Swim Ulster Winter Qualifying Meet

The change in the qualifying rules for Irish Age Groups saw a smaller than usual team of swimmers from Larne SC compete in the 1st qualifying competition of the year.

Those who did race did so real well.

The 1st session is always a long 1 with the 800 and 1500 both being contested. 6 girls and 1 boy from the club stayed in Lisburn until after 9pm to get a PB time.

Their wait was rewarded with a 100% strike rate. Anna & Amy C, Amy McC, Siobhan, Cher & Holly all produced life time bests while Cal had his 1st experience of the longest pool race in the Olympic program – the 1500 Free. 

Day 2 got under way with PBS for Adam,  Jan and Luke in the 200 IM and Siobhan, Holly and Ysabella in the 100 FLY to maintain the impressive run of PBs 

More PBs for Adam and Jan followed in the 100 Free with bothe guys just missing out on breaking 60 seconds for the 1st time.

After Molly and Ysabella raced 50 fly, Jan brought the morning session to a close with another PB, in the 50 BC this time. 

Session 3 and, back on Freestyle, the PBs kept coming with the boys 400FS and the girls 200, Chloe, Cher, Ysabella, Giulia and Cal all setting lifetime bests.

Call  (again) also swam 200BRS just missing out on a PB while Dave (the rave) smashed his PB in the same event by 20 seconds.

The club has a bit of an iffinity with backstroke but they girls all topped up and carried on the clubs tradition with Gr8 PBs for Sienna (her 1st PB in a while showing that hard work always pays off) and Giulia  (who took 12 seconds off her 100 BC time)

We seem of have found a new ‘ironman’ in Luke Calwell who completed his 1st 200Fly this afternoon and his last 50 was his quickest so there is loads more to come. Adam also swam to a solid PB in this event.

The sprint events brought the curtain down on day 2 of the winter qualifiers and Ysabella and Cher both swimming to significant PBs in the 50 free, Jan in the 50 BRS swam his 5th PB of the weekend and Sienna in the 100 IM proved that PBs are like buses, you wait ages for 1 then 2 come along together. 

Well done guys on a fantastic day of racing

Lifesaving – The Orange Cup

Four Larne swimmers, Lorcan Gourley, Ollie Parkes, Lui Hurson and Finn Purdy, were selected to represent the UK at the Lifesaving Orange Cup on the weekend of the 12th and the 13th of November in Eindhoven, Holland.

The mindfulness was really paying off a Lui prepared for the 20p Obs

Lifesaving competitions take place in 50m Olympic pools and there are a number of different events including

  • obstacle races that requires the competitors to swim under gates as they make there way down the pool
  • manikin carry in which the competitions will retrieve a manikin from the floor of the pool and swim with it into the wall
  • rope throw event during which lifesavers ¬†will compete in pairs with one person on poolside who throws a rope to their teammate and pulls them into the wall while the second person kicks their legs

Like swimming there are also relay events and the team from the UK entered at least one team in every relay event to go up against competitors from Germany, Holland, Italy, Canada, South Africa and other countries from across the world. The relay team that Lui Hurson and Finn Purdy were part of broke two British records in the Medley and Obstacle relays.

The Northern Irish contingent of the UK team who train with Larne Swimming Club also did well in the individual events with all four of them pulling out all the stops to swim personal best times while representing their country. Lui Hurson even managed to pick up a silver medal in the junior category for the 200 metre obstacle swim.
One of the coaches travelling with the UK team, Elaine Alexander, who is a former girls captain of Larne Swimming Club and now the swimming instructor at Belfast Royal Academy said the competition provided a valuable experience for the lifesavers of competing at an international level.


War Memorial 2016

One of the biggest events in the Swim Ulster calendar each year is the War Memorial Gala.

This relay gala always attracts the largest crowd of athletes and spectators with many past swimmers making a point of attending each season.

A team of around 26 young swimmers from Larne travelled to Bangor to compete this year.

While the team didnt win any of the events we did place in the top 3 in 5 out of 10 and in the final 7 times.

Club member Conor Ferguson was awarded the Swim Ulster Swimmer of the Year award for the 3rd year running while father Peter picked up the official of the year award.

Congratulations to everyone who competed on a great atmosphere and fantastic team spirit once again.

REN 96 – open

This weekend sees Danielle Hill travel to Scotland to race in the annual REN 96 open meet in Paisley just outside Glasgow.

Actually she is really going to visit Louise (her sister) who is in Uni in Glasgow…..but what else would you do on a trip to Glasgow but get up and race?
Racing tired is the purpose of the competition, a lot of events (11 – yes ELEVEN) in 2 days at the end of a tough 12 weeks of training. No rest just……Race. 

If you want to see how Danielle gets on keep checking Facebook and here for updates and photos.
Day 1

5 events

7 swims

4 Golds

1 silver

Some tough racing with events (most of them events D doesnt normally do) packed close together & off the back of 12 weeks of hard work and no rest.

Il let D have the last say on how she has got on at this meet. a tough weekend of racing and a meet i suspect we may support as a club in the future