Anaconda SC signed off the 2017/18 season in style with some fabulous displays at this years National Championships, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield and finished the Clubs most successful season with three National Champions.
In total Anaconda were represented by five swimmers, the highest in the club’s history with Elena Dewhurst (15yr) Tommy Donovan (17yr) Dorothy Brock (15yr) Sadie Goldin (14yr) and Alice Bayley(14) wearing the Anaconda Gold National cap with pride. In the British Summer Championships we had Elena competing in the 50m Fly and 50 & 100 freestyle, Dorothy in the 50m freestyle,Tommy in the 50m breaststroke and Sadie in the 50m backstroke. Tommy and Sadie were joined by Alice Bayley (14yr) at the Swim England Summer Championships a week later where Sadie competed in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, Tommy in the 100m breaststroke and Alice in the 50m breaststroke.
Elena came into the British Championships with the added pressure of being the defending champion in the 50m freestyle for her age group but she dealt with the pressure superbly by posting 26.5 in the morning heats and then came back for the final in the evening and showed her class by winning Gold in 26.35 to become a two time British Champion in the 50m free. Elena posted a 29.33 in the 50m fly and was 1st reserve for the final and finished off her champs with a 59.71 in the 100m freestyle. Tommy swam a personal best of 29.54 in his morning heat of the 50m breaststroke to qualify for the final where 29.8 was good enough for 8th place. Dorothy and Sadie were making their debut at national level and added to their ever expanding experience by swimming well at the British event. Dorothy posted a 27.9 in the hotly contested 50m freestyle and Sadie hit a personal best of 31.18 in the 50m backstroke and just missed out on a final berth and was 1st reserve.
At the Swim England Summer Championships it was Tommy up first in the 100m breaststroke and he secured a final place with a big PB of 1:06.01 in the heats to qualify fastest for the final. A dominant display in the final secured Tommy the Gold medal with another PB in 1:05.49. Sadie was swimming her last meet for Anaconda before returning to Canada so it was fitting that she went out with a bang and stormed to victory in the 50m freestyle in a PB of 27.42 to grab the gold medal. Sadie also went on to qualify for the final of the 100m backstroke when again she hit new personal bests in both heats and final and her time of 1:07.8 secured 6th place. Alice Bayley was also making her debut at National level and she took a lot away from these championships and posted a 37.44 in the 50m breaststroke.
Head coach Wayne Lock and Joe Grubb were in attendance over the course of both championships and made sure the swimmers were well prepared for each event and were very pleased with the performances. Wayne said afterwards ” This year we managed to equal the same number of Golds with three swimmers earning them rather than one, which shows our improvement in depth through the club. I was happy with the number of personal bests swum by our swimmers and those that missed out were often very close. It was a shame to have narrowly missed out on two finals as first reserves but that is swimming and the margins are fine at the top level. I am really happy with the way our swimmers are learning to deal with producing results when the pressure is high. I’m looking forward to starting the challenge again next season.”