9th December 2009

Atlantis swimmers enjoyed themselves at their own annual Christmas Cracker Open meet at the Pavilions on Sunday, emerging as the top team with 2490 points – 250 points clear of Shiverers SC, who took the Top Club Trophy for visiting clubs for the second year in a row.  Atlantis swimmers won an incredible 58 medals – 23 golds, 17 silver and 18 bronze.

The meet – in its third year – was an ASA Level 2 Licensed Meet, the highest available for a 25m pool, and attracted a high quality field of over 300 swimmers from 23 different clubs from Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London.  In all there were around 1300 individual swims in 18 different events – 50m and 200m in all strokes and 200m IM - spread over the day. The event was sponsored by local Horsham-based firm, Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs.  Home Counties MD Craig Trusson presented the Top Club Trophy to the Shiverers coach.

A noisy, capacity crowd was in festive mood and able to enjoy some very high quality competition.  3 swimmers achieved National Qualifying Times.  Top Atlantis performance of the day was 9 yo Kate Windle, who won a clean sweep of 5 gold medals, setting 5 new event records, with three of the times within the automatic 10 yo regional qualification. Amongst other Atlantis swimmers Yasmin Hooker, Katy Harris, Rebecca Lobley, Issy Dunlop, Jonny Blyth, Ella Windle and Cam Lambourne achieved an impressive 15 automatic South East Regional qualifying times between them.  The club’s swimmers also notched up 70 qualifying times for the Sussex County Championships in February and March 2010. 

There were some sensational individual swims: Rebecca Lobley found an extra gear to knock nearly 10 seconds off her 200m breast PB; Yasmin Hooker took 13 seconds off her 200m back; Beth Matlock over 10 secs off her 200 IM best; Leah Clarke an incredible 23 secs in the 200m back; Jess Matlock 10 secs in the 200M back; Emma Dedman 12 secs in the 200m IM and 11 secs in the 200m free; and Toby Underwood nearly 12 secs off his 200m free PB.     

Atlantis Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “I don’t know about me motivating the swimmers, but they are certainly motivating me at the moment.  I was delighted with the way our swimmers showed great fitness and versatility to be able to multi-event at a high standard throughout a very long day of competition”.

“I am excited by the potential at this club.  We all know what a fine prospect Cam Lambourne is.  Our young 9, 10, 11 year old girls are showing great promise.  And our older age-group girls are also beginning to really show what they are capable of.”

“Horsham District Council should be congratulated for having the foresight to invest in a wonderful competition pool.  With their ongoing support, we hope to continue to build a successful competitive swimming club, of which Horsham district can be proud”. 

For Further Information:  Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023