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.

REN 96 – open

This weekend sees Danielle Hill travel to Scotland to race in the annual REN 96 open meet in Paisley just outside Glasgow.

Actually she is really going to visit Louise (her sister) who is in Uni in Glasgow…..but what else would you do on a trip to Glasgow but get up and race?
Racing tired is the purpose of the competition, a lot of events (11 – yes ELEVEN) in 2 days at the end of a tough 12 weeks of training. No rest just……Race. 

If you want to see how Danielle gets on keep checking Facebook and here for updates and photos.
Day 1

5 events

7 swims

4 Golds

1 silver

Some tough racing with events (most of them events D doesnt normally do) packed close together & off the back of 12 weeks of hard work and no rest.

Il let D have the last say on how she has got on at this meet. a tough weekend of racing and a meet i suspect we may support as a club in the future

#HWAPO
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A Winning Start

Tonight saw Larne Swimming Club kick off their P.T.L. season with a home meet against Coleraine S.C.

A team of 40 swimmers took to the water a we looked to get the season off to a winnin start against a team that had beaten us last season.
The format of the meet is simple. 

10 & Under, 11/12, 13/14 and 15 &over

50s on each stroke & 100 IM 

4 x 50 medley relay

4 x 50 Freestyle relay

With points score for 1st 2 swimmers home for each team.

A number of the under 10s were competing for the 1st time over 50m never mind in a PTL.

There was great noise and support from both teams as the points from the 1st round of events (the medley relays) were shared.
By the end of the backstroke the home team had opened up a gap continuing the cluns fine traditions in this discipline.

This gap was never to be closed over rest of the meet with the home side recording a win of 50 points.
The working being done on the skills side of things was evident as Larne swimmers were consistently the last to break the surface on starts and turns.

This is the start of what we hope will be a long and successful season. 

Well done everyone, from both teams, on a great afternoons racing and good luck for the rest of the season

Swim Ulster Development meet 1

The 1st Gala of the year last weekend took place in Ballymena Leisure Centre. 

This is a revamped format for the Swim Ulster Development Galas and we are looking forward to seeing how they will develop over the coming season.

A team of 17 swimmers from the club traveled to compete in the morning session in 21 races.

13 new times were posted and 5 personal bests.

For the majority of these young athletes this was their 1st experience of open competition and is a great way to start off what we hope will be a long swimming career. 

The focus of these Galas is on skill development with core skills being the emphasis (and a criteria for progression into the qualifying meets) but having said that everyone likes to see that ‘ – ‘ next to their name.

The biggest PB of the day went to Natasha Degnan  who took 39.75 seconds off her 200 IM time. While Louise Humphires had best times in all of her swims.
Well done everyone on a great days racing and a fantastic start to the year
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