Category Archives: Junior

Swim Ulster Development Meet 3

On Saturday and small group of the clubs youngest swimmers took to the water on the start of their competitive swimming journey.
It was great to see 2 people racing for the 1st time👍
The purpose behind the development meets is to provide a shorter more accessible level as an introduction to competitive swimming. Skills are emphasised over time and sessions last about 2 hours.

The kicking races are an interesting addition to the program at this level and it’s good to see the need for a strong leg kick being emphasised (even if it doesn’t make for a great spectator experience) . And the ability to streamline is rewarded more than times in the medley events.
This is the first year Swim Ulster has tried to do this sort of format and there are a few teething issues but the principal matches our own club Development strategy of process driven coaching.
Anyway well done everyone who took part (i will get a full results list out soon) I was delighted with the progress being made and the skills on display.
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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

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
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! !!!

Irish Age Groups Division 2

A small team of only 3 swimmers from Larne Swimming Club headed to Limerick today to compete in Division 2 of the Irish Age Groups.

Holly Woodside, Siobhan Baine and Giulia Allen are all competing at this level for the first time having qualified through the Swim Ulster Regional meets.

While the team is one of the smallest travelling Junior Squad Coach Fiona Hillier, who travels with the team today, is confident they can have a great meet and finish their season on a real high. 

We will keep updating this post with results once the girls start racing tomorrow.

Day one

A fantastic 1st day of racing for the girls with Giulia swimming to three PB times – 1 in each of the heats of the medley and the breaststroke and another in the final of the breast (where she picked up a bronze to go with her 4th place from the IM). Holly Woodside also swam 2 PB times in the breaststroke making the final and placing 6th. 

Siobhan came real close to a lifetime best swim in her 1st race outside Ulster as well.

Well done girls can’t wait for the rest of the weekend
P

AQUASPRINT FINAL 2016

Ballymena Leisure Centre hosted the ‘B’ final of this years Divinsion 1 Aquasprint League on Friday Night.

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Larne came into this meet with a slim chance of avoiding relegation to Div 2 after a tough season for the youngest competitors in the club.

Aquasprint is a short format gala with an emphasis on team spirit and enjoyment in an environment that has a slight competitive edge.

Over the course of the season we have seen huge improvements in the skill levels on display and, more importantly, a team spirit and enjoyment of the aport of swimming that bodes well for the future.

Sarah Moore has done a fantastic job with everyone and the addition on Fiona to the staff can only be the beginning of an exciting time for the team.

The whole team has improved beyond recongition from that 1st meet of the season.

Our underwater skills on the dives where the best in the pool across the board (and while they may not have been the fastest its important that these skills are learnt early – speed and strength can be added)

Looking forward to next year already.

Keep smiling.

Aquasprint roundup

On Sunday afternoon the junior club traveled to Lisburn, for the final aquasprint gala of the group stage.

Unfortunately Lisburn finished with more points than us but the atmosphere was fantastic there was lots of support from the gallery and the kids had fun.

Most kids produced pb’s and there was a very definite improvement in all swimmers from their very first aquasprint before christmas, which can easily be seen in the quick starts and underwater work.

A special mention need to got to Louisa Humphries, A group girl our only swimmer to win all 4 races! 

The Aquasprint season finishes with a series of finals held on friday the 3rd of June. These last gala decide the promotion/relegation/championship results for the whole year.

We are in the ‘B’ final of Division 1 and if we are to stay in the top division we are really going to have to have the whole team rurn out and swim incredibly well.

Obviously this is a very exciting gala ans we could like to see as much support as possible, red balloons, red t-shirt and anything red. 

We will let you know the venue as soon as possible.

Maria (girls team captain)