27th June 2011

Atlantis registered a convincing victory in the second round of the Sussex Swimming League Division 1 on Saturday night at the Arun Leisure, Bognor Regis.

Atlantis was competing against near neighbours Mid-Sussex Marlins - who are based at the Triangle in Burgess Hill - and Littlehampton.  Both Atlantis’ competitors were coming into this gala with wins under their belts from the last round, with Marlins in particular on a high after beating last year’s champions Crawley.

The Atlantis team made its intentions clear from the first race with Rebecca Lobley winning the u 16 IM.  After 10 of the 55 events Atlantis had raced into a 20-point lead.  As the evening wore on Atlantis gradually extended its lead.  The gala ended with a crescendo of noise from excited swimmers and watching supporters for the traditional mixed squadron relay, with one boy and one girl from each age group (8 in total) swimming in ascending order.  The lead in the final relay swung first towards Atlantis and then back to Marlins, with nothing to choose between the two teams until the final leg; however Guy Sherwin made sure that Atlantis finished in style.

The final points totals were Atlantis - 409; Mid Sussex Marlins - 322; and Littlehampton - 279.  The result left many in the Atlantis camp wondering what might have been in the first gala - in which Atlantis was forced into second place by a resurgent Brighton team - had it been possible to field a full-strength squad.

With Brighton already crowned league champions, Atlantis head into their final gala at K2 in 2 weeks time against Crawley and East Grinstead in search of the runners-up spot - which would equal the Club’s highest ever Sussex League finish it achieved last year.         

Team Manager Andy Lobley said:  “All the guys amazed me tonight.  What a performance!

You were fantastic Each and every one of the team was fantastic.  There was a great team spirit and they did themselves proud.”

Earlier in the day, Atlantis Boys’ Senior Club Captain had attended the Sussex ASA Annual Council Meeting and Awards Ceremony in Brighton, where he collected his trophies for being the County’s Junior and Open 100m freestyle champion for 2011.  He also collected on behalf of Senior Girls’ Captain Katy Harris, the Open 100m backstroke trophy.

At the same meeting Atlantis Club Chairman Andrew Dunlop was elected to the Sussex ASA management committee and Deputy Head Coach to the Swimming Committee.  Commenting afterwards Andrew Dunlop said: “As a club Atlantis has decided to get more involved with the County to see if we can help to develop a progressive strategy to increase the standard of competitive swimming in Sussex and in so doing to increase the numbers of local swimmers wanting to become involved in this great sport.”

Further Information: Andrew Dunlop - 07710 352023