A fantastic first place result in the Tudor League last night will now take us to the top of the league table. After being placed first in 13 events and and second in a further 13 events out of 48 we secured an amazing 275 points to win the gala.
That's our best result in the competition to date, so well done to all swimmers that took part. You did yourselves and the club very proud indeed. Big thanks to Coach Nick, Team Mangers Jo and Shereen with Daisy assisting, Lauren captaining and to Caroline, Grant and Mark for officiating.
1️⃣ 275 Orpington Ojays
2️⃣ 229 Erith & District
3️⃣ 227 Bexley
4️⃣ 220 Greenwich
5️⃣ 197 Tonbridge
6️⃣ 187 Dartford & District
7️⃣ 178 Whiteoak
8️⃣ 175 Eltham Stingrays
Faith and Finola
Thursday 9th March 2023
Two of our swimmers, Faith Wellard and Finola Barker, have been selected to take part in the Kent Swimming 2023 development camp. A huge achievement in such a competitive county. Well done, girls!
Good Luck Aaron in the ESSA Championships
Thursday 9th March 2023
It is a pleasure to announce that Aaron Magcanan of Top squad has been selected to represent London at this year’s English Schools Swimming Association Inter Divisional Championships going ahead this weekend in Coventry.
Aaron has been chosen amongst some of the best swimmers in London, so this is a real honour and a fantastic achievement for himself and the club. The competition is a licensed level 1 meet, with swimmers competing to a National standard. The swimmers in his age group will also be being considered for the World School Games in Brazil this August so fingers crossed for this too.
Aaron, wishing you the best of luck from your coaches and everyone at the club and you will, I am sure, do yourself and the club very proud indeed. Go Ojays!
Orpington Ojays and EDSC Spring Gala
Sunday 5th March 2023
Thank you to all swimmers, coaches and volunteers for your help supporting our wonderful gala last weekend.
Our parents, coaches and club organisers did an amazing job with both days running extremely smoothly and it was all worth it with almost all swimmers getting personal bests and over half getting one or more top 3 medals. For those awaiting their gold medals (we won that many we actually ran out of a few), these are ordered and on their way!
We had lots of swimmers collecting ducks as heat prizes and a number of swimmers smashing it out of the park achieving new regional qualification times too!
All times have now been updated to Swim England rankings and are available on the system. Upcoming galas (NUEL and Summer Regionals) have been updated with new personal bests, so please check your entries. A gentle reminder that entries for the NUEL Level 1 National qualifier at the Aquatic Centre closes on 9th March, and the 400m freestyle Club Champs Gala 1 on Monday 20th March, closes on the 12th.
Kent Championships Success
Sunday 26th February 2023
Well done to all those that took part in the Kent Championships over 4 weekends that came to a conclusion on Sunday 26th February. As a club we came 11th in the distance events at K2 Crawley and 12th at the London Aquatic Centre out of the 26 clubs that qualified and the 44 swimming clubs in Kent.
We achieved 48 Medals including 6 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals, 7 more than last year!
There were some amazing swims with the majority of achieving personal bests.
A special congratulations to Blythe who is now the Open Ladies champion in 100m Fly and won the Beckenham Ladies Dish.
Tudor League Round 2
Saturday 18th February 2023
Congratulations on another fantastic performance from the Tudor League team on Saturday 18th February. Well done everyone who took part and a warm welcome to those participating for the first time. We were in the lead at the halfway point with the top 3 places changing all the way through the gala. With Orpington just a half point ahead of the rest going into the final squadron event we eventually finished 3rd with just 2.5 points separating the top 3. We had our best ever placings with ten 1st places and nine 2nd places. Its now very close with 3 rounds to go so please reserve the 18th March for Round 3! Thank you to all the volunteers, officials and coaches as usual that make these events possible!
Girls Open Freestyle – Emily B
Boys 12/u Medley Relay - Ben, Philip, Lucas, Conrad
Boys 14/u Medley Relay – Eliot, Fotios, Shekinah, Jack
Girls 10/u Breaststroke – Mia
Boys 12/u Butterfly – Lucas
Mixed Open Medley Relay - Lauren, Samuel, Eisen, Max
Girls 14/u Backstroke – Carys
Girls 14/u Freestyle Relay - Finola, Emily C, Pragnya, Carys
Boys 12/u Backstroke – Ben
Boys 14/u Breaststroke – Fotios
Mixed Open Freestyle Relay - Callum, Emily B, Samuel, Lauren
Great Start to Tudor League 2023
Thursday 26th January 2023
The results are in for Round 1 of this years Tudor League
....and we are off the blocks with a second place finish!
Well done to all those that took part and a pat on the back for the many new swimmers, some of whom were competing in their first ever gala.
We had 5 first place, 8 second place and 10 third place finishes, including some fantastic PBs.There was a great team spirit as usual and we look forward to the next round on Saturday 18th February.
Kent record for Billy
Monday 9th January 2023
Billy Birchmore has just received his certificate for becoming S14 Kent county record holder in 200 IM which he achieved at the 2022 Kent Championships last year…better late than never!
Well done Bill!