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.