3rd May 2011

Beth Britton (11) confirmed her status as one of the South East’s brightest young swimming talents with a classy all-round display at the prestigious Portsmouth Northsea Easter Festival Meet.  Beth – who competed in no fewer than 19 races (heats and finals) over the 4-day gala – won the overall Top Girl competition.  Her haul of medals included 6 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze. 

4 of Beth’s swims – 100 & 200 back and 100 & 200 free – were within the national qualifying times for the 11 year old age group.  However, Beth’s birthday does not fall kindly for national qualification as the entry date is just after she turns 12.  She therefore has to achieve the times for the 12 year old age group and if she qualifies will be one of the youngest swimmers in her age group.  Even faced with this challenging hurdle to overcome, Beth is close to no fewer than three national times.  Her gutsy swim of 2.35.03 in the final of the 200 back was just half a second outside the stiff 12 year old qualifying time, while she was only a second and a second and a half outside on the 100 back and free respectively.  Beth still has plenty of time to qualify for the Nationals, with entries not closing until 29th June.

Overall 21 Atlantis swimmers made the journey down to the 50m Mountbatten Centre Pool.  The squad achieved 21 regional qualifying times and 18 medals between them.  Other medallists included Aimee Davies, Katy Harris, Rebecca Lobley, Issy Dunlop and Jade Stocker, while Eleanor Morris, Issy Davies, Joe Harrod, Duncan Smith, Matt Fulcher, George Charter, James Hartley and Sam Carter all made finals.

Special mention must go to George Charter (12) who took on the gruelling test of the 1500m free and knocked nearly 2 minutes off his entry time; James Hartley (10) who made the final of the 200 breast in his first appearance at a long course (50m) competition, achieving a 7 second PB; and Beth Hundleby (14) who achieved a regional time in the 800m free, confirming her position as one of Atlantis’ distance specialists.

Atlantis Head Coach Bill Penny said: “We have just returned from a very intensive training camp in Italy so it was pleasing to see so many good swims, particularly from our younger swimmers.  We can look forward with optimism to the Regional Youth and Age Group Championships over the next few weeks”.

Meanwhile six Atlantis swimmers took part in the South East of England Regional Youth Championships at K2 over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Katy Harris, Issy Dunlop and Rebecca Lobley all made finals, with Issy picking up a bronze medal in 16 & Over 200m breast to add to the medals she won at the Winter Regionals in November.  Issy Davis and Sam Carter, both swimming in their first Regional Youth Championships recorded PBs, while Matt Fulcher just missed out on a PB by hundreths of a second.   


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