17th October 2011

Four Atlantis swimmers -  Cameron Lambourne, Sam Carter, Issy Dunlop and Beth Britton - took part as part of the Sussex team in this year’s British Gas National Inter-counties National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on Sunday.  38 teams from across England, Scotland and Wales were taking part in two divisional competitions run simultaneously in two 25m pools at the Sheffield complex. 

The competitors ranged from juniors (12/13 year olds) through to seniors (16/17 year olds) and included the cream of young British swimming talent such as international breast-stroker Molly Renshaw, who competed for Team GB at the recent World Championships in Shanghai.

All four swimmers gave a good account of themselves, but this was not enough to prevent Sussex from finishing in 19th place out of 20 counties in Division 1, with only 9 points separating 16th and 19th.  This means that after a stay in the top division of 4 years, Sussex is one of four counties relegated to Division 2.

First up for Atlantis was Cam Lambourne (16) in 16/17 yrs 100m freestyle.  Cam finished 3rd in his heat in a time of 52.68, a PB and inside the short course national qualifying time of 53.01.  Beth Britton (12) making her county debut and who also swam in the 100 back, swam magnificently in the 12/13 yrs 100m free taking 3rd in her heat in another best time of 1.02.24, inside the 12 yrs national qualifying time, and just outside the 13 year old time that Beth will be by the time of the 2012 Nationals.  Issy Dunlop (16) was the third Atlantis member swimming an individual event.  She finished 4th in her heat in the the 16/17 yrs 100m breast in yet another short course personal best of 1.14.51, less than a second away from the 17 yrs national qualifying time.

In the relays Cam - who also swam in the final mixed 6 x 50m freestyle squadron - relay helped the Sussex mens 16/17 yrs team to a great 7th overall position in the 4 x 200 medley.  Swimming the final freestyle leg he clocked a super fast split time of 23.75.  In the ladies 16/17 yrs medley relay Issy swam the breaststroke leg and clocked a quick split time of 34.64 as Sussex finished in a very creditable 11th place overall.  Beth swam the anchor backstroke leg for the 12/13 yrs girls in the junior medley relay and swam a PB of 33.02.

Atlantis Chairman Andrew Dunlop, recently elected to the management committee of the Sussex ASA, who travelled to Sheffield with the team commented:  “Clearly it was disappointing that Sussex were not able to retain their Division 1 status.  However, all of the Sussex squad swam their hearts out and gave of their best.  The Atlantis swimmers certainly kept their end up with some great swims.  The county will now be working very hard to ensure we earn promotion back to Division 1 next year”.