Congratulations to our squad of swimmers who took part in this years London regional winter championships held at the iconic London Aquatics Centre on the 4th and 5th of November.
A total of 17 swimmers took part in 41 events, achieving 17 personal bests and Anaconda were represented in 10 finals where we won 3 medals.
Elena Dewhurst (14) struck gold in the 16 & under 50m freestyle beating the fierce older competition by equaling her PB that won gold at Nationals in 26.88. Tommy Donovan (16) also won gold in the 16 & under 50m breaststroke with a time of 30.26 but his PB time of 29.90 in the heats was a very pleasant surprise at this stage of the season. Tommy added a silver to his collection in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:08.32 which was 1 1/2 seconds short of his PB.
Other Anaconda finalists were Tommy in the 200m breaststroke (4th), 50 free (8th) and 50 Fly (10th), Elena in the 50 fly (4th), Alice Hockey (15) in the 50 breaststroke (6th), Anatoly Bugakov (24) in the 50 fly (7th) and Esme Llewellyn-Smith (17) in the 50m fly (9th).
Swimmers who came very close to securing final spots and were reserves for the finals were Sadie Goldin (13) in both the 50 free and 50 back and Elena in the 100m free.
Long course personal bests were made by Sadie Goldin in the 50 free,50 & 100 back, Tommy 50 breast,free and fly, Elena 50 free (equalled) & 50 breaststroke, Esme 50 fly,Alice Hockey 50 free, Anatoly 50 fly, Sadie Wilson 50 back,Dorothy Brock 50 free, Emily Thomas 50 free, Jess Neale 50 fly, Alice Bayley 200IM and Luke Dudley in the 100 fly.
The Anaconda squad was completed by Ali Woolley, Leto Atherton, Sydney Celul, Mabli Elliman and Polly Rayner who all had positives to take away from the weekend.
Head Coach Wayne Lock said afterwards “Overall I feel pretty pleased with the results this early in the season considering the swimmers were untapered. It was great race practice against a good standard of competition and the swimmers will be reminded of what they need to focus on as we build through the training cycle”
Big thanks to Wayne and Joe Grubb who supported the swimmers throughout the weekend.