20th April 2010

With Atlantis’ senior squads stranded at their Italian training camp in Lignano, the Club’s younger swimmers had an opportunity to shine in the spotlight at the Haslemere Level 3 Meet on Sunday.  They didn’t disappoint.  A squad of 29 swimmers took part under the watchful eye of Coach Matthew Cumber.

Atlantis won 17 medals in all, came 3rd overall out of 15 clubs in the team points table and Ben Stevens was the Top Boy in the 9 year-old age group and Eleanor Morris the Top Girl in the 11 year-old age group.  It wasn’t just the medal winners who performed well.  In all Atlantis swimmers clocked a fantastic 55 personal best times over the course of 66 races.  

The boys and girls performed equally well, and after session 2, each had won 6 medals, but the girls had a good third session and picked up another 5 medals.

Ben Stevens won the opening race and in all won 5 medals out of his 6 races, including 3 golds.  The other boy to get a medal was Andrew Kershaw, who swam a very exciting 100IM, staying with the leader all the way to finish 2nd.

Among the girls, there were two stand-out performances, as Eleanor Morris and Tegan Jenkins both came away with 2 golds and a silver and bronze each.  The ‘Race of the Day’ was the 11 year old girls 50m backstroke, which saw Eleanor and Tegan pitted against each other.  They both lead the way to bring in a 1st and 2nd for Atlantis, in very commanding fashion. Other girl medalists were Gemma Cumber in 50m Fly,  Natasha Golding in 50m Freestyle and Phillipa Crundwell, who swam a really gutsy 50m breaststroke to take silver.

Lead Coach for the day Matthew Cumber said: “It was a great and successful day for some of our younger swimmers.  They all did us very proud.  With our senior swimmers away they really flew the flag for Atlantis.  I am sure this will give them all the appetite to continue to work hard and improve.”

Atlantis’ senior squads are currently away in Lignano in northern Italy with coaches Bill Penny, Paul and Sally Blyth and Andy Lobley.  They were due to fly home last Friday, but have remained at their training camp whilst alternative travel arrangements to get them back to the UK are made.  It is hoped that they will be home by the end of the week. They have been on an intensive training programme of 4 hours pool time and I hour of land training every day.  Despite the travel dispruption, they have been able to continue to use all of the facilities, including the 50m pool – so they should come back from Italy very fit and raring to go for the Regional Youth and Age Group Championships in May and June!   

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