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Anaconda Swimming Club - Annual General Meeting
Anaconda Swimming Club at Holloway School Pool
THE LONDON SWIMMING WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009
IMPRESSIVE 43 MEDALS FOR ANACONDA
ANACONDA CLIMB HIGH IN NATIONAL LEAGUE
Narrow Miss for Jim Savoury Trophy
Records Tumble in National League
Anaconda is celebrating victory over five 1st Division teams
M11 JUNIOR LEAGUE ROUND 2 18TH MAY 2014

A very cramped and hot poolside at the Queen Elizabeth School in Barnet was the backdrop for the second round of the M11 Junior League where some exhilarating races added to the already rising temperatures. A great effort from all squad members helped Anaconda to finish in 3rd place and put us through to the league final in June, where we have a chance to be promoted back to the 1st Division.

We had 23 podium finishes on the day with the 11 year old girls leading the way winning both the 4x25 free relay in 1:04.21 and 4x25 medley relay in 1:15.06. Elena Dewhurst came 2nd in the 50m fly with a time of 38.40 and Millie Troup was runner up in the 50m back in a time of 39.06. Elena and Millie teamed up with Dora Goudie and Niamh Edwards to win both relays in spectacular fashion.

The boys’ 11 year old squad also had wins in the 4x25 free relay when Isaac Omondi, Noah Boydell, Matyas Sinko and Gabriel Wilmshurst stormed to victory in a time of 1:02.94. Matyas Sinko won the 50m breaststroke in a time of 44.87 and Noah Boydell came 3rd in the 50m fly with a time of 38.28. The boys also had a 3rd place finish in the 4x25 medley relay.

The 10yr old boys also had podium finishes with Alden Whiting coming 2nd in the 50m fly and both Adam Tomkinson and Billy Winterburn placing 3rd in both the 50m breast and 50m free respectively. The boys were joined by James Brealey swimming up in age to grab 2nd spot in the 4x25 medley and 3rd place in the 4x25 free relays. The 10yr old girls had Charlotte Macey finishing in 3rd place in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 47.88. Charlotte was joined by Mabli Elliman, Annie Thomas and Evelyn Leddy to clinch 3rd place in the 4x25 free.

The 12yr old girls had Alice Hockey claiming runners up spot in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 42.46 and Eve Proctor was 3rd in the 50m fly in a time of 35.52. The girls were joined by Jessica Neale and Emily Thomas to place 3rd in the 4x25 medley and 2nd in the 4x25 free relays. The 12yr old boys came 2nd in the 50m back thanks to Alistair Woolley, who was joined by Leon Butterworth, Luke Dudley and Noah Boydell to grab 2nd place in the 4x25 free relay.

The 9yr old boys had podium finishes in the shape of Conrad Rayner and James Brealey in the 25m free and fly respectively.

 

The squad was completed by Dulcie Bennett, Annabel Mitchison, Leila Shafiq, Rocio Leyva- Thomas, Dylan Barker and Bruno Tubbs who all scored very important points to help the team finish in 3rd place. Well done to you all. 

 
MCASA LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 17TH /18TH MAY 2014

The Middlesex County long course championships were resurrected this year and were held in the superb 50m pool at the University of Surrey. With very fast qualifying times we only sent Riyan Salem (16) and Fred Goudie (14) to compete and the young men didn’t disappoint.

Riyan won gold in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke achieving LC PBs as well. His time of 1:10.75 in the 100m breaststroke was just 0.53 off the National qualifying time. Another LC PB in the 200IM with 2:28.78 gave the 16 year old a creditable 5th place.

Fred had a 2 ½ sec PB in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:27.14 that earned him a bronze medal and a time of 1:09.32 in the 100m backstroke just missed out on a medal to place him in 4th place.

A very successful weekend for both swimmers who were supported by Head Coach Wayne Lock and Coach Charlotte Larner

 

 

 

 
KATE LACK OPEN MEET BARNET COPTHALL 10TH /11TH MAY

A total of 53 swimmers represented Anaconda over the weekend and each and every one of them contributed to a very satisfying couple of days in the pool. A total of 59 medals were won, 168 PBs were achieved, of which 66 were of a county standard and 3 new regional Q/Ts were gained.

Head Coach Wayne Lock was very happy with the commitment and application of the swimmers and very pleased to see they are taking the hard work from the training pool in to a race situation. The future is looking very bright for the squad of swimmers and the club as a whole if this level of commitment continues.

Well done to all the swimmers who swam over the weekend.

GOLD MEDALS: Riyan Salem (4) Eve Proctor (3) Esme Llewellyn-Smith (2) Sam Llewellyn-Smith (2) Noah Boydell, Fred Celul, Lulah Lyons, Aggie Benedict ,Sofia Mavili, Conrad Rayner ,Lizzie Arnold, Elena Dewhurst, Iona Ocak, Fred Goudie, Daisy Bedwell, Julia Beltrandi, Gabriel Wilmshurst.

SILVER MEDALS: Sam Llewellyn-Smith (3) Fred Goudie (2) Iona Ocak (2) Sofia Mavili, Fred Celul, Noah Boydell, Aggie Benedict, Esme Llewellyn-Smith, Lizzie Arnold, Gabriel Wilmshurst, Bluebelle Carroll.

BRONZE MEDALS: Sofia Mavili (3) Esme Llewellyn-Smith (2) Riyan Salem (2) Iona Ocak (2) Alden Whiting, Daisy Bedwell, Harriette Sebag-Montefiore, Alexa Kennedy, Fred Goudie ,Emile Dietrich, Elena Dewhurst, Eve Proctor, Aggie Benedict, Jessica Neale, Noah Boydell.

100% PB CLUB: Lulah Lyons (7) Jessica Neale (6) Billy Winterburn(6) Sofia Mavili (6) Alden Whiting (5) Noah Boydell (5) Aggie Benedict (5) Esme Llewellyn-Smith (5) Polly Rayner (4) Lizzie Arnold (4) Charlotte Macey (4) Will Greenhalgh (3) Barnaby Mackay-Howse (3) Sam Tomkinson (3) Guy Slavin (2) Theodore Elwes (2) Luke Dudley (2) Joseph Haines (2) Bluebelle Carroll (2) Mabli Elliman, Alice Bayley.

PBs: Emily Thomas (7) Annie Thomas (7) Eve Proctor (6) Riyan Salem (6) Charlie Baduna (5) Gabriel Wilmshurst (5) Sam Llewellyn-Smith (5)Leon Butterworth (5) Elena Dewhurst (4) Ben Purves (3) Alice Purves (3) Daisy Bedwell(3) Adam Tomkinson (2) Jasmina Charap (2) Dorothy Brock (2) Harriette Sebag-Montefiore (2) Alexa Kennedy (2) Leon Wolanski (2) Iona Ocak (2) Max Greenhalgh (2) Emma Brealey (2) Fred Celul (2) Alexandra Dixon (2) Ruby Clay, Conrad Rayner, Leila Ward, Cara Studman, Fred Goudie, Julia Beltrandi, Evelyn Leddy.

 

Congratulations to Noah Boydell who qualified for the London Regional Championships. 

 
M11 JUNIOR LEAGUE ROUND 1 27TH APRIL 2014

A very competitive 1st round of this year’s M11 Junior League at Braintree saw Anaconda come away with a very solid 2nd place to put us in a good position as we try to get promoted back to the top division.

There were some excellent swims throughout the gala with 23 top 3 finishes. We had no winners in this round but with hard training we are sure the swimmers can make some of those 2nd   & 3rd place swims into winning swims in the next round.

Individual swims that got into the podium places were:

2nd Sadie Wilson (11) 50 free and back, Elena Dewhurst (11) 50 fly, Alistair Woolley (12) 50 back, Noah Boydell (11) 50 back, Zach Lyttle (11) 50 free, Gabriel Wilmshurst (11) 50 breast, Alden Whiting (10) 50 fly.

3rd Charlotte Macey (10) 50 breast, Mabli Elliman (10) 50 back, Harriette Sebag-Montefiore (10) 50 fly, Leon Butterworth (12) 50 breast, Alden Whiting (10) 50 breast.

The relays gave us a further 10 podium finishes but every point earned by the whole squad helped Anaconda to achieve this good result.

Squad: Eve Proctor, Alexa Kennedy, Jessica Neale, Emily Thomas, Sadie Wilson, Emma Brealey, Niamh Edwards, Elena Dewhurst, Mabli Elliman, Charlotte Macey, Annie Thomas,Harriette Sebag-Montefiore, Dulcie Bennett, Nicole Huerta, Leila Shafiq, Rocio Leyva-Thomas, Luke Dudley, Leon Butterworth, Alistair Woolley, Noah Boydell, Zach Lyttle, Matyas Sinko, Gabriel Wilmshurst, Billy Winterburn, Alden Whiting, Conrad Rayner, James Brealey, Bruno Tubbs, Edip Arslan.

 

 

TEAM

GALA PTS

LEAGUE PTS

1

BASILDON & PHOENIX

333

8

2

ANACONDA

250.5

7

3

ROCHFORD

231.5

6

4

SOUTHEND ON SEA

226

5

5

BRAINTREE & BOCKING

217.5

4

6

BROOMFIELD PARK

202.5

3

7

DUNMOW ATLANTIS

149

2

8

WALTHAM FOREST

140

1

 

 

 
MIDDLESEX ASA SPRING DEVELOPMENT MEET 12TH/13TH/26TH APRIL 2014

The Easter holidays and the Club swim camp taking place in Spain during the competition meant us as a club only had 35 swimmers taking part in this year’s MCASA Spring Development Meet held at Southbury Road. Although it was a smaller turnout compared to other years the swimmers produced big results in the pool.

The swimmers achieved 20 speeding tickets (county standard times for their age on day of comp) bagged themselves 10 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals along with totting up an impressive 85 PBs. Well done to every swimmer who took part.

SPEEDING TICKETS: Alden Whiting (3), Noah Boydell (2), Matyas Sinko (4), Zach Lyttle (2), Riyan Salem (1), Emile Dietrich (2), James Brealey (1), Leon Scott-Engel (1), Lizzie Arnold (2), Aggie Benedict (1) Elena Dewhurst (1).

GOLD MEDAL: Alden Whiting 200 fly, Noah Boydell 100 free, Matyas Sinko 1500, Riyan Salem 400 free, Emile Dietrich 100IM, Leon Wolanski 100 back, Eve Proctor 200IM & 400 free, Julia Beltrandi 50 breast, Mabli Eliman 50 breast.

SILVER MEDAL: Leon Butterworth 400IM, Zach Lyttle 200IM, Riyan Salem 100 back, Elena Dewhurst 200IM, Julia Beltrandi 100 free.

BRONZE MEDAL: Leon Butterworth 200 back, Matyas Sinko 200 free, Zach Lyttle 400 free, Charlie Baduna 100 free, Leon Scott-Engel 100 free, Jessica Neale 50 breast, Annie Thomas 200 fl.

PBs: Alden Whiting (3),Will Greenhalgh (1), Leon Butterworth (3), Sam Tomkinson (2), Noah Boydell (3), Matyas Sinko (6) Tyson Kosigi (2), Zach Lyttle (4), Riyan Salem (3), Charlie Baduna (7), Emile Dietrich (3), Leon Wolanski (3), James Brealey (1), Leon Scott-Engel (3),Alice Purves (1), Daisy Bedwell (2), Mabli Eliman (3),Dora Goudie (1), Emma Brealey (2), Aggie Benedict (2), Alexandra Dixon (2), Lizzie Arnold (3), Harriette Sebag-Montefiore (3),Elena Dewhurst (2), Eve Proctor (2), Jessica Neale (2), Julia Beltrandi (2), Annie Thomas (7), Emily Thomas (4), Cara Studman (1),Helena Sergent (1), Polly Raynor (1).

 
Anaconda & Hackney Swim Camp Spain 2014

 

Congratulations to all the swimmers from both Anaconda and Hackney Aquatics who completed a hard week of training in Spain during the Easter break. 35 swimmers, 11 pool sessions, 3 land training sessions, 7 morning wake up calls at 6am along with lots of fun made the week a fantastic success and a memorable experience for everyone involved.

 

Many thanks to Steve Greer and Dorothy Zerdin for organising  and making the trip possible and to our own Head Coach Wayne Lock and Hackney Aquatics Head Coach Callum Doyle who worked together over the week to give the swimmers a varied and challenging programme that will only have a positive effect on their swimming journey. Also thanks to Charlotte Larner, Dominic McCloughlin and John Donovan for being chaperones on the trip and last but not least the swimmers who were a credit to their families and the clubs, well done to you all. 

 
NORTH LONDON GRADED LEAGUE NORTHOLT 29/3/14

The 2nd round of the NLGL held at Northolt was again a nail biting evening of fast and furious action which saw Anaconda touched out by the smallest margin after the 48 races.

Unfortunately we were down to the bare bones again with only 8 boys and 9 girls having to deal with the heavy workload which only made the achievement of coming 2nd even more remarkable. Every swimmer competed with a great maturity and really dug deep when it mattered and actually finished the evening stronger with some fantastic wins in the team relays.

Hillingdon again had enough to hold us off in the end by a single point but we put up a great fight to make up a 10 point deficit in the second half of the gala. Well done to all our swimmers. Special mention to Hannah Farnell, Minnie Stuckie and Edip Arslan for making their competitive debuts  and our older swimmers Alexa Kennedy, Grace Warren, Sam Tomkinson and Sammy Williams who had strong performances throughout a hectic schedule.

Squad: Emma Brealey, Dorothy Brock, Blubelle Carroll, Hannah Farnell, Alexa Kennedy, Micah Sami, Minnie Stuckie, Grace Warren, Sadie Wilson, Edip Arslan, Memo Arslan, James Brealey, Theodore Elwes, Adam Tomkinson, Sam Tomkinson, Sammy Williams, Billy Winterburn.    

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS

 

1

HILLINGDON

155

2

ANACONDA

156

3

NORTHOLT

175

4

HARINGEY

203

5

BRENT

209

6

HACKNEY

212

 
MIDDLESEX ASA COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 1ST /2ND /15TH /16TH /22ND /23RD MARCH 2014

Well done to all our swimmers who competed at the Middlesex County Championships during the month of March. Anaconda had 16 swimmers competing in 70 events; we would have had a few more swimmers but injury, exams and holidays prevented everyone who qualified taking part.

Congratulations to Riyan Salem (16) who won the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke in a time of 33.38. Riyan also went on to make the final in both the 100m breaststroke (1:12.54) and 100IM (1:06.51) where he finished 4th and 8th respectively. Add to that another 4th place in the 200m breaststroke (2:34.09), 5th place in the 50m fly (29.35) and another top 10 finish in the 200IM (2:27.16) ensuring a fantastic campaign for Riyan.

Fred Goudie (14) made the final in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:05.98 and had top 10 finishes in both the 50m back (31.62) and 200m back (2:19.48) where he came 6th in both events.  Other Anaconda swimmers who had top 10 finishes were, Elena Dewhurst (10), 50m free and 100IM,Esme Llewellyn-Smith (13) 100m breaststroke, Iona Ocak (15) 50m back, Millie Troup (10) 200m back, Alistair Woolley (11) 50 fly, Gabriel Wilmshurst  (10) 50 breaststroke, Max Greenhalgh (13) 50m free, 50 & 100m breaststroke and 100IM and Tommy Donovan in the 1500m.

The squad was completed by Poppy Boswell (13), Sofia Mavili (14), Alden Whiting (10), Matyas Sinko (11), Conor Newmarch (13) and Sam Llewellyn-Smith (15) who all contributed towards the 50 PBs that were achieved by the club, well done to every swimmer who qualified.

*Anaconda would have had more swimmers at this year’s championships but we still had the situation where people’s times were not licensed. Getting a county Q/T at time trials or a trophy gala or Junior Leagues is not accepted by Middlesex ASA. All times have to be achieved at a Licensed Meet, so get those times licensed.

 
NORTH LONDON GRADED LEAGUE HILLINGDON 22/2/14

This year’s campaign in the North London Graded League kicked off with a fine performance from an Anaconda squad that was stretched to the limit but came up with some gutsy and outstanding swims.

All the way through the gala there was never more than a few points separating the top three clubs and it all came down to the last race to decide the final standings where we just came up short to finish in 2nd place only 1 point behind the winners Hillingdon. A fantastic result for our young squad considering we had 7 upgrades (where the swimmer actually swims too fast for this competition. Anaconda encourages this as it’s the swimmers development that is more important) and 4 D/Qs.

Congratulations to all our swimmers with a special mention to young Mabel Hayes and Olivier Ocak who made their competitive debuts for the club.

Squad: Lizzie Arnold, Martina Curico , Niamh Edwards, Mabel Hayes, Charlotte Macey, Alice Purves, Micah Sami, Abigail Tegene, Grace Warren: Charlie Baduna, Jay Edwards ,Louie Marsden, Olivier Ocak, Isaac  Omondi, Jacob Omondi, Ben Purves.   

Special thanks to Iona Ocak who gave up her Saturday evening to help organise and support the team alongside Ray.  

 

FINAL STANDINGS

 

1

HILLINGDON

171

2

ANACONDA

172

3

NORTHOLT

173

4

HARINGEY

185

5

HACKNEY

193

6

BRENT

213

 
ERIC PENWILL TROPHY RELAY GALA 2/2/14

Spectators in the packed viewing gallery at Southbury Road were treated to a very exciting and very well run relay gala on Sunday evening.

Due to withdrawals and illness we sent a relatively inexperienced squad to this gala but while they may of lacked  race experience they certainly made up for that with lots of enthusiasm and determination.

With the Junior League a couple of months away this gala is always a great way of seeing how the young swimmers cope and react to a race environment. Finishing in 5th place and only 4 points away from 3rd was a satisfactory result and as long as the swimmers continue to train hard and remember to take what they learn and practice in the training pool into a racing situation then they will continue to grow in their development as competitive swimmers. A big well done to all who took part.

 Many thanks to Head Coach Wayne Lock and Steve Greer for all the coaching on poolside, thanks to Ray for making sure all the swimmers were at the right place at the right time. A big thank you to Iona Ocak who gave up her afternoon to help out on poolside and to John Goudie who managed to get all the splits from the 28 relays up in the gallery.(some feat considering the viewing gallery was in near darkness)

SQUAD: Harriette Sebag-Montefiore,Isabella Hudson, Elena Dewhurst, Polly Rayner, Eve Proctor, Emma Brealey, Mabli Eliman, Annie Thomas, Sadie Wilson, Dora Goudie, Sydney Celul, Bluebell Carroll, Emily Thomas, Jessica Neale:

 Ahmet Arslan, Alden Whiting, James Brealey, Conrad Rayner, Sam McAllister, Billy Winterburn, Matyas Sinko, Isaac Omondi, Leon Wolanski, Leon Butterworth, Luke Dudley, Louie Marsden, Tommy Donovan.

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS

PTS

1

ENFIELD A

199

2

HILLINGDON

194

3

HARINGEY

117

4

ROCHFORD

116

5

ANACONDA

113

6

POTTERS BAR

106

7

ENFIELD B

76

8

BROOMFIELD

72

 
HACKNEY AQUATICS LONG DISTANCE MEET 25/1/14

On Saturday evening Fred Goudie (14) and Tommy Donovan (12) made the short journey to the Clissold Pool to embark on the gruelling long distance event of 1500 metres in the water. Both boys went away very pleased with their performances in the pool.

Fred was competing in his first 1500 race but his love for training and competition was very evident as he made it look easy by powering his way home in a time of 18:21.58, which placed him in 4th spot, only missing out on bronze by 4 seconds. His time was a full 1minute15 secs inside the county qualifying time and he smashed the club record by 3 minutes.

Tommy was looking to qualify for the counties for a second successive year in this long distance event and he was not to be disappointed as he took 47 seconds off his PB to easily qualify with a time of 19:54.32. That fast time ensured Tommy the gold medal and also a new club record.

 

Head Coach Wayne Lock was very happy with the swimmers afterwards as they both stuck to the game plan that they had discussed beforehand and it was perfectly executed within the race environment. 

 
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE 3RD ROUND 14/12/13

Eltham was the venue for the third and final round of this year’s National Arena League campaign where once again Anaconda had made it to the division 1 final looking to improve on last year’s performance.

Against the top eight teams in the league it was always going to be tough and after a slow start the swimmers started to show their quality and held their own with 13 podium finishes by the end of the 50 races.

The 15/u boys’ squad were very dominant throughout with wins for Freddie Cornwell in the 100m fly and Riyan Salem in the 100m breast and a 2nd place finish for Fred Goudie in the 100m back. The boys also won both relays with Freddie, Fred Celul, Alex Mackay-Howse and Sam Llewellyn-Smith storming to victory in the 4x50m free and Freddie, Riyan, Fred C and Alex cruising to top spot in the 4x50m medley.

The boys 10/11 squad also had a very successful night with Alistair Woolley winning the 50m fly and clinching a close 2nd in the 50m free. Noah Boydell swam strongly to seize 2nd place in the 50m back. The boys were joined by Leon Butterworth and Gabriel Wilmshurst to grab 2nd spot in a hard fought 4x50m medley relay.

The Open squad also contributed to the podium count with stylish victories for both Sarah Boyle in the Ladies 100m back and Brett Mclean in the Men’s 100m breast.  The Men also picked up a 2nd place in the 4x50 medley relay with Calvin Biss, Freddie Cornwell and Wayne Lock joining Brett.

So at the end of an exciting evening of racing Anaconda finished in 4th place on the night and 4th place in the league overall. Every swimmer who pulled on the red cap of Anaconda contributed to a fantastic campaign and should feel proud of all their achievements, every point won helped us to improve on last year’s league position which as a club was our target.

 Well done to every swimmer who took part in this season’s campaign and with lots hard work in training over the next ten months let’s see what we can achieve next year.

 

FINAL GALA STANDINGS

 

 

 

LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

 

 

BISHOPS STORTFOD

310

 

1

BISHOPS STORTFORD

52

9

HARLOW

24

SUTTON & CHEAM

274

 

2

SUTTON& CHEAM

50

10

HARINGEY

22

BOROUGH OF HARROW

234

 

3

BORO OF HARROW

45

11

ENFIELD SWIM SQUAD B

18

ANACONDA

219

 

4

ANACONDA

42

12

HITCHIN

16

POTTERS BAR

217

 

5

POTTERS BAR

40

13

HALSTEAD

11

EPPING

190

 

6

BERKHAMMSTEAD A

38

14

SUDBURY

9

BERKHAMSTEAD A

176

 

7

EPPING

36

15

STEVENAGE

8

SAXON CROWN

168

 

8

SAXON CROWN

30

16

ST PAULS BARNES

7

 
ANACONDA PARENTS PASS WITH FLYING COLOURS

Congratulations to Asa Westerlund and Steve Proctor who recently passed their theory and practical exams to become qualified judges at J1 Level. The pair took their practical assessments at the recent ESS Autumn and MCASA Development Meets and both made the grade. Well done to you both.

 

If any other parents are interested in being an official, Middlesex ASA are always on the lookout for new blood and would be more than happy to guide you onto the relevant courses. Check out the Middlesex ASA website for details.

 
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 2, 9/11/13

Anaconda travelled to Dagenham on Saturday to compete in the 2nd round of this year’s National Arena League. Against strong competition from London and the surrounding area, the swimmers needed to be on top form and they delivered in style. Twenty four podium finishes helped steer the club to 2nd place in an action packed evening of fast swimming.

The Open swimmers really excelled with a great exhibition of technique and speed. Jeanne Banky started the evening off with a strong swim in the ladies 200IM, coming home in 2nd place. Jeanne then went on to win the 100m fly in a time of 1:09.89. Sarah Boyle won the 100m back in a time of 1:09.72 and Kylie Bland was runner up in the 100m breaststroke. Sarah, Kylie and Jeanne were joined by Micol Galli to win the 4x50 medley relay and then Charlotte Larner and Iona Ocak helped the Ladies storm home to win the 6x50 free relay. The men were just as strong with Brett Mclean powering home 1st in the 100m breast with a time of 1:07.82 and getting 3rd place in the 100m fly. Freddie Cornwell showed his all-round talents to place 2nd in the 200IM in a time of 2:14.75. Calvin Bliss, Brett McLean, Andrew Boadi and Wayne Lock powered home to win the 4x50 medley relay and were then joined by Freddie Cornwell and Alex Mackay-Howse to win an exciting 6x50 free relay in the evening’s finale.

The 15/u boys showed their class with fantastic swims all night. Riyan Salem smashed his PB and the club record to win the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:12.49.Freddie Cornwell won the 100m fly with a time of 1:02.36 and Fred Goudie came home in 3rd place in the 100m back in 1:06.13. The boys were joined by Alex Mackay-Howse to win the 4x50 medley relay in some style in a great time of 2:00.21.Fred, Alex and Freddie had Max Greenhalgh swimming up to help them take 1st place in the 4x50 free relay as well.

 Lile Cornwell had a great swim in the 13/u girls 100m fly to clinch 2nd place in a time of 1:16.86 and then went on to finish 2nd in the 15/u age group as well.

The 13/u boys had podium finishes with Max Greenhalgh getting 2nd place in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:18.65 which will hopefully give Max a Regional time for next year. Max was joined by Conor Newmarch, Joseph Haines and Tommy Donovan to grab 2nd place in the 4x50 medley relay.

The 10/11 girls had a good night with Alice Hockey wining the 50m breaststroke in a time of 45.32 and Elena Dewhurst coming home in 3rd spot in the 50m free. The girls were joined by Millie Troup and Sadie Wilson to win the 4x50 medley relay and clinch 2nd place in the 4x50 free relay.

 Head Coach Wayne Lock said “Of all my years at galas with the club, tonight was one of the best. Amazing effort, attitude and work rate all round. Well done to everyone”  

Restrictions with space mean we have only mentioned top 3 finishes in this report but every swimmer and every point earned went towards a fantastic team performance. Well done to Sofia Mavili, Eve Proctor, Poppy Boswell, Agnes Benedict, Ruby Clay, Julia Beltrandi, Noah Boydell, Leon Butterworth, Matyas Sinko and Alistair Woolley who made up the rest of the Anaconda squad.  

 

 

 

FINAL STANDINGS

 

 

SUTTON & CHEAM

302

8

ANACONDA

258

7

BOROUGH OF HARROW

242

6

HARINGEY

229

5

ENFIELD SWIM SQUAD B

194

4

HITCHIN

188

3

HARLOW PEGUINS

185

2

ST PAULS BARNES

176

1

 
ENFIELD SWIM SQUAD AUTUMN OPEN, 26TH OCT/ 2ND NOV 2013

Anaconda sent 37 swimmers to this meet at Southbury Road and they all performed brilliantly to come away with 92 PBs, 40 medals, 26 county qualifying times and 4 new club records.

Head Coach Wayne Lock was very pleased with the way the squad applied themselves and the performances in the water reflected that. He was delighted that so many PBs and county qualifying times were achieved at this stage of the season and this bodes well for the rest of the year.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part, here is a summary of the meet.

GOLD                      12

SILVER                      9

BRONZE                      19

Tommy Donovan  7

Alden Whiting        1

Fred Celul                     3

Alden Whiting       1

Leon Butterworth  1

Alden Whiting             2

Noah Boydell        1

Noah Boydell          1

Riyan Salem                 2

Riyan Salem          1

Riyan Salem            1

Alex Mackay-Howse  2

Fred Celul              1

Matyas Sinko          1

Gabriel Wilmshurst    2

Iona Ocak              1

Fred Celul                1

Ruby Clay                     2

 

Eve Proctor             1

L Manolopoulos          1

 

Millie Troup            1

Leon Butterworth       1

 

Iona Ocak                1

Noah Boydell               1

 

 

Eve Proctor                   1

 

 

Annie Thomas              1

 

 

Millie Troup                  1

 

PBs ACHIEVED

 

6

Riyan Salem

5

Mabli Elliman, Alexa Kennedy, Alden Whiting, Leon Butterworth.

4

Daisy Bedwell, Charlie Baduna, Loukas Manolopoulos , Fred Celul, Noah Boydell

3

Cara Studman, Tiffany Hayes, Eve Proctor, Emily Thomas, Millie Troup, Louie Marsden,

 

Tommy Donovan, Gabriel Wilmshurst,

2

Annie Thomas, Emma Brealey, Alexandra Dixon, Ruby Clay, Odhran Redmond,

 

Leon Scott-Engel, Billy Winterburn,

1

Dora Goudie, Harriette Sebag-Montefiore, Elena Dewhurst, Natalie Fann, Archie Campbell,

 

Barnaby Mackay-Howse, Alex Mackay-Howse, Matyas Sinko

     

 

CLUB RECORDS

RIYAN SALEM 15YR 200M BREASTSTROKE 2:40.78

TOMMY DONOVAN 12YR 200M BREASTSTROKE 3:04.48

EVE PROCTOR 11YR 200M BACKSTROKE 3:07.38

 

MILLIE TROUP 10 YR 200M BACKSTROKE 3:09.84  

 
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE ROUND 1, 12th OCTOBER 2013

The first round of this year’s National Arena League was held at the Eltham Leisure Centre and as always all the clubs involved contributed to a very exciting evening of racing.

In the 10/11 boys we had Alistair Woolley win the 50m fly in a time of 38.63 and the girls squad of Millie Troup, Elena Dewhurst, Alice Hockey and Tiffany Hayes clinched 2nd place in the 4x50 medley relay.

The 13/u girls had Lile Cornwell grab 2nd place in the 100m fly with a time of 1:17.21. Esme Llewellyn-Smith, Agnes Benedict, Poppy Boswell and Eve Proctor came home in 3rd place in the 4x50 free relay in a time of 2:12.18. Lile then went on to get 3rd place in the 15/u 100m fly.

The 15/u boy’s squad performed well with Fred Celul winning the 100m fly in a time of 1:08.04 and Fred Goudie clinched 2nd place in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:06 .70. The boys were joined by Riyan Salem and Sam Llewellyn-Smith to win the 4x50 free relay. The 4x50 medley squad of Freddie Cornwell, Riyan, Fred Celul and Fred Goudie eased their way to victory in a time of 2:01.27.

The Open squads contributed to the cause with Brett Mclean winning the 100m Breast in 1:08.91 and Freddie Cornwell getting 2nd place in the 200IM. Calvin Bliss, Brett, Freddie and Wayne Lock came home in 2nd place in the 4x50 medley relay and then they were joined by Andrew Boadi and Fred Celul to get a vital 2nd place in the last event the 6x50 free relay. Kylie Bland held on to win the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:23.65 ad Sarah Boyle was 3rd in the 100m back. Sarah and Kylie were joined by Micol Galli and Charlotte Larner to finish in 3rd place in the 4x50 medley relay.

 

At the end of the night Anaconda finished in a creditable 4th place finishing 4 points behind the 3rd place team from Potters Bar. This result puts us in a reasonable position to achieve our aim of competing in the League Final in December and pushing for promotion.

 
MIDDLESEX ASA SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 5th /6th OCT 2013

We only had eight swimmers representing the club at this year’s short course championships, due to a mix up with the qualifying times, but the group put in some good performances at this early stage of the season.

Eve Proctor (11) had her first taste of swimming at county level. Her time of 2:41.58 in the 200m free was a 10 second PB and secured 8th place. Sofia Mavili (13) achieved a PB in her 100m free with a time of 1:08.91 which gave Sofia a county qualifying time for next year. Iona Ocak (14) had determined swims in the 100m back (where she lost her goggles at the    start) and 100m free that were close to her PB, but she went on to get a PB in the 50m free with a time of 30.43 that placed her in 4th spot.

Tommy Donovan (12) had PBs in both his breaststroke races. In the 100m he came 6th and his time of 3:07.58 in the 200m gave him the silver medal. Max Greenhalgh (13) looked strong in his races. 1:14.46 in the 100m fly and 28.81 in the 50m free were both PBs and good enough for 5th place. Max also powered his way to the bronze medal in the 100m breast in a time of 1:23.56. Fred Goudie (14) had a good weekend of racing and had PBs in the 200IM (2.29.95) and 200 back (2:22.97) placing him in 7th and 5th respectively. Fred Celul (15) came 6th in the 100m back and his time of 1:00.26 in the 100m free was a solid PB. Leon Scott-Engel (13) was another debutant at county level and he achieved a good PB in the 50m free in a time of 30.85 which placed Leon in 7th.

 

A good solid start to the season with lots of PBs which bodes well for the rest of the year.  

 
NORTH LONDON GRADED GALA 28TH SEPTEMBER 2014 HILLINGDON

A monumental effort from Anaconda swimmers ensured we finished the latest round of the North London Graded League in 3rd place.

The performance was outstanding when you consider we only took 8 boys and 9 girls to compete in 46 events of which the final two events were the squadron relays which need 8 team members in each.

The swimmers were kept busy all night with most of them taking part in at least 5 races and some of the more experienced members of the team competing in 7 races. Although they all had demanding schedules the PB’s were still tumbling and the smiles were still present at the end of a long night. In fact every swimmer on the team contributed to a massive total of 41 PB’s on the night, a fantastic achievement. Well done to every member of the team, you all played your part in a great team performance.

A special word of thanks must go to Alex Tegene, who helped out on poolside by guiding and supporting the swimmers throughout the evening from behind the blocks. Good job Alex! (Future Coach in the making)

SQUAD: Alexa Kennedy, Sydney Celul, Elizabeth Arnold, Cara Studman, Alice Purves, Abigail Tegene, Rayna Rowe, Jessica Neale, Abbey Lindley

Harry Robinson, Jacob Omondi, Isaac Omondi, Odhran Redmond, Leon Butterworth, Luke Dudley, Charlie Baduna, Ben Purves.

 

FINAL STANDINGS

 

1ST

RNSS

164

2ND

HACKNEY

169

3RD

ANACONDA

178

4TH

HARINGEY

183

5TH

BRENT

201

6TH

NORTHOLT

208

 

 

 
ANACONDA PAIR INVITED TO MIDDLESEX TRAINING CAMP

On Sunday 22nd September   Esme Llewellyn-Smith and Tommy Donovan were invited to a training camp hosted by Middlesex County ASA at Northolt Leisure Centre.

The purpose of the day was to give County standard 11/12 year olds an intense day of training to help in their development that will hopefully see them progress in the forthcoming season.

The swimmers were put through their paces during two pool sessions that lasted for 2 hours each and an hour of land training. In between the physical work the group had informative lectures that covered nutrition, stretching and land training.

 

The day was a great success and will no doubt help Esme and Tommy have a successful season ahead.

 
ANACONDA SWIMMERS TAME 5K SWIMATHON

Five boys from Anaconda helped raise lots of money for Marie Curie while showing off their swimming skills and stamina during this year’s Swimathon.

Joe Grubb, Fred Celul, Tommy Donovan, Alex and Barnaby Mackay- Howse completed the gruelling 5K at the Shell Centre on the South Bank while representing their school, London Nautical.

Well done boys, obviously the training at Anaconda is helping our budding long distance swimmers.

The boys raised a great deal of money for such a worthy charity, with Alex and Barnaby collecting over £700 alone. A fantastic achievement.

 

 

 
ANACONDA SWIMMER AT NATIONALS 30th July -4th August

Congratulations to Brett Mclean who qualified in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events at this year’s British Gas ASA National Championships held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield during the week of 30th July -4th August.

 

Brett was just outside his PB in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:07.61, but he went on to gain a good PB in the 200m event coming home in 2:27.02. Well done Brett!

 
DERVENTIO EXCEL 7TH LONG COURSE OPEN 11TH /12TH MAY 2013

Anaconda swimmers went to the steel city of Sheffield over the weekend to compete against top level age group swimmers along with a few Olympians and a World champion just to make it interesting and they came away with a great set of results, medals and had a fantastic experience all round at Ponds Forge.

Fred Goudie (13) had a very rewarding weekend in the company of Liam Tancock by securing five PB’s and collecting four medals from his schedule. The World Champion Tancock would have been impressed with the gold in the 50 back (33.03 PB), silver in the 100 back (1:10.22 PB) and bronze in the200 backstroke (2:30.52 PB) that young Fred accumulated over the two days. The 50 fly also gave Fred a bronze medal and PB in a time of 31.84.Top 10 finishes in the 100 breaststroke (PB), 50 free and 100 fly made sure he went home very happy.

Tommy Donovan (12) had eight swims over the weekend and managed PB’s in all of his races. He won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke (41.54) and just missed out on a podium finish in both the 50m fly and 50m back coming home in 4th place.  Further PBs in the 200m breaststroke (5th) and 400 free (6th) ensured a satisfying end to the weekend for young Tommy.

Iona Ocak (14) was competing at Sheffield for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The 50m backstroke gave Iona a PB with a time of 35.59 and just missed out on a medal by taking 4th place. Further PBs in the 50 free 30.24, (7th) and the 100m back 1:17.06 (6th) gave Iona a great deal to be proud of.

Brett Mclean came back to London with a big smile as he bagged himself a National qualifying time. His 100m breaststroke time of 1:07.44 gave Brett 5th place but more importantly a chance to come back to Sheffield in July to compete in the British Gas ASA Nationals. Well done Brett.

In the BAGCAT Awards Fred came 9th in the 14yr old age group with 1,579 pts and Tommy came 7th in the 12yr old age group with 1,217pts. Amazingly this small group of Anaconda swimmers made sure that the club came 19th out of 53 teams in the top club award. Well done to you all!

A big thank you to Head Coach Wayne Lock who made sure the swimmers were well prepared and able to perform at this high level over the weekend.

 

** Surreal moment of the weekend –Fred, Tommy and World Champion Liam Tancock coming out of the marshalling area and standing behind the blocks waiting for the three 50m backstroke heats to commence. **

 
LONDON REGIONAL AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 1st /2nd/8th/9th JUNE 2013

Crystal Palace was the venue for the annual London Regional Championships and the club were represented by Fred Goudie (13) and Tommy Donovan (12).

Fred qualified for five events at this Level 1 Championships and put on a five star performance as always. He achieved Long Course (LC) PBs in all of his events. His times of 2:29.97 in the 200m back and 1:10.11 in the 100m back made sure Fred made his way into the finals of both events qualifying in 6th and 7th place respectively. He went on to get PBs in the 100m breast, 100m fly and the 200IM to complete a great championship.

Tommy was competing in his second Regional Championships and qualified for three events, 100m and 200m breast and the 400IM. He gained LC PBS in all of his events with the200m breast giving Tommy his best finishing position of 11th place in a time of 3:09.32.

 

Head Coach Wayne Lock was very happy with the boys performances over the course of the championships and is hoping the club can build on this and get more swimmers qualifying next year.

 
Islington Vs Hackney Aquatics 100m Summer Championships

This year we will be swimming our 100m Club championship in competition with Hackney Aquatics (formally known as Clissold). There will be 3 competitions running on the day. Anacondas own club championship, Medals for the first 3 places on the day (per event, per age group) and a Trophy for the best Team on the day.

 

This event is now Licensed so it is really important to swim in ALL 5 events. Your times will go on the National rankings website.

We are only accepting online entries up to 23rd May any entry after this date will not be able to swim. You will receive a confirmation email once you complete the online form. If you do not get a confirmation email please contact me and let me know.

Please copy and paste the link below for Online entries.

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BEXLEY OPEN MEET CRYSTAL PALACE 13TH / 14th APRIL

BEXLEY OPEN MEET   CRYSTAL PALACE  13TH / 14th  APRIL

A small squad of 5 swimmers from Anaconda took part in the Bexley Open Meet over the weekend at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre. There were PB’s galore to send the group home happy.

Fred Goudie (13) had a very satisfying weekend with long course PB’s in all of his six event His time of 1:10.38 in the 100m backstroke earned him a bronze medal for his efforts. Fred had big PB’s in the 100m fly and 200m back to place him in 5th position for both events and another top 10 finish in the 200IM with a time of 2:36.51. All of these events gave Fred, Long Course Regional qualifying times. He followed these up with PB’s in 50m and 200m free.

Brett Mclean won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:33.46 and came 9th in the 100m fly in 1:01.99, comfortably inside Regional qualifying times. Iona Ocak (14) had two PB’s in the 100m and 50m free events. Her time of 30.91 in the 50m free placed Iona 12th and her time of 1:07.21 in the 100m free was an agonising two tenths of a second outside Regionals.

Two swimmers competing in a long course pool for the first time were Jasper Den Dulk (11) and Riyan Salem (15) who both adapted well to the 50m pool and enjoyed the experience. Jasper had a top 10 finish in the 100m back in a time of 1:25.91 (7th) and had a strong race in the 50m free coming home in 33.88. Riyan swam only the one event and powered his way under the magical 30 second mark in the 50m free with an impressive time of 29.51.

Although a small group attended the meet they all came away with big PB’s and gained a lot of experience against high class opposition. Hopefully more of our swimmers will take the plunge at future Level 1 meets and add to their swimming education and enjoy the experience. 

 
MIDDLESEX COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2nd /3rd/9th/10th /23rd/24th MARCH 2013

MIDDLESEX COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2nd /3rd/9th/10th /23rd/24th MARCH 2013

Anaconda had a great set of results at this  year’s County Champs with lots of PBs, Regional qualifying times and medals to show for all the hard work been put into the training pool in recent months.

WEEK 1: These were held at the Gurnell Leisure Centre, Ealing in the 50m pool for the team relay and long distance events. Unfortunately we did not enter any relay teams this year but hopefully next year the club will be able to send squads to compete.

The Club did have representation in the boys’ 1500m race, in the shape of Tommy Donovan (12), who managed to take 23 seconds off his PB and claim 7th place in a time of 20:42.03.

WEEK 2: Southbury Road was to host the championships for weeks 2 and 3 and the Anaconda swimmers had a very productive time, especially during week 2. Lots of PB’s, regional times and medals were to make their way back to Islington.

Millie Troup (9) was competing at her first County Championships, but she showed no signs of nerves in the pool with two polished performances in the 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke. A big PB in the 200m breaststroke delivered a bronze medal for the 9 year old, while her time of 41.12 in the 50m back crowned Millie the County champion. Well done Millie!

Max Greenhalgh (12) was next to make the podium, in the 50m breaststroke. He went under 40 seconds for the first time and captured the bronze medal with a strong swim and a great time of 39.67. Max followed that with a big PB in the 100IM.

Andrew Boadi (17) secured a silver medal in a very close 50m free event in the Open category, just being touched out with a time of 24.96. Emile Dietrich (16) had a 9th place finish in his 50m free race in a time of 28.47. Andrew Bartha (15) also had a 9th place finish in his 50m free with a PB time of 27.04. Andrew also went on to go under the landmark minute mark in the 100m free in a time of 59.97 to gain a Regional Q/T.

Tommy Donovan (12) had 7 events over the weekend and gained five PB’s, two Regional Q/T, three top 10 finishes and a place in the final of the 100m breaststroke where he finished 6th .

Fred Goudie (13) had 8 events where he gained seven PB’s, achieved four Regional Q/T, finished in the top 10 in all of his events and qualified for two finals in the 100IM and 100m back where he swam a fantastic time of 1:07.8 to finish 6th.

WEEK 3: Elena Dewhurst (9) got the final weekend of competition off to a fantastic start for Anaconda. The young speedster achieved a big PB in the 50m breast to grab 4th spot and followed that up by taking the bronze medal in the 50m fly in a time of 39.43. Elena then went on to win gold in the 50m free to be crowned County Champion. Well done Elena!

Iona Ocak (14) competed in two events, the 100m back and 100m free. Her time of 1:16.41 in the 100 back was a good PB to get a top 20 finish. Esme Llewellyn Smith (12) competing in her first County Champs did very well to gain a PB in the 50m fly. Her time of 35.51 placed Esme in 13th position.

Sam Llewellyn Smith (14) swam in the 50m back and his time of 34.42 put him in 14th spot.  Noah Boydell (10) another youngster taking his bow at the Counties this year enjoyed a good PB in the 50m fly to put him in 12th place. Jasper Den Dulk (11) had two solid PB’s in the 100m back and 50m free, his time of 33.16 in the free placed Jasper in 14th spot. Alex Mackay –Howse (14) on his debut at Counties achieved PB’s in all three of his events, the 50m fly and back along with the 100m free. His time of 34.28 in the 50m back put Alex in 13th position.

Max Greenhalgh finished his Championships with two PB’s in the 50m free and 200m breast. Tommy Donovan added to his PB count with the 100m/200m free and 200m breast all giving him better times. Emile Dietrich had a 6th place in the 50m fly and Fred Goudie finished his Championships with three good swims in the 50m fly, 50m free and 200m back. The latter produced a fantastic 5 second PB in a time of 2:24.42 to put Fred in 5th place.

It was fitting that Andrew Bartha swam in the final event as this was the last time that Andrew would wear the red cap of Anaconda. His time in the 100IM of 1:11.71 was a PB yet again and placed him 10th overall. The club and everyone involved with Anaconda would like to wish Andrew all the best in the future as he continues his swimming journey with his new local club, Enfield Swim Squad.

The County Championships gave the club a lot of positives with lots of PB’s and some medals along with Regional Q/T and not forgetting our new County Champions, Millie and Elena. Well done to all our swimmers who took part this year and let’s hope we can build on this and have more qualifiers for next year.

 
GORDON TROPHY GALA 16TH MARCH 2013 PARK ROAD

GORDON TROPHY GALA    16TH MARCH 2013   PARK ROAD

The annual Gordon Trophy Gala saw Anaconda up against Leyton and two teams from Haringey Aquatics in what turned out to be a very exciting and eventful evening.

With a very young squad to pick from and only two open age swimmers competing, it was going to be a tough night for the team but the youngsters rose to the challenge and came away victorious on the night to claim the trophy.**

Out of the 49 events Anaconda racked up 27 1st place finishes with some outstanding performances and loads of PB’s. (Too many to mention in this report unfortunately.) Every swimmer played their part on the night but a special mention for the 11/u girls’ squad who had wins in every event. Bluebell Carroll (11) 50 breast, Millie Troup (9) 50 back and Carla Humphris (11) in the 50 fly and free. The girls were joined by Eve Proctor (11) in the Medley and Free relays to make a clean sweep.

Well done to everyone who took part.

GIRLS: Angela Fieldman (15), Iona Ocak (14), Julia Beltrandi (14), Sofia Mavlli (13), Agnes Benedict (12), Esme Llewellyn- Smith (12), Bluebell Carroll (11), Carla Humphris (11), Eve Proctor (11) and Millie Troup (9).

BOYS: Wayne Lock, Andrew Boadi (17), Fred Celul (15), Riyan Salem (15), Alex Mackay –Howse (14) Sam Llewellyn-Smith (14), Fred Goudie (13), Max Greenhalgh (13), Connor Newmarch (12), Jasper Den Dulk (11), Tommy Donovan (11), Luke Dudley (11) and Noah Boydell (10)

**The last event of the night was the mixed squadron race and although we won it an objection was lodged as an Anaconda swimmer entered the water at the end of the race (thinking he was next to swim!). As this report has gone to press we still have not heard the outcome of the objection but on the night we won the race and the gala. (we won’t mention any names ..Wayne)

 
NORTH LONDON GRADED LEAGUE 9TH MARCH LOUGHTON.

NORTH LONDON GRADED LEAGUE 9TH MARCH     LOUGHTON.

In this round of the North London Graded League we were stretched to the limit and just about covered the races due to late withdrawals and illness. The swimmers who turned out did the club proud and held their own while having to swim a lot of races, some of which were one after the other.

At the end of a very long night where the last race ended just before 10pm, the Anaconda team finished in a very creditable 3rd place. When you consider the team had many debutants to competitive swimming and a couple of swimmers who had only just graduated from the swim school, it makes the result even more remarkable. It was great to see so many happy faces at the end of the evening.

 Well done to all the swimmers and parents who made the long trip to Loughton, some of whom made the journey by public transport. Thanks to Ray who managed the team so well as always and made sure the swimmers were in the right place at the right time and to Lesley who represented the club as an Official.

FINAL STANDINGS

LEYTON                         112   

RNSS                           162

ANACONDA              181 

HACKNEY                   183

WALTHAMSTOW    199

HARINGEY                 215

GIRLS: Elizabeth Arnold, Agnes Benedict, Zella Clay, Emilia O’Connell, Olivia O’Connell, Abigail Tegene, Emily Thomas, Annie Thomas and Evelyn Leddy.

BOYS: Alex Tegene, Joseph Haines,Odhran Redmond, Jasper Den Dulk, Charlie Baduna, Jacob Omondi, Isaac Omondi, Joshua O’Connell and Damaso Mateus.

 
ANACONDA SWIMMERS AT MARK FOSTER SWIM CAMP

ANACONDA SWIMMERS AT MARK FOSTER SWIM CAMP

During the half term holiday three of the clubs swimmers were sponsored by Aquaterra to attend the Mark Foster Swim Camp at Holloway school. National swimmer Andrew Boadi and Regional qualifiers Fred Goudie and Tommy Donovan joined a group of young swimmers from London and the surrounding areas to benefit from the experience of former World, European and Commonwealth Champion Mark Foster and his colleagues, who included Katy Sexton MBE the former World and Commonwealth backstroke Champion.

The three day course helped the swimmers learn about swim techniques, speed training / sprint endurance drills and start and turn drills in the pool. The swimming was complimented with land training that included compound training, circuits and flexibility and core strength training. Each day also had motivational speeches concerning ‘preparing to race’, ‘turning bad performances and failure into great!’ and Mark Fosters Olympic memoirs.

The camp finished with Mark Foster and Damian lo Cascio (former international swimmer) challenging our own national speedster Andrew Boadi to a race over 25m. Andrew gave a great performance but was touched out by the six time world champion into second place. It was a fun way to end the camp and all the swimmers came away with a smile on their faces and hopefully have learnt a lot that can help them to become the best that they can be in the future.

 The club would like to thank Aquaterra for giving our young swimmers this opportunity.

 
ERIC PENWILL RELAY TROPHY GALA 10/2/13

ERIC PENWILL RELAY TROPHY GALA     10/2/13

Anaconda swimmers had a great time competing at this junior relay gala (9-12yrs) and they did the club proud with some outstanding performances in the pool and showed great team spirit on the poolside as they clinched 2nd place overall in what was a very competitive  evening.

With late withdrawals the team were faced with the problem of many swimmers having to swim up in age group as well as their own and with only three 9 year old boys the team had to swim for a time only as they couldn’t compete for gala points in the 9yr boy races as we had to use an older swimmer. That didn’t deter the squad who swam magnificently and put in some great performances to claim vital points. The 9yr old boys also gained all important gala experience that will help them with the Junior League season approaching.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part and competed so well for the club and helped contribute towards a very exciting evening of swimming.

GIRLS: Elizabeth Arnold, Agnes Benedict, Poppy Boswell, Emma Brealey, Sydney Celul, Elena Dewhurst, Tiffany Hayes, Alexa Kennedy, Esme Llewellyn-Smith, Eve Proctor, Emily Thomas, Millie Troup and Sadie Wilson.

BOYS: Noah Boydell, Sam De Leval, Jasper Den Dulk, Tommy Donovan, Max Greenhalgh, Zachary Lyttle, Conor Newmarch, Ben Purves, Adam Tomkinson, Sam Tomkinson,  Alden Whiting and Alistair Woolley.

FINAL STANDINGS                   

ENFIELD SWIM SQUAD A

182

ANACONDA

157

HARINGEY AQUATICS

153

BETHNAL GREEN SHARKS

144

HALSTEAD

116

ENFIELD SWIM SQUAD B

95

BROOMFIELD PARK

77

WARE

42

 
BECKENHAM SC. OPEN MEET 2012

12TH /13TH MAY 2012

Crystal Palace was the venue for this Level 1 meet which had attracted many of the top clubs from London and the surrounding Home Counties.

The host club Beckenham had a strong contingent across all age groups to make it a stern test for the Anaconda squad. This was to be expected from a club that has produced World Championship medallist and Olympic hopeful Ellen Gandy (who sponsored the girls 200 fly race) and Olympic Gold medallist Duncan Goodhew.

The swim of the weekend came from Andrew Boadi who medalled in all four of his events. Andrew won gold in both the 50m free and 50m fly, his time of 24.58 in the free earned him a National Youth Championships qualifying time. To top this achievement his time of 26.02 in the fly has given the 17 year old the chance to pit his wits against the cream of British swimming by entering the British Gas ASA National Championships on 20th -23rd June. This event is doubling up as a last chance to qualify for the Olympics. After all that excitement Andrew went on to win bronze in the 100m free in a PB of 56.27 and eased to bronze position in the 50m back. The clubs other Open swimmer Brett Mclean finished the weekend with four LC PB’s and three medals from five events. Brett collected a silver in the 50m fly, a bronze in the 100m back and a gold in the 50m breastroke with an impressive time of 30.93 (PB).

Andrew Bartha and Fred Celul (both 14) had strong swims in the competitive 14/15 age group and came away with a full complement of LC PB’s. Andrew just missed the regional qualifying time in the 100m free with 1:03.90, had his 50m breast time of 38.95 place him in 11th and added his third PB in the 50m free with 29.40. Fred got his LC PB in the 100m back winning his heat in a time of 1:14.78.

Redi Qosja (13) and Fred Goudie (12) were the clubs representatives in the tough 12/13 age group. Redi had seven swims over the weekend and achieved LC PB’s in six of his events. His 50m free time of 31.82 and 50m back time of 36.93 were the pick of the bunch. Redi also gained PB’s in the 50 and 100m breast, 100m free and 50m fly. Fred had the toughest schedule over the weekend swimming in nine events. He gained LC PB’s in the 100m breast, 50m and 200m fly. His time of 2:56.37 in the 200m fly put Fred in 6th place. If the age category was just for 12 year olds the Junior club captain would of come away with a couple of medals for his efforts.

Iona Ocak(13) was the sole female swimmer taking part for the club. Iona had six swims and had 100% success in gaining her LC PB’s. She swam a strong race in the 50m free in a time of 31.14 placing her 12th out of 42 .Iona followed that up with PB’s in the 100 and 200m free, 50 and 100m back  and 50m breast.

Tommy Donovan (11) swam in six events and achieved LC PB’s in the 100m free, with a time of 1:12.96 and 50m fly. His time of 35.89 in the fly won Tommy the silver medal. Although his time in the 100m breast of 1:34.32 was not a PB it was enough to earn the bronze medal.

The weekend was a very successful and positive experience for this small squad of Anaconda swimmers and the club as a whole. Between them, the eight swimmers achieved 28 PB’s, 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals and a further eight top ten finishes. Not forgetting two National Qualifying times for Andrew Boadi .Well done to all of you.

Special thanks to Steve Greer (Saturday) and Head Coach Wayne Lock (Sunday) for the invaluable advice and coaching they offered the swimmers over the weekend. 

 
LONDON REGIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

5TH / 6TH MAY 2012   CRYSTAL PALACE

Anaconda had two swimmers representing the club at this year’s championships, Brett Mclean (25) and Andrew Boadi (17). Both of whom did the club and themselves proud.

Andrew started the weekend off on Saturday with the heats of the 100m free setting a time of 59.23 a touch under his PB. He then went on to swim the 50m fly heats and was 3rd fastest qualifier in a time of 26.93. In the final he went one better and in a time of 26.60 the silver medal was secured.

Brett swam in the 50m breastroke on Saturday and in the heats qualified in 5th position with a time of 31.72. He went on to better his time in the final with 31.53 and cement his position in 5th place.

Sunday morning saw Andrew competing in the 50m backstroke and he qualified for the final in 8th spot with 31.12. Andrew improved his time in the final getting very close to his PB with 30.61 and coming 7th overall.

The afternoon session once again had both Brett and Andrew qualifying for finals. Brett qualified for the 100m breastroke final and with a time of 1:10.58 he was placed 5th overall. Meanwhile Andrew sprinted to the 50m free final in a time of 25.32 to clinch the last berth. Yet again Andrew improved on his time in the final and 25.02 grabbed 7th place for the 17 year old.

Head Coach Wayne Lock was very pleased with the Anaconda duo who qualified for 5 finals out of 6 events against the cream of the London region, with Andrew coming home with a silver medal to cap a great weekend of swimming. 

 
The Edmonton Open Winter Sprints

The Edmonton Open Winter Sprints competition proved a very warming event for Anaconda swimmers on Saturday 21 January.  They came home with 46 medals and 30 personal best times, competing against 15 clubs from north London and surrounding counties.
Tommy Donovan, 10, topped the medal table, striking gold in all eight of his events. His time of 1.36.45 in the 100m breaststroke set a new Anaconda club record for his age-group, and places him near the top 10 swimmers of his age in the UK in this event.
The younger swimmers all showed great determination in this very busy competition. Aleksandra Qosja, 10, won a silver and a bronze, Disney Harker, 9, touched home first in a close 50m backstroke event, and Alexa Kennedy clocked a PB in the 100m IM.
Fred Goudie, 12, won three golds and four silvers in seven swims, with a good PB in the 50m breaststroke, while fellow 12 year old Redi Qosja powered to a silver and a bronze, and Maya Spence’s personal best in the 100m back earned her a silver.
Alexandra Dixon, James Spence and Katie Fitzgerald all gained two PBs, with Katie narrowly missing out on a medal in the 50m backstroke.  Simge Arslan, 11, improved her times in all three of her events, and Harry Robinson came fifth in the 100m breaststroke with a personal best.
Andrew Bartha, 14, continued his strong recent form with three PBs and three medals, including a gold in the 50 breaststroke. Other 14 year olds adding to the mighty medal haul included Alex Brown with a gold in the 100m fly, Angela Fieldman with two silvers and two bronzes, and Sian Donovan with a bronze in 100M IM. Lydia Pearce, swimming in the 50m breaststroke, also gained a PB.
The more senior swimmers also swelled the medal count, with Sam Dixon, 15, winning three silvers and a bronze, all with personal best times, and Jessie Potter grabbing a brace of silvers.  Killian Fitzgerald swam a good PB time of 32.91 in 50m fly, just missing the bronze.
In the very competitive open section, against some very strong swimmers, Brett McLean completed a fine Anaconda display, with four golds, a silver and bronze.
Head coach Wayne Lock said that he was very pleased with the club’s performance, adding that he had not expected many personal best swims at this event, because many of the swimmers are in the middle of a very heavy training cycle. And it was great to see a big group of Anaconda swimmers of all ages reaping the benefits of their hard work.

 
MIDDLESEX COUNTY ASA AUTUMN DEVELOPMENT MEET 2011 3RD /4TH DECEMBER 2011

MIDDLESEX COUNTY ASA AUTUMN DEVELOPMENT MEET 2011

3RD /4TH DECEMBER 2011      SOUTHBURY ROAD

The Middlesex autumn development meet was held over the weekend of the 3rd / 4th December and Anaconda was represented by 17 eager swimmers hopeful of PB’s, medals and acquiring county qualifying times and they were not to be disappointed.

Redi Qosja (12) certainly had the most demanding schedule for the weekend with a total of eight events. Of those eight he amassed six speeding tickets (county times), a gold and silver medal and eight PB’s with a combined total of 76 seconds off his former best times. Jasper Den Dulk (10) carried on his great form with four speeding tickets and PB’s in the 100IM, 50 and 200 back and 400 free. Fred Celul (13) had two great swims in the 100 and 200 back to get his speeding tickets comfortably, with Andrew Bartha (14) winning silver in the 100IM and a speeding ticket in the 100 free in a time of 1:04.26.Luke Dudley (10) had success with PB’s in both the 50 free and 50 fly. His time of 46.88 in the fly secured Luke the gold medal. Tommy Donovan (10) tried his hand at three new events, the 400 free, 200 fly and 200IM and came away with three speeding tickets. Fred Hockey (11) added two PB’s in the100IM and 200 free as did Alex Brown (14) in the 100IM and the 100 free. Joseph Haines (11) also bagged himself a PB in the 100IM.

The girls were equally as productive with some outstanding performances. Angela Fieldman (14) earned herself a PB and speeding ticket in the100 back. She followed that up by bagging herself two gold medals and a silver medal in the 100 and 800 free and the200IM respectively. Emily Thomas (10) managed PB’s in both the 50 breaststroke and 200 back, her time of 3:44.50 in the 200 back captured the bronze medal. Emily then put on a gutsy performance in the 400 free and her first attempt at this distance was rewarded with the silver medal.  Alice Hockey (9) secured herself another county time with a speeding ticket in the 50 free and went onto gain PB’s in the 200IM and 200 free and also won finalist rosettes for the200IM and the 50 fly. Sydney Celul (9) also won finalist rosettes in the 50 fly and 200free. Sydney’s  time of 3:31.00 in the200 free was 8 seconds under her previous best and put her in 4th place just missing out on a medal. Alexa Kennedy (9) was another of the girl’s squad to win a finalist rosette in the 200 free and was joined by Agnes Benedict (11) who won a rosette with a 3 second PB in 100 back with a time of 1:39.23.

The weekend was a great success with the Anaconda swimmers amassing 36 PB’s, 18 county qualifying times, 9 medals and 10 finalist rosettes. Well done to all the swimmers who took part over the weekend you put on a great show. The only negative to be taken away was the fact that we only had 17 swimmers. Those numbers were well down on previous years and we should have a larger number attending these open meets. Let’s hope the efforts and success of all our swimmers this weekend inspires more to participate in future events. A date for your diaries, the spring development meet is on 15th/21st /22nd April at Southbury road, let’s make sure we have a big turnout for this event.

Last but by no means least a big thank you to head Coach Wayne who was in attendance for the whole weekend making sure the swimmers were well prepared and supported throughout the weekend.

 
WATFORD MIDDLE DISTANCE AND 50M OPEN MEET SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2011

WATFORD MIDDLE DISTANCE AND 50M OPEN MEET

SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2011

On Sunday a group of swimmers from Anaconda made the journey up the M1 to Watford,  to compete in near tropical conditions at a very hot Woodside Leisure Centre for the Watford Middle Distance and 50m Open Meet.

Alice Hockey (9) started off a great day of swimming with a Bronze medal and PB in the 50m backstroke. She followed that up with Gold medals in both the 200m and 50m breaststroke. Her time of 3:40.76 in the 200m was a 15 second PB and put her 18 seconds clear of her nearest rival. Alice’s time of 49.52 in the 50m breast puts her at number 1 in the county rankings. Emily Thomas (10) swam in the 50m and 200m free events and gained PB’s in both.  Her time of 3:19.95 in the 200m was 6 seconds under her previous best. The girl’s squad was completed with Sian Donovan (14) and Iona Ocak (13). Sian had three top ten finishes and a PB in her 200m free.  Iona picked up a 4th and 5th place in the 50m free and back respectively, and ended the day by capturing the Bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 43.66. Iona also gained county times on both her 50m free and back.

The boys squad started the day with Alex Manolopoulos (15) grabbing the Bronze medal in the 50m backstroke and he followed that up with a PB in his 50m free. Tommy Donovan (10) had a good day at the pool with a Gold medal in the 50m fly. This time of 37.77 (PB) was also the Watford Open Meet record for 10yr olds. He achieved two Silver medals in the 50m and 200m breaststroke and two Bronze medals in the 50m and 200m free events. Jasper Den Dulk (10) had four top ten finishes and PB’s in the50m fly, 50m breaststroke and 200m free. Jaspers time of 2:57.96 in the 200m free beat his previous best by 11 seconds and also gave him a county qualifying time. Fred Hockey (11) completed the squad and had good swims in three events,  especially the 200m breaststroke where he came 9th and just missed out on beating his PB by the narrowest of margins.

So after a long day at the pool the Anaconda swimmers came away with a haul of 10 medals, 14 PB’S, 12 county qualifying times and a Watford Open Meet record. A very good return from a small group of swimmers who all should be proud of their performances in the pool and the way they represented the club out of the pool by cheering and supporting each other and showing a great team spirit.

 
Club News 07/12/11

The Club Championships Presentation

All main club members are welcome to the evening in Holloway School (Bridge School Hall) on Saturday 17th December at 7PM. Doors open at 6.30pm. We will be presenting the 50m and 100m Medals and trophies. Please bring your own drinks (adults are allowed to bring alcohol). Also if you could bring a plate of food for the table that would be great. (please contact Donna on donna_donovan@btinternet.com to let her know what you are bringing).

 

 

 

 

Christmas Raffle

You will be receiving some tickets in the post over the next week, there are some fantastic prizes:-

 

1st prize - Ipod Touch

2nd Prize - Nintendo 3DS Console

3rd Prize - 22” Flat Screen TV

4th Prize - Christmas Hamper

 

Other prizes include:

Cut and Blow dry at a leading hair salon, Jessica Pedicure, Bottle of Champagne, Lane for 4 at Rowans Bowl, Tour around Arsenal football ground, £25 Pizza Hut Voucher and many more!

Please show your support.

 

 

Christmas Closing

Anaconda will be closed for Christmas from Monday 19th December and will reopen on 3rd January 2012.

 
Club News 25/11/11

The Cally pool is going to be closed to the public from the 28th November to 2nd December.

The pool will be open to Anaconda Swim School and Swim Club as normal. The reason for the closures are because the changing rooms are being re fitted, so the showers and 1 of the changing rooms will be out of action on the Monday and Tuesday. We will be using another room for the male changing. Also this means that only 1 toilet facility will be available. Please can we have at least 1 parent volunteer to monitor the toilets as they will be unisex and in the Females locker room.

 

Please contact any one that swims on Monday or Tuesday that you know as I dont have

email addresses for everyone.

 

Christmas Raffle

You will be receiving some tickets in the post over the next week, there are some fantastic prizes:-

 

1st prize - Ipod Touch

2nd Prize - Nintendo 3DS Console

3rd Prize - 22” Flat Screen TV

4th Prize - Christmas Hamper

 

Other prizes include:

Cut and Blow dry at a leading hair salon, Jessica Pedicure, Bottle of Champagne, Lane for 4 at Rowans Bowl, Tour around Arsenal football ground, £25 Pizza Hut Voucher and many more!

Please show your support.

 

The Club Championships Presentation

All main club members are welcome to the evening in Holloway School (Bridge School Hall) on Saturday 17th December at 7PM. Doors open at 6.30pm. We will be presenting the 50m and 100m Medals and trophies. Please bring your own drinks (adults are allowed to bring alcohol). Also if you could bring a plate of food for the table that would be great. (please contact Donna on donna_donovan@btinternet.com to let her know what you are bringing).

 

Christmas Closing

Anaconda will be closed for Christmas from Monday 19th December and will reopen on 3rd January 2012.

 
Medals and personal bests at the Barnet Open 100 Meet - 13/11/11

MEDALS AND PERSONAL BESTS AT THE BARNET OPEN 100 MEET 

Sunday 13 November 2011

A small group of Ancaonda swimmers produced a big set of results at this open gala, hosted by the Barnet Copthall club, and featuring competitors from as far afield as Kingston, Milton Keynes and St Albans.

The Anaconda quartet of Alexandros Manolopoulos, Tommy Donovan, Jasper Den Dulk and Fred Goudie all produced some very good swims.

Tommy, 10, came home with a terrific haul of medals – gold in the breaststroke, silver in the individual medley and bronze in the freestyle, along with a good fourth place in the backstroke. His winning breaststroke time of 1:39.52 was a comfortable 5 seconds ahead of the nearest swimmer.

The 10 years backstroke results saw Tommy and Jasper in the tightest of finishes. In the end, Tommy touched home in 1:30.61 – precisely one hundredth of a second ahead of Jasper, who finished in a fine fifth place in 1:30.62. It couldn’t have been closer. 

Jasper knocked a massive 17 seconds off his previous backstroke time of 1’47, and came up with another strong performance in the freestyle, clocking a new personal best of 1:23.94, nearly 12 seconds faster than before.

Alex, swimming in the competitive 15 year old age group, took almost 2 seconds off his breaststroke time to finish in 1:27.65, and also gained another PB in the individual medley.

Fred, 12, scooped the gold medal in the backstroke in 1:13.91, a time which places him fifth in the county rankings.  He also clipped nearly 8 seconds off his butterfly time, finishing fourth in 1:17’26, and gained PBs in the breaststroke and freestyle.

The squad was encouraged and helped throughout the long day by Steve Greer and Harley.  Our thanks to them for their commitment, and for ensuring that the Anaconda swimmers were always in the right place at the right time in this busy but much-enjoyed meet. 

 
The John Watson Trophy Gala. 5th Nov 2011

THE JOHN WATSON TROPHY GALA

SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2011

PARK ROAD

On Saturday night a squad of swimmers from Anaconda competed against Bethnal Green Sharks and three teams from host club Haringey Aquatics at Park Road, in an attempt to retain the John Watson Trophy

  All the early indications showed that it was to be a battle for first between Anaconda and Bethnal Green Sharks , a battle that went right down to the last couple of races in a very exciting  evening of swimming.

The girls u/16 squad of Rae Lily Oswald (15), Angela  Fieldman (14) , Sian Donovan (14) joined by Iona Ocak (13)in the relays led the way with a clean sweep  of victories. Rae victorious in both the 100m breaststroke in 1:24.25 (PB) and 100m fly 1:25.28 (PB).Angela winning  the 100m back in 1:19.03 (PB) and Sian completing  the individual wins in the 100m free 1:10.96 (PB). With the help of Iona the girls completed the set  in the 4x25 free relay in 59.93 and the 4x25 medley relay  in 1:07.53.

The u/16 boys  squad of Jake Usher (15), Padraig Lynch (15),Nicholas Olney (14) and Emile Dietrich (14) were victorious in both the 4x25 free relay 54.90 and  4x25 medley relay  1:01.78. There were also PB’S  for both Emile in the 100m free 1:05.50 and Nicholas in the 100m fly 1:15.12

 In the Open  age group  there  were convincing wins for Brett Mclean in the 100m breast  1:10.18, Jeanne Banky in the 100m fly 1:11.09 and Kathleen Bartha in the 100m back 1:16.31,along with wins for the mens open  squad of Jake Usher ,Brett , Padraig and Damien Assini in the 4x25 medley  55.96 and with Emile joining  Brett, Padraig and Damien in the 4x25 free in 51.21. The womens open squad of Jeanne, Kathleen , Chelcie Coyne and Charlotte Larner  won the 4x25 medley in 1:06.50.

 The u/14 girls were not to be outdone  with great wins for both Iona in the 100m back 1:20.81(PB) and Nina Morris-Evans (13) in the 100m breaststroke 1:32.78 (PB).  The girls were joined by Sofia Mavlli (11) and Esme Llewellyn Smith (10) to win the 4x25 free relay in 1:05.06 and were just touched out for 2nd place in the  4x25 medley  1:13.40 with the help of Francois Patasin (10).

There were PB’S  for George Hockey  (13) in the 100m free 1:21.68, Fred Goudie (12)  100m fly 1:19.25 and Sam Llewellyn Smith (13) 100m back 1:21.15. The u/14 boys squad was completed by Fred Celul  (13) who was  just two tenths away from a PB in coming 3rd in the 100m breast  in 1:30.21

 In the u/12 girls there were great swims and PB’S galore as Sofia Mavlli won the 100m back in 1:25.31 (PB) and came 2nd in the 100m free 1:15.18 (PB). Esme Llewellyn Smith came 2nd in the 50m fly 41.81 (PB) and Francois Patasin came 3rd with a great swim in the 100m breaststroke 1:42.03 (PB). The u/12 girls were joined by Sydney Celul  (9) in the relays who swam  fantastic  freestyle legs to help the girls to 4th in the 4x25 free and 2nd in the 4x25 medley

 

 The u/12 boys also had a great night with Tommy Donovan (10) dominant in the 100m breaststroke,  winning in 1:41.43 (PB) and  3rd in the 100m free 1:17.53 (PB). Fred Hockey (11)  came 3rd in the 100m back 1:42.34 (PB) . The boys were joined by William Olney (11) and Asa  Breuss-Burgess (11) in the relays, who helped the team to 4th in the 4x25 free relay 1:11.09 and 1st in the 4x25 medley relay  1:20.68.

 The last event of the night saw the Anaconda  squad storm to victory in the mixed 8x25m free relay  in a very exciting race but it was not to be as Bethnal Green came out on top overall.

FINAL STANDINGS

BETHNAL GREEN SHARKS    193

ANACONDA                           184

HARINGEY BLUE                    130

HARINGEY PURPLE               123

HARINGEY RED                       78

 

 With over 20 victories loads of PB’S across the board and with some swimmers  competing above their age group the night was a great success and the swimmers put on a great show and should be very proud of their efforts. Go Anaconda!

 
Anaconda Summer Break

Dear Members,

Anaconda Swimming Club / Swimming School is closed from 1st Aug – 31stAug. (At all pools)

Our first day back to training/teaching is 1stSept.

We hope you have had a great first half of the year and we wish you a restful August.

Kind Regards

Anaconda SC Committee

 
Beacons sent out to 59 Clubs around the region!

 

 

Anaconda swimmers answered the call to attend the First Crystal Palace, Beacon Long Course Open Meet at the weekend. Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2011

  

The ASA has set up a number of Beacon Training Centres around the regions, to provide athletes with mechanisms for further development, From, ‘learn to swim’ through to the ‘performance pathway’.  It was also the last chance for swimmers to achieve a National Qualifying Time for the season.

Anaconda had six competitors competing for places on Day One, starting with Alice Hockey aged 9, who competed in her first long course race for the Girls Open 200m Breaststroke.  Alice fought bravely to achieve a PB LC time of 4.01.23.

Zack Campbell-Maughan aged 12 competed in the Boys Open 100m backstroke with a LC time of 1.23.79, while Fred Goudie aged 11, enjoyed a comfortable winand Gold Medal, with a PB and LC time of 1.17.52.

The 12 /13 year old Anaconda Girls competed in the 100m Freestyle.  Aimee-Rose Nahal reached 4th position in her age group with a LC 1.06.33, knocking 3.5 seconds of her PB while Iona Ocak achieved a LC PB of 1.10.96.

Parents were perched on the edge of their seats for an action packed afternoon, but unfortunately not for the thrill of witnessing their child’s outstanding time.  They had more cause to take flight in case they received their own ‘gold medal’, from one of the numerous pigeons flying around the spectator’s gallery – and this is the National Sports Centre.

The squad was joined in the afternoon by Dominic McLoughlin aged 15, competing in the 100m freestyle and the 100m Butterfly.  While the only girl competing in the afternoon events, Aimee-Rose Nahal put in further strong performances in the 100m Backstroke achieving a silver medal with a PB LC, time of 1.14.62 and the 200m freestyle gaining a Gold Medal and PB of 2.25.91.

Day Two saw Defne Navaro competing in the 100m Breaststroke, with a LC time of 1.33.00 she was joined by team mate Angela Fieldman for the 200m Individual Medley.  Defne achieved a LC PB time of 3.01.03 knocking a staggering 13.81 seconds off her time.

Zack Campbell-Maughan, competed well in two further events, while Fred Goudie won the 200m Backstroke in 2.45.96, just two seconds off a long course national qualifying time, and also gained a bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke. 

Aimee-Rose Nahal gained 1st place in the 400m Freestyle with a LC PB of 5.05.44, 2nd place for the 200m Backstroke 2.31.44 and 3rd place for the 50m Freestyle.

Thomas Donovan aged 10, enjoyed his first experience of the long course event at Crystal Palace.  Competing in the Boys 50m Freestyle, his gallant effort earned him, a PB of 36.69.  Thomas is currently ranked 26th in the region for his 50m Freestyle.

It was a strong performance from the Anaconda squad over the weekend as a whole, well supported and encouraged throughout by our coaches Michele (Saturday) and Wayne (Sunday).

Anaconda Swimming Club

29th May 2011

 

 
Anaconda swimmers compete in Derventio Excel 5th Long Course Meet at Pond's Forge International Pool, Sheffield 2nd 3rd April 2011

Small Fish in a Very Big Pond

Derventio excel 5th Long Course Meet at Pond’s Forge International Pool, Sheffield 2nd 3rd April 2011.

 

You could immediately tell we were at a very big Pond, when the audience was invited to stand for the National Anthem before the swimming heats began. Not something you normally need to do on a Saturday afternoon at Southbury or Park Road.

 

This meet attracts swimmers from all over the country – from Islington to the Isle of Man, Bristol to Newcastle, Oxford to Hull. In the 50 metre, 10 lane Olympic-style pool, the organisation would be fantastic, flying through the endless number of heats at rapid speed. Well, so we thought! Unfortunately technology got the better of the event organisers and the morning proceedings were halted when the timer decided to have a malfunction (It’s a technical term)! Just to add to the excitement, instructions to evacuate were called out over the Tannoy, when someone inadvertently leaned on the alarm. As a result, Fred Goudie was forced to repeat his 50m breast stroke race at the end of Session Two, but would be rewarded for all his hard work later in the day.

 

Dominic McLoughlin began his events with the 100m freestyle, reaching a long course time of 58.43, followed by Aimee-Rose Nahal in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:43:77. Fred Goudie came third for his age in the 100m Backstroke, achieving a LC time of 1:20:73. Aimee continued with the 50m Freestyle reaching a LC time 31:25. Dominic fought in the 200m Freestyle, while Aimee continued her battle in the 100m Freestyle. Fred was the only Anaconda medallist of the day, achieving a bronze for his earlier efforts in the 100m Backstroke, with a very impressive third position.

 

Day two saw Aimee competing in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke with a final heat in the 200m freestyle achieving a LC time of 2:30:14. Dominic fought bravely in the 50m and 100m Butterfly with good LC times of 28:28 for the 50m and 1:04:55 for the 100m.

 

The meet is a great opportunity for young swimmers to experience competing in a big pool, with some of the top clubs in the country taking part.

 
See our NEW On Line Club Shop - delivered free.

Clubshop are the appointed swimwear and accessory suppliers to Anaconda Swimming Club and offer a discount on full priced merchandise to all members.
To take advantage of this offer just click the Clubshop button. All sales help the club so please make Clubshop your first stop when you need any new products.

 
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE 12 DECEMBER 2009

Anaconda Swimming Club secured its place in the top flight of the National Arena League on Saturday, with a storming set of performances at Southbury Leisure Centre.

Club captain Leo Kirby led from the front, winning the open backstroke event, and scooping the silver medal spot in the open 200m individual medley with a personal best time of 2.20.80.

It was a great night for the older swimmers, powering to victory in both the men's and women's open freestyle relays, with Brett McLean also winning the fly and breast stroke races, against teams from London and the surrounding counties.

The 15/U boys ripped up the club record books yet again. The superb quartet of Dominic McLoughlin, Andrew Boadi, Joe Grubb and John Rivers won the freestyle relay in 1.48.77. John continued his scintillating run of form, smashing another club record to win the 100m freestyle in 57.75, while Dominic produced record-breaking swims in the 100m back and fly events, adding to his rich haul of club bests. The 15/U boys also seized second place in the medley relay, with Padraig Lynch swimming the final lengths in a fine 28.22.

The 15/U girls all contributed vital points to the scoreboard, with Lauren Speirs, Harley Greer, Chelcie Coyne and Kathleen Bartha taking the bronze medal place in the medley relay, and - joined by Morgan Mockler - Lauren, Harley and Kathleen sped to silver in the freestyle relay. Morgan also scooped a strong second place in the 13/U breast stroke event, and Jake Usher can be proud of two personal best backstroke times.

The 10-11 year old Anacondas all proved their great potential, with Ethan Harrington racing home first in the backstroke, and Aimee-Rose Nahal producing great swims for second spot in the butterfly, and third in the backstroke. Maisie Parker and Redi Qosja both scored highly commendable thirds in the freestyle, and the young relay teams - which also included Iona Ocak, Megan Thompson, Fred Celul and Fred Goudie - never finished lower than third.

On the poolside, club coach Michele Davies added to the strong team spirit with transfer tattoos for the swimmers, featuring the new club logo with a prowling snake - possibly a warning to other clubs to watch out when the Anacondas hit the water.

 
Anaconda Swimming Club - Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Anaconda Swimming Club will be held onFriday 13 November 2009 at 19.00 at IRB (Ironmonger Row Baths), London EC1

Anaconda Swimming Club is run on a voluntary basis by a small committee who are elected. The Committee needs your help. Please come to the AGM and find out how you can help the club.
All parents/guardians of swimming members of Anaconda and all adult swimming members (aged 18+) of Anaconda are entitled to vote. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.

AGENDA
1. To appoint a chair for the meeting
2. To receive the report and accounts for the year 2008
3. To elect a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and other members of the Management Committee

 
Anaconda Swimming Club at Holloway School Pool

Swimming Lessons and Club training

Free assessments Thurs 1 October, Saturday 3 October, Sunday 4 October and Wednesday 7 October.

Introductory offer for new members before end of October - 2 months free membership of Anaconda Swimming Club.

Venue
Holloway School Pool
28 Carleton Road
N7 0EQ

For more information email your name, childs name, age of child, address, telephone number and email address to:

holloway@anacondaswimmingclub.org.uk

 
THE LONDON SWIMMING WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009
Venue Barnet Copthall,Great North Way, Hendon NW4 1PS 
Date Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2009 
Age Based on your age on 8th November 2009 
Qualifying times You will need to have achieved their challenging qualifying times at an ASA Level 1, 2 or 3 licensed meet since 1st January 2009. 
Awards Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed swimmers in Junior Category and Open Category (17 and over) 
Costs Entry fees of £6 per event are payable in advanceOther costs include travel, parking and entry for spectators 
Furtherinformation and entry forms   · London Swimming’s website http://www.londonswimming.org/news/article/display/638 ·         Ask your swimming coach ·         Call Imelda (Dominic’s mum) on 020 7359 2125
 
IMPRESSIVE 43 MEDALS FOR ANACONDA

44 junior swimmers from Anaconda stormed home with a haul of 43 medals from the Edmonton Phoenix Winter Sprint competition last Saturday at Southbury Road.

Morgan Mockler (11) and Freddie Cornwell (10) scored perfect victories across each of the four strokes in their age groups, bringing the total of gold medals to eight for Anaconda. Mockler’s time of 34.19 set an outstanding record in the 50m backstroke, whilst her times for butterfly (33.83), breaststroke (40.64) and freestyle (32.41) hold excellent prospects for the Middlesex Championships to be held next month. Meanwhile Cornwell gave another show stopping performance to break his own backstroke record with 36.44 whilst swimming impressive times to take gold in butterfly (35.07); breaststroke (45.43) and freestyle (33.62).


Excellent silver medals were awarded to first-timer Fred Goudie (9), Aimee-Rose Nahal (10) and Ethan Harrington (10) whilst Naomi Jeffs (10) collected four bronze, Fred Celul collected three, and one bronze apiece went to ten-year olds Nahal, Megan Thompson, Maisie Parker and Emily Hepden, eleven year old Mario Robec and twelve year old Caitriona Wastell making a total of thirteen bronze for the junior team.


Seventeen new competitors from Anaconda were introduced to the gala, with impressive performances particularly from Marcos Manolopous (9), Isis Hudson (11) and Redi Qosja (10).

 

Anaconda’s Freddie Cornwell has scooped a BRITISH AGE GROUP (BAGCAT) award from his first splash at the Ponds Forge international pool in Sheffield last weekend. Olympic swimmer Melanie Marshall was on hand to present the award after the ten year old speedster took double-gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, also winning silver in the 200m butterfly in a nationally-ranked level one meet hosted by City of Derby. In a debut entrance to long-course (Olympic pool) swimming, Freddie also achieved a top age-group ranking for his three 50m events and re-wrote the club record book to amass a total of 1773 points, well ahead of his nearest rival from Wear Valley, with 1600.

 

In the thirteen year old age-group, Dominic McLoughlin swam eight events to claim a hotly contested second place BAGCAT award with 2621 points just behind James Clark of Swindon with 2679. Dom took first ranking in 50m backstroke and butterfly, setting a huge club record and personal best time of 30.53 seconds in the fly. Meanwhile, Brett McLean contested finals for four open men’s events, winning silver for 50m breaststroke in 31.77, bronze for 100m breaststroke in 1.11.57, and setting a personal best time in the 100m long course butterfly with 1.01.70.


Other star performers were eleven year old Morgan Mockler, who scored a second-place ranking in the 50m backstroke (36.07); Leo Kirby (16) with two personal best times of 27.24 in the 50m freestyle and 30.59 in the fly; Wayne Lock for the 50m breaststroke (33.53) and Dixie McLean in 200m individual medley (2.46.70) and 100m breaststroke (1.27.70).

 
ANACONDA CLIMB HIGH IN NATIONAL LEAGUE

John Rivers

Woodside, Watford

3rd & Final Round - 13th December 2008


Personal Best times and Club records flowed last Saturday as Anaconda reached its highest position ever in the National League! Competing in the final round at Watford, the rising swim-team inched out five clubs from the league, finishing overall in 11th place from 24 contenders in Division One.

The under 13’s boys team won the highest honours with six outright wins and smashing four club records in the process. Freddie Cornwell (10) astounded the crowd with his record-breaking 34.95 in the 50m butterfly, setting a time currently ranked as 4th in the country!

Dominic McLoughlin (13) won both the 100m freestyle and backstroke events and gained a new record of 27.35 in the relay lead-off, whilst Joe Grubb (13) swam a fabulous personal best time of 1.23.59 to win the 100m breaststroke. With team-mates Andrew Boadi and Padraig Lynch swimming well under best times in butterfly and freestyle, the U/13 boys set two cracking records in the relays and proved unbeatable in both medley and freestyle events.

Not to be outdone, the U/13 girls team of Jodie Sees, Lauren Spiers, Kathleen Bartha and Harley Greer took out the club record with an excellent lead-off from Sees to add to her personal best swim in the 100m butterfly.

Success was also had in the Under 15’s division, with McLoughlin teaming up with breaststroke maestro John Rivers and Clissold partners Daniel Melville and Gabriel Cramer, to smash records in both relays.

The final record went to the Open men’s team in the most exciting finish of the evening, when McLoughlin & Rivers joined Leo Kirby, William Larner, Brett McLean and coach Wayne Lock to lead the race until the final leg when they were sensationally overpowered by Watford.

Other outstanding swims with personal best times were recorded by, Naomi Jeffs, Chelcie Coyne, Ronnie Grubb, Clare Walton, Megan Thompson, Cramer, Bartha and Spiers.

Woodside, Watford

Tide flowing firmly in Rivers' favour

Middlesex County SC Championships

Southbury Road, Enfeild

6th & 7th December 2008

Personal Best times and Club records flowed last Saturday as Anaconda reached its highest position ever in the National League! Competing in the final round at Watford, the rising swim-team inched out five clubs from the league, finishing overall in 11th place from 24 contenders in Division One.

The under 13’s boys team won the highest honours with six outright wins and smashing four club records in the process. Freddie Cornwell (10) astounded the crowd with his record-breaking 34.95 in the 50m butterfly, setting a time currently ranked as 4th in the country!

Dominic McLoughlin (13) won both the 100m freestyle and backstroke events and gained a new record of 27.35 in the relay lead-off, whilst Joe Grubb (13) swam a fabulous personal best time of 1.23.59 to win the 100m breaststroke. With team-mates Andrew Boadi and Padraig Lynch swimming well under best times in butterfly and freestyle, the U/13 boys set two cracking records in the relays and proved unbeatable in both medley and freestyle events.

Not to be outdone, the U/13 girls team of Jodie Sees, Lauren Spiers, Kathleen Bartha and Harley Greer took out the club record with an excellent lead-off from Sees to add to her personal best swim in the 100m butterfly.

Success was also had in the Under 15’s division, with McLoughlin teaming up with breaststroke maestro John Rivers and Clissold partners Daniel Melville and Gabriel Cramer, to smash records in both relays.

The final record went to the Open men’s team in the most exciting finish of the evening, when McLoughlin & Rivers joined Leo Kirby, William Larner, Brett McLean and coach Wayne Lock to lead the race until the final leg when they were sensationally overpowered by Watford.

Other outstanding swims with personal best times were recorded by, Naomi Jeffs, Chelcie Coyne, Ronnie Grubb, Clare Walton, Megan Thompson, Cramer, Bartha and Spiers.

 

There were two fabulous relay legs timed at 30.44 for Kathleen Bartha and 31.08 for Lauren Speirs which helped set the record / win the bronze medals and Padraig Lynch also swum an excellent 39.16 for 50m Breaststroke but was unfortunate to be DQ'd at the start.

 

Anaconda medal tally:

Gold (3)

Brett McLean Open 50m Brst (30.99) Record

John Rivers U/14 Breast (33.40) Record

John Rivers U/16 Breast (33.40) Record



Silver (5)

John Rivers U/14 100m Brst 1.14.93 / 1.17.16

Clare Walton U/14 50m Brst 39.37 / 39.33

Men's Open 4 x 100m Medley Relay (4.18.21) Record

Boys 14/U 4 x 50m medley relay (2.10.92)

Boys 14/U 4 x 50m F/S relay (1.56.96)



Bronze (9)

John Rivers Open 50m Brst (33.40)

John Rivers U/14 50m F/S (27.18)

Clare Walton U/14 100m IM (1.15.15)

Clare Walton U/16 50m Breast 39.37 / 39.33

Clare Walton U/14 50m Back (34.64)

Dominic McLoughlin U/14 50m Back (33.08)

Brett McLean Open 100m IM (1.04.80)

Brett McLean Open 100m Fly (1.01.76)

Girls 14/U F/S relay (2.04.02)



17 New Club Records:

Dominic McLoughlin (6) 200m F/S 2.12.95; 50m Breast 36.69; 100m IM 1.09.57; 200m IM 2.30.52; 50m Fly 30.83; 50m F/S 27.40

Leo Kirby (4) 100m F/S 58.04; 200m F/S 2.12.59;

100m Back 1.06.00; 200m Back 2.26.70

Morgan Mockler (2) 100m Back 1.19.79; 100m IM 1.21.04 John Rivers (1) 50m Breast 33.40

Brett McLean (1) 50m Breast 30.99

Freddie Cornwell (1) 37.48

U/16 Girls 4x50m Medley Relay 2.20.15

(Clare 34.78; Harley 40.86; Morgan 34.07; Kathleen 30.44)

Open Men's 4x100m Medley Relay 4.18.21

(Leo 1.07.06; Brett 1.08.52; Wayne 1.03.09; Dominic 59.54)

Morgan just narrowly missed the record for 100m F/S with her super-fast time of 1.10.16.

There were plenty of other Personal Best times over the weekend, so well done to all of the following swimmers:

Joe Grubb - 400m IM 6.03.88 and 100m IM 1.17.61; Padraig Lynch - 100m Free 1.08.81 and 100m IM 1.20.04; Lauren Speirs - 100m Back 1.18.48; 50m Fly 36.17; 50m Free 32.31 and 100m IM 1.19.85;

Harley Greer - 200m Breast 3.17.39 and 100m IM 1.22.09;

Kathleen Bartha - 100m IM 1.19.13;



also 3 more PB’s for Leo Kirby - 100m Fly 1.07.34; 50m Fly 30.12 50m Free 27.29

 
Narrow Miss for Jim Savoury Trophy

Star Performers Joe Grubb, Kathleen Bartha and Jessie Baker

Star Swimmers Harley and Fred

Southbury Road, Enfeild

22nd November 2008

Anaconda narrowly missed winning the Jim Savoury Trophy after some outstanding individual and relay swims at Southbury Road, Enfield last Saturday. The super swimmers scored 13 first places and broke 7 club records on their way to second place behind Edmonton Phoenix, with only one race separating the gala between first and second place.

Individual event winners were: U/12 category - Fred Celul (50m Backstroke); U/14, - Lauren Spiers (50m Butterfly) & Kathleen Bartha (100m Freestyle); U/16 - Clare Walton (100m Backstroke) & John Rivers (100m Butterfly); Open Age – Wayne Lock (100m Breaststroke) & Brett McLean (100m Butterfly and Individual Medley).

 

McLean smashed the Club record in both individual events along with Rivers who produced an excellent butterfly swim of 1.06.87 to knock over a second off the previous mark. Ten year old Freddie Cornwell set yet another record in the 50m Butterfly (35.97) achieving a superb second place against older boys in the age-group whilst Leo Kirby (16) broke the seven year old mark with his time of 58.68 in the 100m Freestyle.

Clare Walton (1.14.26) and Dom McLoughlin (1.10.41) continued their sensational form this season by both breaking records in the 100m Individual Medley.

Relay winners on the night also included Andrew Bartha, Ronnie Grubb, Jodie Sees, Harley Greer, Joe Grubb, Tomas Sitek, Andrew Boadi and Padraig Lynch whilst Steve Jones set two personal best times and the Open Mens’ Team of Kirby, McLean, Lock and Rivers won the final event in record-breaking time (48.58).

 
Records Tumble in National League

Record Breakers Clare Walton and Dominic McLoughlin

1st Division National League

Woodside, Watford

8th November 08


A further fourteen records and twenty personal best times were set by Anaconda Swimmers during the second round of the National Swimming League in Watford last weekend.

The first division team was in top form with swimmers Morgan Mockler (11) and Dominic McLoughlin (13) leading the way with outright wins in the backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events.

Young challenger Freddie Cornwell (ten) broke two records competing in the 10-11 years age group for butterfly and freestyle, whilst John Rivers (14) also set two new marks, including the 100m freestyle (58.62) and 100m breaststroke (1.14.39). There were outstanding swims by Jessie Baker (14), Joe Grubb (13), Kathleen Bartha (13) and Ronnie Grubb (ten) who all broke personal best standards in the age-group events.

Brother and sister duo Brett & Dixie McLean returned to represent Anaconda in the Open age division, with Brett fighting Ipswich to the final touch in the breaststroke (Record 1.07.33) and also smashing the 100m butterfly mark in a new time of 1.00.60.

Clare Walton (14) had a dream run in the backstroke events, her time of 1.12.53 finally broke the Open Record of 1.13.00 set 23 years ago in 1985! Walton’s 50m time of 33.85 also set a new age-group and Open Record, whilst the men’s backstroke record was destroyed by Anaconda Masters swimmer Calvin Biss in a time of 1.03.38.

Four more standards were set in the relay events with Coach Wayne Lock, Leo Kirby, Daniel Melville, Gabriel, Jodie Sees, Lauren Spiers and Harley Greer joining the record ranks.

The previous weekend had yielded further success for the club when it sent two full teams to the John Watson Trophy Gala at Park Road and fetched the trophy as well as second place from local rivals Haringey and Bethnal Green. Anaconda is now awaiting the draw for the 3rd and final round of the National League to be held on 13th December.

 
Anaconda is celebrating victory over five 1st Division teams

Anaconda is celebrating victory over five 1st Division teams at the University of Hertfordshire pool last weekend. The speed-stars returned from their first outing in this year’s National Speedo League with an unprecedented bonanza of 18 new club records and 30 personal best swims from the 50-event programme. Last year’s national finalist Hatfield took out the first round, followed by Romford Town whilst Anaconda took a surprise 3rd place ahead of the best teams from Watford, Enfield, Runnymede, Saxon Crown and Sutton & Cheam.

Dominic McLoughlin (13) set a phenomenal 8 club records in the one evening including four individual marks in the 50m & 100m freestyle and 50m & 100m backstroke events. Dom accomplished a convincing sub-minute win (59.51) in the boy’s freestyle whilst Morgan Mockler (11) won the 10-11 years girl’s backstroke and set three records across three strokes (freestyle, backstroke and butterfly) at the shorter 50m distance.

Clare Walton (14) broke the individual record for 100m backstroke (1.13.01) and smashed three more in the relays along with team-mates Jessie Baker (14), Samara Williams (14), Julia Taylor (15), Veronika Kussa (Open), Rhianne Thomas (Open) & Kathleen Bartha (13). Bartha had already swum a supreme anchoring leg to set a new record in the 13/U freestyle relay with Harley Greer (13), Jodie Sees (13) and Lauren Spiers (13) whilst the 13/U and 15/U boys teams of McLoughlin, Joe Grubb (13), Andrew Boadi (13), Padraig Lynch (12), John Rivers (14), Gabriel Cramer (14), and Daniel Melville (15) set three further records in the relays.

Anaconda’s remaining individual record of the evening was set by ten year old Freddie Cornwell who lowered his own time to take 2nd place in the 11/U butterfly whilst Leo Kirby (16) swam a huge

personal best in the backstroke to come within tenths of the Open Age Record with his time of 1.06.64.


The super-strong team also boasted rare appearances from Rhianne Thomas, Andrew Boadi, Brett McLean and Veronika Kussa who had returned from university, boarding school, masters swimming and lifeguarding to compete for Anaconda in the league.

 
 
 
 
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