24th January 2011

Atlantis headed down the M23 to Brighton last weekend for the traditional 2-day New Year curtain-raiser - Brighton SC’s Tom Handley Memorial Open Meet at the Prince Regent Pool. 

This year’s meet was attended by some of the South East’s top clubs including Beckenham and Guildford City.  It provided Atlantis swimmers with a last chance to qualify for this year’s Sussex County Championships.

With some of the Club’s senior swimmers absent, a 20-strong squad still secured 32 county qualifying times and an impressive 9 regional qualifying times.

Beth Britton (11) continued her impressive run of form, dominating her age group, winning all  four of the events that she started - 100 free, 200 back, 100 fly and 100 back.  She secured regional times in 100 back and 100 free, achieving PBs in both.  Her time of 1.05.44 in the free knocked nearly 4 secs off her previous best and was just outside the 11 year-old national time and just 3 secs off the 12 year old national time that Beth needs to get because of when her birthday falls.

Cameron Lambourne also showed his class notching up 3 regional times, taking gold in the 200 free and bronze in the 100 free.  He also confirmed his status as the Meet’s sprint king by winning the “skins” event, an exciting 50m free knock-out duel over several rounds, with the fastest pair left standing battling it out for the crown.

The meet also marked Jade Stocker’s (12) continuing return to form and fitness following injury, with the highlight a second place finish and regional time in the 200m breast.  Leah Clarke enjoyed a good gala, being the fastest 10 year old girl over 50m free and improving her 200m free PB by over 8 secs.  Her close friend Jess Matlock (10) showed up well too, snatching a regional time in the 200m free.  Not to be outdone in the 10 year old age group, Aimee Davies secured a well deserved regional time in the 100m and just missed out on the medals, with a creditable 4th place finish and a PB.

Chloe Wheatland, Issy Davies, Gemma Cumber, Lauren Pedel, Maddie Carey, Tegan Jenkins, Ben Stevens, Eleanor Morris and George Charter all picked up good PBs.

Atlantis Head Coach Bill Penny said: “This is a good start to the New Year, with the swimmers benefiting from a slightly lighter training programme over the festive break.  They should all be in good shape for the Counties”.              


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