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International call ups for Sevenoaks swimmers

In addition to the action at home, some Sevenoaks swimmers have been racing much further afield over the last few months.

World Junior Championships (Israel)
Jaedon Lynch qualified to represent Team Jamaica at this year’s 2023 Junior World Championships which was held in Israel. Jaedon’s fantastic results this year enabled him to head to Israel to race alongside the World’s best junior swimmers, including swimmers from America and Australia.

Jaedon came 42nd in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke. This strong swim was backed up by a 48th place in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke. Jaedon also took part in both Relays, with the Jamaican team finishing in 16th place in the Men’s 4 x 100m medley and 17th in the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle relay. A fantastic end to a fantastic season for Jaedon.

European Juniors (Serbia)
Eva Okaro qualified for her third year of European juniors, competing in the 50m and 100m for both Freestyle and Butterfly. Along with the relays this was going to be a very busy meet for Eva.

Day one started fantastically with Eva and the team bringing home a bronze medal in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle relay. Eva‘s lead off leg gave the team a great start and they managed to fight off the competition to finish strongly.

Eva finished in an agonising fifth place in the Women’s 50m freestyle, missing out on a Silver medal by 0.08 seconds. Following this Eva placed ninth in the Women’s 100m Freestyle missing out on a place in the final by 0.01 seconds.

Eva also helped the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay team to a brilliant fourth place and swam strongly in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly.

ISF World School Games (Brazil)
Imogen Myles got her first International call up after qualifying to represent her school (Walthamstow Hall) and England in the U15 World School Sport Games which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What a fantastic achievement for someone only 13 years old particularly as she had to raise over £2,000 to cover the costs of the trip.

Immy qualified for the finals in all three Breaststroke events and also took part
in the Girls 4 x 100m Medley where England took Gold.

After an agonising Silver in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, Immy stormed the field in the 200m, her last event of the competition and laid her marker down, winning the Gold medal by some considerable margin. This meant Immy finished her week with a Gold medal and two Silver medals.

It was a fantastic experience for Immy who got to meet athletes from various sports as well as many nationalities including USA and Ukraine.

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