23rd February 2010

Atlantis hosted East Grinstead and Hastings at the pavilions on Saturday night for the second round of the Sussex League Division 1.  Atlantis secured a second gala win in a row to go top of the league with maximum points.  Atlantis, who finished third in the division last year behind Crawley and Mid-Sussex Marlins, now face a shoot-out with Crawley and Mid Sussex Marlins in the final gala at K2 at the beginning of July and will be looking to improve on their position.

The squad got off to a confident and positive start, with new club member Kelci O’Keeffe winning the 100 individual medley for the under 16 girls.  Cam Lambourne followed suit in the boys’ medley.  

Atlantis welcomed back to action several key competitors who missed the 1st round.  It was, however, always going to be a close contest, particularly against a strong East Grinstead team.  The lead swung back and forth over the course of the evening and kept a large home crowd on the on the edge of their seats right until the last few races.  In the end a strong team spirit and growing self-belief saw Atlantis pull through to win the gala by a close but decisive margin of 17 points.

 Once again the younger girls of Atlantis proved unstoppable, especially in the relays. Jade Stocker  proved her prowess as an out and out sprinter maximising on her speed in both the Under 12’s 50M freestyle and butterfly, securing maximum points in both races and also adding a couple of personal bests in the process. Sabrina Watson was also rewarded for her recent hard work in training with a fabulous swim in the under 14 50M butterfly to record her first maximum gala points for Atlantis.

The final point’s totals were: Atlantis, 378 points; East Grinstead, 361 points; and Hastings, 269 points.

Commenting on the result Atlantis Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “The increased training and commitment of our main core swimmers since the New Year is paying dividends.  We still need to fill in some gaps in our younger boys age groups.  If we do, we will be a difficult team to beat”. 

Atlantis now head into the main series of Sussex County Championship galas at K2, starting on Saturday 27th February, hoping to better their impressive tally of 57 medals from last year. 

For further information: Andy Lobley – 07801 676269