles fighting hard for 6th places. Finally, Millie Armstrong finished in a great 7th place. Fabulous swims came from Amy Farthing, Sarah Williams, Aoife Lauerman, Laura Wright, Maddie Glen, Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson, Megan Marter, Ruby Jarrett, Holli Gushlow, Emma Noble, Emily Brown, Sami Das, Ella Woods & Daisy McMillan and finally the youngsters: Abigail Saunders and Isabella Munoz.
In the afternoon the 50m Breaststroke for the girls featured some wonderful racing. In the 13 yrs, four girls made the finals and finished in a spectacular 1,2,3, for Sevenoaks: Imogen Stoddart winning Gold, Kara Dimond Silver and Holli Gushlow the Bronze, while in the 12yrs another 4 girls made the finals: Eva winning her final Gold of the championships, Emily Brown the Silver with Izabella Okaro and Martha Roberts finishing in 6th and 7th respectively. Jessica won her final Gold in the 10/11 yrs with Alyze finishing in 6th and Abigail in 7th. Maddie Glen gained another well-deserved Gold in the 15 yrs with Ellie Vowell finishing strongly for Silver and Issy Tyler a great 7th. In the 14 yrs both Megan Marter and Ruby Jarrett finished well for 5th and 7th with Amy Farthing finishing her Kents in a fine 6th in the 17& overs. In the heats the girls showed strength in depth with Poppy Homes and Sarah Williams (16) Olivia Chapman and Jasmine Wallace (15) Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson & Millie Childs (14), Betty Simpson (13) Rosie Deacon, Daisy McMillan, Rosie Lauerman, Sami Das and Millie Armstrong (12) and Fern Gray (11) swimming brilliantly in the heats.
Finally finishing the Championships, the boys 50m freestyle saw Nathaniel Rodrigues (16) take Gold and qualify for the Open final in which he finished a fine 8th. Louis Hayes finished his Kents with yet another Gold and Stephen Weller finished with a Bronze medal in the 17 yrs & over and secured a place in the Open final where he went one better and finished with an amazing Silver. Joseph Box and Zach Raymond also added to the medals with both swimming great races to win Bronze in their age groups. Eddie Hammond won a fine 5th as did Jaedon Lynch. Ellis Stanhope and Tom Creasey fought hard for 6th. Great swims were also posted by George Tyler, Chris Lee, Ethan Hunter, Teddy Wallace, Dom Percy, Oscar Wilson, Aiden McMillan, & Robert Allen, as well as Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Dillon Bentley, Caiden Hibbert, Noah Enticknap, James Fry and Albert Whitlock.
This brought an end to a hugely successful Kent Championships. Sevenoaks swimmers should be justifiably proud of their achievements, winning a magnificent 54 Gold, 43 Silver and 43 Bronze and 197 finalist places.
Huge thanks to Kent swimming for their dedication to such a superb event and to the coaches, officials, helpers and parents for their hard work and continuous support.