Spring Open Meet, 2012.

8th May 2012

Atlantis Spring Open Meet.

On Sunday 6th May, Atlantis held its regular Level 3 Open meet at The Pavillions. This is now a regular competition in the swimming calendar for most swimming clubs in the South East, and our reputation for putting together a top class gala is obviously spreading wide, as we welcomed several clubs on their first visit to one of our galas. Clubs travelled from East and West Sussex, Surrey, Middlesex and London, and we have received some very positive feedback from several of their coaches. We hope to see them return in the future.

Our Gala committee (Giles Hundleby, Debbie Windle and Caroline Dedman), having called on the knowledge and experience of Roy Pennington, have worked very hard to organize our galas, and I think it is fair to say that they have now put together a very well organized ‘M.O.’, which results in Atlantis consistently hosting first class galas. Of course, on the day, they are ably assisted by a small army of volunteers without whose help, we could not hope to be so ‘professional’. I think there were about 22 parent volunteers helping on the day, and that is not counting our other parents that have qualified as timekeepers and judges. Add to these our coaches on poolside, and we soon see just how many people we rely on to run a successful gala. We have a terrific club spirit at Atlantis, not only amongst the swimmers, and on days like this, it really comes to the fore. Well done everyone.

And now to the swimming. Whilst several of our top swimmers were at K2 for the Youth Regional Championships, this was the last chance for some of our younger swimmers to try for the Age Group Regional qualifying times. With the County Championships passed, our swimmers could also start looking to get those qualifying times for next year’s championships, and for others it was a chance to get in the pool and enjoy some great racing and get some PBs and possibly win some medals!

The meet started early in the morning with a number of personal best times achieved from the first event, and this was the theme throughout the day . Atlantis swimmers collected well deserved medals as well, just rewards for the hours of training put in the pool. At the end of the day the team had achieved 150 personal best times, a truly fantastic performance !

Individual winners were , James Hartley (12) , Natasha Golding (13) , Rose Stride (11) , Beth Hundleby (15) , James North (10) , Aimee Davies (12), Lily Cherriman (11) , George Boyle (14) , Cavan Murphy (13) , Rebecca Barber (9) , Edward Hundleby (13).

Head Coach Bill Penny said " The swimmers should be very proud of themselves , it shows what hard work in the pool can achieve and that Atlantis keeps producing great home grown talent in depth ".