Congratulations Sam Harvey
(Posted on Monday, 16 March 2015)
Ex Club Captain, long time member Sam Harvey has been made Captain Of Exeter University Swimming Club. This is a fantastic achievement, and we are sure Sam will be an excellent captain and team leader. Well done Sam!!!
Kents 2015 - Week 3
(Posted on Wednesday, 04 March 2015)
Another weekend spent at Medway Park - and the atmosphere was still buzzing at the start of the third weekend of the County Championships and another successful weekend for team Ojays. There were some fantastic swims with new pbs being set in almost every race and great camaraderie poolside.
Session 6 started on Saturday with the girls 50 fly - competing were: Samantha Jackson, who won herself another silver medal in the 9 year age group, Jessica , Lilli, Clio, Anna, Jess, Katie, Kate, Issie and Niamh - delivered some really fast & furious swims - well done ladies. This event was swiftly followed by the girls 400 free in which Ojays were represented by Lilli, Daniella, and Kate who won a silver medal in the 16 year old age group - well done girls in this tough endurance event. The last event of this session was the boys 200 breast: Eddie, Callum and Ben competed posting some great times. After a brief break session 7 started with the boys 50 fly with our two younger boys Eddie and Callum competed in the 10 & 11 year age groups. Next up was the boys 400 free and Eddie was swimming again and smashed his PB earning himself a silver medal in the 10 year age group. Ben competed in the 14 year age group and again achieved a great PB - well done boys. The last event of the day was Clio competing in the ladies 200 breast.
Session 8 started on Sunday morning with the ladies 200im with Clio, Daniella and Katie representing Ojays. Next up was the boys 100 fly with Callum, Ollie and Billy - good swims all round - the boys are pictured relaxing poolside before their event. Last event of the session was the ladies 50 back and the team had lots of entries - they were: Samantha, Matilda, Ellie, Rachel, Lilli, Anna ( who won a finalist medal) Clio, Niamh, Issie, Katie and Daniella.
The final session of the weekend started with the boys 200im - Eddie, Callum, Justin, Billy, Ben and Ollie all competed with lots of new pbs being achieved. Ladies 100 fly saw two medals being won by Katie and Kate who both received finalist medals for their 6th and 4th respective places. Also competing with great times were Clio, Niamh, Anna, Jess, and Molly. The weekend wrapped up with the boys 50 backstroke - with the threesome of Eddie, Callum & Justin representing the younger boys and Ben, Josh & Ollie the older boys all with some very exciting swims.
Thanks to Sergio & Simon for their poolside support, to Mandy for officiating and of course to parents for their unflagging support from the balcony for hours on end .....!
Well done team Ojays - one more exciting weekend to go!
Kents 2015 – week 2
(Posted on Sunday, 01 March 2015)
Medway Park was buzzing on Saturday morning - the car park was full, poolside was a mass of team colours, the gallery was packed to the rafters and excitement was mounting - it must be the inaugural day of the full Kent programme !!!
Despite being very long days for competitors, coaches and spectators it was worth it to witness our team post so many PBs, medals, regional times and even a European record - just reward for the hours of training and dedication that swimmers all put into their sport.
Sergio was a very tired, but happy, Head Coach on Sunday evening and was very impressed by everyone's behaviour and fantastic achievements in the pool and is looking forward to more of the same over the next two weekends!
Thanks to Sergio and Simon for their poolside support and to parents and supporters who cheered loudly despite the long days and cramped conditions in the gallery. A detailed report below:
Saturday 21st Feb
Session 2 finally got under the starter's gun after a prolonged warm up with the girls 200 fly - competing were Anna Cvjetan, Katie Napier and Kate Ridley - all finished in the top 7 with Kate achieving the first gold medal for the club and 1st place in the 16 years age group.
Next up were the boys in the 200 free - Eddie Sellar, Justin Strover, Ben Strover and Joshua Martin - some great pbs from the boys and finalist places for Eddie and Ben. Clio Bacon represented the girls in the 100 breast and finished 2nd with a shiny silver medal.
Competing in the boys 50m breast was Eddie Sellar, Callum Baronti and Ben Strover - Callum finished 3rd with a bronze medal.
Session 3 started with the boys 200 fly with Ben Strover representing the club and achieving a good PB.
Girls 200 free was next with Matilda Barrett, Niamh Laker and Daniella Shipley - Niamh achieved a 4th place and finalist medal. In the mens 100 breast we had Callum Baronti and Ben Strover with Callum achieving a finalist medal.
Women's 50 breast saw our youngest girl 9 year old Samantha Jackson swimming in her first Kent's event - and winning a bronze medal ! Clio Bacon also won a second silver medal in the 13 year age group. Anna Hawkins, Jess Sellar and Daniella Shipley also delivered great swims.
Sunday 22nd Feb
Session 4 got underway with the boys 400im - a tough race even for the bravest swimmer and our Ben Strover was up for the challenge bringing home a very nice PB for his efforts! Girls 100 backstroke was a popular event with Jessica Herbert, Clio Bacon Ellie Harden Rachel Langdown, Lilli Cutajar, Anna Cvjetan, Daniella Shipley, Katie Napier, Lizzie Bennett, Chloe Ashley and Jess Page all competing with some great Pbs and regional times being achieved.
Boys 50 free was next with Eddie Sellar, achieving a 4th place, Callum Baronti, Justin & Ben Strover, Ollie Randall, Jake McDonnell and Billy Birchmore – some very fast and furious heats in this “splash and dash” event.
The Final session of the weekend started with the 400im for the girls with Katie Napier representing us – pulling off a great and well deserved pb in this tough event. Boys 100 backstroke competing were : Justin, Eddie, Callum, Nam Nguyen, Ben, Josh, Ollie and Billy great swims and a European Record for Billy “the Bullet” Birchmore!
Orpington Ojays were well represented in the girls 50 free with a swimmer in each age group they bagged a few medals between them – they were : Samantha Jackson (winning another bronze medal) , Matilda Barrett, Jessica Herbert, Lilli Cutajar, Niamh Laker (winning a bronze medal), Jess Sellar, Daniella Shipley (winning a finalist medal), Katie Napier and Issie Minter-Paye.
Kents 2015- week one
(Posted on Thursday, 19 February 2015)
Well done to Ben Strover and William Magee-Brown who opened up the Kent county championships with a great start for Orpington Ojays in the 1500m boys long course event. First on the blocks was William, his first time at the Kents. William paced himself very well from the beginning achieving a 24 second pb. Soon after Ben was on the blocks pushing every single bit of the race setting a new long course pbs in 200m and 400m, finishing 10 seconds faster than his previous pb and 5th place in his age group. Congratulations boys for the achievements and first of many pbs.
Good luck to all swimmers at Medway Park this weekend - Go Ojays!
Kents 2015 kick off this weekend!!
(Posted on Friday, 13 February 2015)
It's that time of year when the next few weekends will be spent at either Crystal Palace or Medway Park for the County Championships.
Ojays has 31 swimmers plus relay teams competing against the best swimmers in the County - the competition starts on Sunday 15th February at Crystal Palace where Ben Strover and William Magee-Brown will be taking on the marathon 1500m free event.
We wish them lots of luck for Sunday and to all our other competitors in the coming weeks - Go Ojays !!!
Sunday Evening Training @The Walnuts During The Kents
(Posted on Friday, 13 February 2015)
Just a reminder folks that, whilst the Kents are on, there will be no Sunday evening training: 15th and 22nd February and 1st & 8th March.
Any Top squad swimmers who are not competeing on the day are welcome to join Sunday morning training at Eltham.
Billy misses world record by 8/100ths of a second!
(Posted on Thursday, 12 February 2015)
Billy 'there's no stopping me now' Birchmore swam at the weekend at his first meet of the year in Southampton in the DSE South East Regional Open and got a European Record in 50m Back at 36.86, only 0.08 second from getting a World Record! Well done Billy on a fantastic achievement.
ORPINGTON OJAYS SPRINT TO SUCCESS AT JUNIOR GALA
(Posted on Thursday, 05 February 2015)
Our up and coming younger swimmers were out in force on Sunday 25th January at Beckenham Spa at our own Junior Sprints home gala. Over 40 Ojays attended this open event which is aimed at our 12 years and under swimmers and provides a great opportunity to gain all important gala experience.
The day ran smoothly, with the exception of an impromptu fire evacuation mid-afternoon, This, however, did not deter swimmers and Ojays swam well, cheered loudly and proved that hard work does pay off with the resulting, and rather a satisfying, jangling of medals around the necks of our happy swimmers.
Special congratulations to the following swimmers who gained the most points during the day and won Top Boy and Top Girl trophies:
Boys 12 years - Michael Phillips
Boys 11 years - Callum Baronti
Girls 10 years - Matilda Barrett
Boys 9 years - Alessio Tutt
Girls 9 years - Samantha Jackson
Finally, as always, we cannot provide these opportunities for our swimmers to compete without the vital support from parents, coaches and officials. So a big thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help things run so smoothly on the day - Team Ojays pulls it off again!
Anna qualifies for the Zonals
(Posted on Thursday, 15 January 2015)
Congratulations to Anna Cvjetan from Top Squad who has qualified to compete at the Southern Zonal meet which will be held at the iconic Aquatic Centre in East London. She will be competing in the 200m backstroke event which will be held on January 31st.
Zonals are the penultimate event for a competitive swimmer - the stepping stone to Nationals - so this is a great achievement for Anna and Ojays - we will all be routing for you - fast swimming!
NAL Last Gala
(Posted on Thursday, 18 December 2014)
Saturday 13th December saw Team Ojays at Crook Log for the Final gala of the National Arena League.
Things got off to an exciting start with the relay events and our first win of the evening which was delivered by the undefeated boys 9/11 years 4 x 50m free team.
With another 7 first places throughout the gala and numerous top 3 places Ojays were placed in 3rd position for most of the gala with just a few points between Erith, Canterbury, East Grinstead and ourselves. The final two races were the ladies and mens 6 x 50m free relay and what an exciting climax to the evening - the roof of Crook Log was almost raised with the noise poolside. Our ladies finished second in a very close race and the men finished first with just a finger nail between us and Erith - just goes to show how important that finish is! The evening finished to the time honoured roar led by past captain James May of "give us an O.... " A very exciting finish to the National Arena league this year with Ojays in 4th place with just 3 points between us and second place. Well done swimmers - thanks for the great entertainment for spectators and the team poolside. Thanks to the "old boys" who return from university and work commitments to race for us, to the team of helpers poolside (Sandra, Julie and Vanessa ) and to officials Yvonne, Mandy, Karen and Fran. Last but of course not least thanks to head coach Sergio.