KATE’S A SOUTH EAST CHAMP
31st May 2011
Atlantis swimmer Kate Windle (10) followed up her recent success at the English Schools Regional Championships with an outstanding individual performance at the first weekend of competition in the South East Regional Age Group Swimming Championships at K2.
She bagged 5 medals over two days - a record for an Atlantis swimmer at the regionals - including two golds in the 200m IM and 100 back, two silvers in the 400 free and the 100 breast and a bronze in the 100 fly to underline her all-round versatility in both strokes and distances. Kate, who turns 11 just before the cut off for the ASA National Championships, just missed out on the 11-year old 100 breast national qualifying time by just over a second and wasn’t far off a national time for the 200 IM.
In all 8 Atlantis swimmers were competing in the event, which is for boys of 14 and under and girls of 13 and under. Kate’s elder sister Ella (12) recorded big PBs in the distance events, knocking nearly 17 secs off her 800 free time and over 8 secs off in the 400 free to take 4th place. Beth Britton (12) came desperately close to achieving a national time in the 100 back, falling short by only a few hundreths of a second. Also flying the flag for Atlantis were Jess Matlock, Jade Stocker, Aimee Davies, Joe Harrod and Eleanor Morris.
The next weekend of events for the Age Group Regionals is on 11th/12th June, when Beth Britton will be targeting the 200 back and 100 free and Kate Windle the 200m breast, events in which both girls are close to national times. Kate is also very much in the running to win the overall points award for her age group.
Atlantis Head Coach Bill Penny said: “Kate deserves her success. She trains hard and was up against some quality competition. It is no mean feat to come away with 5 medals. If all my swimmers continue to work on their technique, then they will stand a good chance of realising their full potential as they move through the age groups”.
It was a busy weekend for Atlantis with groups of swimmers at two other different meets. A group of the Club’s senior swimmers took part in the inaugural British Swimming Beacon Centre Meet at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Issy Dunlop won a couple of silver medals in the 100 and 200 breast, while Chloe Wheatland took bronze in her age group 200 breast. For Chloe this was a great result as she not only scored a good PB, but also won her first Open Meet medal away from Atlantis’ home pool in Horsham.
A squad of a dozen less experienced swimmers took part in the Vanessa Knight Sprint Meet at Bognor Regis. In a programme of 50s in all events and a 100 IM, all the swimmers competed well and gained valuable experience.
Further Information: Andrew Dunlop - 07710 352023