5th February 2016


Sunday January 31st saw the top 14 swimming clubs from across the county descend upon Pavillions in the Park to compete in the Sussex County Swimming Championships.


The event began at 8am with the athletes warming up preparing to compete in either freestyle or medley relays. Swimmers competed in their relevant age group, the youngest category being 10 and 11 year olds going through to over 16’s.


Each relay team is made up of four swimmers, the freestyle event is where each swimmer swims their fastest stroke and the medley, all 4 strokes, back, breast, fly and free are swam in order by different swimmers.


The morning session began with the 12&13 year old girls medley. Atlantis A team comfortably made it through to the finals where they cruised into the gold medal position with some unbelievable swimming from Ethel Whyman, Millie Weeden, Emma Morris and Becs Barber. The 12&13 year old boys team Will Carey, Ryan Gant, Michael Pallister and Daryan De Klerk just missed out on gold by less than half a second! Next up the open girls medley team, Freya Fulcher, Lily Davis, Maddie Carey and Beth Britton and another silver medal in the bag. Boys open team Andrew Kershaw, Cavan Murphy, Aiden Sparling and Edward Hundleby just missed out on a bronze medal.


The morning freestyle round followed with the 12&13 year old girls….boom another gold, beating local rivals Crawley and the Atlantis B team just missing out on a bronze medal in fourth place. The open girls had to settle with a bronze in the freestyle relay. The competition was heating up, the morning session over, who was going to take the title?


The afternoon session began with the 10 & 11 year old girls. Team Atlantis Anna Sayers, Aimee Britton-Docker, Tessene Arezki and Amber Ranson notched up a silver in the medley. Atlantis under 16 girls Freya Fulcher, Lauren Pedel, Anya Elvin and Maddie Carey put in a sterling performance for another silver!! The 10&11 year old girls squad added Kiran Sandhu to the freestyle team and that was good enough to bag them gold. The 10&11 year old boys Will Weeden, Charlie Ferris, Oliver Colombo and Jamie Smith were just nudged out of a bronze medal in the freesyle.


Points were needed if Atlantis were going to challenge for the ultimate title. The under 16 girls stepped up to the mark with another bronze. It was now down to the final race of the day the under 16 boys freestlye finals. The Atlantis team Matt Boyes, Dan Jones, Sam Hawkins and James North needed to pull something out of the bag if Atlantis were to hold out any hope of the title. It was a bronze medal swim, but would it be enough….You bet it would Atlantis crowned Sussex Relay Champions winning by just one point validating EVERYONES outstanding efforts..