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Poole 3k sea swim (Posted on Sunday, 28 September 2014)
On Saturday morning Steve Morris and Siobhan Curtis headed down to Poole for the Human Race sea swim. Both Masters squad swimmers had entered the 3k distance for their first sea race. Siobhan was using the event as a sea training session for her ironman event in Brazil in a few weeks! Steve came in 7th overall (190 swimmers) in 45 mins and 49 seconds putting him 4th in age group and Siobhan came in 1 hours 6 mins and 14 seconds putting her 142nd and 4th age group. Great swims and a great event.
WHL ROUND 3 (Posted on Thursday, 25 September 2014)
The first gala of the season and the penultimate round of the Whitehorse league saw, once again, Orpington Ojays showing their toughness and resilience.

With a reduced team and with many young swimmers swimming up an age-group Ojays managed to get many pbs, 3 first places, 6 second places, 10 third places and 1 speeding ticket bringing our team to 4th place.

Congratulations to all our swimmers whose effort and team spirit was impressive, our judges, timekeeper and poolside helpers a without whom the gala couldn't have taken place and finally to parents for being loud cheerful and supportive.

Well done Team Ojays!
Dart 10k Open Water (Posted on Saturday, 20 September 2014)
Well done to our brilliant Masters swimmer Niki Herbert who took part in the Dart 10k.

The Dart 10k is a stunning 10km swim down the River Dart in Devon organised by the Outdoor Swimming Society. For once, the swim is not a race, but a journey: all swimmers can swim at their own pace, from leisurely to fast, as they wind their way downstream through the rolling hills of Devon.

Distance wise this is the aquatic equivalent of a marathon, and is forecast to become the new challenge distance for swimmers - so get into training now! There is an elite category for those who like to race, but for most swimmers it's about doing the distance, and enjoying the ride.

This is how the organisers describe the course: 'it's a beautiful swim in brackish water. Swimmers are flanked by rolling Devon hills the whole way, with an estuary's curious mix of sea and fresh water, bladder rack and oak leaves, oyster catchers and kingfishers'. Sounds beautiful and no mention of chlorine!

Niki completed the Dart 10km on Sunday 14th along with 814 other swimmers. They were set off in 4 waves, 15 minutes apart, with the fastest waves at the back. Niki was in the 3rd wave and the swim began nicely, the first 4km was with her wave and the river was calm & smooth although there were far more lumps of flotsam (logs, branches, weeds) than she realised. At 4km she stopped at a refuelling pontoon for a couple of handfuls of jelly babies. The next refuelling station was at 7km. Between 4-7km it was harder swimming, she was catching up & overtaking the slower waves as well as trying to sight. After more jelly babies at 7km it was time for some very hard swimming. The river had turned into a wide estuary with other rivers joining, the water was rough & bumpy making the sighting of slower swimmers & the course very difficult. Niki finished in an amazing 2hrs, 41 mins, and placed 218th out of 702 finishers. At the finish line she was greeted with tea & energy bars; there were bbqs, picnics & music too. A great swim & the highlight of her open water swimming this year saying it is well worth any swimmers having a go!

More pics in the photo gallery
ASA's National Disability Swimmer (Posted on Saturday, 20 September 2014)
A massive congratulations and well done to Billy Birchmore on being awarded the ASA's National Disability Swimmer of the Year!
Club Champs (Posted on Saturday, 20 September 2014)
The club champs kicked off on Monday evening with the 100m BS and 200m BC. Some great swims from the swimmers with lots of PBs. The results are available from the homepage or the results section from the menu and some photos of a handful of swimmers are in the Photo Gallery, again from the main menu.
Captains' Gala 2014 (Posted on Saturday, 13 September 2014)
Well done to all the team's that took part in last week's Captain's Gala: Isabelle's 'Minter-Paye's Manta-Rays' Louis' 'Lightening Bolts', Captain Chlo's Crew and to the winning team Ridley's Rockets. Amazing corkscrews, dragon boat and tandems. Great fun was had by everyone - well done captains on great posters and teamwork.
New Captains (Posted on Tuesday, 02 September 2014)
Congratulations to Chloe Ashley on becoming Captain for 2014/15 and to Issie Minter-Paye, Kate Ridley and Louis Goff on becoming Vice Captains.
Matt Steere wins again at Marlow (Posted on Tuesday, 26 August 2014)
On Sunday morning four Masters squad swimmers Matt Steere, Steve Morris, Ben Cockburn and Jay Walker headed to Marlow for the Human Race 3k open water swim. Matt had already won two earlier events in the series, Hampton Court and Windsor so pressure was on for a third. Matt's hard training each week paid off and he again claimed victory, this time by two seconds, finishing in an impressive 39 minutes and 4 seconds. Steve Morris was next home for the club in 48 minutes 25 seonds, finishing in 15th place overall, 10th male and 2nd in the 40-44 male age group. Ben Cockburn finished in 50 minutes 26 seconds placing him 20th overall, 14th male and 2nd in the 20-24 male age group. Jay Walker finished in 59 minutes 28 seconds which placed her 51st overall, 14th female and 3rd in the 35-39 female age group.

Very impressive that all four of our swimmers finished in the top 3rd of the tough River Thames race.
Success for Orpington Ojays as Swimmers Shine at Basildon (Posted on Thursday, 24 July 2014)
Another great weekend in the last event of the season for Team Ojays at Basildon Open where 24 swimmers (a handful shown here) including some new to long course competitions, represented the Club in over 100 events delivering many pbs as well as achieving 9 gold, 10 silver, 3 Bronze, 13 fourth, 8 fifth, 13 sixth places.

Well done to our swimmers for competing with great success:
Alessio Tutt, Anna Cvjetan, Ben Strover, Callum Baronti, Clio Bacon, Daniella Shipley, Ed Pauling, Ed Sellar, Elizabeth Marsch, Ella Norwood, Ellie Harden, Emily Smith, Justin Strover, Kate Ridley, Katie Napier, Lilli Cutajar, Max Peel, Sam Gaster, Singh Sanhu Sahib, Tamryn Van Selm, Thomas Bennett, Thomas Magee Brown and William Magee Brown.

Congratulations for superb swims go to:
Anna Cvjetan 2 Bronze in 100 and 200 fly and 1 Silver in 200 backstroke, Ben Strover with 2 silver in 50 and 400 freestyle and Gold in 200 IM, Callum Baronti Silver in 200 fly, Clio Bacon Silver in 100 Breaststroke, Daniella Shipley Sliver in 200 IM, Ed Pauling Silver in 50 breaststroke and 50 fly and Gold in 50 and 200 free and 200 backstroke and 200 IM, Ed Sellar Silver in 400 free, Katie Napier Gold in 400 IM, Silver in 100 backstroke and Bronze in 50 Back, Tamryn Van Selm Gold in 200 and 400 free and 200 backstroke.

Thanks to parents and officials for supporting this great event.
Matt Steere wins Hampton Court (Posted on Monday, 21 July 2014)
Early on Sunday morning Matt, Jay, Siobhan and Will headed to Hampton Court for the Human Race open water race down the river Thames. The link to the report below describes brilliantly how Matt won the race in 41mins! Jay followed in 1:01, Siobhan in 1:08 and Will in 1:12. Fantastic swims for all and wonderful to have the club so well represented at another swimming discipline.