The MCASA Age Group County Champs were held at Barnet Copthall over the weekends 28/29th Jan & 4/5th Feb and Anaconda had a fantastic fortnight with PBS and medals to show for all the hard work.
Anaconda had 28 swimmers taking part in over 80 events and they came away with 56 PBs, reaching 13 finals and winning 5 medals, 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze.
Sadie Goldin (13) won Gold and became County Champion in the 50m backstroke with a PB and new club record time of 32.82. Sadie also qualified for finals in the 100m free 1:04.23 PB (4th) 50m free 29.94 (4th) and 100m backstroke 1:14.55 PB (5th).
Alice Bayley (13) won a Silver medal in the 100m breaststroke 1:23.07 PB and a Bronze medal in the 100m IM 1:14.85 PB. Alice made the 100m fly final and came 6th with 1:15.12 PB.
Sophia Bremen (11) also won a Silver in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 42.41 which was just 0.22 off the PB she achieved in the heats. Sophia also made the final of the 100m breaststroke where she came 8th with 1:37.53
The Girls 13yr 4x50m freestyle relay team of Alice Bayley, Sadie Goldin, Leto Atherton and Harriette Sebag-Montefiore won the Bronze medal in a time of 2:02.95.
Other finalists for Anaconda were Leto Atherton(13) in the 100m fly where her time of 1:19.04 was good enough for 7th and the 50m fly where Leto came 8th with 33.36. Evie Stansfield (11) came 8th in the 100m fly in a time of 1:38.67 and Cyril De Montbel came 5th in the 50m backstroke with 37.85. Of the 13 finals our swimmers reached they swam faster in 9 of them which is a great achievement in itself. Special mention to Sadie and Alice who swam faster than their heat time in all of their finals.
Anaconda also had a 4th place finish in the heat declared events with Sophia Bremen in the 200m breaststroke 3:23.21. Our relay teams put on some great performances with 4th place finishes in the following. The boys 10-11 4×50 medley relay team of Cyril De Montbel, Alec Selwyn, Vincent Benedict and Josh Lyttle in a time of 2:42.08, the girls 10-11 4×50 medley team of Mabel Hayes, Sophia Bremen, Lily Waite and Evie Stansfield posted 2:41.43 and the girls 13yr 4×50 medley team of Sadie Goldin, Jasmina Charap, Alice Bayley and Harriette Sebag-Montefiore with 2:18.73.
Our other relay teams competed very well with the Girls 12yr4x50 medley squad of Madeleine Childs,Leila Shafiq ,Persephone Holloway and Ettienne Hutt finishing in 11th place in a time of 2:35.77. The 12yr 4×50 freestyle squad of Persephone, Ettienne, Martha Butler and Evelyn Cole finished in 10th spot with a respectable time of 2:18.63. The 10-11 girls 4×50 freestyle relay squad of Mabel Hayes, Astrid Brodie, Lily Waite and Evie Stansfield were placed 9th with 2:31.55. It was great to see so many relay squads taking part for Anaconda.
The swimmers were Coached and guided throughout the Championships by Wayne and Joe and both were thrilled with how the swimmers applied themselves and delivered their best.Wayne said “I’m really proud of the swimmers after a strong team performance at the Championships. The number of relay teams shows we are growing strength in depth which is a goal we are striving to achieve. We have already eclipsed the number of medals from last year with the Youth County Champs (14yr +) still to come. This is very promising for the future of our club and is a credit to our hard working teachers and Coaches.”
The Age Group squad certainly had a great County Champs and hand the baton over to the Youth squad in a very healthy position, well done to all our swimmers who took part. (Individual events) Malik Abegglen,Leto Atherton, Chloe Baduna, Alice Bayley, Vincent Benedict, Malcolm Bezel- Selby, James Brealey, Sophia Bremen, Nicole Campbell, Jasmina Charap, Evelyn Cole, Cyril De Montbel, Sadie Goldin, Toby Gordon-Clark, Mabel Hayes, Persephone Holloway, Ettienne Hutt, Rocio Leyva-Thomas, Joshua Lyttle, Annabel Mitchison, Harriette Sebag-Montefiore Alec Selwyn, Leila Shafiq, Evie Stansfield, Taran Thomas, Bruno Tubbs, Lily Waite, Wyndham Winterburn: (Relay Squad members)Madeleine Childs, Astrid Brodie, Martha Butler.
**Thank you to our growing number of Officials who so kindly gave up their time to help out at Counties this year**