29th June 2010

Atlantis swimmer Bex Lobley stormed to a bronze medal and two national qualifying times at the British Gas Scottish National Swimming Championships at the 50m Pool on the edge of the leafy Tollcross Park in the East End of Glasgow, in a hugely successful foray north of the border last week.

Bex and team-mates Issy Dunlop and Cameron Lambourne were the first ever Atlantis swimmers to compete at the Scottish Nationals.  This year the championships were also used as one of the final trials for the Commonwealth Games and gave the Atlantis swimmers an opportunity to rub shoulders with Olympians like Rebecca Addlington, Jo Jackson and Hannah Miley.

The week started with Issy competing in the Womens Open 50m breast, recording a solid time of 36.64.  On the third day she raced in the Womens 200m Open breast and finished in a time of 2.48.52, inside the national qualifying time and securing a place in the B final.  In the second session she and Bex competed in the girls’ 15 & U 200m breast.  Bex knocked over 3 secs off her previous long course PB to record a fantastic first national qualifying time of 2.47.11.  Both girls qualified for the final.

On the Friday all three Atlantis swimmers were in action. Cam completed the 200m free in a time of 2.03.48, just outside his PB and was the second fastest 14 yo.  Issy went in the Womens 100m Open Breast and finished in a time of 1.19.04, an agonizing finger-tip outside the 100m English national qualifying time of 1.18.80.  In the final event of the day Issy and Bex competed in the Girls’ 15 & U 100m breast and went through from the heats to the final.  In an exciting finale Bex once again swam out of her skin to knock nearly 2 secs off her long course PB and take 3rd place, and secure her second national time of 1.17.98.  Issy had to settle for 5th and another near miss for her 100m national time.

Cam kept the Atlantis flag flying over the weekend, competing in the Boys’ 16 & U 100m back and 100m Free.  He cruised through the 100m free heats and took 7th in the final in a time of 55.29, just outside his PB – a sterling effort giving some recent back problems.

Commenting on her success Bex – a pupil at Millais School - said: “These championships have been a great experience for all of us.  To get two national times and win a medal is an amazing feeling and makes worthwhile all the hard work in training”.

Bex’s success means that Atlantis Head Coach Bill Penny has repeated last year’s feat of coaching 4 Atlantis swimmers to the English National Championships in Sheffield in August – Cam Lambourne, Katy Harris, Issy Dunlop and Bex Lobley.  The feat is all the more impressive in that two of these swimmers – Issy and Bex – will be appearing at the championships for the first time.      

Further Information: Andrew Dunlop: 07710 352023