Atlantis Remain Undefeated in the Arena National League
12th November 2014
On Saturday evening, the Atlantis swimming team travelled to Maidstone for the second round of their Arena National League campaign. Sitting on top of the league after the first round, the swimmers were brimming with confidence as they came up against teams from Orpington, City of Canterbury, Croydon, Dartford and the host club Maidstone. Croydon had also had a very good first round gala result, and Atlantis were expecting a close battle with them and the team from Canterbury. After some very close opening relay races it appeared that would be the case as the three teams shared the top three places in 7 of the first 10 races. However, Atlantis were winning the most races and hence started to build a small points lead. This was to be how the evening progressed with Atlantis slowly moving further ahead. By the end of the 50 races, desite a spirited late charge by Croydon, Atlantis were relatively comfortable winners, having won 22 of the races and coming second in 15 of the others. The final points totals were Atlantis 242, Croydon 229, Canterbury 172, Maidstone 155, Orpington 148 and Dartford had 99.
The Deputy Head Coach from Atlantis, Andy Lobley said “There was a massive effort from our swimmers tonight and they all swam really well. We had several under the weather and a few carrying a niggle, but everyone stepped up to the mark and did a great job. Two wins puts us in the top gala for the last round which will be a real battle for all the clubs involved. I am expecting it to be full of Sussex clubs so that will be a good test for us. In the meantime we need to get back to work as a busy programme stretches out in front of us now.”
The next round will be the final round of this year’s competition, with the teams currently in the top 6 places swimming against each other for the league title. The winners and the runners up will also win promotion to the Premier League for next year’s competition, which pits them against the biggest and best clubs in the South of England.
The final round has since been announced, and it is indeed dominated by teams from Sussex with Atlantis, Crawley, Brighton and Hastings all flying the county flag and they will be joined by teams from Croydon and Black Lion Swimming Club from Kent. The venue for this exciting evening has yet to be announced, but it will be held on Saturday 13th December. Atlantis will be hoping to emulate their historic performance in 2011 when they won their first ever promotion to the Premier League, as they finished in second place, just 3 points behind the league winners Bromley.