14th December 2009

Atlantis finished the National Arena Swimming League season on the up.  The Horsham-based club came a very close second to home team Woking in the third and final NASL gala at the Pool in the Park on Saturday night, confirming a sustained improvement in performance over the three galas.

Atlantis was pitched against Hastings Seagulls, Woking, Elmbridge Phoenix, Southend On Sea and Erith and District A in the “middle” gala of this final round in Division One East of the South Region.  Going into the gala Atlantis was in 10th place in the division, behind Hastings, Woking and Elmbridge (who had beaten Atlantis by 14 points in the first gala).

From the first race there were only two clubs in it, with Woking and Atlantis battling it out for top spot right down to the last few races.  In the end Atlantis, which had brought a large and vocal band of travelling supporters, missed out on first place by just 6 points and well  ahead (by 45 points) of third-placed Elmbridge Phoenix.

Of the 50 events, Atlantis was placed 1st in 18, more than any other club and 4 more than Woking.  However, the difference on the night proved to be Woking’s more consistent scoring across all the age groups in the subsidiary placings.

The final points tally was Woking 227, Atlantis 221, Elmbridge Phoenix 176, Hastings Seagulls 151.5, Southend On Sea 141, and Erith & District 120.5.  The result meant that Atlantis finish the season in a very creditable 8th place in the division of 18 teams, just behind Woking in 7th place.

Atlantis Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “I’m pleased with the way my swimmers performed at the end of what has been a tough few weeks of competition.  With each round of the NASL we have got steadily better.  We were 4th in the first gala, 3rd in the second and 2nd in the final gala.  Next year our goal will be to be in the shake-up in the top gala for the final round.  Let’s see if we can push for promotion to the Premier Division.  We are an ambitious club and the swimmers thrive on being set new challenges.”      

For Further Information:  Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023