25th July 2011

Atlantis swimmer Kate Windle (11) made her presence felt competing in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield on Friday, making the finals in 200m breast.  Kate - who qualified for the Championships at the South East Regional Championships in June - was competing in her first Nationals and was one of the youngest competitors in her age group, having just had her 11th birthday.

She swam magnificently in the heats in the morning knocking over 2 seconds off her entry time to record a new PB of 2.59.49, and qualifying in 7th place for the ten-strong final.  She produced an even better swim in the evening finals knocking a further 1 second off her PB to come home in a time of 2.58.43 and finishing overall in 8th place - a superb result for her Nationals debut against the best swimmers of her age in the country.

Kate also qualified for the 400 IM and swam in the heats on Monday.  She was well up with the pace after the fly and backstroke legs, but her exertions of Friday caught up with her over the final half of the race and she finished in a time of 5.49.57, just outside her PB.  However, overall Kate was delighted with her performance and is looking forward to qualifying for and competing in the Nationals next year!

Kate is now hot-footing it to the airport with her family to Shanghai to watch the World Swimming Championships that are currently taking place in China!

Atlantis Deputy Head Coach Andy Lobley, who was accompanying Kate in Sheffield said: “Kate did herself proud.  She achieved her target of making the final in the 200 breast and recorded two PBs - you can’t ask for better than that.”

Head Coach Bill Penny said: “Kate deserves her success.  She has worked hard all season and has bags of promise.”

Attention now turns this week to the British Gas National Youth Championships, with three Atlantis swimmers competing.  Cam Lambourne swims in the 100 and 50 free, Issy Dunlop in 200 breast and Katy Harris in 100 back.