Atlantis in the Solent

9th April 2012

Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club once again hosted their traditional and extremely popular Easter swim meet. Starting on the Thursday evening the meet runs till Sunday evening and this year entertained 54 clubs mainly from the South East but with clubs travelling from as far Northampton.

Thursday evening was the start of the event with the Atlantis team represented by Kate and Ella Windle and new teammate Rose Stride in the 800M Freestyle. All gave solid performances with Ella (13) breaking the 10 minute barrier for the first time. An early start the following morning bounced into action with Beth Britton reaching the final of the 50M Butterfly. It was the start of a great weekend for Beth, who finished with 5 Medals and her third British Age Group National Qualifying time in the 100M freestyle. Beth was also awarded with the Top Girl for 12 year olds. Other medal winners from the weekend were Kate Windle (400m IM), Yasmin Hooker (50m Backstroke), and Bex Lobley (200m Breaststroke). Notable swims also came from Cavan Murphy and George Charter in the 50M freestyle both edging closer to the 30 second barrier. Cameron Lambourne and Bex Lobley once again cemented their form with repeated National Qualifying times.

Deputy Head Coach Andy Lobley commented “I was delighted with all of our swimmers’ performances this weekend. Our focus is on the Regional Championships and our swimmers this weekend are in heavy training, so to perform at the level they did shows what great shape they are all in. We are a motivated team who swim for each other, as well as ourselves, and that team spirit carries through from our training to competition”.