9th November 2009

Four Atlantis swimmers under the guidance of Chief Coach Bill Penny competed over the weekend at the two-day South East Region Open and Junior Winter Swimming Championships at the Aldershot Garrison Pool.

Senior Mens’ Captain Jonny Blyth swam in the 100m free, 50m breast, 50m fly, 100m breast, 100m fly and 50m free; Senior Girls’ captain Katy Harris in the 50m free, 200m back, 100m free, 100m back and 50m fly; Junior Girls’ captain Issy Dunlop in the 50m,100m and 200m breast; and Nationals’ medallist Cam Lambourne in the 50m free, 100m free, 200m free, and 400m free.  Unusually for a regional event, the championships were run under a short course format.

After a slow start on the first day, the Atlantis swimmers were certainly at the races by the second day and turned in a string of good swims.  Cam Lambourne, who a few weeks ago achieved his national qualifying time for 100m free, swam a very controlled and mature race to achieve his 200m free national qualifying time with a PB of 2.00.18 – in touching distance of breaking 2 minutes for the first time.  Jonny Blyth reached the final of the 50m breast with a time of 32.67, while Issy Dunlop reached a regional final for the first time with a PB of 2.50.47 in the 200m breast.  Katy Harris continued to show good form in freestyle events going close to breaking for the first time 1 minute in the 100m free, with PB of 1.00.74.

Bill Penny said: “We enjoyed a decent second day with some very encouraging performances.  Our swimmers showed up well against the cream of the South East’s competitors.  This was valuable experience for the future”.      

Further Information:  Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023