Youth Swimming, by Matt Cumber –
Atlantis swimmers enjoyed a memorable County Championships at the K2 in Crawley.
On the final weekend of the event, the squad again showed real competitive spirit – claiming medals across the age groups, strokes and distances, with many swimmers producing personal bests or regional qualifying times.
Rebecca Lobley, 17, took the open championship in the 200m individual medley, adding this to the 100m and 200m breaststroke titles she had already won. This was an outstanding result, making her the first Atlantis swimmer to win three open championships in one year.
Eleanor Morris, 14, also starred, winning four gold medals (50m back, 100m IM, 200m IM and 200m back) and the overall points competition for her age group.
Kate Windle, 12, won gold in the 50m back, four silvers and a bronze to add to her tally from the previous weekend, and Ethyl Wyman, nine, won gold in the 50m back, 200m IM and 200m back.
Other medalists included Ella Windle (gold in 400m free and 100m fly, silver in 200m IM), Ed Hundleby (gold in 200m fly, silver in 200m freestyle), Rose Stride (gold in 400m free), Rebecca Barber (gold in 100m IM), James Hartley (four silvers), Isobel Davis (two silvers), Yasmin Hooker (one silver, three bronze), Ralph Hawkins, James North, Kian Cooke, Max Windle, Hamish Milne-Skillman and Lauren Pedel.
Head coach Bill Penny said: “Atlantis swimmers performed very well across all the ages and strokes. To deliver the number of medalists, finalists and such a huge number of personal bests was a great achievement.”