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Weekend 3 of The Kents

Mon 19/Feb/2018

The third weekend of the Kents started with the girls 100 butterfly. Well done to Emily Serafini, Amie Gould, Sophia O’Neill, Samantha Jackson, Amie Lawrence, Jess Herbert and Lilli Cutajar for their great performances and personal bests in this tough event. We had great performances from the boys too in the Mens 200 backstroke with Michael Phillips, Max Peel Justin Strover and Ben Strover who all swam pbs. Michael came 5th, Max 8th and Ben came 3rd in his age group and 4th overall. After a short break and warm up it was time for the Mens 100 backstroke. Thomas Barrett, Sam Ryan, Ben Langdown, Callum Baronti, Justin Strover, Max Peel, Billy Birchmore, Michael Phillips and Ben Strover took part with great improvements. Michael Phillips, and Ben Strover had the chance to better their pbs in the finals with Michael improving his position to 7th, Ben finishing 6th in his age group and 8th overall and to top it up Billy Birchmore came 2nd by points achieving an improvement to his DSISO world record. There were also three top 8 positions and personal bests for the girls with Amie Lawrence finishing 6th, Lilli Cutajar 8th and Jess Herbert 6th in the ladies 200 Fly which concluded a great day. The next day of events had the Ladies 100 Breaststroke. Sophia O’Neill, Abigail Leeves, Samantha Jackson, Anna Hawkins and Honor Kingsley-Smith again swum numerous pbs. Well done also to Alice Leng for improving her time and position in the final finishing 7th and Clio Bacon finishing 5th. Well done to Callum Baronti who suffering with a bad cold did not pull out of the 200 free. Congratulations to Ben for his pb and 5th place in his age group and 7th in the open and Billy Birchmore on his 1st place. Well done to Thomas Barrett, Callum Baronti, Michael Phillips, Ben Strover for improving their times in one of the most competitive events of the championship; the Men’s 100 freestyle. Well done to Billy Birchmore for setting a new DSISO world record in the same event. The last event of the weekend was the ladies 200 breaststroke. We had some great performances from Alice Leng, Samantha Jacskon with a pb and 6th place and Honor Kingsley-Smith also with a pb and 5th place. Another great weekend with the many great swims and points placing Orpington Ojays 12th for the boys, 8th for the girls and 1st for Multiclassifications - one weekend away from the end of the Championship.

Weekend 2 of The Kents

Thu 01/Feb/2018

The second weekend of Kent Championship was a much busier meet with fly and breaststroke for the boys and girls back and freestyle on the schedule. Soon after the warm up we were ready to cheer Billy Birchmore, Ben Langdown, Callum Baronti and Ben Strover racing in the Men 100 Fly. All the boys achieved new long course pbs and well done to Billy who finished in 2nd place. There was long continuous cheering also for our seven girls competing in 200 Backstroke. Well done for their great performances to Emily Serafini, Sophia O’Neill, Hannah Strover, Matilda Barrett, Rachel Langdown, Ellie Harden and Jess Herbert. Congratulations to Sophia O’Neill achieving 8th place, Hannah Strover achieving 6th and Jess Herbert achieving 3rd place in their age groups. Another popular event is the girls 100 Back. Great performances were swam by our swimmers in this event. Well done to Emily Serafini, Samantha Jackson, Sophia O’Neill, Hannah Strover, Matilda Barrett, Rachel Langdown, Jess Herbert and Ellie Harden for their great swims. Well done to Jess Herbert who finished 3rd in the heat and final. Callum concluded the day with a very well paced swim in the boys 200 fly finishing with a new pb and in 6th place. On the Sunday Thomas Barrett, Michael Phillips and Callum Baronti exceeded expectations with their performances all topped up by Billy Birchmore’s 10 seconds pb and a Gold medal in the Mens 100 Breaststroke. The girls replied well in their next event, the 200 free. Emily Serafini, Sophia O’Neill, Samantha Jackson, Amie Lawrence, Ellie Harden, Matilda Barrett, Honor Kingsley Smith and Jess Herbert didn’t disappoint with their swims and pbs. Well done to Sophia O’Neill finishing 8th, Samantha Jacskon and Jess Herbert 7th and Amie Lawrence 5th. After a short lunch break the last session of the weekend started with Emily Serafini, Amie Lawrence, Sophia O’Neill, Honor Kingsley-Smith, Jess Herbert and Clio Bacon achieving pbs in the Girls 100 free. Congratulations to Sophia O’Neill who managed 8th place in the final and finishing 7th with a double pb and to Clio Bacon qualifying 4th in heat and final and getting closer and closer to the sub minute mark. Callum Baronti rounded off the weekend finsihing a fantastic 7th in the Mens 200 Breastroke. Another great weekend with many great swims and pbs.

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Less than a week to go until our annual club presentation evening and it is looking as if this will be a fantastic night of celebrations with so many of you attending. If you do wish to attend and haven’t already purchased your tickets, you MUST purchase a ticket prior to the evening as tickets will not be on sale on the night. Tickets will be available until Monday 19th February at the very latest.
The entry forms are not available yet but here is the schedule of events and qualifying times. If you are swimming in the Beckenham Open at Easter you will be able to update your Regional entry times with your times from this event. Closing date for Regionals will be Monday 26th March.
The event will take place at Crook Log Leisure Centre on Sunday the 20th May. This Meet grows in popularity every year and in 2018 will incorporate the KCASA Masters Long Distance Championships. They are expanding the programme too and will now be running 3 sessions on the day so that they are able to offer you the opportunity to compete in every event from 50m to 1500m. You can also enter online. Ladies: http://www.edsc.org.uk/html/masters_entry_female.html Men: http://www.edsc.org.uk/html/masters_entry_male.html
The County Team will be selected by our head coach Sergio and you will be notified ASAP if you have been selected to represent Orpington Ojays at the 2018 Championships. If you are selected to swim for your team you will be expected to attend Age group teams (note the relays will also include mixed teams) 12 & under 13 / 14 years Junior ( under 17years at the end of the year ) Open You do not need to enter the team events as the club will do this for you. The team selection list will be sent round by email and posted on the notice board at the Walnuts nearer the time, please keep an eye out.
Many thanks for your entries. We have a great Meet planned and look forward to welcoming you to Crook Log in just over 3 weeks time. Please find attached the final confirmed entries by Club and then by swimmer. Please check your entries and advise of any errors in advance of the day. Mistakes are always much easier to fix in advance. The timings for the Meet are altered very slightly and are now confirmed as follows: Session 1 – Saturday 3rd March. Sign in opens at 3.15pm, closes at 4.00pm. Warm up 4.00pm to 5.00pm – split into 3 x 20 minute sessions. Session starts at 5.05pm and finishes at 8.05pm. Session 2 – Sunday 4th March. Sign in opens at 7.45am, closes at 8.30am Warm Up 8.30am to 9.30am – split into 3 x 20 minute sessions. Session starts at 9.35am and finishes at 12.35pm Session 3 – Sunday 4th March. Sign in opens at 12.15pm, closes at 1.00pm. Warm up 1.00pm to 2.00pm – split into 3 x 20 minute sessions. Session starts at 2.05pm and finishes at 5.05pm. There is ample free parking available at Crook Log and the Cafeteria will be open all day serving hot and cold food and drinks. The balcony at Crook Log is large and there will be plenty of seating available for spectators. We have a large number of swimmers taking part so the balcony will be busy and we ask that spectators do not reserve seats. The spectator entry fee is £3.00 per session or £5.00 for the day on Sunday. We will also be running a raffle on both days. Coach packs will be available for collection on the day from the signing in tables. Please ask your Coaches to collect them from there. They are also welcome to come to the Officials room throughout the weekend for hot and cold drinks, breakfast and lunch. Hire conditions at Crook Log dictate that large bags are not taken on to poolside. Swimmers should leave their large bags in the lockers provided and just bring a small bag containing their essential kit on to poolside. The lockers take a £1 coin and this is refunded. As always, we would appreciate offers of help from your Club Officials. If you have qualified Officials who would be able to assist at any session then please ask them to e-mail me and let me know. We do have a Swim Shop coming along for the weekend – SRS Leisure – they sell a huge range of costumes and swimming equipment so this may be a good opportunity for you to purchase items that you need. In a bid to keep things moving as quickly as possible, we will be adopting a slightly different approach in Backstroke events throughout the weekend. We will not be asking swimmers to clear the pool at the end of each race, instead we will ask the swimmers to hold the lane rope and stay in the corner of the lane whilst we get the next set of swimmers in and started. Once the race has started they should exit the pool by the side in the usual manner. Please ensure that swimmers are aware of this subtle change. If you are a Team Manager, can you please forward this e-mail to your swimmers and coaches. We hope that we haven’t missed anything. If you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact John by e-mail: john@edsc.org.uk Again and as always, thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you all at the Meet.

Tadpoles

Tadpoles are term time lessons for young swimmers starting out. The new Spring term starts on Sunday 7th January and finishes on Thursday 29th March. There is no swimming during half term, Sunday 11th September to Saturday 17th February. If you are a new Tadpole could you also please fill in the ASA 1 form. Payment for ASA membership is not due until next year.
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