A Winning Start

Tonight saw Larne Swimming Club kick off their P.T.L. season with a home meet against Coleraine S.C.

A team of 40 swimmers took to the water a we looked to get the season off to a winnin start against a team that had beaten us last season.
The format of the meet is simple. 

10 & Under, 11/12, 13/14 and 15 &over

50s on each stroke & 100 IM 

4 x 50 medley relay

4 x 50 Freestyle relay

With points score for 1st 2 swimmers home for each team.

A number of the under 10s were competing for the 1st time over 50m never mind in a PTL.

There was great noise and support from both teams as the points from the 1st round of events (the medley relays) were shared.
By the end of the backstroke the home team had opened up a gap continuing the cluns fine traditions in this discipline.

This gap was never to be closed over rest of the meet with the home side recording a win of 50 points.
The working being done on the skills side of things was evident as Larne swimmers were consistently the last to break the surface on starts and turns.

This is the start of what we hope will be a long and successful season. 

Well done everyone, from both teams, on a great afternoons racing and good luck for the rest of the season

Swim Ulster Development meet 1

The 1st Gala of the year last weekend took place in Ballymena Leisure Centre. 

This is a revamped format for the Swim Ulster Development Galas and we are looking forward to seeing how they will develop over the coming season.

A team of 17 swimmers from the club traveled to compete in the morning session in 21 races.

13 new times were posted and 5 personal bests.

For the majority of these young athletes this was their 1st experience of open competition and is a great way to start off what we hope will be a long swimming career. 

The focus of these Galas is on skill development with core skills being the emphasis (and a criteria for progression into the qualifying meets) but having said that everyone likes to see that ‘ – ‘ next to their name.

The biggest PB of the day went to Natasha Degnan  who took 39.75 seconds off her 200 IM time. While Louise Humphires had best times in all of her swims.
Well done everyone on a great days racing and a fantastic start to the year

Season review 2015/16

Where do I start with this season? 

Without any doubt the best season for Larne Swimming Club in a very long time. 


Our junior club competed in Aquasprint and while we did get relegated to division 2 we saw some real developments over the season in terms of skill level and team spirit. The future is very bright for these young athletes.

The PTL team also acquitted themselves admirably in a year when we decided that as many swimmers as possible should swim in this league.

In open competition we competed in the Ulster Age Groups and Qualifying Galas, had 38 qualifiers for Division 1 of the Irish Age Groups and while only 3 qualified for Division 2 they came home with some medals from Limerick.  There is more work to be done with our development squad to get them to a level where they can experience this 1st tier of Irish swimming.

The open championships again saw our club shine as we broke somewhere in the region of 75 records over the course of the season. At one point we held 8 Irish senior records and currently hold 10 Ulster Senior records. Not to mention all the Junior records our members broke including a medley relay record in April. 

We broke the 2 oldest short course records on the books, one of which wasn’t even broken during the era of the rubber suits!

We where the only club team to have two swimmers on the Irish team to the senior Europeans, the only team EVER to have 2 finalists at the same European Junior Championships, and we became the 1st club ever to have a male winner of a medal at European Juniors.

As if that wasn’t enough one of our guys also missed the Olympic Games by 0.05 of a second………that’s about 9mm 

We are in a position where we now have 3 Irish senior International qualifiers in our program – something that very few other teams can say.

Yes it’s true that in Conor Brines, Conor Ferguson and Danielle Hill we have 3 of the best swimmers in Ireland in our squads but they don’t do it on their own, they train in our pools, in our sessions, with our members. Without the support of YOU our members and their teammates none of this would have been possible. 

Without the dedication of the largely volunteer coaching staff we wouldn’t be able to function at all never mind achieve anywhere near the level of success above.


A partnership with swimming specific kit provider Swimzi saw us launch a new corporate appearance with a radical new red and white (and green) kit……not to mention a mentoring relationship with Liam Tancock.

Behind the scenes the committee also raised the bar for not only themselves but all future committees with an increased level of professionalism and again without these volunteers none of this swimming stuff would happen.

Finally we have finished the season with an opportunity to work with an Irish company producing training aids for backstroke starts wedge.ie making next season even more exciting.

Congratulations to everyone enjoy your break ……. the hard work starts again all too soon.


Irish Age Groups 2016 (Updated**)

A big team of 28 swimmers travel from East Antrim to Blanchardstown in Dublin this week to compete in Swim Ireland annual season ending age group youth and open summer championships. 

While 37 swimmers qualified for the meet the slightly later scheduling means that only 28 are able to travel.

It has been a long hard season that has seen the club represented at national level in Ireland and Scotland,  (picking up numerous titles in both) as well as Internationally at European Juniors in Hungary (where again we brought home medals) and in London at European seniors. This has been a season that has seen the club start to grow into the high performing center towards which we are striving.

This weekend the youth and age group sections take centre stage….

Follow this blog to updates as we progress…..
What a way to finish the season! 

15 finalists (3 new at this level)

5 Golds (1 new at this level)

2 silver (another new medal winner)

1 bronze 

1 Irish senior record

1 Ulster Senior Record

1 Irish Junior records

1 proud coach well done everyone! !!!

European Junior Swimming Championships (Updated)

For the 3rd summer in a row Larne SC is sending representatives with an Irish international team.

Having already competed in London at the European Championships, Danielle and Conor travel to Hodmezovasarhely for the Junior Championships.

The Irish team travel to Dublin on Saturday for a team session and dinner before heading to Budapest on Sunday mowning and a 3 hour transfered south to Hodmezovasarhely.

This is Danielle’s last year of eligibility for this level of competition, having raced in Holland and Baku the last 2 years, while Conor is experiencing it for the 1st time.

The Irish team of 13 athletes looks like one of the strongest in recent years so we are looking forward to some fast racing over the next week.

You can follow the action here


Really poor of me not to have updated this but with being away in Hungary working it was a tough 10 days.

For those who dont already know here is a very quick round up on Danielle and Conor from the European Junior Champs last week.

At a remarkably high standard of meet the Larne swimmers once again proved that they are continuing to make the transition from National to International athlete.

Conor  picked up a silver medal in the 100 BC making him the 1st Irisb male to medal at this level

Danielle continued Larnes BC tradition with 2 Irish Junior Records on the way to a final place in the same event.


A fantastic end to a fantastic season for these guys


Irish Age Groups Division 2

A small team of only 3 swimmers from Larne Swimming Club headed to Limerick today to compete in Division 2 of the Irish Age Groups.

Holly Woodside, Siobhan Baine and Giulia Allen are all competing at this level for the first time having qualified through the Swim Ulster Regional meets.

While the team is one of the smallest travelling Junior Squad Coach Fiona Hillier, who travels with the team today, is confident they can have a great meet and finish their season on a real high. 

We will keep updating this post with results once the girls start racing tomorrow.

Day one

A fantastic 1st day of racing for the girls with Giulia swimming to three PB times – 1 in each of the heats of the medley and the breaststroke and another in the final of the breast (where she picked up a bronze to go with her 4th place from the IM). Holly Woodside also swam 2 PB times in the breaststroke making the final and placing 6th. 

Siobhan came real close to a lifetime best swim in her 1st race outside Ulster as well.

Well done girls can’t wait for the rest of the weekend

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