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SUDMC17

The traditional Irish Long Course swimming season/ opener is always the Dave McCullagh Memorial Gala. This event recently elocated to Bangor Aurora from Limerick making it vertually a home meet for Larne SC

A team of 15 athletes, some competing at this level for the 1st time arrived in bangor after 25 weeks of work.

Larne SC

Day 1 

Finn Purdy got the event underway in the 50Bc swimming a PB time and Qualifying for the B final, about 5 minutes later he was back in action again in the 100FS where he swam a solid heat swim. Joining him in the FS was Ryan Lewis who got his meet off to a great start with a huge personal best and followed it up with another in the 200FLY just missing out on a second swim in the later.

Danielle Hill got her long cours sason off to a great start quailifying for both the 50 BC and 10FS finals within 5 minutes of each other.

The mens 100BRS was th last involvement for Larne swimmers on day 1 and Ben Woodside didnt disappoint. The 13 year old competing at this level for the 1st time raced to a lifetime best time and narrowly missed out on a second swim.

The 1st finals session set the bar for the rest of the week with Finn finishing off a great 1st day for him with a solid 50 BC, the Danielle took centre stage – 1st came the 50 BC and a new IRISH SENIOR RECORD now not only the only irish girl to break the 30 second mark but also the 1st to go under 29 posting  time inside the commonwealth selection time (the only person to do so this season) the 100 FS (8minutes later) and she produced an stunning performance from the outside lane to claim a silver medal and a new Personal Best.

Day 2

Saturday got underway with Conor Brines looking to cement his world university games time from last summer. we didnt have to wait long as he posted the qualification time in the heats – job done. Ryan also swam the 50 fly and while he was a little disappointed with the time his skills have greatly improved and, as he showed the rest of the meet, 1 swim doesnt define your meet. 

Danielle was back in the pool in the 200FS easily qualifying for the evening session, but with other focuses for the meet we decided not to contest the final. She also raced the 1oo BC and again showed her class in this event by smoothly progressing to the final, Sinead also swam the 100 BC and posted a new PB time qualifying for the evening session.

Lorcan Gourley, not to be outdone by his sister raced to a huge lifetime best in the same event and got his reward with a place in the Bfinal (his 1st at this level)

The breaststrokers were up next in the 200. Erin Barr broke her duck and PB’d in the heats getting a chance to go again in the B final. There where PBs for Zoe, Giulia, David, Ben and Adam as well with Ben again narrowly missing a second swim.

Last but by no means least, Amy Barr completed her 800 FS just outside her best time

The 2nd day of finals had a lot to live up 2 but it didnt disappoint. Conor Brines lowered his Lifetime/best with a dominant performance in the 50FLY. Danielle Took silver in the 100BC in the 2nd fastest time she has ever swam. Lorcan and sinead also backed up their morning swims with really solid evening efforts. and the 4 x 100 FTR brought home and Ulster Silver medal to round off the day.

Day 3

Finn was back in the pool on Sunday or the 50FS and again produced his best knocking several 10ths of his previous best. Danielle, again progressed to the evening session in this event, a feat she  matched in the 200BC.

The 50 BRS and Erin showed her continued progress witha great swim while Chloe looked quite surprised to have qualified for the B final.

Ryan and Conor contested the 100FLY with Conor posting the fastest morning swim, Ryan had his 200IM 3minutes later (a very tough Combo) but posted 2 lifetime bests and 2 reserve slots. there is a lot more to come here i think.

Amy Barr (made us wait for ages for her 400FS, but it was worth it when she not only PB’d but also qualified for the evening session.

Last Session and as is often the case the best was left to last. Danielle produced 1 of the swims of the meet to break a 15 year old Irish Senior Record and become the fastest Irish female ever both long and short. Conor swamto argueably the other swim of the champs (though i am biased) with his 1st Irish Senior Record in the Long curse format smashing the 100Fly time.

Sinead, Chloe and Amy all produced great swims to round off their meet in style.

the very last swim of the championships saw the Girls MTR of Danielle, Erin, Sinead and Chloe claim a very impressive bronze medal.

well done guys a fanastic meet 

37 swims

14 finals

30 PBs

3 Irish senior records

4 Ulster Senior records



Scottish Short Course Nationals 16

A 30 minute flight out of Belfast and the team are in Edinburgh to race at the Scottish Short Course Nationals. This is a notoriously fast early season meet and the whole purpose of travelling is to race faster in the heats than in the Irish Nationals last week. 

Session 1

1st up on the 1st day is Conor Brines in his 1st competitive outting of the season. The 100 fly produced some incredibly fast swimming and Conor swam a solid race to place 4th going into tonight’s sessions.

Then Danielle produced her fastest ever morning swim in the 50 Back to qualify for the B final.  

Finishing off the morning heats Danielle raced the 100 Free swimming a time half a second faster than this time last week.

Session 2

The swimmers outside the top 40  entered athletes complete their heat swims in the afternoon session. Lui Finn and Ruairi all started their meet off with the 50 Free. both Lui and Finn swam PBs and clocked times that would have placed them in the mornings faster heats.

Lui’s second swim of the session was the 400FS and a huge 10+ second PB saw him once again post a time that placed him 29th overall, an improvement of 15 placeso. 

Session 3 (finals day 1)

What a 1st night of finals this was, Danielle recovered from a slight error in her 50 BC to post a very respectable time. Then Conor Brines stole the show with an incredible Irish Senior Record in the 100 FLY becoming the 1st Irish person to break 53 seconds.

Conor Brines

Session 4

Danielle continue to show progression from last week’s Irish short course in both her events qualifying for the 50 Free final and the 200 BC within 10 minutes of each other.

Conor swam his ‘fun event’ the 200Fly producing a best heat swim and Qualifying for the evenings session in the process.

Session 5

Finn, Lui and Ruairi were back in action again with the 100 FStreet for them all and Finn in the 50 BC & Lui in 200 IM. 

The forward momentum Lui has experienced in recent times continued with the 200 IM entered on a long course converted time of 2:15.6 Lui produced a huge PB to swim to a 2:13.1 

 The men’s 100 free was next and both Lui  (53.9) & Finn (54.5) improved significantly to continue the steady progress they have shown this season

Session 6 (finals day 2)

The Finals session  on day 2 and, after taking on the advice from the sport NI physio we only had Danielle’s 50 free to look forward to.

It was worth the wait.

In 2003 Julie Douglas  (now johnston) set the Irish Record for the 50FS making it one of the older records on the books. (It is also the 2nd oldest Ulster record) putting together an almost textbook swim D.iesel got her hand on the wall in 25.64 seconds shaving 0.01 off Julie’s mark and in the process becoming the fastest Irish female in history.

What a swim! 

Danielle Hill

Session 7 

The last day of racing and Danielle (200Fly & 100 BC) & Conor (50FLY) both back in the pool.

Conor picked straight up fromantic here he left off in the 100 with comfortably the fastest qualifying time for tonight’s finals smashing the Ulster Senior Record in the process posting a time of 23.6

Danielle was next up in the 200FS and she didn’t disappoint posting a time of 2:02 nearly 4 seconds faster than the heats this time last week qualifying for her fourth fin all this weekend.

There is plenty of time to rest when your dear so 10 minutes later and Danielle is back in the pool in the 100BC, unrested, 10 minutes after her 2nd best 200FS and she produces her a lifetime best 61.6, qualifying for her 5th final of the weekend. #nornironlady 

The whole reason for coming to Scottish Nationals was to step up and race hard in the morning session. I think this weekend, and in particular this last morning, shows that even tired, in full training #teamlarne🏊 athletes show they are ready, willing and able to do just that.

Session 8 

Lui and Finn completed their weekends racing with the 200FS & 100BC respectively.

Lui’s 200 free saw him break 2 min barrier or he 1st time destroying it posting a 1:57.0 while Finn also finished the weekend with a PB in his 100BC (63.7)

Session 9 (finals day 3)

Last session of the meet and again Larne had representation in the form of Conor Brines in the 50FLY and once again he rose to the occasion and produced a phenomenal swim to take the Gold in a time of 23.38 equaling the Irish senior Record held by Barry Murphy.

Unfortunately Danielle wasn’t able to compete in the last 2 finals of her weekend due to flight times home.
Thank you Scotland for a fantastic weekend of racing. so we’ll organised and welcoming we will definitely be back.

20 individual entries

14 personal bests

8 final qualifiers

1 Gold

1 bronze medal

4 Ulster Senior Records

3 Irish Senior Records

#teamlarne🏊

#golarne

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Irish S.C. Champs

The 1st weekend in December has become the traditional weekend for the Irish National Short Course Championships.

Held in Lisburn each year this is the 1st opportunity for National level swimmers to sound out where they are in ralation to their end of season form.

With no qualification places up for grabs for either National age groups or International teams, the importance of this meet in the national calendar has deminished over the last few years making it a ‘swim through’ meet for the vast majority.

With their focus firmly elsewhere, a small team of only 12 athletes from Larne competed this weekend (21 had qualified) 

Day 1

Ryan Lewis opened up the proceedings with a PB in the 50 Free, a feat he matched half an hour later in the 100Fly. 2 PBs from 2 swims on day 1 cant ask for much more than that.

Chloe McKay and Amy McCullough both opened their accounts with PB swims in the 100 Free while Erin and Amy Barr got off 2 a solid start in the 100BRS.

Danielle, having complefed 45k in the pool this week and been in the gym last night, is truly unrested, but managed to make the final of the 50BC and the B Final of the 100 free.

Amy Barr rounded off the Morning session with another PB, in the 800 Free this time.

The Finals session on Day 1 and Danielle did what wmshe does best and raced incredibly well breakng her own Ulster Senior Record becoming the 1st female to go under 29 seconds. 

She also swam a lifetime best on 56.99 in the 100 winning the B final comfortably.

Danielle Hill, 1st female under 29 sec 50BC

Day 2

The 2nd day of racing got underway with the womens 50FS and Danielle picked up where she left off the night before with the fastest time of the heats. Chloe McKay swam a lifetime best of 28.4 while Amy Barr repeated her best time again.

Ryan continues to progress in the fly with a 6 sec PB in the 200 just missing out on a final swim.

Sinead got her Irish Short Course up and running in the 100FLY qualifying for the finals session in the process.

Lorcan smashed his 50BC PB bypassing 29 seconds completely going from 30.e to a 28.8 and again just missed out on a final place.

Danielle completed her mornings efforts with a fastest qualifyer spot into the 200BC lowering her lifetime best in the process.

The morning session  was brought to a close by Amy and Erin Barr and Amy McCullough who all produced best times in the 400FS.

Finals sessions and Danielle swims 50 FS and 200BC within 10 minutes of each other claiming a Silver and a Gold respectively, on both occasions matchingbher best times coming into the meet. 

#restisfortheweak

Sinead brought day 2 to a close with a PB in the final of the 100FLY

Day 3 

Last day of Irish Short Course gets underway with the 200FS. Amy McCullough and Amy Barr both produced small PBs and Danielle continued to show how competitive she is across a range of events even when racing (very) tired by qualifying for both the 200Free and the 100BC (posting the fastest hrat time in the later)

Amy and Erin Barr completed their Irish Short Course weekend with solid swims in the 200BrS whil Jan Manillili produced a 4 second best in his 1st ever meet at this level.

The last session in a tough week gets underway with Danielle deciding to compete in both the 200FS and 100BC.

If your gonna finish you may as well finish strong and that is exactly what Danielle did this weekend. 2 silver medals in the final session first a 6 second PB in the 200Free missing out on the Gold by less the 2 tenths of a second in a fantastic race with Lisburns Rachel Bethel then 8 minutes later a 2nd silver coming in the 100BC.

A fantastic weekend of ‘racing tired’ from the whole team.

Next week we travel to the Scottish SC in Edinburgh

#teamlarne🏊

Hard work ALWAYS pays off

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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
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Scottish Nationals **updated**

****GOOD LUCK***

Conor Brines flew off today to compete for Larne SC in the Scottish Nationals over the next 5 days.

Conor has had a fantastic season so far and hoes to bring the curtain down with a few more record breaking performances.

Over the week he will be ometing in the 50, 100 & 200 FLY and 50 FREE

We will be updating this post with his results as they happen

Day one

A solid start to the meet on Day 1 with the 200Fly Con or posted a time of 2:10.59 placing him 18th and in the B final

Next up the 50 Fly 

Day two

After a slight mishap on start of his 50 fly meaning the heat swim had to be a lot more of an effort than we would have expected, Conor qualified for B final in a time of 25.6

The evening swim went much more to plan with Conor producing a much more commanding swim to clock 24.19 and a win. The time was good enough to have picked up bronze in the A final. 

This was also another Ulster Senior Record as Conor’s breakthrough season continues to impress.

Tomorrow the 50 free

Day three

After the excitement of yesterday this morning was a fun event for Conor, just the 50 free. A good heat swim saw a personal best performance but no progression to the final.

Big day tomorrow with the 100 Fly so an early night and some rest.

Day four

The last day of the meet and the main event. The heat swim of the 100 fly was a best morning swim and the time of 54.6 indicated that maybe there was some fast times to come.

The final, wow what a swim, 53.81 a new Ulster Senior Record and just outside the Irish record and the Scottish open gold!!! 

An absolutely fantastic way to round offor what has been a phenomenal year in the pool for Conor. 

Well done and here’s looking forward to an exciting next 18 months.

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Irish National Championships

From the 28th – 31st April 396 swimmers from all over the world converged on the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin for The Irish National Swimming Championships.

Larne SC sent a small contingent of 4 swimmers hoping to make some waves in the meet.

Day one

Danielle Hill and Conor Ferguson start things off today with the 100 BC, an event that neither swimmers is a stranger to(both are Irish Junior record holder in this event)
The heats in the morning saw both easily qualify for the semi finals later with easy, both qualifying in 2nd place Danielle qualifying as the fastest Irish swimmer.

The semi finals saw both swimmers improve on their heats and qualify for the finals.

Day two

Heats on Day 2 and Danielle was the only Larne swimmer involved cruising to her best ever morning swim to qualify for the semi final of the 100 Free. In the finals session the sparks really started to fly with Danielle stepping up and qualifying for the final of the 100 FS before Conor went in the 100 BC. The roof lifted off the building as the crowd roared their support for him and it so nearly paid off as he came agonisingly close to qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games missing out by 0.05 of a second. Danielle followed him up in the same event once again proving her dominance in the backstroke events by winning her 1st Irish title of the weekend.

Day three

Day 3 and Conor Brines and Lui Hurson joined the party. Lui swimming his 2nd fastest 400FS before Conor posted his fastest ever morning swim in the 100 FLY.
Our very own Iron Lady stepped up again and cruised to the 200 BC final.

The finals session on Day 3 got underway with Conor Brines in the semi of the fly. He continued his incredible rise this season posting a new Ulster senior record and showing that he is the form swimmer in Ireland on this event.
Danielle claimed her 1st 100 FS Irish title and her 2nd of the meet in a new personal best time but wasn’t finished there as she swam completed the days swimming with her 3rd title out of 3 entries in the 200 BC.

Day four

1st up on the last day of the meet was Lui in the 200IM out in lane 9 in the last heat he swam to his entry time in a solid performance at his 1st Irish LC Nationals.

The #Nornironlady stepped up with 50FS and 50 BC within 5 minutes of each other. The short turnaround proved to be no problem as Danielle set about qualifying as the fastest Irish swimmer for both events.

The last session of the meet and Danielle again sets the tone with back to back semi finals in BC and FS making the final in both.

The last 3 events of the meet saw Danielle go in the 50 BC making is a #fantastic4 with another Irish Title. Next up Conor Brines in the 100 FLY and he repeated the result from Dave McCullagh with a silver medal behind national record holder Breandan Hylands (his 1st medal at a national level in this event). Danielle brought the curtain down on a great  meet for the club with the fjnal of the 50 FS not quite 10 minutes after the 50 back finished with a credible 4th placed finish.

Larne may well have only travelled with a small team to this meet but our strike rate was incredible

4 swimmers
4 Irish titles
1 silver
1 Irish Senior Record
2 Ulster Senior Records
1 Ulster Junior Record

What a great few days well done everyone

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