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Having battled through the (10 week) qualifying period, 12 members of Sevenoaks Swimming club qualified to compete at the English Summer Nationals in Sheffield last week. Once the top 24 swimmers had been identified to swim at the British Summer Nationals the week before, the next 20 qualifiers in England, per event, were invited to swim at these Championships, so qualifying for this prestigious event was an achievement in itself.
Oliver Coote, (15) Nathan Rodrigues (16) Ellis Stanhope (16) Ellie Vowell and Zoë Naylor- Perrott both 15, had qualified for this event before, whilst Isabella Okaro and Eva Okaro (both 11) Imogen Stoddart and Kara Dimond (both 13) Lilie Chambers and Zachary Raymond (both 14) and Aiden McMillan (15) were first time qualifiers. During last week, were held each morning, with the top 10 going through to the finals every evening, and the whole event was live-streamed around the World.
Day 1 saw both Oliver and Imogen compete in the 100m breaststroke, both swimming almost bear to their PB finishing in 14th and 19th place respectively. Swimming in the 50m freestyle, Nathan began the morning seeded 6th, stormed his heat in a new PB and qualifying for the final, in which he fought hard to earn another PB earning the club’s first medal finishing in 24.80 to win the bronze.
As Day 2 began, no one could have predicted the massive success which would lead acting Head Coach Jo King to conclude this to have been ‘Wicked Wednesday’. Eva, who is still only 11 (but swimming in the youngest category 12/13) swam in the heats of the 100m butterfly. She swam her heat with effortless speed to knock 3 seconds of her PB reach the final, where she reduced that time by another second win a magnificent silver medal in a remarkable time of 1.04.95. Next to swim in the 200 freestyle was Ellis, who was seeking to break the magic sub 2 minute barrier for the 1st time. He did exactly that to reach the final in which he swam another fantastic race to win the silver medal and reducing his PB again to finish in 1.58.66. All this after he had swum the 1500m freestyle between the heats and finals (finishing 8th).
Oliver was the next to compete, giving his all and holding his entry ranking to finish 14th in 2.40.15. Following on was Lilie with her debut nationals swim in the 50m freestyle. Fighting all the way, she deservedly swam a PB of 28.20 to equal her entry ranking of 12th place. Eva then returned in the same event, ranked in first, She didn’t disappoint claiming her spot in the final in the new PB of 27.28. In the final that evening, under pressure, either rose to the occasion and won the gold medal, much to the delight of the swimmers and parents who had travelled to Sheffield to support the club. The final event so Nathan back in the pool in the hundred meter butterfly. Entering the heats in 10th place he, too, produced a PB of 1.00.10 to clean his place in the final where is aim was to break than one minute barrier for the first time. Fighting all the way he did just that with a time of 59.91 and a well deserved 6th place.
Day 3 began with both Zachary and Nathan swimming the heats of the 100m freestyle. Zachary smashed his PB to finish in 57.08 and booking a place in his first National final where he finished in an identical time to take a well deserved place. Nathan, on his 3rd day of racing produced his 2nd fastest time ever of 55.13, narrowly missing a place in the finals, finishing 11th. The next event saw Zoë and Eva in the heats of the 50m backstroke, Zoë finishing close to PB to finish and Eva with a PB which took her into the final where later that evening she produced another PB and another remarkable time for her tender age of 31.40 to take the silver medal. In between the heats and finals, Eva also swam the 200IM, in 2.37.42 to finish in 19th place.
Day 4, the penultimate day, saw the debut of Aiden in the 200m butterfly. Having just missed out on qualification last year, he swam a fantastic heat swim. From entering the event as the 19th seed, he leapt into the final seeded 5th! That evening, Aiden went on to smash his PB again to finish in 2.14.27, for a throughly deserved 5th place. The next event, the 50m breaststroke saw the debut of Kara producing her 2nd fastest time ever to finish 19th. It was Imogen’s turn to swim the event, digging deep to qualify for the final where she produced her 2nd fastest time ever to finish 9th in 35.99, a great achievement in her first nationals. Last to swim in the morning heat (over 4 hours after warm up) was Zoë swimming in the 100m freestyle and in a highly competitive field improved her seeding to qualify for the final. That evening, swimming from lane 0, she produced a gutsy swim to swim 0.3 faster than the heats and take a well deserved 9th place in 1.00.54. Today was styled ‘Fantastic Friday’
The final day of the English Summer Nationals began with the heats of the 50m butterfly, in which the club had 4 swimmers. Isabella, making her debut produced a solid time of 30.85, to finish in 15th place. Ellie also produced a strong swim to finish in a time of 30.13, a courageous swim, given she was managing an injury coming into the champs to finish in 13th. Zoë, on her 3rd consecutive day, came into the event 17th with no expectation of a finals place. Swimming a strong heat, she equalled her entry time to leap into the finals in joint 8th. That evening she finishes her season with a well deserved PB taking 9th spot in 29.64. Eva’s heat swim almost equalled her entry time to take her into the final qualifying fastest. That evening, she produced another incredible final swim to produce a PB of 28.54 and another gold medal! Not only was she one of the youngest in her age group, but the time she produced was faster than the winner of the 15 and 16 yrs age groups! Winning a total of 2 golds and 2 silver medals, Eva is a an incredibly talented swimmer who produced remarkable swims under pressure.
Finally, Ellis swam in the 400m freestyle produced an excellent heat swim to produce a PB and jump from being seeded 13th to book his place in the final ranked 5th. Swimming later that evening, he produced a spellbinding performance to reduce his PB by a further 4 seconds to take a well deserved 5th place in 4.12.89.
Coaches Jo King and Paddy Ham were understandably incredibly proud of every swimmer who had fought so hard to qualify and then produce the ‘fabulous week of racing’ they did. They are excited to build on this cusses, particularly as the Club will be welcoming their new Head Coach Kieron Piper who starts in September. More exciting times ahead!
Here we are again back in Sheffield for the start of this years English National Championships.
Sevenoaks SC has an excited group of 14 qualifiers and the first one in the water is 15 year old Oliver Coote in the 100 breaststroke. His second year at nationals, he was slightly off his best time with a 1.12.38 and just outside the evening qualification. He is back in the water in the morning for his 200 breaststroke.
Racing for the first time at this level and next to swim was 13 year old Imogen Stoddart, she swam well with a 1.22.44 and was perhaps a little nervous at the level of this swimming and will be calm and ready for her main event the 50m breaststroke later in the week.
Last but not least was 16 year old Nathan Rodrigues with the 50 freestyle, he was going in with a 6th place ranking and absolutely stormed his one length with a 24.88 and 3rd place going into the final. A very well paced and planned swim! He then went on to swim even faster in the final and brought home the first medal of the whole championships with a 24.80 and 3rd place bronze. Well done Nathan.
He is swimming tomorrow in the 100 fly.
As the day began early for SSC we none of us suspected the great successes that were to come for our fabulous swimmers later on!
The first event of the day was the 12/13 year old 100 fly and our not quite 12 year old, Eva Okaro who is 11, 12 in November was ranked in 19th place with a 1.8.14. She swam the most fantastic easy speed fly to finish in a 1.5.08, a huge pb and 1st place into the final. With an incredibly exciting swim against 13 year olds she knocked her time down to 1.04.95 and came in second place the first silver medal of the meet for SSC. A truly special swim and time for a very young and very talented swimmer.
Next in was 16 year old Ellis Stanhope with the 200 freestyle, he has been trying to break 2 minutes for sometime and showed us what he’s really made of with a fabulous 1.59.56 and taking his entry ranking from 10th to 3rd for the evening final. He went on to lower this time even further and win a super bronze medal with a 1.58.66 a remarkable swim after a very demanding 1500m race at lunchtime!
15 year old Ollie Coote had his 200 breast next and swam very well to hold his entry ranking with a 2.40.15 a good solid swim.
14 year old Lilie Chambers made her debut into National level swimming with the 50 free and was in great form with a lovely pb of 28.20 and equalled her ranking entry slot also, a very good first National swim.
Eva Okaro was then back in to swim her 50 freestyle and was ranked in first place, she performed to her ranking and swam a great pb of 27.28, putting her in first slot for the final. She went on to show her true ability with a first place win and a 27.44. A first Gold for Sevenoaks.
The last event of the morning saw 16 year old Nathan Rodrigues in the 100 fly and he was starting in 10th place which he stormed through to finish in 3rd ranking for the final with a nice pb of 1.00.10. He had a big aim to break 60 seconds, 1 minute in the final! This he achieved very nicely with a really lovely swim of 59.91 and 6th place.
As this session ended the lunchtime distance event began and Ellis Stanhope was racing in the 1500m freestyle, this is always a tricky event to race as the swimmer has to try to maintain 15 x 100 at the same fast pace. He gave a valiant effort and was just off his time, finishing in 8th place with a 17.18.71.
Gold, silver and bronze all in one day and some very exciting times - Wicked Wednesday!
Sevenoaks continued its sparkling Swim England nationals performance after wicked Wednesday!
The morning started off with Zach Raymond and Nathan Rodrigues in the 100m free. Zach smashed his PB, going 57.08 and qualifying for his first ever national final in the afternoon. Nathan produced his 2nd fastest time ever, producing a 55.13, narrowly missing the final in 11th place. After 2 brilliant performances over the previous 2 days, Nathan should be very proud of himself of what he has achieved.
This was followed by the girls 50m backstroke. Zoë Naylor-Perrott produced a strong swim of 32.45, narrowly off her entry time and finishing 19th. Eva Okaro continued her fine form, PBing with a time of 31.68 and going 2nd fastest into the final.
Eva continued her swims with a strong 2.37.42 in the 200 IM. It was her 3rd fastest time ever in this event by the 11 year old, finishing 19th.
The finals session started off well with Zach hitting exactly the same time as his heat, finishing 7th. A fantastic debut performance and he will comeback stronger next season, benefiting from the experience he has picked up from this years championships. Eva was up next and produced a dazzling swim to finish 2nd in the 50m back final with a new PB of 31.40. It was Eva’s 3rd medal in 2 days making her total 2 silvers and 1 gold. It was a fantastic swim and she was very pleased!
This sets up Sevenoaks for an exciting penultimate day with Aiden McMillan making his debut national swim in the 200 fly along with Kara Dimond in the 50m brs. Imogen is also competing in the 50m brs along with Zoë Naylor Perrott in the 100m free. Bring on tomorrow!
Days 4 & 5
After Wicked Wednesday and Thunderous Thursday, Sevenoaks continued the theme onto the Fantastic Friday. The day will be remembered for the breakthrough performance of Aiden McMillan. Aiden wasn’t up first in the 200 fly and delivered in style. It had been a long wait for Aiden to swim in his first ever nationals championships and he didn’t disappoint. Aiden went 2.16.08, a 2 second Pb off his entry. He also PBed at 50m and at 100m giving him 3 PB’s in 1 race. He stormed up the rankings from 19th to 5th and qualified comfortably for his first national final in the evening.
Next up was the girls 50m breaststroke. Kara Dimond produced a solid 36.79 in her debut nationals, just off her entry time but it was the 2nd fastest time she had produced in this race. Imogen Stoddart was next; producing a solid 35.79 in the heat to qualify 7th into the final.
Last in the morning was Zoë Naylor Perrott who put the disappoint of the following day behind her to produce a 1.00.85 in the 100 free heats and qualify 9th into the final, in a very competitive field.
The finals session kicked off with another breathtaking performance from Aiden. Aiden finished off his season in style with another 2 second PB of the day, smashing his time from earlier going 2.14.27. He didn’t breathe the last 10m, pacing the race superbly and finishing 5th place with his reputation greatly enhanced in English swimming. A superb debut performance and one that was thoroughly deserved.
Next up was Imogen Stoddart who performed well and produced a strong 35.99 - just off the time from the morning, finishing 9th. To even make a national final is an achievement and Imogen had a great debut nationals where she stated she was going to comeback even stronger next season!
Finally it was Zoë who produced a gutsy swim from lane 0, going faster than her heat swim in a time of 1.00.54. This is the 2nd fastest time Zoë has ever done and she was pleased to have gotten her time back down close to her PB.
The last day of the Swim England National championships did turn into a Sevenoaks version of ‘Super Saturday’.
The start of the day brought the 50 fly for the girls. Izabella Okaro, making her debut swim at nationals produced a solid 30.85, just off her entry time and narrowly missing qualifying for the final, finishing 15th in a very close field. Eva Okaro produced an excellent heat swim, going 28.80, 0.01 off her entry and qualifying fastest for the final in the evening. Ellie Vowell was next, producing a strong 30.13 and again, just missing the final finishing 13th. After managing an injury leading into this championships, it was a good performance from Ellie. Zoë Naylor Perrott was next up and went exactly her entry time of 29.90, qualifying joint 8th into the final for later.
Finally, after a long wait, it was the return of Ellis Stanhope to the pool in the 400 free and it didn’t disappoint. Ellis produced an excellent performance, PBing in the heat with the time of 4.16.52 and moving up 8 places in the rankings from 13th to 5th.
This set up the finals sessions comfortably and Sevenoaks finished off championships in style. Eva Okaro produced an incredible final swim, going 28.54 and winning her 2nd gold medal of the championships despite fiece competiton going into the final. Given that Eva is not even 12 and is competiting against girls 18/24 months older than her, Eva’s medal tally of 2 golds and 2 silvers is a stunning achievement.
Eva’s final set the tone for the rest of the finals session. Zoë was up next and finished her season off with a PB in the 50 fly, going 29.64 and finishing 9th! A lovely swim to finish off a good week.
Finally, it was the turn of Ellis and again, it didn’t disappoint. Ellis produced a spellbinding performance, knocking off nearly 4 seconds from his heat earlier in the day, going 4.12.89 and finishing 5th in an incredibly close final. Ellis’s last 50m lit up poolside as he dropped 3.5 seconds from his previous 50 to nearly sneak a bronze medal.
It was a fabulous finish to fabulous week of racing. It sets up the start of next season nicely and every swimmer should hold their heads high. All the swimmers have helped inspire the swimmers that didn’t qualify to make it their aim to get to nationals next year. The meet has galvanised the club; with sessions stopping to allow swimmers to watch and cheer on their teammates and witness the success Sevenoaks has had. This positive energy will help Sevenoaks go even further next season. Congratulations on a superb week.
The 2018 British Summer Championships took place across six days from 24th-29th July where the country's top 24 swimmers in GB in each age group and event are invited to compete. The heatwave was unforgiving in the environs of Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool and with temperatures outside hitting record highs, the atmosphere inside matched the rising temperatures.
Sevenoaks had 6 swimmers representing them, the boys were: Ellis Stanhope (16) and Louis Hayes & Jake Hudson (14) and the girls: Amy Farthing (20), Zoe Naylor-Perrot & Maddie Glen (15).
All swimmers produced outstanding swims with the most notable of the boys being Louis Hayes qualifying for 5 finals from 6 races. He finished a great 9th in 50m & 100m free, an even better 6th in 100m back & 100m fly finally in his last race he pulled out all the stops for an incredibe 4th in 50m fly, missing the bronze medal by only 0.02 seconds.. He also finished 12th in his 50m free with a new PB.
Jake Hudson, in his inaugural National meet, produced a good pb in 100m breast finishing in 16th and went on to qualify for the finals in 200m breast securing a superb 7th place.
Amy Farthing, also at her first individual Nationals, started the week off with a wonderful PB in the 400IM finishing 14th having jumped 2 places in the rankings and then went on to finish in 21st in 200m fly. Finally came the 1500m freestyle where she finished a very credible 7th.
Maddy Glen produced a strong swim in the 50m breast jumping 5 places from entry and finishing in 17th and she then went on to the 100m breast where she produced a gutsy swim to finish in 19th.
Zoe Naylor- Perrott also swam well to finish in 17th place in the 50m free.
In the 800m free, Ellis Stanhope swam himself to 3 positions better than entry and finished strong for 15th place.
Great results and super swimming by all in the sweltering heat.
This week is 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. Where Ellis, Louis and Maddy will be joined by Ollie Coote, Imogen Stoddart, Nathan Rodrigues, Eva & Izzy Okaro, Ellie Vowell, Lilie Chambers, Zac Raymond, Aiden McMillan, Kara Dimond & Zoe Naylor-Perrott.
Huge thanks go to Jo King, Sevenoaks SC acting Head coach, for her unstinting support and invaluable advice during this first week.
Congratulations to Sally Hudson, Caz Jarrett, Anya Roberts and Stephen Dennis who all passed their J1 assessments at the recent 'School's Out For Summer' open gala.
The club relies on officials at all galas it attends, and is extremely grateful to these four giving up their time voluntarily to support all of our swimmers.
Apologies to Sally for missing her in the photo!
Keep an eye out for details of the next J1 course in the autumn, and speak to any of our officials if you want to know more of what it involves.
Sevenoaks Swimming Club swimmer, Jaedon Lynch 12 yrs, was selected to the Jamaican National Squad for the Central American and Caribbean Championships held in Aruba over June 28th to July 4th 2018 as part of the CCCAN Games 2018.
With 37 countries competing in these games it was a huge honour and immensely exciting for Jaedon to be selected to compete at such a prestigious event.
Success was forthcoming for Jaedon in the following events:
- 4 X 50 Mixed Free Relay 4th Place
- 200 Bs Final - 6th Place
- 50 Bs Final 7th Place
- 200 Fly Final -5th Place
The icing on the cake was an incredible Silver medal in the Mens 4 X 100 Medley Relay where Jaedon swam a superb Fly leg followed by a brilliant Bronze Medal in the Mens 4 X 100 Freestyle Relay.
Huge congratulations to Jaedon for his outstanding performance in such a prestigious event. Sevenoaks Swimming club are very proud of his achievement.
Surinder Singh Manak of Manak Solicitors said 'we are delighted about Jaedon’s achievements, and very proud to be supporting him on his journey'.
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.