Anaconda swimmers praised for their Middlesex Championships performance

PUBLISHED: 12:57 25 February 2015

Anaconda swimmers at the Middlesex Championships race at Barnet Copthall

Anaconda swimmers at the Middlesex Championships race at Barnet Copthall


Anaconda SC coach Wayne Lock was full of praise after a record number of the club’s young swimmers achieved qualifying times in the Middlesex Championships.

A total of 35 youngsters from the Cally Pool-based club – approximately twice as many as last year – gained county times at the championships, which were spread across three weekends.

“It’s a tribute to a lot of hard work in the pool,” said Lock, the club’s head coach. “And I was particularly delighted to see such a big increase in numbers when the qualifying times had just been made faster than ever.

“The club has built a great work ethos, and that should be a strong platform for future successes.”

Among several excellent Anaconda performances, Alistair Woolley, Max Greenhalgh, Elena Dewhurst and Agnes Benedict all swam personal best times to reach a final, and then broke those records again in their finals.

Lock also commended 17-year-old Alex Tegene, who jumped 21 places from his entry time seeding, knocking 1.30 seconds off his previous best performance in the highly-contested 50m freestyle event.

Meanwhile, eight Anaconda swimmers have already achieved automatic qualifying times for the London Regional Championships, which are scheduled to take place in May.

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