3rd January 2011

Atlantis swimmers braved the snow blizzards on the weekend of 18th/19th December to compete in two Open Meets - at Hillingdon and Haslemere - as Arctic conditions returned to the UK.  In defiance of the freezing weather, the swimmers turned in some sizzling performances. 

Top of the bill at Hillingdon was Cam Lambourne who used the 200m free to do a 100m time trial to successfully secure a National Qualifying Long Course time of 54.61, to add to his 50 free NQT.

This was Atlantis‘ first visit to the Hillingdon Level 1 meet, taking place in a magnificent new 50m swimming complex - the UK’s newest 50m pool.  With the snow falling heavily throughout the day to create a winter wonderland outside, 5 of Atlantis‘ senior swimmers helped themselves to seven medals against some quality competition. 

Sam Carter, who was very unfortunate to false start in the 100m free, recovered to win the 50m fly in a PB of 29.56; he also picked up a bronze in the 200m free.  Cam secured a bronze in the 100m to add to his NQT.  For the girls Issy Dunlop won gold in the 50m breast, silver in the 200m breast and bronze in the 100m breast.  Bex Lobley won silver in the 50m breast.

It was a happy, but tired group, that had an exciting journey home around a snowbound M25!

The following day it was the turn of a squad of 11 largely younger swimmers who took centre stage at the Haslemere SC Christmas Elite Meet.  Matt Fulcher enjoyed a particularly successful day, winning four events - 50 fly, 50 back, 100 free and 100 fly, and picking up a couple of CQTs and PBs for good measure. 

Aimee Davies continued her good form with 3 golds in 100m breast, 50 free and 50 back, two silvers in 50m breast and 100 free and a bronze in 100 back.  She notched 4 CQTs in the process.  Emma Dedman swam well to win the 100m back and secure a CQT.  Among the younger boys Joe Nehme took silver in the 200m breast and James Hartley bronze in the 200m free.

Team Manager Andy Lobley said: “The swimmers have had a very heavy competitive programme over recent months.   So the performances have to be seen in that context. The Christmas holidays are an opportunity to get some rest and recovery so that we can start the New Year with a bang”.   


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