British Summer Championships 25th-30th July 2017 (with videos)

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by John Donovan

Elena and Tommy at British Champs 2017

Huge congratulations to our two British national qualifiers, Elena Dewhurst and Tommy Donovan who won medals  at national level for the first time at the British Summer Championships held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Tommy started the week off for Anaconda in the 100m breaststroke where he smashed his PB in the morning heats with 1:06.99 to qualify for the final which were held in the evening. The rest in between heats and finals obviously agreed with Tommy as he went on to better his PB in the final with a 1:06.80 to finish in 6th position.

The following day saw Tommy take to the pool in the 50m breaststroke where again he produced a PB in the heats with 30.42 and in a stacked final he produced another fantastic performance to smash his time with 30.13 and win the Bronze medal.

The third day of British Champs saw Elena make her entrance, racing  in the 50m freestyle and she set a blistering new PB in the morning heats going under 27 seconds for the first time with 26.95 to qualify fastest. Elena dealt with the pressure of being fastest incredibly well and came back for the evening final and came out on top in an absolutely  exhilarating race where with another PB time of 26.88, Elena won the Gold medal by 1/100th of a second to become the 13/14yr British Champion .

Tommy finished the week off for Anaconda in the 200m breaststroke where his heat time of 2:30.26 saw him qualify for the final in 9th position. Tommy bettered his heat time in the final with 2:29.74 to finish in 7th place.

Anaconda had 2 swimmers take part in 4 events and qualified for four finals where the heat time was bettered in every final. 6  personal bests  and 2 medals won, 1 gold and 1 bronze  to cap an amazing week for the club.

Head coach Wayne Lock said of the week ” Words cant describe the rollercoaster of emotions we’ve experienced in Sheffield. I’ve been a part of Anaconda Swimming Club since I was 9 years old and have never felt highs as intense as this. I’m so fortunate to be able to work with our amazing swimmers daily and I’m so grateful their hard work and trust in me has paid off

Although the medals and National finals are incredible, I’m most pleased with how much we all enjoy the journey. There is no better feeling than enjoying the graft because we are passionate about what we do”

Wayne was joined in Sheffield  by Joe Grubb who was a great addition to the team in helping the swimmers prepare for their races and also gained a lot of experience in coaching at  National level

** Do not forget that Elena and Alice Hockey are competing at the Swim England Summer Championships on the 5th/6th August**

Elena’s 50m Freestyle Final – 1st Place!!! (Gold cap, black costume)

Tommy’s 50m Breaststroke Final – 3rd Place! (Gold cap, black trunks)