Ulster Championships 16

Over the last 6 weekend Larne Swimming Club athletes have competed in 6 open meets, 1 schools meet, 1 club meet and 1 club time trial.

A lot of racing in anyone’s book

What better way to prepare for Christmas than with Ulster Championships? 

A team of 21 swimmers competed for the club over the 3 days of racing in Bangor Aurora.

Session 1

26 swims in the 1st session and 20 best times and 4 club records were set this morning

Anna Campbell 11-12 800 free

Chloe McKay 13-14 100 free

Giulia Allen 13-14 200 back (mairead O’Mahony was also under old time)

Lui Hurson 15 & Over 400 IM 

The womens 100 free saw Danielle Hill continue to show how to swim fast 1st thing in the morning qualifying for the final in 3rd place with a very easy looking 57.3. D also easily qualified fastest for the 200 BC. So another busy night for the fastest female swimmer in Ireland ☺

Chloe and Amy Campbell both also chipped away at their PBs

The 400 IM next and Lui Hurson knocked over 10 seconds off his best to just miss out on the final. He did however make up for this disappointment in the 100 medley qualifying into 2 nights final in 2nd place with another great personal best.

The womens 100 breast was a little hit and miss with 3 PBs out of 5 swims. Most notably Mairead O’Mahony knocling over 4 seconds off her time. While in the men’s event Jan staked his claim for a relay place with a solid swim.

The men’s 50 Fly provided no shocks as new Irish Record holder dominated the heats setting up for hop0yefully anther cracking at his own record later with Ryan Lewis making it 2 Larne athletes through to the final. ZJ then lowered her time by 1.5 seconds in the same event making 2 PBs from 2 swims for bambi after the 100IM.

The 200 BC and again Giullia Allen led the way with an impressive 8 sec PB 

The 800 Free and all 4 girls swam impressive best time Amy Campbell and Erin Barr both lowering their times by over 13 seconds.

Ryan and Jan brought the morning session to a close with 2 more best times in the 100 IM, Ryan joining Lui into the final session 2 night. 

Session 2 – Finals

7 swims, 7 PBs,  2 Ulster Senior Titles, 1 Ulster Junior Title, 1 silver, 2 bronze, 1 Irish Senior Record

The Finals session on day 1 got underway with the 100 FS and Danielle continued her improvement in this event taking her time down by over a second to 55.81 picking up a silver medal.

Conor Brines continued his dominance of the sprint fly event with another Gold making him the Ulster,  Irish & Scottish open championships. He also lowered the Irish senior Record by 0.05 to stand alone as the fastest Irish flyer. Also in this final was Ryan Lewis who, having posted a best time in the heats, showed that given an evening swim he can go faster again. Something he backed up in his 2nd final of the night the 100 IM. 

It wasn’t long before Danielle was back in the pool in what some consider her best stroke, the backstroke, and again she swam to a lifetime best lowering the time she set at Irish Championships 2 weeks ago.

Danielle – 50 BC, 100 BC, 200 BC, 50 FS & 200FS Ulster Champion

The last individual event was the 100IM and joining Ryan in the final was Lui, who having just missed out on the Junior title in the 400, made up for it with a huge swim of 60.1 to claim  a bronze and the Junior title – his 1st medal since winning ‘best rainbow’ painting in PB

The 2 relays brought the session to a close with a Bronze for the Girls and a 4th for the boys.

A fantastic start to the weekend.

Session 3

23 swims, 19 PBs, 5 club records, 1 Irish Senior Record, 7 finalists

Conor Brines – 15 & Over 100 FLY (Irish senior record)

Danielle Hill – 15 & Over 200 IM

Zara Jane Melody – 15 & Over 50 BRS

Chloe McKay – 13-14 50 FS (Erin Barr also under old record)

Adam Mahood – 13-14 200BRS

The 2nd day of the Ulster Championships kicked off with the 200IM, and in her ‘fun event’ of the day Danielle qualified for the final, a feat she would match by qualifying fastest for bothe the 50FS and 100BC later in the session – a great mornings work.

Mairead and Amy Campbell continued to improve both recording best times.

The 100 Free next and Lui & Finn picked up where they left off last weekend by continuing to improve on the times the set in Edinburgh and Qualify for the final in the process. Finn doubled up on his finals with a new best time in the 50BC as well.

Jan, Adam and David all produced life time bests swims in the 200BrS while the girls had a mixed bag in the 50 with PBS from ZJ, Amy and Cher. ZJ getting in 2 a swim off for the evenings session but just missing out on a final place.

Arguably the best swim of the morning belonged to Conor Brines in the 100FLY recording another Irish senior Record to easily qualify fastest for the final. PBs for Ryan and Lui saw them just miss out on evening swims in the same event.

The 100 BC and joining Danielle in the heats was Mairead who finished off her day withe a solid race in the fastest heat.

The last swim of the morning belonged to Amy Barr in the 400FS, having PB’d in this event 2 weeks ago Amy swam to within 1/2 a second of her best.

Session 4 – Finals

7 individual finals, 3 relay finals, 8 PBs, 3 Ulster titles, 2 Ulster Senior Records, 2 Irish Senior Records, 2 Silver Medals

Wow!!!

A record stans for 13 years them falls twice in a week!! 

Danielle got the finals session off to an incredible start with another Irish Senior Record in the 50FS winning her 1st Title of the night. She later backed it up with another PB in the 100BC to bring her titles count to 3 so far.

Finn and Lui continued their development into real competitors at this level with their 3rd final each of the weekend in the 100FS Finn stopping the watch under 54 for the 1st time. 

In the very next race Finn is back again with the 50BC again posting the 2nd best time he has ever swum.

Conor Brines continues his incredible rise to the top of Irish swimming with a 52.08 Irish senior Record in the 100FLY.

Conor – Ulster Champion 50 & 100 FLY

The relays gave an opportunity for some of our younger girls to post a best time in lead off legs and Amy McCullough did just that as Danielle anchored the team to a close run 4th in the 4 x 200FTR

Ryan Lewis did the same in the 4 x 100 FTR with a 4 second PB as the boys split the Ards teams to win silver

Finn, Ryan, Lui & Conor silver 4 x 100 FTR

The last race of the night, the Mixed Medley FTR saw the team of Finn, Danielle, Chloe and Conor double the silver medal count.

One day left. Surely it can’t get better 

Session 5

16 swims, 9 PBs, 3 club records, 7 finalists

Adam Mahood – 13-14 200 IM

Adam Mahood – 13-14 200Fly

Erin Barr – 15& Over 200 BRS

The last day of racing and the Men’s 200IM is up 1st with Ryan and Adam swimming lifetime bests, both boys would rep   eat this feat in the 200 FLY later in the session. 

Ryan continues to improve with 2 more finals meaning he has finaled in very event he has entered.

Danielle, Chloe, Conor & Finn 4 x 50 Mixed FTR claimed silver

The womens 50 BC and once again Danielle was to the for posting a time 0.01 outside her own Ulster Senior Record qualifying for the final in both this and the 200FS.
Some of the younger girls stepped up to produce huge best times in the 200BrS especially Mairead and Giullia who each knocked over 10 seconds off.

Lui finished in a creditable 6th in the 400FS and finished the morning off with a PB in the 50 FS to make the final in this, a fun event for him.

1 more session 2 go and this run of 9 meets in 6 weekend will be over.

Session 6 – Finals

6 individual finals, 5 PBs, 3 relay finals, 2 Ulster Titles,1 silver, 2 bronze,  1 Ulster Senior Record,  2 Club records, 

The last session of the meets kicks off with Ryan in the 200IM, having qualified for every final and swum faster in every one Ryan continued this trend with a new lifetime best in the medley.

Danielle Hill proved again just how fast she can be with a new Ulster Senior Record in the 50BC taking the Ulster Title in the process. 

Erin Barr, making her 1st appearance in the finals session, up next in 200BRS clocking her 1st PB in a year #HWAPO well done Erin. 

Ryan completed a personal full house competing the final of the 200 FLY and stopping clock in another new PB.

Danielle Hill in the 200FS took her 5th title of the meet with yet another personal best time bring a phenomenally good meet to a close.

Lui brings the individual finals to a close with his 50FS improving to 7th with a 25.00

The relays bring the curtain down on the meet with the men’s 4 x 200 of Lui,  Finn, Ryan and Conor taking the bronze.

Not to be outdone the womens 4 x 100 medley team of Danielle, Erin, Zara & Chloe hit the wall in 3rd place. 

Last but by no means least the Mixed 4 x 50 medley of Danielle, Lui, Conor and Chloe closing the meet with a very impressive silver medal

A fantastic meet with a crazy number of record broken…… 
Well done everyone
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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.

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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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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

Lifesaving – The Orange Cup

Four Larne swimmers, Lorcan Gourley, Ollie Parkes, Lui Hurson and Finn Purdy,Β were selected to represent the UK at the Lifesaving Orange Cup on the weekend of the 12th and the 13th of November in Eindhoven, Holland.

The mindfulness was really paying off a Lui prepared for the 20p Obs

Lifesaving competitions take place in 50m Olympic pools and there are a number of different events including

  • obstacle races that requires the competitors to swim under gates as they make there way down the pool
  • manikin carry in which the competitions will retrieve a manikin from the floor of the pool and swim with it into the wall
  • rope throw event during which lifesavers Β will compete in pairs with one person on poolside who throws a rope to their teammate and pulls them into the wall while the second person kicks their legs

Like swimming there are also relay events and the team from the UK entered at least one team in every relay event to go up against competitors from Germany, Holland, Italy, Canada, South Africa and other countries from across the world. The relay team that Lui Hurson and Finn Purdy were part of broke two British records in the Medley and Obstacle relays.

The Northern Irish contingent of the UK team who train with Larne Swimming Club also did well in the individual events with all four of them pulling out all the stops to swim personal best times while representing their country. Lui Hurson even managed to pick up a silver medal in the junior category for the 200 metre obstacle swim.
One of the coaches travelling with the UK team, Elaine Alexander, who is a former girls captain of Larne Swimming Club and now the swimming instructor at Belfast Royal Academy said the competition provided a valuable experience for the lifesavers of competing at an international level.

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War Memorial 2016

One of the biggest events in the Swim Ulster calendar each year is the War Memorial Gala.

This relay gala always attracts the largest crowd of athletes and spectators with many past swimmers making a point of attending each season.

A team of around 26 young swimmers from Larne travelled to Bangor to compete this year.

While the team didnt win any of the events we did place in the top 3 in 5 out of 10 and in the final 7 times.

Club member Conor Ferguson was awarded the Swim Ulster Swimmer of the Year award for the 3rd year running while father Peter picked up the official of the year award.

Congratulations to everyone who competed on a great atmosphere and fantastic team spirit once again.

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