Swimmers from Horsham-based Atlantis SC refused to be overawed by Olympic standard competition at the International Meet at Plymouth last weekend.
An international field was attracted to the event, including several members of the Team GB swimming team, who were competing for their respective clubs. And Horsham swimmers stole some of the limelight. Bex Lobley picked up a silver and bronze medal in the senior 50m and 100m breaststroke and narrowly missed out in the 200m finishing fourth, only 0.3sec off third place. Bex completed her National Qualifying Times in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and can now look forward to some tough training before the National Championships in Sheffield in the summer.
Meanwhile, Kate Windle, 12, took an age group bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke, and other notable swims came from Eleanor Morris (200 backstroke) and George Boyle (100 breaststroke) both making finals in the Junior Division.
Deputy head coach Andy Lobley said: “We’re delighted with the results from this weekend, our swimmers have been working very hard including a week training camp in October and have raced every weekend since.
“To finish the year in such good form is very positive for the club and we expect to see some further good results as we head into 2013. It is great for our swimmers to experience meets like this one where they have to travel, stay overnight and race heats and finals in the same sessions, and of course to line up on the blocks with Olympic swimmers is inspiring for them.”