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National Arena Swimming League - round 1 report

Published in Arena League
Sunday, 29 October 2017 00:00

Sevenoaks swimmers produced a night of superb swimming in Round 1 of the National Arena League with the A team heading off early for their journey to City of Oxford while the B team headed off to the familiar waters of hosts, Erith & District at Crook Log.

The A team were up against formidable opposition facing friendly rivals, Amersham, Woking, Guildford City B Team and Maxwell. They had a fantastic night and were in great form with 16 wins out of 50 events which was impressive against such excellent opposition.

A superb performance from our 11/U girls kicked off the night with the first win in the Freestyle relay which they replicated later in the Medley relay. Not to be outdone the Boys 13/U & 15/U boys were also in extremely fine fettle and won both their Freestyle and Medley relays too.

These teams were joined in winning by Jacob Hudson (13/U) 100m Breast shortly followed by Izabella Okaro (11/U) 50m Butterfly. Both Millie Childs & Euan Terry (13U) put in solid wins in the 100m Back and then Eva Okaro (11U) won convincingly in 50m Breast. They were joined in their wins by Frankie Whiting (15/U) who broke 1 minute in 100 Free immediately followed by Nathan Rodrigues (15/U) also in the 100m Free.

In the youngest age group Eva Okaro was back in the pool smashing the 50m the Free, quickly followed by Zac Raymond (13/U) in 100m Free - both very outstanding swims. 14 year old Ben Ward had a very convincing win in the (15/U) Breaststroke. Other superb efforts we produced by Rose Compton (14) swimming up two age groups in the 200IM in the Open age group and gaining an excellent 3rd place and Zoe Naylor -Perrot and Maddy Glen both 14, also swimming in the Open age group with Zoe gaining an important 3rd place. Maddy also produced great swim in the 15/U 100m Breast with an excellent 2nd place.

Enabling Sevenoaks to gain ground with 2nd placings were youngsters Isla Murphy, Albert Whitlock & Macaulay Johnston(11/U) in 50m Back, Breast & Butterfly. Frankie Whiting also swam superbly to gain 2nd place in 100m Back (15/U) and 100m Free swimming up in the Open age and Seb Stewart grabbing a great 2nd in 100m Breast (Open).

Both Chris Cheng and Ellis Stanhope swam excellent races to bring home 3rd in the Open and 15/U 100m Butterfly, with Ben Strebel replicating them in the 13/U. Lillie Chambers also won 3rd in a hard-fought race in the (13/U) 100m Freestyle.

With strength in all areas Sevenoaks proved formidable in the relays gaining 2nd places, in addition to the aforementioned 1st places, in girls 13/U Medley and Freestyle, along with the 15/U girls and the boys 11/U Medley relay.  The evening culminated in the exciting 6-man Open relay with Sevenoaks bringing home a fabulous 3rd place.

The final results were:  Cityof Oxford 242, Sevenoaks 219, Amersham 167, Woking 148, Guildford City B 137 and Maxwell 133


The B Team had yet another successful arena round despite being up against some very tough opposition. They faced local rivals Erith & District and Orpington, Shepway, Mid Sussex Marlins and Hastings Seagulls.

The team consisted of a very young squad with an incredible 10 swimmers swimming up in age groups. Despite this they managed a total of 21 first or second placings with the girls 11/U team of picking up 4 first places.  Of those, including 1st place in the Freestyle and Medley relays for this age group Millie Armstrong and Rose Deacon both gained individual 1st places in 50m Back & Breaststroke. Other 1st placings came from George Tyler (16) in 100m Butterfly Open age group and Teddy Wallace in 100m Freestyle (15/U) with Oscar Wilson (14) grabbing a tight 1st place in 100m Breaststroke (15/U).

In the 13/U team the girls managed a superb 2nd place in the Freestyle and Medley relays with both the 11/U & 15/U boys fighting hard for 2nd place in the Medley relay.  Both Megan Marter and Elsbeth Watson went on to swim incredible races to pull off fabulous 2nd place for both in the (13/U) 100m Breaststroke & Butterfly individual races. Whereas in the youngest age group other 2nd places were gained with William Jarrett in 50m Butterfly and Zac Howard in 50m Breaststroke along with girls 50m Freestyler Sami Das.

In the 15/U age group Aiden McMillan gained a 2nd in 100 Butterfly along with Sarah Williams in 100m Breaststroke. Aiden (14) also raced the men’s Open age 200 IM with Amy Farthing swimming the Open Ladies and grabbing a close 2nd place which she replicated in the Open 100m Freestyle and Butterfly.

The all-important 3rd places were gained by Boys 13/U Medley relay, Ben Channon in the 100m Back (15/U) and Sami Das in the 50m Butterfly. Joining them in their superb swimming were Charlotte Prideaux & Tom Creasey in the 100m Backstroke, along with both 100m Freestylers Imogen Stoddart and Marcus Humphry and finally Noah Enticknap in the 100m Butterfly all swimming in the 13/U age group. Further 3rd places were gained by Aoife Lauerman (14) in the 100m fly 15/U and George Tyler in the Open age 100m Breaststroke.

Other great performances were produced by Jonathan Vowell, Oshi Hamilton, Jazzy Wallace, Phoebe Brockington, Laura Wright, Thomas Hunt, Eddie Hammond, Millie Lodge, Ollie Coote & Dominic Percy.

Final positions were:

Mid Sussex Marlins 240, Hastings Seagulls 203, Sevenoaks B 194, Erith & District 155, Orpington Ojays 132 and Shepway 125.

Well done to all the swimmers for their exceptional performances and hopefully we can keep the momentum going into the next round.


Arena League - round 2 results

Published in Arena League
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00


Results of all Galas - 11th November 2017

Premier Division - Gala 1   Premier Division - Gala 2
Horsham Woking
1 Guildford City A 252 1 Thanet A 254
2 Sevenoaks A 210 2 City of Oxford 239
3 Beckenham A 182 3 Woking 177
4 Guildford City B 148 4 Portsmouth Northsea 162
5 Winchester City Penguins 138 5 Staines 125
6 Atlantis 121 6 Maidenhead Marlins 88
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Premier Division - Gala 3   Division One West - Gala 1
Wycombe Waterlooville
1 Wycombe District A 250 1 Rushmoor Royals A 253
2 Bromley A 230 2 Fareham Nomads 192
3 Sutton & Cheam 150 3 Basingstoke Bluefins 191
4 Amersham 149 4 Dorking 144
5 RTW Monson 136 5 Newbury 139
6 Maxwell 134 6 Tilehurst 125
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division One West - Gala 2          Division One West - Gala 3
Guildford Maidenhead
1 Leatherhead  240 1 Windsor 219
2 Bracknell & Wokingham A 210 2 Reading 217
3 Chalfont Otters 168 3 Epsom District 167
4 Wycombe District B 152 4 Kingston Royals 156.5
5 Guildford City C 150 5 Rushmoor Royals B 105.5
6 Alton & District 128   Points adjusted 5 team gala  
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division One East - Gala 1    Division One East - Gala 2 
Brighton Crawley
1 Chelmsford 215 1 Crawley 245
2 Maidstone 209 2 Hastings Seagull 212
3 Sevenoaks B 185 3 South Croydon 167
4 Brighton 180 4 Orpington Ojays 148
5 Croydon Amphibians 150 5 Bromley B 143
6 Shepway A 107 6 Ashford Town 132
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division One East - Gala 3   Division Two West - Gala 1
Bexley Portsmouth
1 Mid Sussex Marlins A 255 1 Elmbridge Phoenix 293
2 Erith & District 188 2 Worthing 229
3 Black Lion 181 3 Littlehampton 228
4 Thanet B 169 4 Haslemere 209
5 East Grinstead 153 5 Chesham 171
6 Dover Lifeguards 97 6 Wycombe District C 164
    7 West Wight 96
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division Two West - Gala 2    Division Two East - Gala 1
Fleet Burgess Hill
1 Bracknell & Wokingham B 275 1 Kent Weald 306
2 Farnham 243 2 Herne Bay 256
3 Hart 239 3 Mid Sussex Marlins B 217
4 Eastleigh 192 4 Edenbridge 213
5 Chichester Cormorants 181 5 Eastbourne 160
6 Godalming 145  6 White Oak 134
7 Wey Valley 104 7 Shepway B 99
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division Two East - Gala 2    
1 Hailsham 298      
2 Beckenham B 248      
3 Redhill & Reigate 200      
4 Beacon 200      
5 City of Canterbury 183      
6 Larkfield 146      
7 Dartford & District 116      
 Detailed Results Detailed Results  

The League Positions after Round Two 2017 are available here

7Oaks grab 4th at Sprints Gala

Published in Non licensed
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

Sevenoaks SC hosted their Sprints Trophy gala on Saturday 7th October with competing teams, Tonbridge, Edenbridge Piranhas, Beacon SC, Sutton Atlantis and Chislehurst Millennium.

Many swimmers were swimming above their own age group with good swims from all swimmers.

In the 10 years age group 25m events Mia Bacunowicz was 1st in the freestyle and 2nd in the butterfly. For the boys Jacob Crombie achieved 3rd in the 25m freestyle.  Also good swims from Alice Stone and Boris Argirov in the 10 years age group.

In the Open age group Jamie Benn gained 2nd in the 50m freestyle and 3rd in the 50m breaststroke.

Particular mention must be given to 2 swimmers for their support and efforts, Eddie Hammond and Elspeth Watson.  Eddie swimming in 14/u with 1st in the freestyle and backstroke and a 1st place in the Men’s Open fly.  Elspeth swimming 2 age groups above with 1st place in the breaststroke and 3rd places in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.

The relay events were mixed gender with the young 10/u age group achieving 1st place in the freestyle relay and the Open age group also gaining 1st place in the freestyle relay.

Final results saw Sevenoaks achieving 4th place overall.

Team Manager Ann Walkley said that although we had a very mixed ability team which was drawn together at short notice, praise should be given to all those who took part.  She also thanked the parent helpers who supported her and made the event possible.


50m results can be viewed here (requires web login)

25m results can be viewed here (requires web login)

The 2017 British Summer Championships took place across six days at Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool from 25-30 July where the country's top 24 swimmers in each age group and event are invited to compete.

Sevenoaks had 9 swimmers representing them, 4 boys: Seb Stewart (17), Nathan Rodrigues & Ellis Stanhope (15) and Ben Ward (14) along with 5 girls: Annie Keppel-Palmer (20), Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor-Perrot, Maddie Glen and Rose Compton, (all 14).

All swimmers produced outstanding swims with the most notable of the boys being Ellis Stanhope’s 7 second PB in 1500m placing him 10th nationally. Ben Ward and Seb Stewart making the 100 Breast finals with Seb coming 8th and Ben 6th. Ben also swam superbly to gain a 9th in the 50m Breaststroke final and then a 6th in the 200IM with his best result in the 200 breast narrowly missing out on a medal but gaining a wonderful 4th place.

The girls had some great performance also with Zoe making the final of the 50 free and finishing in a very respectable 10th place and Maddie Glen managing to swim her way to the finals of both the 50 & 100 Breast managing an 8th place in both.


The following week was the turn of the Swim England's National Summer Meet also at Ponds Forge and pits the next 20 English ranked swimmers (after the British qualifiers) against each other.

The qualifiers were: Louis Hayes (13), Oliver Coote & BenWard (14), Nathaniel Rodrigues & Ellis Stanhope (15), George Tyler (16), Milly Childs (13), Rose Compton, Zoe Naylor-Perrott, Ellie Vowell (14) Frankie Whiting (15).

Yet again the swimmers proved their metal with some amazing swimming from all those who attended.

Outstanding results were from Rosie Compton and Ben Ward who both made the finals in the 400IM and then produced amazing swims to both win Gold.

The other finalists who performed brilliantly were Nathan Rodrigues 5th in 100 fly, Frankie Whiting 4th in 50 Free & 10th in 100 free, Ellis Stanhope 4th in both 100 free & 400 free missing medals by a fraction, Louis Hayes 10th in 50 Back, Millie 7th, Rosie 9th & Zoe 4th all in 50 back & Zoe also managed 8th in 100 Free and 5th in 50 fly.

Huge thanks must go to Matt Smithurst, Sevenoaks SC Head coach, for his invaluable support and advice during the 2 weeks of tough racing.

The County Championships preparations are well under way.

The dates in 2018 are:

  • January 20/21 at Crystal Palace
  • January 27/28 at Crystal palace
  • February 3/4 at Crystal Palace
  • February 10/11 at the London Aquatic Centre
  • March 11(Team Championships) at the London Aquatic Centre



Results of all Galas - 14th October 2017

Premier Division - Gala 1   Premier Division - Gala 2
Guildford Oxford
1 Guildford City A 249 1 City of Oxford 242
2 Bromley A 212 2 Sevenoaks A 219
3 Portsmouth Northsea 176 3 Amersham 167
4 Winchester City Penguins 156 4 Woking 148
5 Sutton & Cheam 145 5 Guildford City B 137
6 Staines 109 6 Maxwell 133
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Premier Division - Gala 3   Division One West - Gala 1
Wycombe Aldershot
1 Wycombe District A 244 1 Rushmoor Royals A 237
2 Thanet A 235 2 Epsom District 189
3 Beckenham A 185 3 Wycombe District B 187
4 RTW Monson 139 4 Dorking 156
5 Maidenhead Marlins 124 5 Rushmoor Royals B 141
6 Atlantis 123 6 Alton & District 122
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division One West - Gala 2          Division One West - Gala 3
Portsmouth Waterlooville
1 Leatherhead 199.5 1 Windsor 210
2 Fareham Nomads 188 2 Bracknell & Wokingham 197
3 Reading 178.5 3 Basingstoke Bluefins 182
4 Chalfont Otters 176.5 4 Kingston Royals 166
5 Tilehurst 120.5 5 Guildford City C 161
  Points adjusted 5 team gala    6 Newbury 129
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division One East - Gala 1    Division One East - Gala 2 
Maidstone Beckenham
1 Maidstone 232 1 Crawley 230
2 Thanet B 197 2 Chelmsford 207
3 Bromley B 169 3 Black Lion 184
4 Brighton 167 4 South Croydon 165
5 East Grinstead 162 5 Croydon Amphibians 159
6 Ashford Town 122 6 Dover 99
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division One East - Gala 3   Division Two West - Gala 1
Bexley Southampton
1 Mid Sussex Marlins A 240 1 Elmbridge Phoenix 283
2 Hastings Seagull 203 2 Bracknell & Wokingham B 247
3 Sevenoaks B 194 3 Littlehampton 219
4 Erith & District 155 4 Eastleigh 199
5 Orpington Ojays 132 5 Chesham 190
6 Shepway A 125 6 Godalming 137
    7 West Wight 114
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division Two West - Gala 2    Division Two East - Gala 1
Fleet Burgess Hill
1 Hart 258 1 Hailsham 290
2 Worthing 249 2 Kent Weald 273
3 Farnham 216 3 Beckenham B 218
4 Haslemere 189 4 Mid Sussex Marlins B 199
5 Chichester Cormorants 178 5 City of Canterbury 168
6 Wycombe District C 175  6 White Oak 126
7 Wey Valley 121 7 Dartford & District 113
 Detailed Results Detailed Results    Detailed Results Detailed Results
Division Two East - Gala 2    
1 Herne Bay 260      
2 Beacon 247      
3 Edenbridge Piranhas 245      
4 Redhill & Reigate 230      
5 Eastbourne 151      
6 Larkfield 139      
7 Shepway B 118      
 Detailed Results Detailed Results


The League Positions after Round One 2017 are available here

Shelley shines at Masters Open Water Festival Swim

Published in Open Water
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 00:00

Sevenoaks SC Masters Swimmer, Shelley Robinson, competed in this year's Swim England Open Water Festival 1.5K Masters Swim at the Rother Valley Country Park near Sheffield. 

After all the rain over the last couple of weeks, the water had been billed at 17°C which meant that under the new rules wetsuits would be compulsory.  However, the temperature perked up to 18.4°C which produced a quandary - wetsuit or no wetsuit. 

In the end, Shelley was the only swimmer in her wave hardy enough to opt for a swimsuit-only swim.  The choice was a good one as she finished three-and-a-half minutes faster than last year - and in gold medal position, beating the second-placed swimmer in her 65-69 age-group by a margin of 26 seconds. 

A good day’s Open Water swimming!

KCASA Masters Championships 2017 report

Published in Masters
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

More than 160 of Kent’s Masters swimmers (18+ years) competed at Medway Park on Sunday 25th June in the Kent Masters Swimming Championships.

Sevenoaks Swimming Club fielded a team of eight ranging in age from novice Masters swimmer Amy Farthing (18) to Tony Meek (67).  In comparison, local friends and rivals RTW Masters brought a team of more than 40 swimmers in their bid for a ninth consecutive Top Club title, but we were determined to make it harder for them!

The Championships started well for the Sevenoaks squad with five swimmers in the 100 Freestyle event and Tony Meek (65-67 years) bringing home the first gold of the day despite it being his first competition after 18 months of health issues. 

The next event (50 Fly) was Amy Farthing’s first event as a Master coming home in a creditable silver medal position.  Both Shelley Robinson (65-69) and Pauline Caven (55-59) finished in gold medal positions with Pauline also setting an excellent new Event Best Performance (EBP) of 39.25 as well as a Club record.

The Ladies 100 Individual Medley event was a cracker, with Amy (18-24) coming home in a hard-fought first place in 1:08.58 - a Personal Best time and Club record.  Stephen Rickards (60-64) was competing in his first ever IM event and finished in a creditable second place with new SSC Master, Peter Gruitt (65-69) finishing in third place behind Tony’s second.

The first relay was the Ladies 200+ years 4 x 25 Freestyle and, with only RTW Masters entering a team in the age group, the Sevenoaks team of Pauline, Jill Geer (40-44), Shelley and Penny Stotesbury (50-54) had something to prove - which they did - storming home in 1:04.96 to a gold medal and smashing a 20-year EBP in the process.  Sweet success!

They then proceeded to finish off the first session in style, and in the 100 Backstroke event Penny, Pauline and Shelley all put in gold medal-winning swims in times that broke existing club records, with Pauline also setting her second EBP (1:25.84) of the day.

The afternoon session was ‘ladies only’ for the Sevenoaks team but opened well for Amy in her 100m Butterfly event, swiftly followed by the 50m Backstroke event.  SSC made their mark in terrific fashion with first places for Amy, Penny (in an EBP of 38.44), Pauline and Shelley, and all in new club record times.

This was swiftly followed by success in the Ladies 200+ years 4 x 25 Medley Relay with the same team of ladies pushing RTW Masters into second place once again, but sadly missing out on a new EBP by just 3/10 of a second!

The competition finished with a well-deserved first place from Jill in her 100m Breaststroke event and gold and silver for Pauline and Shelley respectively in the final individual event (50m Free).  The overall tally of 17 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze medals from a relatively small team was excellent, especially when factoring in the 4 Event Best Performances and 12 Club records.

If you are 18-98 years of age and an ex-club swimmer or a Swimfit/lane swimmer interested in Masters training, please do get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the team.  Alternatively aside from this section of our club's website, visit Masters Swimming, Sevenoaks Swimming Club Facebook page, or just turn up at Sevenoaks Swimming Pool any Wednesday evening at 8pm for a trial session and/or a chat with the Masters Coach.


Sevenoaks SC shipshape at Maritime Gala

Published in Non licensed galas
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

On Saturday 17th June, Sevenoaks SC hosted their Maritime Trophy gala on one of the hottest days of the year.  Six teams of young swimmers competed at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre with much noise and excitement from all the teams.

The Sevenoaks relay teams in all age groups took the majority of the first and second places and in the individual events, many first and second places were achieved with some very close finishes.

These young swimmers showed excellence in the quality of their swimming, especially those who were competing in their very first gala event. A justifiable satisfaction also from the many personal best times achieved by many of the swimmers.

As always, the noisy final squadron event brought the evening to a close with a tightly fought race and dead heat between Sevenoaks and Beacon SC in 1st place.  A jubilant Sevenoaks team were announced the overall winners with 222 points.

Full results from this gala are now available in our results sub-section here (requires Sevenoaks SC member web login)

KJL 2017 - Round 1 report

Published in KJL 2017 Reports
Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00

Sevenoaks Swimming club hosted round one of the Kent Junior League 2017 at the Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th June.  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 are newly promoted to the premier division. The fixture included both Sevenoaks A & B teams, Beckenham A, Royal Tunbridge Wells Monson A, and Shepway A.

The A team were seeded in top position and quickly justified this  rating with a string of first and seconds places.  Amelia Childs and Louis Hayes shone in the flagship 200m IM events with Childs winning in a time that places her 25th in Britain and Hayes recording a time which makes him 14th in Britain.

Amongst so many brilliant performances and personal bests special mention goes to 10 year old Eva Okaro who produced astonishingly quick times in 50m freestyle (28.50 secs) and 50m butterfly (31.25 secs) . Both these times top the British rankings by some margin.

The B team performed above expectation and did a fantastic job to finish a superb 3rd place. The whole team performed superbly and demonstrated the depth and quality that Sevenoaks currently has. There were many great performances and personal bests, but special mention must go to Oliver Hamilton who was the only swimmer from the B team to beat a Sevenoaks A team swimmer. In the 12/u 100m breaststroke, Oliver smashed out an 8 second PB to go 1.27.43.  Other swimmers that PBed were Isabella Munoz, Ameila Tovey, Katie Vowell, Ben Strebel, Martha Roberts, Thomas Hunt, Verner Krynauw, Samriddhi Das, Isabelle MacKenzie, Daisy Widdowson, Emma Noble, George Rehbein, Zack Murphy and Edward Smith.

Every single race was fought to the last stroke. This was best demonstrated by Emma Noble who produced a superb last 50 in the Girls 12/u 4x50 Freestyle relay. Emma dived in 5th and fought to the bitter end to finish 2nd! All the swimmers demonstrated this toughness and it was a major factor towards the superb finishing result.

The final scores were Sevenoaks A (1st) 272.5, Beckenham A 236, Sevenoaks B 157, RTW Monson A 149.5, Maidstone 136, Shepway A 115

The coaches wish to thank all the helpers and volunteers as these galas could not happen without your support. The next round of the Kent Junior League is 9th September 2017.



A team

Mia Bakonowicz, Abigail Saunders, Valentina Groves, Olivia Dyckhoff,

Izabella Okaro, Eva Okaro,Emily Brown

Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson

Millie Childs, Megan Marter, Lilie Chambers, Ruby Jarrett

Jonathan Vowell, Alex Wilson, Devon Tannock, Jacob Crombie

Macauley Johnston, Albert Whitlock, Joseph Box, Seamus Hamilton

Tom Creasey, Caiden Hibbert, Jaedon Lynch

Louis Hayes. Jacob Hudson.  Zachary Raymond,



B team

Isabelle Stoddart, Isabella Munoz, Amelia Tovey, Fleur Kirk

Millie Armstrong, Martha Roberts, Samriddhi Das,Felicity Yates

Kara Dimond, Isabelle MacKenzie, Emma Noble

Daisy Widdowson,Kitty Fisher,  KatieVowell, Charlotte Prideaux

Martin Argirov, George Rehbein, Zachary Murphy, Tom Johnston

Thomas Hunt  Luke Dimond, Joshua Woods,Edward Smith

Oshi Hamilton, Verner Krynauw,  James Fry, Edward Holness

Ben Strebel

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