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The 2017 British Summer Championships took place across six days at Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool from 25-30 July.
The country's top 24 swimmers in each age group including a number of Sennockians competed at this prestigious event held at Ponds Forge.
Congratulations to the following for their swims -
Ben Ward - 50m , 100m, 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM
Nathaniel Rodrigues - 50m & 100m Free
Ellis Stanhope - 200m & 1500m Free and 200m Fly
Seb Stewart - 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Rose Compton - 200m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM
Maddie Glen - 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Zoe Naylor-Perrott - 50m Free
Ellie Vowell - 50m Fly
Annie Keppel-Palmer - 400m IM
plus the Girls 14-16 years 4x100m medley relay team
Full results are available here
A recap of all the action is available via video streaming here
Swim England's National Summer Meet took place from 2-6 August at Ponds Forge and pitted the next 20 ranked swimmers at Swim England affliated clubs against each other.
Congratulations to the following club members for competing -
Oliver Coote - 50m & 100m Breaststroke
Louis Hayes - 50m & 100m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke
Ben Ward - 50m Backstroke and 400m IM
Nathaniel Rodrigues - 200m Free, 100m & 200m Fly
Ellis Stanhope - 50m,100m & 400m Free
George Tyler - 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Milly Childs - 50m & 200m Backstroke
Rose Compton - 800m Free, 50m Backstroke & 400m IM
Zoe Naylor-Perrott - 100m Free, 50m & 100m Backstroke and 50m Fly
Ellie Vowell - 100m Free, 100m Fly and 200m IM
Frankie Whiting - 50m Free & 100m Free
Sevenoaks Swimming Club reached the pinnacle of their swimming history by qualifying for the National Arena Swimming League B Finals at the International Pool in Cardiff on the 8th April.
The National Arena Swimming League is a nationwide competitive league that takes place over 3 galas in October, November and December with the teams with the highest points, gained from the most top 6 places in each swimming event, qualifying for the national finals in April the following year. Many of the most successful clubs are based in large towns and/or cities, so for a community club based in our small market town to qualify was a huge achievement.
The weekend started with great anticipation and excitement with the theme adopted by the swimmers and supporters alike of ‘Sevenoaks Superheroes’ and they quickly proved worthy of the theme as each and every swimmer really stepped up to the mark, with some outstanding swims being recorded in the competition. We had a relatively young team with many of our members swimming up an age category yet still performing incredibly against much more mature competitors from the other clubs competing, namely: Boldmere, Swansea City, Hatfield, City Of Liverpool, Ealing, Hillingdon, City of Peterborough, Chelsea & Westminster and our friendly local Kent rivals, Thanet.
The competition was one of the closest recorded between the competitors with the top 3 clubs throughout the afternoon, Sevenoaks, Ealing and Thanet, switching frequently from 1st to 3rd place making the competition tense with excitement and anticipation.
Sevenoaks managed an incredible 2nd place with Ealing SC managing to secure the winning spot and Thanet 3rd.
What an achievement for the club, 2nd place in the National Arena Swimming League B Final on our debut against such seasoned and strong competition!
Highlights from the coaches were the superhuman swims from every member of the team - stepping up to the occasion, incredible support from the parents in the stands, the combined team spirit and effort, encouragement from all swimmers on poolside and last but by no means least, beating our local friends and swim colleagues Thanet SC by two points.
Sevenoaks have just appointed its very first head coach, Matt Smithurst, who will continue to move the club forward in its current trajectory, to put more swimmers at a higher level, whilst still maintaining the close club environment which offers swimming to all, at all levels.
Matt stated ‘We have a really strong younger end who will hopefully ensure we can replicate this success in years to come.’
Sunday 19th March saw the annual Sevenoaks mini polo tournament for the under 12s which was once again sponsored by BDR and E2W with 28 kids taking part from Sevenoaks/ Hythe/ Monson/ Faversham.
It was a fully packed hour of water polo with two games taking place at the same time ensuring everyone was active. With a fully packed viewing gallery with every spectator spot taken the supporters were fully engaged throughout the tournament.
The final scores of the tournament were -
Faversham v Hythe - 0-2
Sevenoaks v Monson - 5-1
Faversham v Sevenoaks - 2-3
Monson v Hythe - 1-3
Faversham v Monson - 1-3
Sevenoaks v Hythe - 3-7
The final positions were
(1) Hythe (2) Sevenoaks (3) Monson (4) Faversham
It was great to see so many Sevenoaks players taking part especially the new players who have only been playing a few weeks. Thanks goes to the older juniors for helping, Elliot for reffing and George, Chante and Leane for coaching the Sevenoaks team.
Thanks also goes to the parents and coaches from other clubs for supporting this event for the second year running.
This event was proudly supported by BDR and E2W
Sevenoaks 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 22 podium places, 13 Gold medal places, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze.
Gold medals went to :
Girls Open 4 x 100m Medley Frankie Whiting, Maddy Glen, Izzy Woods & Lily Snell.
Girls 12/U 4 x 50m Medley Izabella Okaro, Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson & Eva Okaro
Girls 12/U 4 x 50m Free Jessica Harmer, Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson & Eva Okaro
Mixed 12/U 4 x 50m Medley Caiden Hibbert, Imogen Stoddart, Eva Okaro, Tom Creasey
Mixed 12/U 4 x 50m Free Oshi Hamilton, Elspeth Watson, Eva Okaro, Tom Creasey
Boys Jnr 4 x 50m Free Chris Lee, George Tyler, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues
Boys Jnr 4 x 50m Medley Chris Lee, George Tyler, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues
Girls Jnr 4 x 50m Free Rose Compton, Ellie Vowell, Frankie whiting, Emma Wilson
Boys 13/14 4 x 50m Medley Ben Ward, Oscar Wilson, Louis Hayes, Eddie Hammond
Girls 13/14 4 x 50m Free Maddie Glen, Rose Compton, Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor- Perrot
Girls 13/14 4 x 50m Medley Maddie Glen, Rose Compton, Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor- Perrot
Mixed 13/14 4 x 50m Free Ellie Vowell, Ben Ward, Louis Hayes, Zoe Naylor- Perrott
Mixed 13/14 4 x 50m Medley Rose Compton, Ben Ward, Louis Hayes, Zoe Naylor- Perrott
Silver Medals went to:
Boys 13/14 4 x 50m Free Ben Ward, Oscar Wilson, Louis Hayes, Eddie Hammond
Boys 12/U 4 x 50m Medley Caiden Hibbert, Oshi Hamilton, Verner Krynauw Tom Creasey
Girls Jnr 4 x 50m Medley Frankie Whiting, Maddie Glen, Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor- Perrott
Mixed Jnr 4 x 50m Free Frankie Whiting, George Tyler, Ellie Vowell, Nathan Rodrigues
Girls Open 4 x 100m Free Annie Keppel- Palmer, Izzy Woods, Frankie Whiting, Lily Snell
Bronze Medals went to:
Mens Open 4x 100 Free Seb Stewart, Josh Bishop, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues
Mens Open 4x 100 Medley Callum Brophy, Seb Stewart, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues
Mixed Open 4x 100 Medley Millie Childs, Seb Stewart, Nathan Rodrigues, Lily Snell
Boys 12/U 4 x 50m Free Caiden Hibbert, Oshi Hamilton, Seamus Hamilton, Tom Creasey
Well done to those chosen to represent Sevenoaks Swimming Club.
- At competitions, whether they are open, club or national events, all swimmers are expected to behave in a manner that shows respect to your club, coach, officers and team mates as well as the members of other competing clubs at all times.
- You will be required to attend events and galas that the head coach (or your squad coach) has entered / selected you for, unless previously arranged.
- You will be required to wear Sevenoaks kit poolside & wear appropriate swimwear when competing.
- You should report to your coach and/or team manager upon arrival.
- You should arrive in plenty of time to be prepared for warm up and sign in /out as per the requirements of the meet.
- You should warm up before your event as directed by your coach / team manager to ensure you are fully prepared for your race.
- Be part of the TEAM! Stay with the team poolside. If you have to leave the poolside for any reason, inform and obtain consent before doing so. This is important so, in the case of an emergency evacuation, the coach(es) and / or team manager can account for ALL swimmers.
- After your race, report to your coach for feedback.
- SUPPORT YOUR TEAM MATES! Everyone likes to be supported and they will be supporting you!
- Swim down after the race as instructed by your coach. Your behaviour in the swim down facilities should be appropriate and respectful to others at all times.
- Do not leave the event until the gala is complete or you have the explicit agreement of your coach or team manager.
Please only eat healthy food poolside. Under NO circumstances should, sweets, fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate or other junk food be eaten on poolside. If any of these items are brought poolside they will be confiscated and returned at the end of the gala.
- Ensure your child is provided with healthy appropriate food and drink for the duration of the gala.
- Ensure you allow plenty of time to arrive in time for the warm up / sign in or out.
- Encourage you child(ren) to act appropriately and within the guidelines above at all times.
- Refrain from coming poolside or into the Sevenoaks camp. This is for swimmers and coaches / team managers ONLY.
- Allow your coach to coach your child. You do not need to get involved in giving your child technical or critical feedback on their races.
- Behave responsibly as a spectator. By all means encourage them and cheer for them and their fellow competitors in a positive manner. Please do not celebrate the disqualification or injury of ANY other competitor, nor do we wish to hear of any excessive celebrations when one swimmer has beaten a ‘rival’…. whether they are a Sevenoaks swimmer or from another club. REMEMBER your child could be on the receiving end of such behaviour and it's incredibly hurtful!
- Please use appropriate language within any club environment.
- Ensure you child’s needs are met in terms of nutritional requirements as advised by the coaches.
- Most of all, help your child enjoy the sport and achieve to the best of their ability.
REMEMBER….. swimming is FUN and a HAPPY swimmer is a FAST SWIMMER!!
Sevenoaks Swimming Club Committee
Entry Level swimmer Alice Stone recently met Olympian swimmer Adam Peaty MBE at a Charity event in Derby. Here's her account of the great day -
Joined by Adam's coach Melanie, firstly she spoke about her career and how she has been training Adam for the last 8 yrs. His tough training and what it takes to be the best in the World. 8 years of hard work to shine in 57 seconds!
Then Adam spoke about diet, gym work and what drives him to be the best. He was fantastic and is totally focused on being the best.
There was a charity auction and we won his Rio swim cap (signed) and an hour swim session with him and his coach Melanie!
Alice made a Powerpoint presentation for school. We've shared it here
The 2017 Kent County Swimming championships came to a conclusion in the Olympic pool at the London Aquatic Centre at the weekend. Once more the Sevenoaks swimmers produced some fantastic performances.
First up on the agenda in the morning was the boys 200m Individual Medley. In the 1 y3ear old age group, Louis Hayes won Gold with Bronze going to Ben Strebel. Shortly after another Gold was won by Ben Ward (14) with Ellis Stanhope winning Bronze in the 15 yrs. 16yr olds Chris Lee and George Tyler won Silver and Bronze with Seb Stewart finishing the flourish with Bronze in the Open age group. Also in the heats, Macauley Johnston (11) Tom Creasey & Caiden Hibbert (12) Zac Raymond (13) Edison Hammond, Oscar Wilson & Will Booth (14) all posted good times. 15 year olds Nathaniel Rodrigues, Ethan Hunter & Ewan Livingston and Open swimmer Callum Brophy also swam well.
In the girls 50m backstroke, the heats and finals were awash with Sevenoaks talent. Lily Snell came 4th in the 16 years and over category. Francesca Whiting won the Silver and Emma Wilson claimed 7th in the 15 year old final. The 14 year old final saw Sevenoaks repeat last year’s feat of claiming the top 3 places: Zoe Naylor Perrot, Rose Compton and Ellie Vowell taking Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively. In the 13 year final Millie Childs won Gold with Daisy Widdowson swimming well for 7th. In the 12 yrs Imogen Stoddart gained Bronze whilst in the 10 & 11year category an astounding 5 girls made the final, with Izabella Okaro winning Gold and twin sister Eva winning Silver. Millie Armstrong came 4th, Jessica Harmer 5th and Emily Brown 8th. In the Open final 4 Sevenoaks swimmers qualified with Frankie coming 4th, Lily 5th, Zoe 7th and Rose 8th.
Other fabulous swims we recorded by Amy Farthing (19) & Phoebe Brockington (16), Grace Mitchell, Jazzy Wallace & Millie Lodge (14), Katie Vowell, Charlotte Prideaux, Kitty Fisher & Eleanor Allen (13), Elspeth Watson & Kara Dimond (12) Felicity Yates, Daisy McMillan, Sami Das & Carra Singleterry (11).
Next it was time for the boys to shine in the Butterfly 50m sprints. Making the finals in the 15 yrs were Nathan Rodrigues and Ellis Stanhope who managed a Gold and Bronze respectively. There were also spectacular swims from Ethan Hunter, Ewan Livingston, Teddy Wallace and Dom Percy in this age group. Ben Ward added to his medal collection with a Silver in the 14 yrs with Aiden McMillan swimming well to jump a place to 7th. Louis Hayes gained another Gold in the 13 yrs with Ben Strebel & Zac Raymond swimming hard for 5th & 8th place. Caiden Hibbert made the final in the 12 yrs and came a credible 8th. Also swimming well in the heats were Eddie Hammond and Oscar Wilson (14), Marcus Humphrey (13) Tom Creasey and Verner Krynauw (12) Macauley Johnston and Jonathan Vowell.
The afternoon saw a swathe of Sevenoaks swimmers back on the podium with the boys 50m Breaststroke. Seb Stewart qualified fastest for the 16yr & over final with Dom Percy storming into the 15yrs final qualifying in 4th place. 14yr old Ben Ward and Oscar Wilson both made the final in 1st & 3rd place. Louis Hayes also qualified fastest for the finals with Jacob Hudson on his tail in 2nd in the 13 yrs and Oshi Hamilton made it into the 12 yrs final with Seamus Hamilton qualifying for the 10/11 yrs. In the finals, Seb pulled out a great swim and secured a well-deserved Silver and a place in the Open finals. George Tyler secured the Bronze for the 16 yrs. Dom Percy faced tough opposition against 4 National swimmers and managed a great 7th. Ben Ward and Oscar Wilson smashed the final with Gold and Silver respectively with Louis Hayes gaining a Gold and Jacob Hudson a superb Bronze in the 13 yr final a feat achieved by Oshi Hamilton in the 12yrs final. Finally, Seamus Hamilton swam brilliantly to gain a well-deserved 5th medal. In the heats the following swam well for some excellent PB’s: Callum Brophy (19), David Wilson (18) Jamie Benn (16) Ethan Hunter (15) Oliver Glen, Robert Allen, Eddie Hammond, Aiden McMillan & Will Booth (14), Ben Strebel, Max Selby & Zac Raymond (13), Tom Creasey (12) & Albert Whitlock (11). Finally, in the Open Final Seb Stewart stormed to the finish and gained the Gold medal podium place.
The final event of the day saw the girls return to the pool with the exciting 50m Freestyle sprints. Lilly Snell qualified for the finals and went on the win Silver in the 16yrs & over. Frankie Whiting also qualified and fought hard for Bronze. In the 14 yrs 3 qualified for the finals, Ellie Vowell eventually grabbing Silver with Zoe Naylor-Perrot Bronze and Rose Compton 7th place. In the 12 yrs Elspeth Watson and Imogen Stoddart qualified for the finals and swam a tough race to come home in 4th and 5th respectively. In the exciting final of the 10/11 yrs Sevenoaks had 4 finalists, Eva Okaro won another Gold and broke the 30 second barrier, Jessica Harmer only 10 yrs won the Silver with Izbella Okaro finishing in 4th and Emily Brown 7th. There were superb swims from: Issy Woods (18) Annie Keppel-Palmer (20) Amy Farthing (19) Issey Booth (18) Phoebe Brockington (16) Emma Wilson (15) Grace Mitchell (14) Millie Childs, Daisy Widdowson, Katie Vowell, & Kitty Fisher (13) Isabelle Mackenzie & Kara Dimond (12), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das & Millie Armstrong (11).
In the final race of the day Lily Snell and Frankie Whiting qualified for the Open Final with Lily storming to a Bronze and Frankie a well-deserved 8th.
Sunday witnessed the last day of these 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. Elspeth Watson won Silver in the 12 yrs and Ellie Vowell & Rose Compton won Silver & Gold respectively in the 14 yrs. Francesca Whiting won Bronze in the 15 years and in the 16 years and over Annabel Keppel- Palmer won Bronze. Other swimmers who produced fabulous swims were: Emily Brown, Izabella Okaro, Jessica Harmer Millie Armstrong and Daisy McMillan (10/11) Imogen Stoddart (12) & Amy Farthing (19) and Isabella Woods (18).
The boys were focussed on the 50m backstroke. Christopher Lee won Gold in the 16 year event. Ethan Hunter, Ellis Stanhope and Nathaniel Rodrigues all qualified for the final where all 3 boys swam superbly - Ethan came 4th, Ellis 5th and Nathan 8th In the 14 yrs Ben Ward & Robert Allen qualified for the finals with Ben finishing with the Silver and Robert 7th place. Louis (13) once again won Gold having qualified for the finals. Caiden Hibbert and Tom Creasey also qualified for the finals where Caiden won Silver and Tom finished 7th. The heats produced some wonderful PB from Joseph Box Jonathan Vowell (11) Verner Krynauw (12), Ben Strebel (13) Oscar Wilson & Aiden McMillan (14) Ben Channon and Ewan Livingston (15), Callum Brophy(19) James Barlow & George Tyler (16).
The girls 50m butterfly saw Issey Woods take Silver and Lily Snell 7th place in the 16 & over group and Ellie Vowell winning Silver in the 14 year old grouping. Elspeth Watson won Silver in the 12 year old event and the Okaro girls were battling it out in the 10/11 yrs with Eva winning Gold and Izabella Silver. Other finalists were Jessica Harmer (10) coming 8th, Zoe Naylor- Perrot and Rose Compton (14) finishing in 4th & 5th. Great swims came from Amy Farthing, Phoebe Brockington, Grace Michell, Millie Childs, Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson, Kara Dimond, Emily Brown, Sami Das & Millie Armstrong.
The boys 50m freestyle saw Nathaniel Rodrigues take Gold and Ellis Stanhope Silver in th e 15 yrs age group with Nathan qualifying for the Open final. In the 14 yrs Ben Ward and Eddie Hammond qualified for the finals and finished well in 6th & 8th place. Louis was back on the podium having won Gold and he was joined by an ecstatic Ben Strebel who won Bronze. Tom Creasey finished in 4th in the 12 yrs, and Oshi Hamilton 8th. Great swims were also posted by Seb Stewart, Callum Brophy, Josh Bishop, George Tyler, Chris Lee, Ethan Hunter, Ewan Livingston, Teddy Wallace, Dom Percy Oscar Wilson, Caiden Hibbert and Seamus Hamilton.
The final session of this year’s event, the 50m Breaststroke for the girls, featured a wonderful final for the 10/ 11 yrs with 4 finalists and a brilliant 1,2,3, for Eva Okaro winning Gold, Emily Brown Silver and Jessica Harmer Bronze, while Izabella Okara came 6th. Imogen Stoddart and Kara Dimond produced superb swims winning Gold & Bronze respectively with Elspeth coming home in 8th. In the 14 yrs, three girls qualified for the finals, Ellie Vowell winning Bronze, Rose Compton 7th and Issey Tyler a great 8th. In the 16 yrs & Over Isabelle Booth swam well to a 5th place. Strong swims in the heats came from Lily Snell, Amy Farthing, Frankie Whiting, Grace Mitchell, Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson, Millie Childs, Ruby Jarrett, Kitty Fisher, Eleanor Allen, Daisy McMillan, Millie Armstrong and Eva Matthew.
This brought an end to a hugely successful Kent Championships. Sevenoaks swimmers should be justifiably proud of their achievements, winning a magnificent 131 top 3 places, 43 Gold, 51 Silver and 37 Bronze.
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.
The penultimate weekend of the Kent County Championships proved to be another huge success with a plethora of medals for swimmers from Sevenoaks SC. Crystal Palace was again the venue for the weekend with the Boys backstroke and freestyle and Girls’ breaststroke and fly being the focus.
The girls 100m breaststroke saw Issy Booth take 4th place in the 16 yr & over age group with good performances from Amy Farthing, Annie Keppel-Palmer, Issey Childs and Phoebe Brockington. In the 15 yrs heats, Sarah Williams and Frankie Whiting swam well while sadly Poppy Holmes was left recuperating at home having broken her collarbone last weekend.
The 14 year olds Sevenoaks swimmers Maddie Glen and Ellie Vowell posted Gold and Bronze finishes respectively with Rose Compton gaining 5th in the finals with Isabel Tyler & Grace Mitchell also swimming well in the heats. 13 year olds Megan Marter, Katie Vowell, Millie Childs and Daisy Widdowson swam great races while in the 12 year olds, Imogen Stoddart stormed to Silver and Kara Dimond gained 7th with Elspeth Watson swimming well in the heats. Once again the Okaro twins were on the podium in the 10/11 yrs, Eva adding another Gold to her collection with Izabella winning Bronze and Emily Brown between the two, winning Silver! Maddie then swam in the Open finals and managed a very respectable 4th.
The boys were focussed on the 200m backstroke where medal success was forthcoming in the 13 year old category with Louis Hayes securing Gold. 11 yr old Macauley gained 8th and in the 12yrs Caiden Hibbert swam brilliantly to get Bronze with Tom Creasey grabbing 8th. Robert Allen came a credible 7th in the 14 yrs and then in the 15 yrs it was a close fought race with Ellis Stanhope coming 4th, Ethan Hunter 5th and then Nathan Rodrigues 6th. In the 16 yrs & Over Seb Stewart bagged a 7th place. Super times were also posted by Callum Brophy, Chris Lee, James Barlow, Aiden McMillan & Eddie Hammond in their respective age groups.
The afternoon witnessed the heats of the girls 200 breast with a winning performance being posted by Maddie Glen - Gold in the 14-year-old grouping along with Silver being won by Rose Compton. The 11 yr old Okaro twins added Silver and Bronze to their ever increasing collection of medals with Emily Brown finishing 5th. Imogen Stoddart claimed the Bronze in the 12yrs with Elspeth finishing 8th. Megan Marter grabbed a good 6th in the 13 yrs with Katie Vowell following closely to get 7th. In the 16 yrs & Over Issy Booth added to her earlier medal and won Bronze
Finally, it was the turn of the boys 100m backstroke and kicking off the medals was Caiden Hibbert gaining Silver in the 12 yrs with Tom Creasey finishing in 5th. Louis Hayes added another Gold in the 13yrs while Ben Ward swam well to win Silver in the 14yrs. Back fighting out for places in the 15 yrs were Ethan Hunter who stormed to 5th with Ellis hot on his tail with 6th and Nathan grabbing 8th place. Chris Lee also bagged great Bronze medal in the 16yrs.
In the qualification heats for this event excellent performances were also gained within their age groups by Callum Brophy, Seb Stewart, Josh Bishop, James Barlow, George Tyler, Robert Allen, Oliver Glen, Oscar Wilson, Aiden McMillan, Zac Raymond, Macaulay Johnston and our youngest boy, Jonathan Vowell.
Sunday at a packed Palace again saw an abundance of excellent swims and times posted by the team from Sevenoaks.
In the girls 100m butterfly, the 16 & over heats witnessed super swims from Pheobe Brockington, Amy Farthing and Annie Keppel-Palmer while Isabella Woods qualified for the final in 3rd place and maintained that to bring home a well-deserved Bronze.
At 14 years old Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor Perrott & Rose Compton made the final with Ellie winning Silver, Zoe coming in 5th and Rose 8th. Another Silver medal was won in the 12 yrs, with Elspeth proving her metal in the final and the event couldn’t finish without an Okaro twin on the podium with Izabella winning her first Gold of the Champs in the 10/11 yrs! There were also saw great swims from Beth Hook & Frankie Whiting (15) Maddie Glen (14), Katie Vowell (13) & Ella Wood (11)
In the final race of this event, the Open, comprising of the 8 fastest swimmers from all the finals, Izzey Woods came 4th and Ellie Vowell 8th.
Racing in the 200m freestyle, the boys were determined not to be outdone by their female teammates.
Nathaniel Rodrigues secured Gold and the Junior Championship cup and Ellis Stanhope the bronze medal in the 15 year old age group. Louis Hayes added another bronze to his collection in the 13 yrs. Christopher Lee swam well to grab 4th in the 16yrs., Ewan Livingston, Ethan Hunter, James Barlow, Eddie Hammond, Ben Strebel Caiden Hibbert and Tom Creasey also swam well in their respective age groups.
The afternoon session was again awash with excellent swimming, times and effort from the Sevenoaks competitors.
The boy’s 100m freestyle final event in the 15 yrs saw 3 Sevenoaks swimmers make the final, Rodrigues & Stanhope coming 1st & 3rd respectively with a great effort also being made by Ethan Hunter coming 7th. Ben Ward and Eddie Hammond made the final of the 14 yrs ending in 6th and 7th place. Another 3 swimmers qualified for the final in the 13 yrs where Louis Hayes managed a silver with Zac Raymond grabbing 4th & Ben Strebel a 7th. Chris Lee also medalled in the 16 yrs. Tom Creasey also made the finals in the 12yrs and managed a good 7th place.
In the heats Oliver Hamilton, Caiden Hibbert, Aiden McMillan, Oscar Wilson, Edward Wallace, Ewan Livingston, George Tyler, Josh Bishop & James Barlow all posted great personal bests.
The girls were focussed in the afternoon on both the heats and finals of the 200m butterfly.
In the 16 years and over category, excellent times were also posted by Annie Keppel-Palmer, Isabella Woods and Amy Farthing coming 5th, 6th & 7th respectively. The 14 year old age group saw Rose Compton gaining 5th and Ellie Vowell 8th. Finally, within the 12 year old grouping, Elspeth proved her metal and swam brilliantly to win the final gold of the day.
Saturday 21st January saw the start of the 2017 Kent County Championships, an event consisting of over 600 events and more than 5,500 Kent swimmers racing within both heats and finals taking place across the next 4 weekends.
Sevenoaks swimmers have been seeking qualifying times during the last year in events run across the County and beyond. A new record has been set with a whopping 98 Sevenoaks’ swimmers across all age groups achieving the required level and qualifying for 728 races. Those aiming for glory in the longer events began their quest at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Saturday’s stand out performances for the girls included a Silver for both Elspeth Watson (12) and Rose Compton (14) in the Girls 400IM. In the same event Maddie Glenn (14) Sarah Williams & Beth Hook (15) Annie Keppel- Palmer (20) & Amy Farthing (19) all performed superbly.
In the 400m Freestyle, the Gold medal and Kent Championship performance came from Rose Compton (14). At her inaugural Kent’s race, Daisy McMillan (11) gained an excellent 6th while strong swims also came from Frankie Whiting, Emma Watson & Beth Hook (15), Millie Childs (13), Maddie Glen & Ellie Vowell (14) Elspeth Watson (12) Amy Farthing (19) and Annie Keppel-Palmer (19).
Meanwhile for the boys, Ellis Stanhope (15) claimed a Silver in the 400m freestyle and a Bronze in the 400m Individual Medley. Other competitors also producing excellent swims in these races and some outstanding PB’s included Louis Hayes, Ben Strebel & Zac Raymond (13), Eddie Hammond & Oscar Wilson (14) Ethan Hunter & Benedict Channon (15), Josh Bishop (17) David Wilson (18) and Callum Brophy (19).
Sunday was the long distance swims in the form of the boys 1500m and girls 800m freestyle races.
Ellis Stanhope (15) and Rose Compton (14) won Gold and were crowned Kent champions in the 1500 and 800m events respectivley. Nathaniel Rodrigues also gained the Silver in the 1500m and Amy Farthing the bronze medal in the 800m. Whilst superb efforts in the 1500m also came from Eddie Hammond, Will Booth (14) and Ethan Hunter (15) with sterling efforts in the girls 800m by Elspeth Watson (12) Frankie Whiting, Emma Watson & Sarah Williams (15).
With around 115 swimmers taking part, this years Shoals Gala was a great success. For the Christmas theme rather than rescuing coaches the ‘reindeer’ had to rescue ‘Santa’, along with finding Candy Canes at the bottom of the pool and delivering presents on kickboards.
The Skins races for the older swimmers created much tension with George Tyler coming out on top for Otters despite having to swim backstroke in the final race. We were glad to see that our younger swimmers could Race the Champ and beat them, so maybe more training required for the Top Squad?
Sharks won the Feet First Scull which is technically very tricky for a 25m race, while Beavers won the ‘Parasol Relay’ where the sight of 6 white parasols bobbing up and down the pool isn’t something you see in any normal gala.
The final race of the evening was the 8 person ‘Squadron Relay’ which was won by Penguins in a display of perfect trainline swimming to maximise their efficiency. The crowd by that time were hoarse from shouting, and the swimmers out of the pool screaming for their teams to take the lead.
Overall the gala was won by Penguins with Sharks second and Otters third.
We would like to give a massive thanks to the parents and officials that helped out on the night, without you the organised chaos of the gala would just be chaos!
Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year.
Jo & Gavin Coveney