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.
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
Ballymena Leisure Centre hosted the ‘B’ final of this years Divinsion 1 Aquasprint League on Friday Night.
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.
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)
After the excitment of last weeks Irish Nationals it was the Clubs junior athletes who took to the water this weekend in the 4th Swim Ulster Development Gala of the season.
The purpose of these meets is 2 fold.
1. To provide a stepping stone into regional swimming competition from club based racing
2. To provide an opportunity for qualification for Ulster and Irish Age group level meets.
The morning session Matthew Allen (a huge 40sec PB) Sam Magee and Jacob Charlton (20 sec PB) all raced in the 100IM then Sam (1sec PB) & Jacob (3sec PB) contested the 100BC where they wer joined by Christopher Fulton and Jack Wallace.
(Report on session 2 to follow)