TEAM ATLANTIS TRIUMPHANT AGAIN
14th November 2016
Fresh from their recent success at the South East Winter Regional Championships, Atlantis swimming club played hosts for the second round of the division one Arena swimming league.
Pavilions in the park, one of the four local pools Atlantis call home, welcomed five teams from across the south of England for the penultimate round of the prestigious league tournament.
Atlantis were allocated a good lane draw and after a vigorous land based warm up the home swimmers marched into the pool to the applause of a packed house ready to battle it out over a gruelling fifty race schedule.
The evening got underway with a win in the open ladies 200m individual medley for the powerful all rounder Zoe Cawsey, male teammate Aiden Sparling narrowly missing out on the first position in the men's event. The under 13 girls and open girls medley relay teams pitched in with first places to secure Atlantis a seven point lead after the first ten events.
The flood gates opened for Atlantis with a succession of first place swims from Amber Ranson, Becs Barber, Ryan Gant, Freya Fulcher, Aiden Spalling, Tessene Arezki and Ethel Whyman, putting Atlantis 18 points clear of their nearest rivals Chelmsford City SC.
The team and supporters continued to rally observing some awesome performances from senior delegates Dan Jones, Beth Britton and Lily Davis. Event 34 and Atlantis maintaining their lead with a score of 166 points.
The Atlantis athletes were in fine voice spurring on teammates with further first places from Elena Smith, Daryan De Klerk and Millie Weeden. The final eight events of the evening were combinations of relays, incredibly Atlantis won five of the eight events, climaxing in perhaps the highlights of the event the open ladies and open men's 6x50m freestyle relays. The noise was deafening with team Atlantis winning both of the blue ribboned events. All the swimmers elated with an amazing team performance seeing Atlantis winning the event with a total of 249 points!
Head coach Andy Lobley congratulated all of his swimmers telling them how he "loves winning!" but more importantly how impressed he was with them as a collective team who are fast becoming a formidable force.
Atlantis now sit at the top of division one and look forward another exciting evening in their final event on December 10th.