Atlantis Quest For Gold At County Championships
18th February 2016
Atlantis Swimming Club travelled to K2 Crawley for the first weekend of the Sussex County Swimming Championships. Fresh from victory in the county relay competition Atlantis took nearly 60 of their top swimmers to compete in the first weekend of the individual county championships.
The competition is a four day event held over two weekends and contested in a long course 50 meter pool. Swimmers have to achieve county qualifying times in order to compete at the prestigious event. They then swim in age categories competing against the best swimmers in the county for championship title.
The Atlantis team arrived at 8am to begin their warm up. Head coaches Bill Penny and Andy Lobley were on hand for any last minute tips and tactical advice. The morning events are traditionally middle distance races 200 meters and 400 meters, with the afternoon events focusing on sprints.
Atlantis went into the event with several injuries and illnesses; however they displayed some fantastic performances. Michael Pallister is usually a dead certainty for a pot of gold medals, but just back from a virus he had to pull out of several events, nevertheless he still bagged two gold’s in the 100m fly and 200m breast. Equally impressive was the supremely talented 13 year old Rebecca Barber who despite breaking her ankle over Christmas still managed to top the Atlantis medal table with 3 golds! Some strong backstroke performances from Ethel Whyman and Freya Fulcheralso secured a county title each. One of the highlights of the first day saw Atlantis swimmers Lily Davis and Amelia Wright secure the senior and junior 50m breaststroke title in the same race with some breathtaking performances.
The final race of the first weekend saw two of the Atlantis top girls go head to head in the open 100m breaststroke final. Jade Stocker seeded No1 in the line up for the final and Lily Davis seeded No2 despite being the fastest girl in Sussex over the distance. There was never any question that an Atlantis swimmer would win, but which one would take the title? Jade was off the blocks first but Lily caught up quickly and by the 50 meter turn was pulling away. Having been beaten into gold the previous day by Lily, Jade found another gear and managed to nudge ahead securing the title. Another first and second for the Atlantis duo.
There were also some good silver medal swims from the boys team in the 200m breaststroke, Jacob Davis, Ryan Gant, Cameron Holden-Graham and Dan Jones and finally South East Regional Championship qualification from Issy Hayes, Micheal Pallister, Millie Weeden, Ryan Gant, Emma Morris, Rebecca Barber, Amelia Wright, Anya Elvin, Lily Davis, Jade Stocker, Beth Britton and James Hartley.
Atlantis now look forward to the climax of the Championships in two weeks time hoping to secure more county titles.