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Swimathon 2013
We were so impressed by the fantastic effort by all our swimmers - in total, we completed 3756 lengths, which adds up to 78.18 miles.... equivalent to swimming from central London to Southampton via the A4, A316 and M3. Congratulations to the three swimmers who collected the most sponsorship for our club: Ellie-May O'Flynn; Deborah Braxton; and Jessica Bacon (Deborah & Jessica, pictured). Over £1,500 was raised in total, which helps keeps costs down for galas, Opens and fun nights for our swimmers.

Gravesend and Northfleet Open Meet - 30 Nov / 1 Dec  
Congratulations to our swimmers who did extremely well at the Open. Many returned with medals, most notably: Sasha Yeowell – 2nd 400m Freestyle
Rebecca Moxom – 3rd 400m Freestyle, 2nd 200m Freestyle
Michael Moxom – 2nd 200m IM
Harrison Moore – 1st 50m Butterfly (and Kent QT) and 3rd 100m IM
Madeleine Wesley – 2nd 50m freestyle
Jade Farrow – 2nd 50m freestyle
Nathan Wesley – 3rd 200m freestyle

Regional Schools Biathlon Championships   (16 November)
Six of White Oak’s younger swimmers  battled it out against fierce competition from schools across the whole of the South East. They had to run 800m and swim 50m at Medway Park, Gillingham. The atmosphere on the track and poolside was buzzing and everyone put in a top performance. Well done to all those who took part: Demi Farrow, Olivia Brewster (pictured, right), Kayleigh Sullivan, Matthew Neep, Alex Minshul and Ethan Baldock. Demi Farrow came 8th and is waiting for the National Schools Ranking list to find out whether she has made the National Final to be held at the Olympic Park, London in April.

 Report from Leah Melvin about our fantastic 2nd place at the Arena League in Hastings

On Saturday 9th November 2013, White Oak Swimming Club travelled down in convoy to Hastings for the Arena League Round 2. We had a strong team turnout (some of whom are pictured, left) including two new swimmers, Nathan and Maddie. Everyone was wearing the green White Oak war paint and tattoos.  We were all excited and raring to go.

I started the night off with a win in the first race, followed by wins from: Nathan Wesley, Harry Rennolls, Jim Melvin, Rebecca Moxom and Ben Connor in their individual races.

Also, winning our relays: Ben Luxford, Daniel Chandler, Tom Weale, and Nathan Wesley

                                       : Harry Rennolls, Tom Weale, James Stephens and Tommy Bridge

                                        : Harry Rennolls, Luke Melvin, Tommy Bridge and James Stephens

                                        : Jim Melvin, Michael Moxom, Charlie Geary, Ben Connor, Luke Melvin, Harry Rennolls

 However, a massive well done to all the swimmers for contributing and gaining us points, which enabled us to come second overall.  We look forward to the next round and hope that with some more excellent performances we can do even better in the final in December.

What has Ross Smith been up to?
Ross is one of our swimmers currently away at University and is studying for a degree in Coaching and Sport’s Science at Chichester.  Ross continues with his swimming training at uni where he is Team Captain and has recently represented Chichester at the University Games at Sheffield, competing in both the freestyle and backstroke events. His on-going training regime includes 4 hours gym work in addition to pool training, enabling him to achieve a new PB of 24.70sec/ 50m freestyle.

Ross is hoping that he will be able to compete in the Kent Championships 2014 for White Oak. During his summer break, he gained his Level 2 swimming coach certificate, which helped him to obtain a coaching position at a Chichester school where he is coaching Year 8&9 students. He intends to start his Level 3 coaching course during 2014. 

Ross recently met Liam Tancock (pictured, left), an English backstroke swimmer who holds the world record in the 50m backstroke, has become a three-time world champion and a five-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

A short report on the Fireworks Weekend Open Meet (2-3 November)
Only a handful of our swimmers competed at this Open. Highlights included:
Demi Farrow: 1st 50m free (Kent QT) and 3rd 200m IM (Kent QT) - which means she has now qualified for 7 Kent times.  Eden Theodore: 3rd 100m breastroke and 2nd 50m butterfly.  Well done!

Load of PBs for Harry at Inter-county champs (20 October)
Congratulations to Harry Rennolls, who was selected to represent Kent in the National Inter-County Championships – a highly contested annual swimming competition, and one of the highlights of the British swimming year.
Harry swam in two individual events - the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke - as well as the 4 x50m Boys Medley Relay for the 12/13 year-old age group, and in the final 6 x 50m freestyle Mixed race. In the 12/13 Boys 100m freestyle race, he placed 5th in a time of 56.75, a new PB by almost 3 seconds. His time was the 5th fastest in Britain by a 13 year-old (on 31 Dec 2013) this year. Three of the four faster times were also set in this race. In the 12/13 Boys 100m backstroke race, he placed 11th in a time of 1,06.23, another PB by almost 1.2 seconds. In the 13/14 year old Boys 4 x 50m Medley race, in which Henry swam the backstroke leg, Kent placed 2nd - their highest position in any race of the Championships. Finally, Harry also swam in the final and most highly-charged event of the day, the Mixed 6 x 50m freestyle relay. His split time was 25.19secs, setting an unofficial PB, which, had it been official, would have made him the fastest 13 year old this year. Kent came 4th in this final race, the same as their overall position in the Championship.

Ben Connor reports back on the last White Horse swim meet of the year  (19 October)br /> There were several commendable swims at the White horse league gala on Saturday night, with podium finishes for Ben Luxford, Michael Moxom, Harrison Moore and Club captain Leah Melvin. A special mention goes to Rebecca & Michael Moxom who both achieved Kent championship qualifying times in the 200m freestyle.
The men's open relay team also managed to secure a 3rd place finish in the last event of the gala, allowing the team to end on a high. It was unfortunate that the club was unable to field a full squad - which did have a detrimental effect on the overall points score for the club at the gala - but overall many deserving swims from all.  I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the competition and well done to all who turned up.

Head Coach reports back on a fine performance at the National Area League (12 October)
 After a year's absence, WOSC returned to compete in the National Arena League (Mote Park), and despite competing against some larger swimming clubs, we were placed a creditable third.   Harry Rennolls was one of the stars of the gala - whilst only being aged 13, Harry won the Boys 15/u Butterfly, Boys 15/u Freestyle, Boys 13/u Freestyle and was joined by Thomas Weale, Ben Luxford and James Stevens to win the Boys 13/u Freestyle relay. Harry's and White Oak's winning total could have been increased, if not for some dubio