14th April 2015

A contingent of Atlantis swimmers took the opportunity of top level competition competing in the Guildford City Level 1 Long Course Meet over the week-end in preparation for the SE Regional Championships next month. Following a successful County Championships it was important the club`s youngsters raised the bar and gained the experience of competing at a higher level against stronger competition which they certainly found at Guildford which is the top club in the South East and this meet attracted a large number of quality swimmers many of whom were chasing national qualifying times.

Fifteen year old speedster Hamish Milne-Skillman, a certain National qualifier, took the honours with golds in his Age Group 50 and 100 freestyle events with clockings of 25.58 and 57.53.Fellow sprinter Cavan Murphy (17) also swam well with a PB time of 32.64 for his 50 breaststroke and a solid 57.30 100 free.

The girls were led by Junior club captain Lily Davis who collected gold and silver in her 100 and 50 breaststroke events with times of 1.15.44 and 33.94. Her young team mates responded with some sparkling performances in their Age Group categories.Medley specialist Rebecca Barber(12) took gold in both the 400 and 200 IM events together with bronzes in the 100,200 and 400 freestyle. Ethel Whyman(12)collected silvers in her favourite 50,100 and 200 backstroke events together with a bronze in the 400 IM. Amelia Wright(13) collected silvers in the 50 and 200 breaststrokes together with a bronze in the100.

Excellent results were also recorded by Lucy Lee(17)with a 30.85 pb clocking in the 50 butterfly and Freya Fulcher(14) 1.12.87 for a place in the 100 backstroke final.

Head Coach Bill Penny commented "This has been a worthwhile experience for our young swimmers and has given them a valuable foretaste as to what to expect at the Regional Championships next month and will hopefully motivate them to train harder with that goal in mind"