Gaelectric Antrim Championships

This weekend seeing Larne Leisure Centre host the 1st Gaelectric Antrim Championships. The meet takes place over two days and 4 sessions. The highlight being the ‘skins’ events at the end of each session offering ยฃ100 for the win.

Over 300 athletes from all over Ireland converge on Larne Leisure Centre, including Irish record holders past and present and Irish Champions, for a couple of days of fun (and hopefully fast) racing.

Those senior Larne swimmers competing in Dublin next weekend at the Irish Nationals will be using this as fine tuning before the last selection meet of the year while younger swimmers will be looking to qualify for Irish Age groups and post Personal Best times.

The event is sponsored by
Woodside
Third Source
Polysorb
Swimzi
Forest Feast
Gaelectric

Day One
The 1st event of the day, the 400 IM, got off to a great start with Amy, Sienna, Anna & Amy B all posting lifetime bests. Jamie Clements followed this up with a PB of his wn in th 200 BC.

The PBs kept falling in the 100 FLY where Amy McCullagh picked up from qualifying for IAG last week by swimming a huge PB.

The junior swimmers from he club took centre stage in the 100 BRS with 8 year old Matthew Allen leading the way. Jamie Clements achieved an IAG QT in his swim.

The Woodside sponsored BRS skins up next and again the junior swimmers performed well and Erin Barr progressed into the final at the end if the session. And in the Men’s Backstroke the home team provided 4 of the 6 finalists with Irish Senior Record Holder Conor Ferguson leading the chasing pack.

The last event of the morning was a marathon 18 heats of 200 free great PBs from Katie McGivern and Holly Woodside got the team off and running before

The noise raised the roof in the skins finals and they home team was well represented in the final stages with 4 Conor Ferguson picking up the winners check and team mate Mark Doherty claiming to runner up spot

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Past club Captain Conor Brines kicked off session 2 with a PB in the 200 FLY winning the event with ease before the girls provided any her marathon event in the 200 IM (18 more heats) no fewer than 15 local swimmers competed in this event. Holly Woodside and Siobhan Baine both knocking over 20 seconds off their previous best times.

Seven heats of the men’s 400 free produced personal best performances for everyone and culminated in a closely fought race between David Roberts and Adam Mahood with David narrowly taking the win.

The 200 BRS was dominated by junior athletes with 8 under 12 making up the clubs entry.

The curtain was brought down on the days action with 2 more skins finals. The men’s FLY saw Larne swimmers claim the top 4 spots with Conor Brines just touching out teammate Conor Ferguson in the final shootout while team mate Danielle Hill eased to victory in the 50 Free.

A great atmosphere and some fantastic skills on display today. Can’t wait for day 2

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Ulster Age Group & Youth

The pool at Bangor Aurora this weekend hosts the annual Swim Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships. 31swimmers from Larne SC are amongst those competing.

This is a 3 day meet with heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon.

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Day 1

44 individual swims resulted in
5 Golds
3 Silver
2 Bronze
21 other to 10 finishes

The highlights of the day where undoubtedly the Golds by Lui in the 400 IM, Anna & Amy in the 800 free and Ben in the 100 BRSย  in a new Ulster squad time.
Another swimmers showing that perseverance pays off was Amy McCullagh who made her 1st Irish Age Group qualifying time.

Day 2

33 individual swims
5 Gold
5 Bronze
13 other top 10 finishes

Amy McCullagh takes yesterday form into today and makes her 2nd Div 1 QT in the 400 free with a huge PB. Ben Woodside makes it a breaststroke double winning the 200 after yesterday’s 100. Anna Campbell also wins double Gold in the distance Free adding the 400 to the 800. Conor Ferguson takes Gold in the 100 Free and Ollie Andrews picks up the win in the 100 BC. The evening finished off with a bronze for the Girls 4 x 50 MTR and the Boys team of Conor Ferguson, Lui Hurson, Ryan lewis and Finn Purdy setting a new Irish Junior record in the same event.

Day 3

35 individual swims
4 Gold
2 Silver
3 Bronze
25 Other finalists

A clean sweep of PB times in the morning IM events (400 for girls and 200 for guys) saw the last day of racing get off to a great start. The last day of the meet resulted in 29 out of the 35 swims compete in the finals session.
Adam mahood picked up his 1st Ulster Age group title in the 200Fly and Ryan Lewis collected his 1st medql of the meet with a bronze in the 200IM while Mark Doherty collected a silver in the 100 BC.
Amy McCullagh completed a hattrick of Irish Age Group QTs  with the 200 Free.

The Under 17 boys completed a double over local rivals Ards taking the title in the 4 x 50 FTR just missing the Ulster Junior record and the U16 girls matched their medley result taking a bronze in the FTR.

A great weekend of racing

The skills on display have been the most satisfying thing with everyone showing a huge improvement in the distance carried off the starts and turns.

posted by Peter

Dutch Nationals

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Irish Short Course Champion and Ulster Senior Record Holder Conor Brines travels to Eindhoven today to compete for Larne SC in the Dutch Nationals.

Conor is racing his main events, the 50 & 100 Fly and will be looking to build on the incredible progress he has made over the last 6 month setting new Ulster Senior records multiple times in theae events.

LIVE STREAM

Live timing for this can be found here

In 2016 the SwimCup will be the biggest sporting event in the Netherlands in April.

A lot of national and international elite athletes will take part in this event.

The level of the participating swimmers will be extremely high.
World and Olympic champion swimmers will compete in securing an Olympic qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

This Olympic edition will consist of five competition days instead of the regular four.

Heats will start at 12.00, B-finals at 19.00 and A-finals at 21.00.

GOOD LUCK CONOR

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RESULTS

100 Fly

A sold morning swim of 56.0 saw Conor finish in 17th place just missing out on a semi final

50 Fly

A heat swim of 24.8 was enough to qualify for the A final in 6th place. Conor improved this to 24.74 to remain in 6th place overall.

WELL DONE