7th April 2010

Over the weekend at the Portsmouth Easter Swimming Festival in the new 50m pool at the Mountbatten Centre, Atlantis Junior Girls’ Club Captain Issy Dunlop (15) secured her first qualifying time for the National Youth Championships.  The Nationals will be held in Sheffield in August.  With her great friend and training partner Bex Lobley (14) swimming and spurring her on in the adjoining lane for the 200m girls breast, Issy recorded a time of 2.49.50, just inside the national qualifying time.  In another great swim, Bex herself clocked 2.51.11, to win gold in the 13 - 14 age groups and put herself just one second away from her national time. 

In the 100m breast the pair also showed up strongly. Issy swam a great 1.19.02 in the heats and just missed by two hundredths of a second achieving a second national time.  In the finals, Bex swam magnificently to knock over 2 secs off her heat time to clock 1.20.27.

The girls’ performances capped an excellent four days for Atlantis swimmers.  Junior Boy’s Captain Cameron Lambourne took gold in the 50 and 200 free and achieved a new personal best of 54.52 in also winning the 100m free, bettering his time when he took silver in last year’s National Age Group Championships at Sheffield.  Senior Girls‘Captain Katy Harris confirmed her recent run of good form with a strong swim in the 100m back, recording a time of 1.09.25, tantalisingly close to the national qualifying time of 1.09.19.

In the younger age groups Beth Britton (10) enjoyed one of her best galas to date.  Showing a quiet confidence and a maturity beyond her years, Beth took 4 gold medals and 5 silver medals against some quality opposition, in the less familiar long course format. In the finals of the 100m free on Sunday night she showed grit and an extra gear when it mattered, holding off a strong challenge in the final 25m to knock 2 seconds off her heat time.

Kate Windle showed plenty of stamina to take gold in the 400 IM, 200 breast and in the 200 fly, one of swimming’s most gruelling events.

Joe Harrod achieved the biggest time improvement, knocking an incredible 47 secs off his PB for the 1500 free, which he set just a month ago at the Sussex County Champs.

In all Atlantis girls were placed 3rd in the medals table with 36 medals, while the boys took 7th place with 9 medals.  In the combined team rankings Atlantis came a very creditable 5th place in a high quality field of 50 clubs from all over the South of England.  Beth Britton came 4th out of 180 competitors in the competition for the Top Girl trophy.

Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “I’m pleased for the swimmers.  It shows that if you’re committed, work hard and focus, then the results will follow”.              


For further information contact: Andrew Dunlop 07710 352023