Atlantis come close to winning!

3rd June 2012

Teams from Brighton, Crawley, Beacon and Cheam along with Atlantis gathered at the K2 to compete in the annual Gadstone Voller relay gala.

The age groups were 10 & Under, 12 & under, 14& under and Open and gives a great opportunity for swimmers who havenít done a team gala before or who donít always get an opportunity to compete at Sussex League level. Despite being peak holiday time, once again we turned out in force and the spectator area was full with parents supporting their swimmers.

A real family occasion was felt as we had the entire Harrison clan swimming with Emma , Sian and Mum Becky , all three Whyman sisters - Ethel, Bluebell and Grace, both Cumbers - Gemma and Dad , both Scott brothers - Alf and Wes , both Lee sisters - Sophie and Lucy, Kian Cooke and Ralph with Mum poolside, Ellen and Olivia Winter, both Magees - Maya and Amber, both Goldings - Natasha and Pete (timekeeping) , both Kershaws - Andrew and Dad ( takeover judge ! ) , both Maunders - Milo and Poppy and finally all three Carey's - William swimming and Kate and Maddy helping poolside. The rest of the team included Cavan Murphy, Mat Lamborne, Nick Cooper, Sam Hawkins, Louis Batten, Dan Jones, Andrew Wilkie and Lily Davis.

The first event was the Girls 12 & under free relay and our team cruised to victory which set us up for a very competitive evening. Crawley had two teams swimming and their A team was very strong. Brighton also brought a very strong team and along with Atlantis it was clear from the beginning that the winner would come from one of these three teams.

We kept Crawley in our sights all evening with many victories and second place finishes but at the half way point, we were joint second with Brighton with Crawley slightly ahead.

We put together a number of first place finishes towards the end with the Mixed Girls medley relay and the Open Boys breast along with our unbeaten 12&U girls team but we just fell short of Crawley who won with 164 pts, Atlantis second with 146 pts and Brighton third with 138 pts.

It was very pleasing to see so many swimmers improving, enjoying themselves and swimming fast.

Well done to everyone who swam, helped out and supported us Ė it was a great evening and very exciting.