24th November 2009

A dozen Atlantis swimmers took part over the weekend in the Crawley ‘Not So Early Bird’ Level 1 Long Course Meet in the K2 50m pool.  The meet gave Atlantis’ leading swimmers an opportunity to pit themselves against some top national swimmers in the long course format, which is less familiar for club swimmers.

The Atlantis swimmers chalked up a whole host of long course PBs.  Pick of the bunch was Cam Lambourne, who set a new South East regional long course record as the fastest 14 year old in the boys’ 50m free in a fantastic time of 25.88.  His fast-improving school and club team mate Sam Carter showed his potential to place second in the boys 13 year old 50m free in a long course time of 28.06 – a fraction outside his short course PB.  He also scored a second place in the 50m fly with a good PB of 30.08 and 4th in the 100m free with yet another PB.

Among the girls Ella Windle swam very consistently to pick up a third in the 200m IM and fourth in the gruelling 400m IM.  Yasmin Hooker showed great class in the 200m back, knocking nearly 7 seconds off her short course PB, while Beth Hundleby confirmed her recent good form, knocking half a second off her short course PB in the 200m free.

Atlantis Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “Long course is a different proposition.  It takes time to get the feel of racing in a 50m pool.  Overall my swimmers didn’t look out of place”.

Of the new record-holder Penny said: “It’s great for the club to have a regional record holder in its ranks.  Cam’s a real competitor.  He’s hungry for success.  If he continues to work hard and put in the training hours, he should do very well now he’s moved up into the youth level of competition.  His success will also rub off on his teammates.  They’ll want a piece of the action too.”


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