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KATY AND CAM AT ENGLISH SCHOOLS FINALS

26th October 2009

KATY AND CAM AT ENGLISH SCHOOLS FINALS

Atlantis Horsham swimmers Katy Harris and Cam Lambourne helped Division 12 of the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) into a highest-ever runners-up spot in the ESSA Championship finals at Crystal Palace on Friday and Saturday.

Division 12 – comprising swimmers from schools in Dorset, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, the Channel Islands and Isle of Wight – finished second with 221 points behind Division 5 (Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire), which includes swimmers from the very strong swimming school, Millfield, and the top competitive swimming club Plymouth Leander.

Katy, who attends Steyning Grammar, helped the intermediate girls’ team into the final of the freestyle relay and swam a long course time of 1.03.35 in the individual 100m free – just a few seconds away from a national qualifying time.  Cam, who attends Tanbridge House School in Horsham and was nursing an injured knee, put in another series of great performances, collecting a couple of bronze medals for the 4 x 50m IM and Free.  Although Cam’s relay team didn’t win, it was inside the ESSA’s previous championship record times for the events.  He also took silver in the individual 100m free going inside the long course national qualifying times in both the heats and the final with very consistent swims of 56.61 and 56.90 respectively.

Typically Cam, showing that will to win, was afterwards focused more on how he could improve rather than on his silver achievement.  Had he won on Saturday he would have been picked to represent England Schools in the international schools’ swimming championships.  “I’m determined to put that right next time” says a philosophical Cam.     

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