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
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