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Arena League - Round one

Sun 15/Oct/2017

On Saturday night our team headed to Cook Log for the first round of the Arena League. Six tough teams arrived to race hard in what was a very hot pool, especially for the spectators. The races started with 200IM for our open men and women then lots of individual events sandwiched between age group relays. Our team arrived ready to race, with enthusiasm and determination from our youngest swimmer to our oldest. It was fantastic to welcome new and returning members to the team. It is not often that a coach races and Platinum enjoyed seeing their coach race; that is what being part of a team is all about. We finished in 5th place which is a one place improvement on last year. The evening ended hot, happy and with no voices, with all the swimmers and spectators screaming support for the exciting last two relays and the traditional Ojays Cheer. Thanks as always to all the swimmers, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers. Round two is on 11th November

Gold and Silvers for Tracy

Sun 08/Oct/2017

Congratulations to Tracy van Rooyen who was racing at the South East Masters Short Course competition in Guildford this weekend. Tracy won Gold in the 100IM but was beaten into Silver by the current World Champion in the 50 Fly and the 50m and 100m Back. Great swims and results.

Season Starter

Sun 08/Oct/2017

On Sunday 2nd October Orpington Ojays held our annual Open Meet. We had a fantastic turn out in Gillingham from swimmers throughout the club swimming many, many races. The coaches programs were turned green and orange with the amount of highlighter pen used to mark our team. From the start of racing, the personal bests started rolling in and that’s how the day continued. We had swimmer after swimmer getting out of the pool with a big smile. As the results were processed the jangle of medals and county qualifying times spread through the team. As well as the individual achievements the points were stacking up in the top club competition which we won! Orpington Ojays scored 196 followed by Erith with 129 and then Maidstone and Black Lion both on 115. It was also great to see swimmers from Beachfield, Sevenoaks and a lone member of Bromley. Thank you to all the swimmers who swam and of course to their friends and family for their support, the committee and volunteers who worked hard to ensure the gala ran smoothly and was another great success and of course the officials who kept an eye on our strokes, turns and recorded those precious times, many of them don’t have children still swimming.

Amanda Raises Over £1000 for Macmillan

Sun 01/Oct/2017

Congratulations to Amanda Jackson from Masters Squad who during the last weekend of September swam in the All Out Swim to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Although a sunny day, the swim took place in the unheated Brockwell Lido and Amanda, along with ex-Orpington swimmer Yvette Reader, said it was very cold 2km. The best thing to do in a cold pool of course is to swim fast to generate body heat, which Amanda did and that led her to finish the 2k in 1st place. Amazing swimming and an amazing total.

Just Giving

Hever Castle Tri

Thu 28/Sep/2017

Congratulations to Cara Gould and Amie Gould from Silver Squad who competed in the Hever Castle Triathlon at the weekend. Amie finished in a very impressive 5th position, out of 223, in the 8-10 years and Cara finished in 14th, out of 127, in the 11-12 years age group. Amie's race was 100m swim, 4k cycle and 1300m run. She did the swim in 2:08, well under the 5:11 average time, and finished the race in 31:32. Cara's race was a 200m swim, 4k cycle and 1800m run. She did the swim in 5:44 which was also well under the 6:19 average time and finished the race in 35:24. Well done to you both.

The London Classic Swim Serpentine

Sun 17/Sep/2017

Congratulation to Matt and Steve from Masters Squad who swam in the Swim Serpentine 2 mile event at the weekend; one of the three London Classics events. With the temperature at a cold 15C and a land start, so no acclimatisation, the boys raced twice around the London 2012 Olympic course in Hyde Park. Thankfully nice warm hot tubs were laid on for swimmers to warm up afterwards; and as one lady was actually blue coloured in the face, they were a welcome treat. Matt won his age group from 190 swimmers in 40 minutes 12 seconds. Steve was 2nd in his age group from 278 swimmers in 46 minutes 23 seconds. From the 937 male entries of all ages, Matt was second by just 6 six seconds and Steve was 14th. Steve also caught a Well Done tweet from TeamGB Olympic Silver Medallist and double World Champion Keri-Anne Payne.

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Captain's Gala

Wed 13/Sep/2017

On Monday evening our home pool at The Walnuts hosted the annual Captain's Gala. Every swimmer who enters is placed in a team headed by our new Captains. We had Lilli's Leafy Sea Dragons, Langdown's Lobsters, Strover's Stars and Nam's Clams. The races were all non-ASA approved relays with each race featuring all the swimmers. There was the T-Shirt relay which isn't easy swapping the wet T-Shirt between swimmers at the end of each race, the water polo relay among others and ending up with the massive tandem relay at the end with everyone swimming at once. Thanks to our Captain's and Sergio for providing a great night of fun for all.

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3rd in Kent Junior League Rnd 2

Mon 11/Sep/2017

On Saturday evening, 28 of our best swimmers travelled all the way down to Dover to compete in Round 2 of the Kent Junior League. A great start to the season for our young swimmers who performed really well achieving many personal bests. After a closely fought competition in this very competitive event, Orpington Ojays came 3rd thanks to some excellent swimming which is a fantastic achievement for our younger swimmers who won 12 of the events. The final round is scheduled for November so plenty of time to get some good training in for maximum points. Thank you to Sergio and Damian for their support and encouragement on poolside and also to the parents and officials who once again made this a great event. The final points total for Round 2 1 Greenwich 261 2 Dover Life 228 3 Orpington Ojays 202 4 RTW Monson 124.5 5 Co Cant'bury 116.5 6 Shepway SC 10

Two 4ths for the Goulds Sisters in Chantilly

Thu 31/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Cara and Amie from Silver Squad who on the Bank Holiday weekend competed in the Chantilly Triathlon in the stunning setting of Château de Chantilly along with over 3000 other athletes. Amie finished the 8-10 years 100m swim, 4k cycle and 1.3k run in 23:36 completing the swim in 2:33 way ahead of the average 3:46 time. Cara finished the 11-12 years 200m swim, 4k cycle and 1.8k run in 29:57 completing the swim in 4:32, also way ahead of the average 5:07 time.

Matt Sets a 303 Lengths Training Distance Club Record

Tue 15/Aug/2017

Whilst not an official record it's such a feat that it deserves mention. On the first session back after the two week training break, Matt Steere swam first with Top Squad and then carried on for his normal Masters training session. Both squads were having a go at the Olympic Set where you swim every pool based event at the Olympics. 800 FS / 400 IM / 200 Fly / 200 BC / 200 BS / 200 FS 400 FS / 200 IM / 100 Fly / 100 BC / 100 BS / 100 FS 66 FS (should be 50 of course) 1500 FS The 1500m swim (45 lengths) at the end is shoulder aching. The set is 4.566km long so twice through is 9.133km. In order to make this up to 10k Matt put in a bonus 26 lengths (866m) between the sets. Also, as Top Squad start at the deep end and Masters the shallow end he then put in another 100m to get to the other end totalling out his distance at 10.1k. The first time through the Olympic set he completed it in 1 hour 10 minutes. The second time was 1 hour 20 minutes.

A Trio of Races for Billy at The Nationals

Wed 09/Aug/2017

Our third national qualifier was Billy Birchmore who swam three events in the last two days of he championship. First event of the day was the 200m Freestyle. Even though Billy was still recovering from a bug he managed to swim the first half of the race at a good pace but sadly faded in the second half. Under the circumstances though still a good race which brought Billy a 21st place overall. The next event of the day was the 100m fly where after a super first 50 the flu kicked in again. Billy finished the race 14th. After a good nights sleep Billy came back for the last event of the season the following day determined to give it his best. After a well paced race Billy finished 14th and sadly just missed the final by 0.2. Well done Billy for making us proud again.

Clio sets New Club Record at The Nationals

Sun 06/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Clio Bacon from Top Squad who on Thursday swam at the ASA National Championships. Clio qualified for the 50 Freestyle and put in a great time of 27.89 which qualified her 5th fastest for the afternoons final. After some rest Clio was announced to the pool and the audience watching the live stream on the internet along with the other competitors for the final. Clio held her seeded place and finished in 5th place improving on her time in 27.73 which is a new PB and a new club record! A great swim Clio. We have the videos from the live feed which will be up shortly.

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