22nd September 2010

A 26-strong squad of younger Atlantis swimmers headed down the M23 on Saturday to Brighton for the annual Ken Deeley Sprint meet at the Prince Regent Swimming Pool.  For the swimmers this was their first individual gala of the new season and the first opportunity to pick up qualifying times for the Sussex County Championships next February.  And it proved to be an excellent start for the whole squad with 17 county qualifying times (CQT) achieved and no less than 70 PBs.

The outstanding performance of the day was from 11 year-old Beth Britton who picked up 2 CQTs, 3 gold medals and a silver.  In the 100 IM Beth knocked an impressive 4.5 secs off her previous PB to achieve a time of 1.19.20 and in the 50m free she knocked nearly 2 secs off her PB in a lightning fast 31.05.  Also showing up strongly were Ben Stevens (9), who picked up a couple of second places in the 50 free and 100 IM, third places in the 50 back  and 50 fly and 2 CQTs, and Jess Matlock (9), who put in another consistent set of performances with 4 CQTs and 4 silvers in fly, back, IM and free.

Issy Harrod (9), Eleanor Morris (11), Aimee Davies (11), Gemma Cumber, Tegan Jenkins (12) and Lauren Pedel (9) all enjoyed a successful day, picking up CQTs.  Amongst the older Atlantis competitors, Joe Harrod (14) plunged into the new campaign with CQTs in the 50 free and fly.

Atlantis Bronze Squad coach Paul Blyth said: “All our swimmers can take something out of this gala.  Nearly everyone – if not everyone – picked up at least one PB and that’s great this early in the season.  It gives them all something solid to build on for the rest of the season – well done!”.

Elsewhere 3 of Atlantis’ senior swimmers competed on Saturday for Sussex Schools in Southampton against Hampshire, Dorset and Channel Islands schools in the Divisional round of the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) Championships.  Cam Lambourne (Tanbridge School) – who was returning to competition following the injury that kept him out of this year’s Nationals – came a creditable 4th in the 100m free, while Katy Harris (Collyers) – normally a backstroke specialist – stepped in to swim 200m IM and took 4th place just outside her PB.  Issy Dunlop (Farlington School) came second in the 100m breast, less than half a second outside her PB, and now waits to see if this is enough to be selected to represent Div 12 in the English Schools finals in Watford at the end of October.           


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