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The Kent Standard

Wed 21/Mar/2018

Kent is one of the largest counties in the UK, so proportionally there are more swimmers aiming to qualify for the championships. This creates some of the toughest county QT's in the country. It's a great achievement, to gain a consideration time for Kents. It means you are at the top end of your age group in the whole of Kent, a population of nearly 2 million. If you have then made the cut and are accepted for the championships, that then puts you in the top 10/16/24/28 (depending on the event). If that was a Kent age group sports(football or netball) team, you would likely be in the team or the squad. If you then make the top 8 and win a medal, that puts you at a very high level. Top 3 will likely put you in a strong position in the south-east, Many winners can achieve national standard. Some of our Kent champions have gone on to represent their countries. Please bear the above in mind if you travel all the way to Crystal Palace or London Aquatic Centre, and are one of the majority that doesn't take a medal home in their event.

Photos of our Kent Swimmers

Kent Relays

Wed 14/Mar/2018

On Sunday 11th was the final event of the Kent Championship and what better way to finish the championship than with the best swimmers of the county competing in relay events. A team of 32 swimmers represented Orpington Ojays at this event that was held at the London Aquatic Centre which made the atmosphere of this event even more competitive. The morning session opened with the Open heat declared winner 4x100 freestyle for the Men and Medley for The Ladies. Both of them exciting races with our teams swimming fast, producing personal bests and finishing 5 overall. Well done to Nam Nguyen, Sam Gaster, Joe Gaster and Ben Strover, and Ellie Harden, Honor Kingsley-Smith, Lilli Cutajar and Clio Bacon. Louis Taylor, Niccolo Cavasino, Sam Ryan and Thomas Barrett were next on the blocks for the Boys 12 4x50 free finishing in 8th place in the heat and 7th in the final. The medley event of the same age group had our girls Sophia O’Neill, Olivia Maggee-Brown, Olivia Cenac and Amy Lawrence secured and confirmed their 6th place in the final. Great effort from James Somerville-Cotton, Adam Tang, Sahib Sandhu and Ben Langdown for competing in the boys 13/14 freestyle relay swimming faster than their personal bests. Matilda Barrett, Samantha Jackson, Jess Herbert and Bythe Jolley-Ellis competed in the same age group of the girls medley event coming 7th in the heat and 8th in the finals. Well done to Justin Strover, Max Peel, Callum Baronti and Michael Phillips who swam faster than ever in the Junior boys 4x50 free just missing the final while Ellie Harden, Alice Leng, Lilli Cutajar and Rachel Langdown finished 5 in the heat and final. A great performance from Louis Taylor, Amie Lawrence, Thomas Barrett and Sophia O’Neill swam next in the12 Mixed freestyle relay coming 6th in the heat and final. Another great performance in this competitive age group for Ben Langdown, Samantha Jackson and Sahib Sandhu in the 14 years old mixed medley relay. Well done to the Junior mixed freestyle team. Lilli Cutajar, Rachel Langdown, Callum Baronti and Michael Phillips who gave their best in the heat, however an unfortunate take over excluded the great swimmers effort from a place in the final. The Open Mixed Medley relay concluded the series of heat and finals of the morning session and Orpington Ojays was represented by Ben Strover, Honor Kingsley-Smith, Joe Gaster and Clio Bacon. Their great effort gave them a sixth place in the heat, improved to fifth in the final. The second session of the started with the Men 4x100 Medley. Ben Strover, Joe Gaster, Sam Gaster and Nam Nguyen swam pb and finished sixth overall. Ladies 4x100 free swam next with Ellie Harden, Rachel Langdown, Honor Kingsley-Smith and Clio Bacon. Well done for the great effort and 5th place achievement. Sam Ryan, Louis Taylor, Niccolo Cavasino and Thomas Barrett performed superbly next in the boys 12 and under 4x50 Medley relay. The team achieved fast splits finishing 7th in heat and final. More pbs for Sophia O’Neill, Olivia Magge-Brown, Olivia Cenac and Amie Lawrence who managed a sixth place in heat and finals and same for Matilda Barrett, Samantha Jackson, Blythe Jolley-Ellis and Jess Herbert who qualified 6th for the heat and improved to fifth in the final. Well done to Justin Strover, Max Peel, Callum Baronti and Michael Phillips who just missed a place in the final in the junior medley event. Our junior girls Rachel Langdown, Alice Leng, Lilli Cutajar and Ellie Harden managed to swim fast in the heat and faster in the final of their freestyle relay improving their final position to 5th. Well done to Sophia O’Neill, Louis Taylor, Amy Lawrence, Thomas Barrett who managed more pbs in the 12 Mixed medley relay finishing eight. In the Mixed Boys freestyle relay Ben Langdown, Blythe Jolley-Ellis, Sahib Sandhu and Jess Herbert had a great improvement from heat to final improving 2 places and finishing 6th. Another great effort for was put in by Michael, Alice, Callum and Rachel in the junior mixed medley relay who gave everything they had left into their last event preceding the Open Mixed freestyle relay represented by Clio Bacon, Honor Kingsley-Smith, Joe Gaster and Ben Strover and concluded the set of heats qualifying 4th and gave the last hit of excitement finishing 4th in the final. Well done to all our swimmers who proudly represented our Club and gave everything in the water and on poolside with great team spirit which accompanied every race of the day. Thanks also to parents with their loud cheers and officials who supported the event.

Jack Petchey - February 2018

Wed 14/Mar/2018

Congratulations to Adam who was nominated for his commitment to swimming. He always works hard in training, never complains and has made excellent progress.

Jack Petchey - January 2018

Wed 14/Mar/2018

Congratulations to Matilda who was nominated for her enthusiasm and commitment to training. Her hard work has paid off and shows with her improvements at competitions.

White Horse League (Round 1)

Wed 14/Mar/2018

On Saturday 10th March our team travelled to Dagenham in the first of the four rounds of the White Horse League. From the start, the atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and our team didn’t waste any time to start stacking up the points with relays as part of the first set of events. The great start kept improving with the many personal bests swam in individual events and the points achieved helping us battle for second. With the volume of cheering increasing each event the final set of relays was a great excitement with positions changing at every take over. Swimmers gave their best and results paid off. It was a great evening with great team spirit and excellent individual swims from our younger swimmers to our masters which resulted in Orpington Ojays scoring 9 first places, 14 second places and 10 third places giving a total of 282 points and finishing second overall. Congratulations to all swimmers competing: Ellie Brown, Adrian Tand, Amie Gould, Anna Hawkins, Ben Langdown, Ben Strover, Callum Baronti, Ellie Harden, Ellie Blanney, Emily Boyd, Emily Serafini, Eve Peel, Grace O’Gorman, Hannah Strover, Harvey Bushby-Knight, Honor Kingsley-Smith, James Somerville-Cotton, Jess Herbert, Justin Strover, Katie Napier, Lilli Cutajar, Louis Taylor, Mateo Rodriguez, Matilda Barrett, Matt Steere, Max Peel, Maxwell Baker, Michael Phillips, Nam Nguyen, Rachel Langdown, Rebecca Shipley, Sam Gaster, Samantha Jackson, Sam Ryan, Thomas Herbert, Thomas Whatling. Thank you also to parents and officials who supported this event and contributed to make it a fantastic evening.

OOJSC & EDSC Spring Charity Meet

Wed 14/Mar/2018

On the 3rd of March great weekend of competition took place at Crook Log. This annual joint effort with Erith Swimming Club to raise funds for charity. Great support was shown by our swimmers with a record-breaking attendance of 59 athletes and 299 entries. With fantastic officials and poolside helpers the meet ran smoothly and we had some solid swims helped by the poolside cheering. Crook Log was busy and loud so it was a great team effort led by our captains and older swimmers looking after the less experienced swimmers during the warm-up and competition. Many great races were swum resulting in many personal bests some of which were up to 15 seconds. Lots of medal clinking and happy faces around poolside concluded this successful event. Well done to all swimmers who participated in this event and thanks to coaches, officials and poolside helpers who contributed to this great weekend.

The Kents Weekend 4 - The 50s

Mon 05/Mar/2018

The last weekend of Kent’s, om the 10th Feb at the London Aquatic Centre., was the busiest as it had in schedule 200 IM and the 50m sprints in all of the strokes. The boys 200 IM started the session and our boys were ready to perform at their best. We had great swims from Callum Baronti who with a 2 seconds pb on his converted time just missed 8th place, Ben Strover coming 5th with a pb and Billy Birchmore finishing 1st with a pb and a world record. Well done to our girls who followed in the 50 Backstroke. Great swims and pb's from Emily Serafini, Amie Lawrence, Hannah Strover, Sophia O’Neill, Rachel Langdown, Jess Herbert, Ellie Harden and Clio Bacon. Congratulations to Sophia O’Neill, Jess Herbert and Clio Bacon for swimming the event again in the finals placing 7th, 6th and 8th respectively. The mens 50 Fly concluded the morning session and we never stopped cheering Louis Taylor and Callum Baronti who swam their races well achieving pbs. After a short break it was the start of the second session. And our swimmers were ready to cheer and congratulate Thomas Barrett, Louis Taylor, Ben Langdown, Michael Phillips and Callum Baronti for achieving pbs. The Girls 50 Freestyle followed up where Emily Serafini, Hannah Strover, Samantha Jackson, Sophia O’Neill, Amie Lawrence, Lilli Cutajar, Honor Kingsley Smith, Jess Herbert, Ellie Harden and Clio Bacon swam great performances and pbs. Congratulations to Amie Lawrence coming 8th in the heat and finishing 4th in the final. Also well done to Clio Bacon finishing 3rd in 17/under final and 6th in the Open final. After a good night's rest, we were ready to start the last day of the championship. Inverted schedule of events compared to the previous day starting with Girls 200 IM. Emily Serafini, Sophia O’Neill, Amie Lawrence and Samantha Jackson competed in this event with a great pace resulting in new personal bests. Well done to Samantha for coming 5th in her age group. Many more pbs followed up in the Men 50 backstroke. Well done for their performance to Thomas Barrett, Sam Ryan, Justin Strover, Ben Langdown, Callum Baronti, Max Peel, Michael Phillips and Ben Strover. Congratulations to Ben for improving his time in the final finishing 8th. Ladies 50 fly concluded the morning session and Amie Gould, Emily Serafini, Sophia O’Neill, Amie Lawrence, Samantha Jackson, Lilli Cutajar, and Jess Herbert all setting new pbs. After a short break swimmers were back in the pool to warm up for the last session. Girls 50 breaststroke first and for the girls we had Sophia O’Neill, Samantha Jackson, Abigail Leeves, Honor Kingsley Smith, Alice Leng, and Clio Bacon going faster than ever. Clio and Honor manage to swim even faster in their final finishing 5th and 7 respectively. The last event was the Men 50 free. We had Louis Taylor, Thomas Barrett, Callum Baronti, Michael Phillips, Ben Strover and Billy Birchmore who could not finish it better with all pbs, with an 8th place from Michael in the final and a new world record for Billy Birchmore. It has been a long but great and cheerful championship with lots of laughter, team spirit and many great swims. Improvemnts have been shown throughout the championship resulting in the team finishing 10th overall. A great effort resulting in great improvement. The Kent Relays are next.

Tudor League Round 2

Mon 05/Mar/2018

The last Saturday evening of February was the second of six rounds of the Tudor League. Thirty swimmers travelled to Eltham pool to represent their team, many of which at their first competitive experience. The evening ran smoothly and great effort was shown by coaches and team managers in directing our young team and all our swimmers put in their best effort not to disappoint. Many great swims were swum and new personal bests were set throughout the evening while the rest of the team was busy supporting and cheering their fellow swimmers. Our usual loud chant concluded the joyful evening where we came 7th overall. It was a great and friendly opportunity to ‘initiate’ many of our young swimmers to competitive swimming. Four more rounds to go to see improvement from training. Thanks to coaches, parents, officials and poolside helpers who made this joyful evening possible.

Presentation Evening

Sat 24/Feb/2018

On Friday evening the club held it's presentation evening at the Crofton Halls in Orpington. Plenty of trophies were handed out to the swimmers and also to some of our wonderful parents; who, in their precious spare time, help to run our club so well. Thank you so much to Michelle O'Neill for organising such an enjoyable evening and congratulations to our lucky winners in the raffle and the game of heads and tails. There are numerous photos of everyone receiving their awards in the Photos section and if you have any photos you would like to share please email with them or for a link where you can copy them to for inclusion.

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.

Kents Long Distance

Thu 01/Feb/2018

A great start of the Kent County Championship with the middle and long distance events. We fielded eight swimmers in twelve events throughout the whole weekend. First in line for the boys 400 free were Billy Birchmore, Max Peel, Justin Strover and Benjamin Strover who exceeded expectations achieving new long course pbs. Well done to Ben Strover for finishing 4th in his age group. In the 400 IM were Callum Baronti and Ben Strover. Great swims for both achieving long course pbs. Congratulations to Ben Strover for achieving more points for Orpington Ojays with another 4th place. We also had three girls racing in the 400m Freestyle. Well done to Sophia O’Neill, Matilda Barrett and Jess Herbert for their long course pbs and a 6th place for Jess. After a long first day Max Peel, Justin Strover and Ben Strover were back for the 1500 free. It is a hard race and the boys gave their best with Max and Justin achieving long course pbs and Ben another fourth place. The last event of the weekend is the girls 800m Freestyle and for this event we had one swimmer. Congratulations to Honor Kingsley-Smith who finished 6th in her age group. A great first weekend of competitions with many good swims, pbs and happy simmers and coaches.

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.