In the latest round of the North London graded league, hosted by Acton at Feltham Airparcs on Saturday, head coach Giuseppe Caporaso watched with mixed feelings as his team achieved a phenomenal number of personal best times.
Normally that is a cause for celebration, but under the quixotic rules of the competition, teams are penalised when swimmers are faster than the permitted times.
Although the plethora of best times made Acton's last place inevitable, it was a thrilling contest with Anaconda defeating Northolt Phoenix by just one point in a nail biting final round of the six-team event.
Every member of Acton's team achieved a personal best, either in the individual events or as part of a relay team.
There were exceptional swims from Ugne Vijeikyte and Adam Plavsic (100m freestyle), Adam Plavsic and Lewis Rodriguez (50m freestyle), Louise Innes and Ryan Beresford (50m backstroke), Isabel Barnes and Merlin Harrows (25m breaststroke), Adam Aubeelack (25m butterfly), Sophie Szyszko (50m breaststroke), Bianca de Zoysa (25m freestyle and 50m butterfly) and Jordan de Zoysa (25m backstroke).
Max Honigsbaum made an impressive debut for the club in several individual and team events, including the final squadron relay in which Max, Matthew Plavsic, Ieuan Beetham, Douglas Lambourne, Lewis Rodriguez, Adam Plavsic and Ryan Beresford swam much too fast for the competition.
Aukse Vijeikyte, Sascha Compton, Anna and Tom Szyszko, Cameron Roker and Hannah Compton also achieved event-breaking performances.
Acton's masters also got off to a flying start at the South East Region Masters' Open Sprint Meet at Guildford.
It was an action packed meet in which a world record tumbled. In the face of such stiff competition, Malcolm Munro, 61, was delighted to take gold in the 50m breaststroke and three backstroke silvers.
Tony Pepper, 41, won bronze in the 100m backstroke and Salif Diallo, 27, swam extremely well in a highly competitive age group, coming seventh in the 100m butterfly and freestyle.
The masters also made their mark at the Barnet Copthall Open Sprint Meet, which attracted competitors from all over the South East and Midlands.
Once again Munro triumphed in his age group, winning two golds and two silvers.
Tracey Kain, 38, won two golds and two bronze medals. Trevor Porter, 56, took two golds and one bronze and Tony Pepper, 41, achieved a hat trick with gold, silver and bronze.
In the 65-69 age group, David Mathison took a silver and two bronze medals and Ian Pritchard, 44, won silver in his age group.
Anita Potter and Aimee Wells teamed up with the men and won two gold medals in the 200m mixed freestyle and medley relays. On his debut for the masters, Diallo achieved a personal best in the 100m freestyle.