12th June 2011

Kate Windle (10) continued her purple patch of form, achieving two national qualifying times (NQTs), during a series of fantastic performances on the second weekend of the South East Regional Age Group Championships at K2.  She added a further 5 medals to the 5 she won on the first weekend of competition - 3 golds in the 200 breast, 400 IM and 200m back, a silver in the 100 free and bronze in the 200 free. She emerged - not surprisingly - as the top 10 year-old girl in the region by a decisive margin.

The highlights were two powerful swims in the 200 breast and 400 IM.  In the 200 breast she moved smoothly through the gears to go well clear of her competition, recording an impressive 44 secs in the final 50m to smash through the NQT by over 3 secs.  Now full of confidence, she repeated the feat in the next race by completing the 400 IM nearly 1 sec inside the NQT, in an event she had not been targeting for this.  Kate’s achievement was all the more impressive as she had to achieve 11 year-old NQTs; her 11th birthday is not for another 10 days!

Kate’s team-mate Beth Britton (12) was another Atlantis swimmer who performed impressively and with great courage.  She suffered the heart-break of missing out on two national times by the identical narrowest of margins.  In the 100 free she was aiming for a NQT of 1.03.59 and - giving her all - finished 3rd in a time of 1.03.60; less than the blink of an eye outside the time.  In the 200 back she came agonisingly close again.  Swimming alone out in front in her heat, she looked well set entering the final 10 metres and could not believe her eyes when she saw that her time of 2.34.54 was just outside the 2.34.53 NQT.  Beth picked up two bronze medals in the 100 free and 200 back and finished a very creditable 7th in the overall points for her Age Group.

Ella Windle (12) also had a successful championships picking up a brace of good PBs and finishing just behind Beth in overall 8th place in her Age Group.  Aimee Davies (11) continued to show great progress, with a top ten finish in her Age Group.  Jess Matlock, Jade Stocker, Tegan Jenkins, Eleanor Morris and Leah Clarke completed the line-up for what was Atlantis’ strongest representation at the Regionals.

Atlantis‘ haul of 12 medals made the Horsham club Sussex’s most successful at this year’s championships.

Kate Windle’s NQTs mean that for the third year in a row, Atlantis will have at least 4 swimmers representing the club at this year’s Nationals.

Head Coach Bill Penny said: “This was a great weekend for Atlantis.  Kate will rightly steal the headlines for a great achievement - the first Atlantis swimmer to win a regional Age Group.  Beth should also be proud of her performances. Both girls are in the early stages of their swimming careers and can look forward to bright futures if they continue to work hard ”.        

Further Information: Andrew Dunlop - 07710 352023