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4th for Steve at Leybourne Aquathon

Fri 23/Jun/2017

On Wednesday evening, on the hottest day since '76, Steve Morris from Masters squad raced in the 2nd Aquathon of 3 at Leybourne Lakes. This is a 1500m swim followed by a 5k run. In the heat Steve opted for the wetsuit for speed, but sadly 60 seconds before the start it was announced that all swimmers in wetsuits would incur a two minute penalty. Steve won the wetsuit race but was sadly 11 seconds off catching the non wetsuit leader. Recording a time of 23:27 (including the 2 minute penalty) and 24:11 for the run, Steve finished 4th.

Windsor Olypmic Triathlon

Mon 19/Jun/2017

Early Sunday morning three of our Masters swimmers raced an Olympic Triathlon at Windsor. The race starts with a 1.5km swim followed by a 40km cycle and finishes with a 10km run. Steve Morris, shop man and Thursday Silver coach, was first in the water with a 06:32 start. Racing straight into a very low sun Steve won his wave in a time of 21:33, then finished the bike couse in 1:18:32 and the run in 51:09 placing him 41st out of 177 in a total time of 2hrs 40mins 50secs. Pretty good for a first attempt. Matt Steere and James Briggs started their race an hour later at 07:35. Matt won the swim in 18:40 a full three minutes ahead of anyone else in their age group. He was also the 4th fastest swimmer of the day out of the 2500ish entries. The organisers were so shocked by this that they marked him as DNF assuming he had missed part of the swim course. Luckily Matt was wearing a GPS tracker which proves that swimming club swimmers can be that fast and this was accepted and his official position reinstated. James Briggs finished the swim in 4th place in 23:35. James closed the gap slightly on the bike finishing in 1:14:02 compared to 1:15:03 for Matt but Matt steamed ahead on the run putting in an impressive 44:04 with James finishing in 50:10. Matt finished in 2nd place out of 101 in 2hrs 24mins and 13secs and James finished 23rd in 2hrs 35mins and 28secs. Congratulations to the chaps for some impressive racing on a very hot weekend.

Kent Junior League

Mon 19/Jun/2017

On Saturday 10th of June we headed to a new pool for our club in Larkfield. This round of Kent Junior League was as exciting as ever for both the swimmers and the parents watching. There were some great swims right from the start of the evening and this continued throughout the rest of the evening with Orpington Ojays bringing in a total of 14 first places! It was great to see all swimmers giving 100% and helping the rather hot coaches and team managers cheer on all the swimmers in their races. Overall through the hard work of all the swimmers, we placed 3rd at the end of the evening and this was celebrated in classic Orpington Ojays style; by deafening everyone on poolside with our team chant! We’ll be looking forward to next round where hopefully we’ll have some more speedy swims and be able to get a few more points! Thank you to all coaches, team managers and parents who as always came along to support our swimmers.

Abby Leeves receives Jack Petchey

Thu 08/Jun/2017

Congratulations to Abby Leeves from Platinum squad for receiving the May Jack Petchey award for her commitment to training and always making every effort to do her best in training and of course at competitions.

Leah Collier receives Jack Petchey

Thu 08/Jun/2017

Congratulations to Leah Collier from Gold squad for receiving the May Jack Petchey award for dedication to training and her friendly and positive attitude as well as helping to keep moral high and her peers smiling when at galas.

White Horse League Round 3

Mon 05/Jun/2017

On Saturday 3rd of June we arrived at a busy Eltham Pool for an exciting night of racing. The team consisted of some of our youngest to our oldest swimmers with members of masters there as well. This was Round 3 and we started the evening fourth in the league table (out of 8). The night started with our youngest girls winning their relay, which set us up for a fast night. All the team swam to their best, battling hard against their rivals. For part of the night we led field on points, which boosted our determination to a continue at that level. The last set of relays were very exciting and we knew we had to win as many races as we could and, importantly, finish in front of Erith and District who had regained their position at the top of the points table for the night. Some we won some and some we didn't, but with the whole team and parents screaming from poolside and the gallery we raced very hard. At the end of the day we finished in second place to a strong Erith and District squad and we are looking forward to round 4 in July. Thanks as always to Sergio, Damian, Elena, Julie, swimmers and parents.

Amie wins Double Gold

Tue 30/May/2017

The Bank Holiday Weekend was another busy one as swimmers headed to the iconic London Aquatic Centre (LAC). This meet used to be called Last Chance meet as it's the last chance for those swimmers trying to achieve national times to compete - it's always very busy with swimmers from all over the country attending - in fact there was even a team from Dubai there! Swimmers competing were: Ellie Harden, Callum Baronti, Justin Strover, Honor Kingsley-Smith, Amie Lawrence, Nam Nguyen, Sam Ryan, Noah Saunders and Milly Whitehead. All swam superbly and there were some significant PBs achieved showing that the hard work in training pays off. Special congratulations to Amie Lawrence who won two gold medals for the 50 fly and the 50 free - well done everyone! The full results are available under the Competition menu.

Master Tracy smashes the record

Mon 22/May/2017

Congratulations to Kayleigh and Tracy van Rooyen who competed at the EDSC Masters Meet on Sunday 21st. Kayleigh entered the 50m Back and 50m Freestyle and finished an excellent 2nd in both events. Tracy raced almost every event on the programme. She finished in 1st place in the 200, 100 and 50m Backstroke as well as the 100m IM and finished 2nd in the 50m Fly. In the 200m Backstroke the Kent record had stood since 2009 but Tracey smashed it yesterday by an incredible 19 seconds! This was her aim for the meet and she absolutely deserves every second of that record. On the 100m back she was just 2/100th of a second off the record and also less than a second off the IM record. She is aiming for those now next time. Well done ladies!

More PBs and a medal at the Age Group Champs

Mon 22/May/2017

For the 20th and 21st of May the competition moved to Crystal Palace. Samantha Jackson swam in the 50m Breaststroke and Fly as well as the 100m Breaststroke and the 200IM. Samantha swam a great PB in the 100 Breaststroke. Callum Baronti also swam over a second PB in the 50 Fly which is superb for such a short event. Jess Herbert swam in the 200 IM and the 400m Freestyle. Jess swam a PB in the 200m Freestyle which got her in the final where she then swam another PB to finish 7th. She also made the final of the 100m Backstroke and finished in a fantastic 3rd place. Congratulations to our swimmers, great to see you all swimming more personal best times in the big competitions.

Tudor League Round 5

Mon 22/May/2017

On Saturday 20th our team headed to Eltham for round five of the Tudor League. The Tudor league is fast and furious starting and ending with a squadron relay and made up of four set of relays and loads of individual events. The swimmers were well behaved, cheered as always, and gave their very best which resulted in some great personal best times. The Tudor League once again provided a great evening for our swimmers to enjoy racing whilst picking up valuable experiences and having fun. We finished 7th with 203 points, congratulations to Dartford District who won this round with 292 points. The Tudor League has speed limits in events so clubs don't enter their fastest swimmers in every event and we lost a few points by picking up five. We had just two disqualifications so more practice back in the training pool. A great evening for everyone, thank you to our swimmers, coaches and our parents.

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March Jack Petchey

Thu 18/May/2017

Congratulations to Kaci Baverstock from Platinum Squad on being awarded the March Jack Petchey Achievement Award. Kaci was nominated for this commitment to swimming and always making every effort to do his best in training and at competitions, Well done Kaci.

Race Night

Thu 18/May/2017

On Sunday evening, over 80 swimmers from Tadpoles through to Chrome squad attended our ever popular Race night. This event was a great opportunity for our younger swimmers to gain experience of swimming in a competitive gala, to get some recognised times, win some medals and most importantly have lots of fun. The afternoon was very busy with lots of new swimmers and parents in attendance. We managed to finish all the races with time to spare! Many thanks to the officials, coaches, and parents who volunteered to help at this event, and of course the swimmers for behaving well and giving their best. Full results are under the Competition menu.