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


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 £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 BRS  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

Dutch Nationals


Irish Short Course Champion and Ulster Senior Record Holder Conor Brines travels to Eindhoven today to compete for Larne SC in the Dutch Nationals.

Conor is racing his main events, the 50 & 100 Fly and will be looking to build on the incredible progress he has made over the last 6 month setting new Ulster Senior records multiple times in theae events.


Live timing for this can be found here

In 2016 the SwimCup will be the biggest sporting event in the Netherlands in April.

A lot of national and international elite athletes will take part in this event.

The level of the participating swimmers will be extremely high.
World and Olympic champion swimmers will compete in securing an Olympic qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

This Olympic edition will consist of five competition days instead of the regular four.

Heats will start at 12.00, B-finals at 19.00 and A-finals at 21.00.




100 Fly

A sold morning swim of 56.0 saw Conor finish in 17th place just missing out on a semi final

50 Fly

A heat swim of 24.8 was enough to qualify for the A final in 6th place. Conor improved this to 24.74 to remain in 6th place overall.


Ferguson, Hill & Brines – Record Breakers

I thought for the 1st post on this I would share a great news piece on Conor Ferguson and Danielle Hill.

Fantastic weekends racing by the whole club with Conor Brines also breaking an Ulster senior record in 100 Fly.

The next meet for us is the Seim Ulster Age Groups in Bangor

Posted by Peter

Welcome to LSC

Welcome to the new blog of Larne Swimming Club. The purpose of this is specifically to write about club events, competitions, and (hopefully) success stories.

Our full club website can be found here and will give much more information about the club as a whole.

I plan to use this wordpress page specifically to share the events of meets as they unfold.

Hopefully this will help with keeping everyone informed about competitions cross the entire club.

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