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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.

larne sprints 2019

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

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 #wearelarneπŸ”΄βš«πŸŸ’


European SC Championships

Glasgow, Scotland, hosts the 20th edition of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Tollcross International Swimming Centre between 4-8 December 2019.

Swim Ireland are sending a team of 11 senior athletes and 8 juniors to compete in the 1st international meet of the year

#teamlarne would like to congratulate Danielle Hill and Conor Ferguson on their selection for the senior team.

Danielle will race in the 4 events she broke Irsh Senior Records in in the ISO the 50 & 100BC and 50 & 100 FS

Conor will race the 50 & 100 BC (events he is the Ulster Senior Record Holder in)

The team travel to Glasgow on Monday 2nd December and racing starts on the 4th

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for live links etc

Good luck guys


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




Well done everyone on a great start to the season.

Next stop – War Memorial


Ards Christmas Meet

The National quys in Scotland were not the only people racing this weekend.

In Ards the junior club, those just starting out on their swimming journey, also took to the water to compete.

Over the 2 sessions 25 young athletes (12 and under) represented the club and produced some great results.

There were a number competing in ‘open’ competition for the 1st time.

Among the medal winners were

Anna Campbell 3 gold, 

Luke Calwell 2 Gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze

Sophie Doran 1 gold 1 silver

Cal Young McClinton 1 gold 2 silver

And both relays with a silver each.

The most pleasing thing is that the best results were seen in the 100 and 200 medlay.

Once again a massive congratulations to everyone.


Ards Sprints

Ards Open Gala
Saturday 14th May 2016

The club sent a team of 19 swimmers to Ards on Saturday to compete in the Ards Junior Open.

This is a fantastic annual event held at the start of every summer comprising 4 x 25 and 100 IM for the junior sage groups and the 4 x 50 plus the 100 IM for the older swimmers.

Overall the team recorded 25 personal best times and picked up a number of medals

Special mention for

Anna Campbell – Gold in 100 Back & Free Silver in 100 FLY PBs in all events including 200 IM
Monica Del Castillo – Gold in 200 IM Bronze in 100 BRS which was also a PB
Olivia Stewart – Bronze in 100 IM PBs in 100 BRS & 100FR & 200 IM


Gaelectric Antrim Championships

This weekend seeing Larne Leisure Centre host the 1st Gaelectric Antrim Championships. The meet takes place over two days and 4 sessions. The highlight being the ‘skins’ events at the end of each session offering Β£100 for the win.

Over 300 athletes from all over Ireland converge on Larne Leisure Centre, including Irish record holders past and present and Irish Champions, for a couple of days of fun (and hopefully fast) racing.

Those senior Larne swimmers competing in Dublin next weekend at the Irish Nationals will be using this as fine tuning before the last selection meet of the year while younger swimmers will be looking to qualify for Irish Age groups and post Personal Best times.

The event is sponsored by
Third Source
Forest Feast

Day One
The 1st event of the day, the 400 IM, got off to a great start with Amy, Sienna, Anna & Amy B all posting lifetime bests. Jamie Clements followed this up with a PB of his wn in th 200 BC.

The PBs kept falling in the 100 FLY where Amy McCullagh picked up from qualifying for IAG last week by swimming a huge PB.

The junior swimmers from he club took centre stage in the 100 BRS with 8 year old Matthew Allen leading the way. Jamie Clements achieved an IAG QT in his swim.

The Woodside sponsored BRS skins up next and again the junior swimmers performed well and Erin Barr progressed into the final at the end if the session. And in the Men’s Backstroke the home team provided 4 of the 6 finalists with Irish Senior Record Holder Conor Ferguson leading the chasing pack.

The last event of the morning was a marathon 18 heats of 200 free great PBs from Katie McGivern and Holly Woodside got the team off and running before

The noise raised the roof in the skins finals and they home team was well represented in the final stages with 4 Conor Ferguson picking up the winners check and team mate Mark Doherty claiming to runner up spot


Past club Captain Conor Brines kicked off session 2 with a PB in the 200 FLY winning the event with ease before the girls provided any her marathon event in the 200 IM (18 more heats) no fewer than 15 local swimmers competed in this event. Holly Woodside and Siobhan Baine both knocking over 20 seconds off their previous best times.

Seven heats of the men’s 400 free produced personal best performances for everyone and culminated in a closely fought race between David Roberts and Adam Mahood with David narrowly taking the win.

The 200 BRS was dominated by junior athletes with 8 under 12 making up the clubs entry.

The curtain was brought down on the days action with 2 more skins finals. The men’s FLY saw Larne swimmers claim the top 4 spots with Conor Brines just touching out teammate Conor Ferguson in the final shootout while team mate Danielle Hill eased to victory in the 50 Free.

A great atmosphere and some fantastic skills on display today. Can’t wait for day 2

Ulster Age Group & Youth

The pool at Bangor Aurora this weekend hosts the annual Swim Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships. 31swimmers from Larne SC are amongst those competing.

This is a 3 day meet with heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon.

Follow Peter for a ‘live’ twitter update

Day 1

44 individual swims resulted in
5 Golds
3 Silver
2 Bronze
21 other to 10 finishes

The highlights of the day where undoubtedly the Golds by Lui in the 400 IM, Anna & Amy in the 800 free and Ben in the 100 BRSΒ  in a new Ulster squad time.
Another swimmers showing that perseverance pays off was Amy McCullagh who made her 1st Irish Age Group qualifying time.

Day 2

33 individual swims
5 Gold
5 Bronze
13 other top 10 finishes

Amy McCullagh takes yesterday form into today and makes her 2nd Div 1 QT in the 400 free with a huge PB. Ben Woodside makes it a breaststroke double winning the 200 after yesterday’s 100. Anna Campbell also wins double Gold in the distance Free adding the 400 to the 800. Conor Ferguson takes Gold in the 100 Free and Ollie Andrews picks up the win in the 100 BC. The evening finished off with a bronze for the Girls 4 x 50 MTR and the Boys team of Conor Ferguson, Lui Hurson, Ryan lewis and Finn Purdy setting a new Irish Junior record in the same event.

Day 3

35 individual swims
4 Gold
2 Silver
3 Bronze
25 Other finalists

A clean sweep of PB times in the morning IM events (400 for girls and 200 for guys) saw the last day of racing get off to a great start. The last day of the meet resulted in 29 out of the 35 swims compete in the finals session.
Adam mahood picked up his 1st Ulster Age group title in the 200Fly and Ryan Lewis collected his 1st medql of the meet with a bronze in the 200IM while Mark Doherty collected a silver in the 100 BC.
Amy McCullagh completed a hattrick of Irish Age Group QTs  with the 200 Free.

The Under 17 boys completed a double over local rivals Ards taking the title in the 4 x 50 FTR just missing the Ulster Junior record and the U16 girls matched their medley result taking a bronze in the FTR.

A great weekend of racing

The skills on display have been the most satisfying thing with everyone showing a huge improvement in the distance carried off the starts and turns.

posted by Peter