5th May 2010

Senior girls’ Club Captain Katy Harris became the third Atlantis swimmer to achieve a qualifying time for the British Gas ASA National Youth and Age Group Championships in Sheffield in August.

16 year old Katy was competing on Sunday during the first weekend of the South East Regional Swimming Championships in the 50m pool at K2.  Katy has come tantalizingly close to a national time in recent galas and came close again in both the heats of the 200m and 100m back, her strongest events.  However, she kept her best until last.  After a day of gruelling competition, she qualified fourth fastest for the final of the 100m Open back.  In a thrilling final 50m, Katy tapped into all her reserves of energy and determination to touch in a time of 1.08.56, inside the long course qualifying time of 1.09.19.  A pupil at Steyning Grammar School, Katy’s achievement is all the more impressive as she has had to fit her training around studying for her GCSEs, which start in the next few weeks.

Katy will now join club mates Cam Lambourne and Issy Dunlop making the trip north to Sheffield for the Nationals, with the Club hoping that more will join them before the cut-off for entries in early July.   

Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “I’m delighted for Katy.  She showed real mental toughness to pull that time out of the bag in the final.  She has trained really hard for this and deserves her success”.

While the Regionals were taking place at K2, Atlantis was holding its own Level 3 Spring Open Meet at the Pavilions.  The meet, which is now in its fifth year, attracted 27 clubs and nearly 400 swimmers.  It gave many of the Club’s less experienced swimmers an opportunity to compete against equivalent swimmers from across the South East.  The Atlantis squad of 30 bagged 39 medals – 12 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze over the course of a successful day.  There were some outstanding individual performances.  Tegan Jenkins slashed over 10 secs off her 100 breast PB to achieve her first ever Regional Qualifying time.  She also won 4 golds in the 50 and 100 Free, 50 Fly and 100 back as well as a silver and bronze. Kally O’Keeffe continued her run of recent good form taking 3 golds in the 50 and 100m breast and 100m Fly, securing another Regional Time of 1.32.32 in 100 breast.

For the boys Matt Fulcher (15) took 4 golds in 100 Free, 100 back, 100 Fly, and 200 IM and one silver.  Ben Stevens (9) followed up with his success at Haslemere taking gold in the 200m Free 

 Atlantis Coach Paul Blyth said: “I was really pleased with the younger swimmers today.  They showed that there is great potential among the ranks of our junior squads”.  

For further Information contact: Andrew Dunlop 07710 352023