ATLANTIS NATIONALS DOUBLE
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”.