KATE WINDLE led the way for Atlantis SC in the opening weekend of the Sussex County Swimming Championship at K2.
Boasting their largest ever squad, the Horsham-based club want a high finish in the medals table, and thanks to a good first weekend, are well on their way. Kate Windle, 11, continues to dominate her age group winning a clutch of gold medals and hopes are high of more to follow in the second weekend of competition in the middle of March.
Ella Windle, 13, Bex Lobley, 16, Cameron Lambourne, 16, and Beth Britton, 12, swam to gold and Sabrina Watson, 14, Emma Dedman, 15, Yasmin Hooker, 13, Edward Hundleby, 12, Eleanor Morris, 13, James Hartley, 11, Lauren Pedel, 11, Aimee Davies, 12, Lily Davies, 12, Katy Harris, 18, all claimed silver or bronze medals during the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Atlantis nine and ten-year-olds produced determined swims, with Maddy Carey, Isobel Hooker, Eve Clarke, Nick Cooper and Kian Cooke making finals.
The final session saw Atlantis fielding six swimmers in various age group finals of the 100 backstroke with the most deserved result going to Beth Britton (12) with a 1.07.30 securing her National Qualifying after the heartbreak of last year when she missed out on two qualifying times both by the narrowest of margins, 0.01s.
Coaches Bill Penny and Andy Lobley were delighted with the results achieved. Penny remarked: “This is the culmination of a tough programme we have implemented and the swimmers have reaped the rewards of their efforts.”