Anaconda SC made it a memorable night in the pool by clinching victory in this National Arena League 2nd round fixture and making sure the club qualifies for the Division 1 final, where promotion to the London Premier division awaits two of the competing clubs.
Our youngsters in the squad certainly stepped up on the night. The girls 11/under 4×50 medley squad of Mabel Hayes, Sophia Bremen, Evie Stansfield amd Lily Waite powered their way to victory in a time of 2:28.53 and the girls also swam a seasons best in the 4×50 freestyle relay when their time of 2:13.74 secured runners up spot. In individual events, Mabel Hayes won the 11/u 50m backstroke in 38.42 and Sophia Bremen won the 50m breaststroke in 40.42. Lily Waite was runner up in the 50m free with 32.23 and Evie came home in 3rd place with a time of 35.82 to complete podium places in all of their events.
The boys 11/u squad also had a very productive evening with the boys storming home 1st in the 4×50 medley relay with Taran Thomas, Alec Selwyn, Rocco Giustiniani and Cyril De Montbel recording a time of 2:31.42 and Alec Selwyn winning the individual 50m breaststroke in 42.70.Cyril De Montbel claimed 2nd in the 50m free with 33.22 and 3rd in the 50m fly with 35.52.
The girls 13/under squad again put on a fantastic performance with Sadie Goldin, Alice Bayley, Leto Atherton and Harriette Sebag-Montefiore claiming victories in both the 4x50m medley and freestyle relays in 2:10.65 and 1:59.87 respectively. Sadie Goldin came home in 2nd place in the 100m backstroke with 1:11.67 and 3rd in 100m freestyle with 1:04.83. Alice Bayley secured a runners up spot in the 100m breaststroke 1:23.49, as did Leto Atherton in the 100m fly with 1:14.71.
The 15/u girls squad put big points on the board securing 3rd place finishes in both of their relays, with Alice Hockey, Sydney Celul, Dorothy Brock and Sadie Goldin (swimming up) posting a good time of 1:54.61 in the 4×50 freestyle and Sadie Wilson, Alice Hockey, Leto Atherton (swimming up) and Sydney Celul in the 4×50 medley with 2:09.95. Alice Hockey also came home 3rd in the 100m breaststroke with 1:20.90. The 15/u boys squad also had a good 3rd place finish in the 4×50 freestyle relay with Sam McAllister, Noah Boydell, Charlie Pliner and Ali Woolley recording 1:49.52.
The Womens Open squad also put in some big swims with Charlotte Newman hitting the wall second in the 100m backstroke with 1:06.84 and then Charlotte was joined by Alice Hockey (swimming up) Jess Neale and Emily Thomas in the 4×50 medley relay with their time of 2:05.68 securing 2nd place.
The Mens Open squad of Alan Smeets, Tommy Donovan, Luke Dudley and Fred Goudie touched home 1st in the 4×50 medley relay with 1:49.50 and the guys were joined by Wayne Lock and Ali Woolley in 6×50 freestyle to win the final event of the evening with 2:31.35. Earlier Tommy Donovan won the 200IM in 2:10.50 and also the 100m breaststroke in 1:04.74. Fred Goudie touched home 3rd in the 100m backstroke with 1:02.09.
The squad was completed by Esme Llewellyn-Smith, Vincent Benedict, Dylan Baker, James Brealey, Theo Pliner and Joshua Sivakumar who all played a big part in the teams brilliant performance on the night.
Every swimmer who stepped up onto the blocks did themselves and the Club proud. Our swimmers made improvements in 43 out of the 50 events and they achieved 27 podium places, compared to 16 in the previous round, a fantastic achievement.
Head Coach Wayne Lock commented “Amazing team effort from our swimmers tonight. We had a full strength team which gained us the points we missed from the first round. I’m looking forward to an exciting final round to see if we’ve got what it takes for promotion to the top division”
The final round of this years National Arena League will be held on Saturday 9th December (Venue/time etc to be announced.) It would be great to have a large turnout of parents/supporters to help our amazing squad of swimmers, its going to be an exciting evening of racing. (Certainly better than some old dancing and singing contests on TV !)
The club would like to thank all of our officials and volunteers who helped Anaconda run and host this National Arena League gala. We salute you!
Final Gala Standings
Dunmow Atlantis 265
Bishops Stortford 254
Greenwich Royals 224
Haringey Aquatics 211
Potters Bar 211