Kent championships 2022
Seven of our swimmers qualified to take part in the prestigious Kent Swimming Championships which took place over 3 weekends.
Grace and Kayla kicked off the championships at Dover in the 200 IM, both recording new pbs and moving themselves up the rankings. Kayla then took part in the hardest event, the 400 IM, producing a
huge 9 second pb.
Session 2 saw Grace and Kayla in action again in the 200 Breaststroke, both pulling out more than 2 second pbs and Grace gaining our first medal placing, with a 7th place finish in her age
Day 2 saw Chloe in her first event of the championships in the 200m fc producing a fabulous 2 second pb.
Grace and Kayla were back in action in session 4 in the tough 200m fly race. Both girls smashed it producing 2 second pbs and gaining further medals of 5th places in their age groups.
The last weekend moved to The London Olympic Pool where all 7 girls were in action. The girls started with breaststroke and fc events. Grace and Kayla both produced pbs and moved up the rankings and
Faith made her debut with superb swims and narrowly missing out on both the 50m and 100m breaststroke final with 9th place finishes in both. The 50m fc saw Leigha and Jodie swim. Showing us what they
can still produce fantastic swims. The highlight of the end of the day was Chloe making the finals in the 50m fc and storming to a 3rd place finish!
The final day of racing and the girls were in action in backstroke and fly events. Both Grace and Kayla pbd again in the 100m fly with strong swims and Kayla making it into the final to bag herself
an 8th place medal. Kara stormed her way to a brave finish after slipping at the start in the 50m backstroke whilst Chloe was on fire again and did one place better than her fc to gain an amazing
silver medal in the final of the 13 year old age group.
Grace and Chloe took the water again in the 100m backstroke, both producing gutsy swims and pbs and Chloe crept into the final to grab herself another medal in the final going even faster than her
heat which was some achievement after a long weekend!
The final event of the championships, the 50m fly had Grace, Kayla and Jodie in action. After a long weekend Grace still managed another pb making it 8 pbs out of 8 and Kayla and Jodie just on pb
Overall the girls have done themselves and our small club proud, producing 22 Pbs, 9 top 10 places in the whole of Kent, 7 Medal places and gaining 3 regional times. Well done everyone!
Sam Dolman (Jt Head Coach)
Brandon wins 2 gold medals at the Kent Championships 2018. Genny wins four MC golds as well! Full results are here.
Other medallists include Daisy, Lois, Max and Leigha. Super swims and PBs from Jodie, Tilda, Oli, Kayla, Kara, Faith, Lily, Polly, Edward, Sam and William. Please read
Head Coach Pete's report below.
Kent Relay Results are here. Well done: 3 top 8/finals places gained 4x100m Fr Men; Junior Free and Medley mixed relay teams (4x50).
Also some close calls and excellent legs swum.
All Club Results are here
Head Coach Reports on Each Session:
The Final Points Table. We came 18th with 29 points. Well done!
At the end of "the Kents" our swimmers accumulated 29 Points (14 more than last year - despite the standards being higher this year). Points from Brandon ( Three 8th places
3x1=3, a fourth=5, a fifth=4 and a sixth=3. Hence 15 points) and Lois (a fourth and two fifths 5+4+4 =13 points). Also Leigha one 8th place = 1 point. Eight finals were reached (200m
races were HDW). Well done to the three of you! Genny's 4 golds and 1 silver do not count to the points table, which excludes para-swimming medals, which is not great for
para-swimmers or us. Really well done Genny.
Our other 11 swimmers swam really well and all gained at least 1 LC PB and have made significant progress since the Kents 2016.Well done to Oliver Durrant, Polly
Thomas, Rachel Gearing, Ed Dickinson, Matilda Durrant, Lily Durnford, Samuel Dickinson, Freddie Dolman, William Fitzpatrick, Kayla Moerman and Daisy Richards.
Daisy Richards deserves a special mention for her very high placings in the 10/11 age group despite being a year "young".
This 2017 Kents' performance is a major step forward for the club who finished higher in the points table than Dover, Canterbury, Herne Bay, Ashford Town and Gravesend, amongst
others - all "bigger" clubs with far more competitive swimmers to choose from.
A big thanks to the Coaches, Team Managers, Officials and Volunteers for all their excellent efforts at the Kents this year. Roll on the 2018 Champs.