24th November 2010

Atlantis enjoyed a successful outing over the weekend at K2 to near neighbour Crawley SC’s ‘Not So Early Bird‘Level 1 Long Course meet, with three swimmers notching up early season national qualifying times.  The qualifying period for next summer’s British Gas National Age Group and Youth Championships has been open for barely a month.

Atlantis took a strong squad of their top swimmers to the first long course event of the season in K2’s 50m pool.  In addition to the national qualifying times (NQTs), the squad also picked up 11 medals and 46 county qualifying times. 

First off the blocks to a NQT on Saturday was Issy Dunlop (15) swimming in the 200m breast, the final race of the day.  In a strong final 50m she gradually overhauled the early leader Jess Olie from Guildford to finish strongly to take the gold medal in a time of 2.45.68 - nearly a second inside the NQT.  Bex Lobley (15) - celebrating her birthday the following day - put in a gutsy performance after a week of illness to take bronze in the same race.

Katy Harris (17) followed suit on the Sunday finishing the 100m back in a time of 1.06.79 - over a second inside the NQT - to take silver.  This topped a great day for Katy who also picked up a silver and bronze in the 50m and 200m back.

The third Atlantis national qualifier was Cameron Lambourne (15) who secured his NQT in the 50m free in a time of 25.56 and also picked up a bronze in the 100m free.

Among the younger swimmers, Beth Britton (11) swam to a consistently high standard over the two days with good PBs in both the 100m and 200m back with times of 2.43.49 and 1.16.75 respectively.  She is now just 4 secs away from a 100m back NQT.  In all Beth picked up one gold medal and three bronze. 

Also showing up well was one of the events youngest competitors, ten year-old Kate Windle, who took bronze in the gruelling 400m IM.

Head Coach Bill Penny said: “To pick up three national qualifying times in one weekend must be something of a record for Atlantis.  To do so this early in the season is a bit of a bonus.  It’s exciting because I think there is much more to come from this group of swimmers.  For those who have achieved times I hope it gives them the incentive to push on from this and for the others the spur to join them”.


Further Information: Andrew Dunlop - 07710 352023