The news

Swim England South East Short Course Masters Championships

Sun 07/Oct/2018

A massive congratulations to Gina Charleton from Masters Squad who took all her age group Gold Medals for the freestyle distances at the Swim England South East Short Course Masters Championships in Guildford. Gina is fighting back after illnesses and injuries for the last 3 years so it's wonderful to see her hard work and determination paying off.

Season Starter

Mon 01/Oct/2018

On Sunday we held our "Season Starter" Open Meet at Medway Park. This event is one of the most important dates on the club's calendar. With the closure of Medway Tunnel the day got off to slightly delayed start but all the officials and volunteers worked hard and quickly got the proceedings back on track. With 10 clubs fielding swimmers; poolside, the spectator gallery and the kit shop were all busy places. A fantastic series of great swims resulting in numerous personal bests and medals were swum in this busy event. As always this was accompanied by a friendly poolside atmosphere, a great team spirit, loud parents cheering and sunshine between the sessions. Thank you to all our swimmers, parents, coaches and officials for an extremely smooth and efficient running of our annual meet. The cherry on top was that we retained the Top Club Trophy. Happy swimmers, happy parents, happy coaches! The Top Club trophy will be presented at our club training night.

We have a new Judge

Thu 27/Sep/2018

Congratulations to Elena Herbert, our Welfare Officer, who has completed her Level 1 Judge course. The role of a Competitive Swimming Judge 1 is to time swimmers during competitions and observe swimmers at the turn or finish of a race to ensure adherence to the rules of the sport. England, Scotland and Wales are in alignment over the training of swimming officials. This means training is standardised across the UK. All three Home Countries now use FINA Technical Rules. As such, trained officials are listed as British Swimming Officials. If you are interested in joining our poolside team please talk to Mandy Baronti.

Erith and District Sprint Meet

Tue 25/Sep/2018

The first Open Meet of the season saw our team travel just up the road to Crook Log, so close that a convoy wasn't needed. As always, a warm welcome was received from our friends and rivals at Erith and District Swimming Club. It was a fast and exciting day with loads of amazing swims this early in the season. Erith and District added to the fun with a stroke of genius; the winner of every heat won a very cute rubber duck! All the swimmers, male, female from 9 years old up to 17 were extremely keen to get their hands on these sought-after prizes. There was a huge choice of rubber ducks. The swimmers jangled their medals and showed off their ducks with pride. A great day at the pool was topped off with three of our swimmers being crowned Top Sprinter in their age groups. Special congratulations to Alice Leng, Samantha Jackson and Ellie Blaney. Well done everyone.

Kent Junior League

Tue 11/Sep/2018

The first competition after the summer break was the second round of the Kent Junior League. Despite being only a week back to full training our young swimmers were terrific in every race, on pb or faster and achieving valuable points. Accoring to the unofficial results we won the round by 35 points. Congratulations to all our swimmers; now it's back to training for round 3!

Meg joins Lewis Pugh in TheLongSwim

Thu 30/Aug/2018

On the last day of the massive swim undertaken by Lewis Pugh, ex Masters squad swimmer Meg Forbes was invited into the English Channel to swim the last kilometre or so by Dave Chisolm from Kingsdown Crawlers. Lewis has swum 560km (348 miles) along the length of the English Channel from Land's End in Cornwall to Dover in Kent. The swim was broken down into 10-20km swims and took 49 days to complete. Lewis took on the challenge to raise awareness of the threat to UK Coastal waters from plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change. There are a couple of more photos in the gallery.

BBC Report

Matt wins the last Ocean Lake Tri Aquathlon

Thu 16/Aug/2018

Congratulations to Matt from Master Squad who won the 1500m swim / 5k run by almost two and a half minutes at Leybourne Lakes on Wednesday. With a swim time of 19:44 he was out of the water and into transition with enough time to hold off the two faster runners behind. Steve, also from Masters, was out of the water in third place with a time of 21:54 and lapping three swimmers on the 750m swim. His swim was fast enough to give him enough lead to hold off the 7oaks Tri athlete who has always caught him towards the end of the run. Not this time, Steve held on to finish with 1 second to spare. Great racing guys, always nice to see a swimming club beating the tri clubs.

Full results

3 Finals for Billy at Nationals

Mon 06/Aug/2018

Well done to Billy who represented Orpington Ojays at The Nationals in Sheffield in the past couple of days. In two days Billy swam in three events, the 200m Freestyle and the 100m Butterfly on the first day and the 100m Backstroke on the second day. Three great swims for Billy got him into the finals for all three events and along with improving his times considerably, Billy finished 9th, 9th and 8th. Congratulations Billy from us all.

Ben Races at the Open Water Nationals

Mon 30/Jul/2018

Congratulations to Ben Strover from Top Squad who was in Sheffield racing in the open water 5km event whilst we were enjoying fun night. A fast field at this level and Ben was swimming out of the pack for most of it. With the water temperature at 20.6c it was a no wetsuit event. Ben finished in 26th place in 1 hour 10 minutes and 36 seconds.

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Fun Night

Mon 30/Jul/2018

At the end of another successful season, the traditional fun night is a great way to go into our summer break. An evening of unusual relays across the squads that are never seen in usual galas. With Sergio away at Nationals with Ben our thanks go to Damian, Rebecca and Daniella for putting big smiles on our swimmers and supporters and filling the pool with cheers and laughter.

Club Captains for 2018/19

Mon 30/Jul/2018

Congratulations to Rachel Langdown and Nam Nguyen who were announced as Captains and to Ellie Harden and Max Peel who were announced as Vice-Captains at the fun night.

Team GB Zoe brings medals home from Germany

Sun 29/Jul/2018

Zoe White from Top Squad was competing in the European Biathle Championship in Weiden, Germany for Team GB on the last Sunday of July. A three day event with an opening ceremony and a closing dinner party Zoe raced in an individual biathle event. Her race was a 1200m run around the perimeter of the lake, then straight into the lake for a 200m open water swim and then running shoes back on for another 1200m run around the lake again. Obviously to keep transition times down the run is done with swimming hat and goggles on and wearing a tri suit. Zoe finished the race in second place picking up a lovely Silver Medal. With the Team GB U17 girls taking the three top spots the girls also got a team Gold Medal to add to the individual. Congratulations Zoe, not only for making the team but on a fantastic race and your podium finish!

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