Nearly 30 swimmers from Orpington Ojays took part in the Kent Development on the last weekend of October at Medway Park Gillingham. The aim of the event is to encourage more entrants and is a great opportunity for swimmers to get a Kent medal. As the title says, it's a development meet so KCASA 2018 County qualifiers cannot compete in the events they have achieved a consideration time.
Every swimmer competing achieved PB's in many, if not all of the events they entered, with many getting close to both consideration and automatic qualifying times for the KCASA 2019 Championships.
Charlotte Field and Katie Gough won Golds in the girls 200m Breaststroke in the 10 and 14 age groups respectively. In the 50m Butterfly Charlotte Field took Bronze in age 10 Blythe Jolley-Ellis took Gold in at the age 14. Mateo Rodriguez-Aparic won Silver in the boys age 13 100m Fly.
In the girls 100m Freestyle, Lauren Bond took Silver in the age 12 and Eve Peel and Blythe Jolley-Ellis won Gold in the 13 and 14 age groups. In the gruelling 200m Fly, Ava Hickey won Gold, Ellie Brown Bronze and Safiya Ismail Silver in the 10, 13 and 14 age groups.
Our young girls were on form in the 100m Breaststroke with Charlotte Bloodworth winning Silver and Ava Hickey Bronze in the age 10. Another ten year old, Xian Ming Li, won Bronze in the boys 50m Backstroke. In the super competitive girls 50m Freestyle, Lauren Bond won Bronze in the 12 year age group. In the boys 100m IM, Niccolo Cavasino won Gold in the 12 years age group. To round off Saturdays competition, the girls 14 years 200m Freestyle team achieved Bronze.
The Orpington Ojays swimmers returned bright and early on Sunday morning, no doubt benefitting from the clocks going back an hour and an extra hour in bed! In the first event of the day, the girls 200m Backstroke, Ava Hickey won Silver and Charlotte Field Bronze in the 10 year age group and Ellie Blaney won Bronze in age 13. In the girls 50m Breaststroke, Blythe Jolley-Ellis won Gold in the 14 age group.
Niccolò Cavasino won another Gold in the age 12 50m Butterfly, while in the girls 100m Butterfly Charlotte Field won Silver, Grace Tume Gold (despite leaking goggles and being unable to see!) and Blythe Jolley-Ellis won Gold in the age 10, 12 and 14 age groups respectively.
In the Boys 100m Freestyle, Louis Taylor won an impressive Gold in the 11 year old age group. The 200m IM saw more medals for the girls with Silver for Ava Hickey, Bronze for Ellie Blaney and Silver for Blythe Jolley-Ellis.
Eve Peel took Bronze in the 200m Freestyle, and in the Girls 100m Backstroke medals were won by Charlotte Bloodworth (Silver), Ellie Blaney (Bronze) and Blythe Jolley-Ellis (Gold). Ayse Dourmoush won Silver in the girls age 14 50m Backstroke. Annabelle Robinson swam brilliantly to win Gold in the age 10 100m IM, Ellie Blaney won Gold and Ayse Dormouse another Silver.
Special congratulations to our younger swimmers who were competing for the first time.