4th November 2009

The first day of the 2009 Sussex County Development Meet was held at the Prince Regent Pool in Brighton on Sunday 1st November.  Atlantis was represented by a team of over 20 of its most promising younger swimmers.

The aim of the Development Meet is to provide swimmers with an opportunity to achieve their qualifying times for the 2010 County Championships held at K2 next February and March.

The Atlantis team put on a great display for a large and vocal contingent of supporting parents and produced some exciting swims and lots of pbs.

Jess Matlock was competing for the first time, having recently turned 9, and produced four astonishing swims to win the Girls 9 years 200m Free and 50m Free, and finish third in the 200m Back and 100m IM - all with County Qualifying Times (CQTs).  Beth Britton turned on the power to win the Girls 10 years 200m Free and 200m Back by some margin and achieve CQTs.  Kate Windle continued her rapid rise through the swimming ranks with a great performance in the 200m Back to achieve her CQT and maintain her growing reputation as a swimmer to watch.

Other swimmers who achieved CQTs were Issy Harrod in the Girls 10 years 200m and 50m Free and 200m IM, Jennifer Nash in the Girls 12 years 100m Free, Aimee Davies in the Girls 10 years 200m Free, Gemma Cumber in the Girls 9 years 50m and 200m Back and 100m IM, and Emma Dedman in the Girls 13 years 100m IM.  For the boys, George Boyle swam a great race in the Boys 11 years 200m Breast, but unfortunately missed his CQT by just 1 second.

The other swimmers competing were Amber Magee, Sophie Lee, Lucy Lee, Tom Kane, Rose Cumber, Chloe Wheatland, Tegan Jenkins, Natasha Godfrey, Bryony Moore, Sabrina Watson, Caitlin Moore, Eleanor Morris, Philippa Crundwell, Andrew Kershaw and Natasha Golding.  

The teams manager Paul Blyth said:  Im delighted with a great team effort.  This performance underlines the fact that we have a fantastic crop of very good young swimmers.  If they keep working hard and continue to show the right attitude, the future looks very bright.