ATLANTIS OFF THE BLOCKS QUICKLY AT COUNTY CHAMPS
16th February 2011
Atlantis picked up a gold, two silver medals and a bronze on an encouraging first day of competition on Sunday of this year’s Sussex County Swimming Championships.
The focus of the first session was a couple of gruelling distance events - the girls’ 800m free or 16 lengths of the 50m pool (one the events in which Rebecca Adlington won gold in the Beijing Olympics) and the boys’ 1500m free, 32 lengths of the pool.
7 hardy Atlantis swimmers took part in the two events - Cameron Lambourne, Joe Harrod, Edward Hundleby, Beth Hundleby, Ella Windle, Kate Windle and Issy Harrod.
Kate Windle (10) got off to the best possible start at this year’s championships being the fastest 10-year old over 800m, picking up her first gold medal of what is hoped to be another successful championships campaign.
Her elder sister Ella Windle secured a silver medal in the girls 12 year old age group, while Beth Hundleby won silver in the 14 year old age group, with Beth narrowly missing out on a regional time.
Edward Hundleby (11) kept the flag flying for the boys, with a determined swim being rewarded with a 3rd place finish and bronze medal in the 11 year old boys age group.
Cam Lambourne, who is better known as a sprinter, came home in 6th place in both the Open and Junior Championships. Issy Harrod (11) finished a creditable 6th in her age group and her brother Joe Harrod finished 13th in the Junior Championship.
Chief Coach Bill Penny said: “This was a good experience for our swimmers. There are not many opportunities to swim the distance events at this level. There were some very creditable swims”.
The county championships move into top gear this coming weekend with sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a second major weekend of competition in the middle of March. Atlantis is this year defending its title as winners last year of the girls age group trophy and will be looking to maintain its medal and points tally.
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