Atlantis at the Nationals
3rd August 2017
While the World Swimming Championships were taking place in Budapest, swimmers from Atlantis travelled to the glamourous town of Sheffield and the home of National Swimming for two weeks of competition. The event is separated into British Championships in the first week and Home Nations Championships in the second.
First to swim in week one was the experienced Lily Davis in the 50M breaststroke. Qualifying comfortably for the final with a fantastic PB (personal best) of 33.00 seconds Lily was in good form. The final was a really close race with Lily touching in 4th Place in 33.06. Although the team were gutted to just miss a medal it was a fantastic performance from Lily who after a tough 12 months was rewarded for her hard work.
Next to swim was rookie Amelia Wright in the 200 Breast. Having qualified for the event at South East regionals with a staggering 7 sec PB it was a big ask for Amelia to produce her previous form so soon after. Amelia however is one that doesn't shy away from a challenge and produced an amazing 1.13 PB to finish as reserve finalist.
Following Amelia also competing at British Nationals for the first time was Zoe Cawsey. A blistering 30.25 in the 50 Backstroke and a new Sussex County Record saw Zoe qualify for the final at her first attempt. After a fantastic start in the final Zoe couldn't quite hang on till the finish and finished in 9th Place but with a new PB and County Record the team were ecstatic with her result.
Finishing up the first week was Senior Club Captain in the 50 Free. Despite qualifying several times before this was the first time Beth had raced at the competition. Despite doing A-levels and racing against some extremely formidable swimmers, Beth carried on her good form to reach the final in 7th Place. Like Amelia after such a massive swim at Regionals where she was crowned champion Beth couldn't quite reproduce her form but despite that she and her coach were more than happy with her achievements in week 1.
The second week started with the 100 Breast and saw both Lily and Amelia back in action. Lily comfortably qualified for the final in the fastest lane with Amelia qualifying in 4th place. The final was a fabulously close race with Lily finishing second by a mere .01 of a second but a Silver Medal was her reward for a great swim. Amelia produced another amazing PB in the final to finish in a very satisfying 4th place. Despite being only 15, her mature attitude to racing promises much for the future.
Next to race was debutant Amber Ranson. Swimming in a tough age group and despite being only 12 years of age, Amber managed to take the last spot in the final and produced a dazzling PB of 32.25 in the 50 Backstroke, to finish in 8th Place for her first experience of racing at the highest level.
On the final day Jacob Davis (younger brother of Lily) and Beth Britton were in action in the 50 Breast and 100 Free respectively.
Again in his first appearance Jacob kept up the Davis tradition of qualifying for the final in first place and with a most awesome PB of 32.88 Jacob, like his sister, picked up a Silver Medal.
Equally in the 100 Free, Beth qualified in second place for the final and in her last race before going to University next year was more than up for the challenge. To Beth's surprise she swam her heart out and with a PB of 58.49 picked up a Bronze Medal as her reward.
Head Coach Andy Lobley - "I am more than delighted with our achievements this year at Nationals. I have very much felt over the last few years we have just turned up and my challenge at the start of the season was to qualify but to go and compete with the best in the UK. We certainly exceeded my targets and I am totally satisfied with every single one of the performances. We have had a fantastic season as a club and we now need to take a well-earned easy couple of weeks before we regroup and set our challenges for next season. We lose a few key swimmers to University this season but with a bucket load of talent in the younger squads we will set new, different challenges - the future of the club is really rosy at the moment".