As 2016 comes to an end Anaconda can look back on the year with a lot of pride and a real sense of achievement. We as a club had more swimmers qualify for both the Middlesex County Champs and London Regional Champs, where we had more swimmers qualify for finals. We also had medal winners in both championships in the shape of Elena Dewhurst, Andrew Boadi, Tommy Donovan, Alice Hockey and Alan Smeets. Our Junior Arena League team won their division to be promoted as worthy Champions . We ended last season with Elena and Tommy qualifying for Nationals.
Since the 2016/17 season started we have had a major reshuffle with the squads after receiving more pool time and it seems to be paying dividends already. The club is having more swimmers taking part in Open Meets( the last two meets Anaconda had over 50 swimmers at each) and more swimmers are upping their training sessions which is helping them improve to a higher level. Since the season started we have had 13 swimmers break 32 club records which is very satisfying and we are sure there are more records to be broken before the end of the season. The National Arena League squad just finished their campaign in 6th place, which is a big improvement on last seasons 12th place finish and we go into the new year with 32 swimmers entering the Middlesex ASA Age Group County Champs (10yr-13yr). There is a real positive vibe around the club and let’s hope it continues throughout the the season. Well done everyone, onwards and upwards!
Swimmers who have broken Club Records since September
Persephone Holloway (10) 50m free 1:13.52
Sophia Bremen (10)50m breast 44.71, 200m breast 3:27.66
Alice Bayley (12) 100m breast 1:24.55
Leto Atherton (12)100m fly 1:15.31
Elena Dewhurst (13) 100m free 1:00.98, 200free 2:22.28, 100m back 1:11.39, 50m fly 30.27, 100IM 1:11.05.
Sydney Celul (14)50m free 29.48
Alice Hockey (14) 50m breast 36.28, 100m breast 1:20.69.
Emily Thomas (15) 200m free 2:23.55
JessNeale50m fly 31.38, 100m fly 1:10.38, 200m fly 2:43.72, 100IM 1:14.23.
Esme Llewellyn-Smith (16) 100m fly 1:10.00, 200IM 2:36.21
Vinnie Benedict (9) 100m fly 1:36.29
Tommy Donovan (15) 50m free 25.36, 100m free 56.19, 50m breast 31.20, 100m breast 1:07.46, 200m breast 2:32.28, 100m back 1:03.24, 100m fly 1:00.47, 100IM 1:03.65, 400IM 5.03.88.
Alan Smeets 100m free 53.80, 100m fly 59.8