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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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Amie and Cara take 3rd in Guildford

Sat 05/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Amie and Cara Gould of Silver Squad who competed in the third and final race of Phoenix Aquathlon series on Friday at Guildford Lido. Amie had to swim 150 metres followed by a 1.5km run and Cara had to swim 200 metres followed by a 2km run. Amie finished 3rd from 26 and Cara also finished 3rd from 11. Well done girls and good luck for the Chantilly Castle Triathlon in France later this month

Ben races in the 5k at The Nationals

Tue 01/Aug/2017

Congratulations to Ben Strover of Top Squad who on Monday raced in the Open Water Nationals. Ben was in the very long distance race at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield. With the water temperature dropping wetsuits were compulsory. The advantage to a wetsuit is you swim faster, the disadvantage is that it rubs the back of the neck, especially on a 5k race. With swimmers physically very close together open water swimmers are likely to face contact, especially at the hectic start with everyone trying to get on the racing line for the first turn. This race was no different, especially with all swimmers being roughly the same top ability, Ben finished 14 in age group category and 21st overall in 1 hour and 16.96 seconds. Considering the race was about an hour, six swimmers posted times of 1 hour and 0 minutes and either 14, 15 or 16 seconds . An incredibly close race indeed. An excellent swim Ben.

Medals and Records at Basildon

Mon 24/Jul/2017

Congratulations to many of our swimmers who competed in the Basildon long course meet this weekend setting records, winning medals and achieving those all important PBs. Billy Birchmore was once again on top form at the open. Billy beat European Records in 50m and 200m back, 400m free and a world record in the 200m back! Ellie Harden won Gold in the 14yrs 100m Backstroke in 1.10:57 beating her own long course club record for the event. Jessica Herbert won Gold in the 13yrs 200m Free, Silver in the 100m and 200m Back and Bronze in the 100m Fly. Clio Bacon won the Gold in the 14yrs 50m Free and Sophia O'Neill won the Bronze in the 11yrs 200m Free. A wonderful finish to the season.

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Charlton Lido

Sat 22/Jul/2017

For a change of scenery at the end of the season Platinum and Top squads headed to Charlton Lido on Friday evening for a one off special training session. The 50m pool is heated to 24 degrees which slightly takes your breath away initially but the swimmers soon warmed up after a few hundred metres. It's a great venue and made a nice change to train outdoors. The pool is open all year round so perhaps a November session.

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Jack Petchey Awards Evening

Thu 13/Jul/2017

On Tuesday 1th of July a number of our Jack Petchey swimmers attended the awards evening at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Once again congratulations to Hannah Strover (Sept 16), Lucia Tammaro (Oct 16), Nam Nguven (Nov 16), Rebecca Kearney (Jan 17), Amie Lawrence (Feb 17), Kaci Baverstock (Mar 17), Sophia O'Neill (Apr 17), Abby Leeves (May 17) and Leah Collier (Jun 17).