Atlantis start their league campaign in style
14th October 2014
Saturday was the first round of The National Arena Swimming League for clubs all over England. They compete in the first three rounds regionally, with the winners of each region going on to the national final. Atlantis swim in the South East region, currently in Division One East and on Saturday they welcomed teams from Beckenham, Brighton, Dover, Erith and Orpington to The Pavilions for their first gala. The event is comprised of 50 races for swimmers in age groups 9-11 years, under14, under 16 and 16 and over, incorporating all strokes both individually and of course, the very exciting relays.
The spectator gallery was full and in great voice as the racing got under way. After the first ten races, eight of which were relays, it was already becoming clear that Atlantis and Brighton were the stronger teams and it was going to be an evening long battle between them for the top two places. Atlantis had a five point lead at this stage and they proceeded to win the next 5 races which helped them to a 13point cushion after 18 events. Despite being so early in the season, the Atlantis swimmers were looking very strong and were posting very impressive times across all the age groups. Having established a 17 point lead by the halfway stage, they never really looked back, and finished the evening with 256 points, 37 points ahead of Brighton and a massive 90points ahead of third placed Erith & District.
Closer analysis showed that Atlantis had won 25 of the 50 races, leading Head Coach on the evening, Andy Lobley to say: ‘Massive congratulations to the whole team! I am so proud of them. They showed fantastic team spirit and really supported each other brilliantly. Nevertheless, it is back to training tomorrow as we need to work hard in preparation for the next round’
Senior Boys Captain, Andrew Kershaw also commented on the fantastic result: ‘We swam really well as a team tonight, and it was great to do that in our own pool in front of our fantastic supporters. They created a fantastic atmosphere which really helps us to swim our best. This puts us in a good position and we can’t wait to see the draw for the next round’
The second round will be on Saturday 8th November, and could possibly pit Atlantis against another of their local rivals, Crawley SC. Whoever they are drawn to swim against, it certainly will be an exciting evening!