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 BRS  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.

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