3rd March 2015

Atlantis swimmers made a storming start to the Sussex County Championships led by outstanding efforts by good friends Lily Davis and Beth Britton who scooped a total of seven County Championship titles between them, unprecedented in the club`s history and the prospect of more to come in the fortnight. Lily was supreme in the 50 & 100 metres breaststroke events winning both the Open & Junior Championship titles with her teammates Lauren Pedel and Anya Elvin finishing runner up and third respectively. Beth won the 100 free Open Championship from the outside Lane 8, taking the lead at the 50 and seeing off all challenges to the cheers of the club`s vocal supporters in the grandstand and followed that with Junior Championship victories in the 200m Individual Medley and 50 metres freestyle events. Yasmin Hooker produced a great performance in the Open 200 backstroke finishing runner up despite a couple of weeks of illness. They were well supported by the rest of their team mates who were reeling off a stream of impressive performances in the club`s quest to retain itís position of Sussex`s premier swim team.The 12 years girls were dominant with all-round speedster Rebecca Barber claiming six golds and Ethel Whyman and Ellie Smith weighing in with another ten medals between them.The junior boys also made a strong showing in their division with Hamish Milne-Skillman and James Hartley Junior 200 Breaststroke runner up winning golds and multiple silvers from them and team-mates Dan Jones and Sam Hawkins. Lauren Pedal took golds in the 15 years 50 & 100 breaststroke with club mate Anya Elvin taking the silvers. Amelia Wright secured a clutch of silvers with excellent swims in the 13 years. Two of our youngsters to stand out as great prospects for the future were all rounder Isabella Hayes with six podium places including an IM gold and 10 years dynamo Michael Pallister with a gold, a silver and two bronzes. There were many others who contributed hugely in a great club team effort which will continue for the next two weeks and not forgetting our growing band of supporters who have exciting times ahead of them. The club`s professional coaches, Bill Penny and Andy Lobley, will now have to prepare and motivate their team for the Relays on Sunday and then the final weekend at K2 Crawley in two weeks time. Getting the team to top fitness has been difficult for the coaching staff with the closure of their main training centre at Horsham but the swimmers and parents have responded fantastically to overcome that major setback.