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Anaconda youngsters among medals as Aquatic Centre hosts Winter Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 November 2017

Anaconda's Elena Dewhurst and Tommy Donovan with coaches Wayne Lock and Joe Grubb (pic Leto Atherton)

Anaconda's Elena Dewhurst and Tommy Donovan with coaches Wayne Lock and Joe Grubb (pic Leto Atherton)

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Islington’s Anaconda Swimming Club picked up three medals at the London Regional Winter Championships at the Aquatic Centre last weekend.

A group of 17 swimmers competed in 41 events, with nine finals reached and a total of 17 personal bests recorded.

Tommy Donovan, 16, won gold in the 16 & under 50 metres breaststroke in a time of 30.26 seconds, after clocking 29.90 in the heats to dip under 30 secs for the first time and move up to third in the British rankings.

Donovan also won silver in the 100m breaststroke in 1.08.32, while clubmate Elena Dewhurst struck gold in the 16 & under 50m freestyle.

Dewhurst clocked 26.88, the exact same best that saw her claim gold at the British Summer Championships and remains number one in the British rankings for 14 years olds.

Donovan reached three other finals over the weekend, finishing fourth in the 200m breaststroke, eighth in the 50m freestyle and 10th in the 50m butterfly.

Dewhurst was fourth in the 50m butterfly and a reserve for the 100m freestyle final, while 24-year-old Anatoly Bugakov was seventh in the men’s open 50m butterfly after a new best of 26.36.

Alice Hockey, 15, was sixth in the 16 & under 50m breaststroke, while Sadie Goldin, 13, was a reserve for the 50m freestyle and backstroke finals, after setting bests of 28.21 and 32.70, as well as 1.13.01 in the 100m backstroke.

Esme Llewellyn-Smith, 17, was a reserve in the women’s open 50m butterfly final after setting a new best of 31.08, while Donovan clocked bests in the 50m freestyle (26.09) and butterfly (27.72).

Dewhurst swam a new best of 37.43 in the 50m breaststroke, while Jess Neale (31.11) and Sadie Wilson (33.94) set new marks in 50m butterfly and backstroke.

Dorothy Brock (28.43), Hockey (29.22) and Emily Thomas (29.81) all bettered their 50m freestyle bests, as Alice Bayley swam a fastest-ever 2.51.28 in her 200m medley, and Luke Dudley clocked 1.04.27 in his 100m butterfly.

Leto Atherton, Mabli Elliman, Polly Rayner, Sydney Celul and Ali Woolley were also in action and head coach Wayne Lock said: “I feel pretty pleased with the results this early in the season considering the swimmers were untapered. It was great practice against good competition and the swimmers will be reminded of what they need to focus on as we build through the training cycle.”

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