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. 

IN THE POOL

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.

OUT OF THE WATER

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.

P



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

P