First County Development Meet Report

1st November 2010

The season has now begun in earnest for Atlantis swimming club. Over the Halloween weekend 30 of the Clubís younger swimmers were in action at the Prince Regent Pool in Brighton for the first County Development Meet of the season.

The brace of County Development Meets is specifically designed to give less experienced swimmers the chance to race, improve their own personal times and hopefully gain some qualifying times for the Sussex County Championships held in Febuary 2011.

It was a great day for the Atlantis Coaching team poolside, who once again was delighted with the performances achieved by all the swimmers providing a total on 19 County Qualifying times and a massive 83 personal bests.

Aimee Davies - who has been swimming well all season - produced a magnificent day of racing, gaining County Qualifying Times (CQTs) in 4 of her 4 events. Aimee was closely matched by Lauren Pedel who put on great competitive performance, swimming 3 PBs and 3 CQTs out of 3. Isobel Davies and Eve Clarke both achieved 2 CQTs each with very strong performances. Jess Matlock (10) swam extremely well to gain her CQT in the 200IM, as did Lucy Lee (12) in her 100IM.

The junior boys also made their mark on the day with Joseph Nehme, James Hartley and Ben Stevens all gaining CQTs. A special mention to Ben Stevens who  conquered the 200m butterfly, which by any standards is a great effort especially for a 9 year old boy. Matt Fulcher (15) added to his list of CQTs in the 200M Backstroke

It is important that the swimmers enjoy these days and if there was a gold medal for smiling then there is no doubt that Amy Denman would walk away with it. Amy has only raced on a couple of occasions and this weekend swam in 3 events and got out of the pool smiling every time.

 Coaches Andy Lobley and Paul Blyth were delighted with the dayís results.

Paul commented:  "We really couldn't have asked for anymore from the team. They all gave it 100 per cent and were rewarded with some really fabulous results. We have another day of competition in a fortnight and if we can reproduce today's swims we will be a happy camp". Many other swimmers who havenít been named today swam really well and just missed out on their times. We still have a long time before the entry date shuts and we are confident that many more will get their times also.

Further Information: Andy Lobley Ė 07510 710266