6th November 2011

11 Atlantis swimmers will be competing for their Horsham schools at the ESSA Secondary Schools Team Championships at the Quays in Southampton on Saturday 26th November.  The Championships pit 16 teams from all over the country in three age groups - Junior, Intermediate and Senior - racing in 200m freestyle and medley relays. 

All the teams qualified at the Sussex round of the South East Divisional trials at K2 in Crawley on 13th October.  The Millais Girls’ Junior team finished second behind Sackville School in the freestyle and first in the medley at the trials; the Millais Girls’ Intermediate team won their medley trial; while the Tanbridge Boys’ Intermediate team won both their freestyle and medley trial. 

Beth Britton (12) (free), Yasmin Hooker (12) (back), Eleanor Morris (12) (fly) and Jade Stocker (13) (breast) will be representing Millais School in both of the Junior relays.  They will be seeded 6th fastest in the free and 2nd fastest in the medley and are in with a real chance of being among the medals.

Emma Dedman (15) (back), Beth Hundleby (15) (free), Bex Lobley (15) (breast) and Sabrina Watson (14) (fly) will make up the Millais Intermediate Girls‘ team in the medley relay and are seeded 10th, the second fastest qualifiers from the South East.  They also finished 2nd in the freestyle trial, but have had to settle for being second reserves in this event for the finals.

The Tanbridge Boys‘ Intermediate team will be represented in both the freestyle and medley relays by Sam Carter (15) (fly), Cam Lambourne (16) (back) and Duncan Smith (15) (breast).  The fourth member of the team is Josh Trout, who swims for Crawley SC, although  Dad Nick is a long-time member of Atlantis.  The Tanbridge team is seeded 6th in both events.

The Horsham schools will be up against some quality competition, including Millfield School, Plymouth College and Guildford High School.

Atlantis Deputy Head Coach and Millais parent Andy Lobley said: “It is great that Horsham will be represented by 3 school teams at these national finals.  As a club, Atlantis is trying to build up a real swimming tradition in the District.  We want Horsham to be known around the country as a a real swimming town and to repay in results the investment that our local council has made in some fantastic facilities”.