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Development Meet 2

The Swim Ulster development meet series came to Larne this weekend.

A handful of our younger swimmers took the opportunity to race and practice their racing skills.

Fund raising for NI Hospice today at the development meet

The focus of the development meet series is on skills, specifically the turns in the medleys with Swim Ulster checking and assessing these specifically.

A number of quality swims and PB achieved today with some medals to add to the collection.

Well done everyone

#teamlarne

Matthew Allen

200 FS – 5th

100 BC – 5th

Jane Ann Carson

200 FS – 3rd – PB

50 FLY – 2nd

100 Free – 1st – PB

Katie Clarkin

100 BC – 6th

100 BRS – 6th

200 IM – 5th – PB

100 FS – 7th

Mia Grills

200 FS – 15th

50 FLY – 4th – PB

Erynn McCrory

100 FS – 4th

Emma Robinson

200 FS – 11th

50 Fly -. 5th

Dawson Taylor

200 FS – 4th – PB

100 BC – 4th – PB

100 BRS – 4th – PB

200 IM – 3rd – PB

Ulster Short Course 2019

25 swimmers from #teamlarne competed at the Swim Ulster Regional Championships over the weekend.

A fantastic team atmosphere was on display across the whole weekend as athletes stepped up and produced season best performances across the whole weekend

Athletes ranging from Ulster Junior record holders and World Championship Athletes to those competing for the very 1st time.

The important thing for everyone is a commitment to focus on the process and to not judge performances by times alone. The ‘how’ is far more important at this stage.

The work on racing skills is definitely starting to pay off and the effort to race in the right way was clear to see from all.

It is a long season and this is very much just the start …….. But a good start.

103 swims contested

Personal Bests (TBC)

Club Records (TBC)

23 top 10 places

4 bronze

Mens medley relay

Mixed medley relay

Women’s medley relay

Lorcan Gourley 100BC

1 silver

Ben Woodside 100 BRS

4 Gold

Ben Woodside 200 BRS

Conor Ferguson 100 BC

Conor Ferguson 200 BC

Conor Ferguson 50 BC

2 Junior titles

Ben Woodside 200 BRS

Ben Woodside 100 BRS

1 Ulster record

Conor Ferguson 200BC

Finalists
Ellie Falls 50, 100 & 200 FS, 100 Fly

Giulia Allen 50 Fly

Zara Jane Melody 800FS

Ben Woodside 50 BRS

Lorcan Gourley 50 Fly

Jamie Clements 50 BC

Junior Girls medley relay

Junior mixed medley relay

Junior girls Freestyle relay

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Special mention to

David Leggett for the largest PB on Day 1 in the 200 BRS

Thomas Leggett for largest PB on Day 2 in 200 BC

Cal Young McClinton for largest PB across the whole weekend in 800FS

Larne Sprints 2019

Back in the day (maybe 20 years ago) Larne Swimming Club hosted a traditional curtain raiser to the season.

It was an opportunity for swimmers to dust off the cobwebs and have some fun early each year.

Take your marks…….

This year we took the decision to resurrect this name from the past.

We made a few changes to the original format and switched to a junior meet however the principle was the same, the swim fast blow off the cobwebs anf have some fun.

On the 2nd or November the 1st Larne Sprints in 20 years took place in Larne Leisure center.

19 clubs from across the province entered over 300 swimmers for a combined 1250 swims.

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We were incredible grateful to receive local sponsorship from Lidl, Subway Dominos, Woodside and our main sponsor Allsop.

The 1st session comprised of 25m swims in all strokes and was for swimmers 10years and under. Giving these young athletes their 1st experience of the competitive environment is a vital part of their education. Making sure that this experience is enjoyable and rewarding is essential and thanks to the efforts of the committee and parents and especially the older swimmers from the national squad everyone left the pool with a smile on their faces.

Main club sponsor – Allsop

The 2nd part of the day was for the older athletes with the under 15 age taking over. For many this was a last opportunity to qualify for the upcoming Ulster Short Course Championships.

With some fantastic racing and a huge number of PBs this meet will become a fixture in the Swim Ulster Calendar over the next few years.

The results for the meet are available on meet mobile (search – Larne Sprints & Larne Sprints Minor)

I will update this with a link to those when I figure out how to LoL

Results will also be on the club website

http://www.larneswimmingclub.org

One of the most please aspects of the weekend for me was seeing #teamlarne in action. All our junior swimmers being supported by our international and national level athletes is what this whole thing is about. #oneclub

We celebrate everyone success together from 25m PBs to international selection

#oneclub #oneteam #teamlarne #wearelarne🔴⚫🟢

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PTL v Newry & Mourne

The PTL season is in full swing now with the 2nd league fixture of the season (and the 1st away meet) tonight in Newry.

The new pool in Newry is a fantastic 8 lane facility and a great place to race.

The home team were fantastic hosts providing a great atmosphere and an unreal supper afterwards 👍😁

The league format is the same in every meet with Medley relays, Back, Breast, Fly Free and IM as well as Freestyle relays across 4 age bands.

As a team we use the PTL to rehearse racing skills under race conditions polishing starts, turns and finishes. Making sure that when the season reaches its climax we are as ready as possible.

The meet finished with a great win for #teamlarne and as always a fantastic team atmosphere on display.

Swim Ulster Autumn Qualifier 2019

We grow champions

The ‘season proper’ finally got underway this weekend with the 1st Regional Qualifier for #teamlarne.

Swimmers who were looking for qualifying times for Ulster Championships (or simply wanting to get the 1st races if the season under their belt) descended on Lisburn Leisureplex for 2 days of racing.

After 8 weeks of training, working on improving some skills and some base aerobic training it is good to see that some of the work that has been laid down has started to pay off.

Session 1

14 swims, 11 PBs.

Special mention for Zara who PB’d at 200 and400 meter marks of her 800.

Ulster SC Qualifying times for

James Strutt – 200FS

Luke McKillion – 200BRS

Louisa & Amy Humphries – 50BC

Charlotte Smyth & Rhianna Taylor – 800FS

Session 2

15 swims, 7 PBs

A shout out to Ellen Millar swimming her 1st 400IM and doing a fantastic job

Swim Ulster SC Consideration times for

Lucy McKnight & Amy Humphries – 100FS

Ellen Millar – 400IM

Amy McCullough – 50FLY

Swim Ulster Qualification Times for

Ellie Falls – 50FLY & 100FS

Giulia Allen – 50 FLY

Amy Humphries & Lucy McKnight – 200BC

Session 3

13 swims, 5PBs

Best swim of the session for Ellie Falls in 200FS

And a special mention to Eve McKeown swimming her 1st qualifying gala.

Ulster Short Course Qualifying times for

Sophie Doran, Ellen Millar & Ellie Falls – 100FS

Louisa & Amy Humphries & Lucy McK ight – 100 BC

Session 4

Conor Ferguson swimming his 1st meet for #teamlarne with a 1:58 in 200BC

17 swims, 9 PBs

Swim Ulster Qualifying times for

Jamie Clements & James Strutt – 100FS

Charlotte Smyth & Rhianna Taylor – 400FS

Ellie Falls – 100FLY

Conor Ferguson – 200BC

Sophie Doran, Amy Humphries & Ellie Falls – 50FS

Jamie Clements – 100IM

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Well done everyone on a great start to the season.

Next stop – War Memorial

#teamlarne

Living a Balanced Swim Life

Living a Balanced Swim Life

With the new season just around the corner, and it, potentially, being a big one I thought it was important to share this with you.

This is a copy of a post by Will Jonathan//Contributor  | Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The link to the original article is here

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It was Allison Schmitt, an 8-time Olympic medalist for Team USA, who said a very important swim-quote that I think all swimmers need to really listen to and absorb. She said:

“Swimming is such a small part of life. Yes, I love it. But at the end of the day, it’s just a sport. Whether you finish first or last, you’re still loved by the same people, and you still are who you are.”

A perspective like this isn’t always very-well accepted within competitive sport, even swimming. The common perception is that, to be successful in something, one must treat the sport as if it were their very existence—the sole reason they wake up each day and the absolute most important thing in their life. It has to be an obsessive passion. While having a passion for swimming is certainly an important, and even necessary, ingredient to excel at it and do well, even too much passion is a bad thing.

Psychologically, there are two different forms of passion. And, these two different forms of passion comprise what is called The Dualistic Model of Passion. Let’s take a look at these two different forms of passion, and we’ll start with the first one:

Obsessive Passion – When your passion for swimming becomes all-consuming. You have difficulty pulling yourself away from the sport, and your identity as a person is tied to your swimming. It is fueled by external motivators and an unhealthy desire for external success/material success.

Scientific research on the effects of obsessive passion are well-documented and thoroughly studied, and have yielded the following results:

  • Tying your sense of validation and self-worth to the results of your swimming.
  • Becoming more passionate about the results of your swimming rather than the pleasure and fulfillment of swimming itself.
  • Developing an extremely harsh and debilitating self-criticism towards yourself and your swimming.
  • Failures & setbacks are seen as personal attacks against you rather than simply obstacles to overcome.
  • An unhealthy, never-satisfied attitude for more; more medals, more records, and more validation.
  • A far-greater tendency to consider cheating or other forms of unethical behavior in order to attain external success, no matter the cost.

Obsessive Passion is passion taken too far, and it can lead to these kinds of negative side-effects that breed an extremely unhealthy mindset and will inevitably lead a swimmer down the path to physical and mental burnout and walking away from the sport.

However, as I mentioned previously, passion is still a necessary ingredient for performing well and succeeding. So, how does one have a passion for swimming, while at the same time, not allow that passion to devolve into something that’s all-consuming? By cultivating what is called Harmonious Passion:

Harmonious Passion – When your passion for swimming is in a healthy, balanced state. You’re able to disconnect yourself from the sport when necessary and your identity/self-worth as a human being isn’t tied to your swimming. It is driven by internal motivators and healthy desire for both external success and internal fulfillment.

Just like with Obsessive Passion, the effects of Harmonious Passion are thoroughly studied and well-documented, and yield the following results:

  • You become more interested in the joy and satisfaction the activity of swimming itself gives you rather than the external rewards it can give you.
  • You increase your overall levels of happiness, health, and overall life satisfaction.
  • You’re much more likely to continue in the sport over a prolonged period of time and are far less likely of experiencing physical or mental burnout.
  • You experience greater internal fulfillment from your growth and improvement as a swimmer.
  • You’re able to voluntarily pull yourself away from swimming when necessary and have a life outside of swimming.
  • Your sense of self-worth and personal validation is not tied to the results, rewards, outcomes, or goals you achieve or don’t achieve in swimming.

THIS is the kind of passion you want to have as a swimmer – the kind of passion that gives you the emotional drive and commitment to perform and succeed, while at the same time, providing the mental and physical balance you need to maintain a healthy, happy mindset and not burn yourself out.

If you think your passion towards swimming is a bit too all-consuming and leaning more towards the obsessive side of passion, here are some things you can do to help foster a more Harmonious Passion towards your swimming moving forward:

1. Use Positive Language Towards Your Swimming.

We’ve all heard phrases like, “Ugh, I HAVE to go to practice at 6am tomorrow morning” or “I HAVE to get my dry-land work in this afternoon”. It may seem like no big deal, but the language being used here really can make a difference. When you tell yourself you have to do something, it gives off the implication that you’re having to force yourself to do it against your will, and the moment swimming starts to feel like something you have to force yourself to do rather than something you want to do, you’re in trouble.

Instead, be mindful of the kind of language you’re using when talking about swimming and try to transition to phrases that are more positive and empowering. For example, instead of saying, “Ugh, I HAVE to go to practice at 6am tomorrow morning”, switch that to, “I can’t wait to go to practice tomorrow morning” or “Tomorrow morning, I get to go to practice and continue improving at this sport I love.” That’s a BIG difference, and will allow swimming to feel like something you choose to do rather than something you feel like something you have to forceyourself to do.

2. Leave Swimming At The Pool.

I cannot stress too much just how important this one is. It’s so easy, when you’ve had a bad day at the pool, to drag that home with you and let it have a negative effect on the rest of your day, and sometimes beyond that. As a consequence, you suffer, the people around you suffer, and your levels of happiness suffer. When you’re done with swimming for the day, especially after a really bad day at the pool, always make sure to leave your swimming at the pool. Disconnect from it as best as you can and don’t carry that baggage home with you. When a practice or meet is finished for the day, leave it behind you and allow yourself to enjoy the other areas and people of your life outside of the sport without constantly dragging swimming around with you.

3. Have Other Hobbies & Do Other Things That Aren’t Swimming Related.

One of my swimming clients loves to read about ancient history in her time away from the pool. One of my other swimming clients loves to go kayaking when he’s not swimming. Justin Ress, a US National Team member and former swimmer for NC State, loves to play Fortnite and stream it on Twitch. Caeleb Dressel, one of the best swimmers on the planet, loves to play Mario Kart! Whatever it is you love to do, it doesn’t matter. It’s simply important that you have something outside of swimming that you can enjoy doing and allow yourself to use as a mechanism to help you disconnect from swimming. This helps to keep your motivation levels sustained and does a really great job at staving off burnout.

Love your swimming. Be committed to it, be disciplined, be dedicated, and give it absolutely everything you can. Be passionate about it. However, balance those out by always remembering the following: You are not a swimmer. You’re a human being that swims. That distinction is very, very important. You’re not just a swimmer. You’re a valuable, amazing human being that does swimming. As Allison Schmitt said, it’s an important part of your life, but it’s only part of your life.

 

Season 2017/18 up and running

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Its only the 2nd of October and already the competitive season is in full flow.

Last weekend the club got off to a winning start in the Provincial Towns League (PTL) in a home fixture against Ballymena Swimming Club. Then this weekend the 1st of Swim Ulster’s Development galas took place.

The range of swimmer taking part in these meets went from some competing in their first ever meet to Irish and Ulster Champions.

More important than the great club win and the list of personal bests achieved (and medals won) is the manor of the swims. I have been head coach for a little over 3 years and saw more skills to be proud of, and from more swimmers, than at any other meet so far.

The willingness of the vast majority of our young athletes to sacrifice the ‘splash and dash’ in favour of higher skills and a long term gain was incredibly pleasing. It is always great to see the efforts of our coaching team start to pay off.

it is still very early days in a very big season for our club but it is a fantastic start.

 

#keepitup