11th May 2010

Six Atlantis swimmers took part in a second weekend of competition for the South East Regional Youth Swimming Championships at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

On Saturday Issy Dunlop, Bex Lobley and Kelci O’Keeffe all competed strongly in the 200m breast.  In the heats Issy took nearly 1.25 secs off her personal best, to touch in a time of 2.48.27, well inside the national qualifying time of 2.49.53. Bex swam magnificently in a time of 2.50.64, missing out on her national time of 2.50.09 by the narrowest of margins.  Kelci recorded a long course personal best time of 2.53.36, confirming her gradual return to form in this stroke.  Issy and Bex both made the final, with Issy taking a creditable fourth place, just missing out in a very close finish on securing a bronze medal.

On Sunday the freestylers took centre stage.  Senior Atlantis swimmer Guy Sherwin, hoping to secure selection for England’s Commonwealth Games team, won gold in the 50m free in a time of 23.64 and silver in the 100m free in a time of 53.76.  Jonny Blyth edged closer to a national time, coming home in a time of 25.96 in the 50m free.  For the girls Bex Lobley put in another good swim to record another long course PB of 29.55 in the 50m free, while Katy Harris was just a second and half outside the national qualifying time in the 100 free.

Atlantis Team Manager Andy Lobley said: “It’s a mark of the club’s progress over the last year that we are not happy just to turn up and compete.  We are now pushing for medals and national qualifying times.  It’s great to see”.

The younger Atlantis swimmers will compete in the South East Regional Age Group Championships on 29/30 May and 12/13 June at K2, while the senior swimmers will continue their quest for national times at the Bracknell Level 1 Open meet at the 50m pool in Aldershot on 22/23 May.



For further Information contact: Andrew Dunlop 07710 352023