6th December 2011

Two Atlantis swimmers grabbed National Qualifying Times at the South East Winter Regionals at the Aldershot Garrison 50m pool on Sunday.  This was the high point of a weekend of racing for the Horsham Club.

Cameron Lambourne (16), who had already secured a NQT for his premier 100m free event over 25m short course at the National Inter-counties Championships in Sheffield in October, repeated the feat in the 50m long course format.  Electing to go for a 100m time trial during the 200m free event, he powered ahead of the rest of the heat to set himself up with a great chance in the final 50m.  He judged it perfectly and touched in a time of 53.88, inside the NQT of 54.47.

Cam was also going for a qualifying time in 50m free for the British Championships to be held in the new Olympic Pool in March.  He went agonisingly close finishing in a time of 24.75, just outside the qualifying time of 24.43.  It is surely only a matter of time before he gets it.  He did however have the small consolation of picking up a bronze medal in the Junior Championship.

The other Nationals qualifier was Bex Lobley (16).  She took control of her heat from the start and surged into a decisive lead.  Swimming with great determination and control, and with no-one to swim against she maintained her tempo throughout to finish in an excellent time of 2.43.22, well inside the NQT of 2.46.17.  This result completed a fantastic return to top form for Bex, who just missed out on national qualification last year, having achieved it for the first time the year before.

Atlantis had another 7 swimmers competing at the Regional Championships - Kate Windle, Jade Stocker, Issy Dunlop, Yasmin Hooker, Emma Dedman, Beth Britton and Isobel Davis -  and the group achieved 8 automatic Regional Qualifying Times between them in addition to the two National Times.

Head Coach Bill Penny said:  “I’m delighted for our two national qualifiers, who swam a couple of terrific times.  They can look forward to the rest of the season with great confidence and have shown the way for others hopefully to follow”.