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European Short Course Championships 2019

The European Short Course Championships happens every 2 years in December.

For Irish athletes it’s an opportunity to race against the very best in Europe without the pressure of funding or future team selection riding on your performance.

In a season that has Irish Olympic Trials, European Long Course and potentially the Olympics at the end of it, this may not be the most important meet if the year. It is however I vital opportunity to race and gives a nice mid season punctuation before transitioning to the long course season.

Team Larne had 2 athletes selected to represent Ireland on this meet.

Danielle Hill (50, 100 BC, 50, 100 FREE)

Conor Ferguson (50, 100, 200 BC)

The team travelled from Belfast on Monday the 2nd. A training session on Tuesday then racing started on Wednesday 4th.

Day 1

Danielle 100 BC

You really can’t ask for too much more than stepping up on the 1st morning and posting a best time. This is exactly what D did breaking the minute for the 1st time. This was good enough to qualify for the semi final and just missed the Irish record by 0.08.

In the Semi that afternoon, for me, she produced the swim of the week. Lowering the National Standard to a world class 58.6 just missing out on the final.

Conor 200 BC

This was a switch in focus for Conor this season and he recorded his fastest ever heat swim and 2nd fastest 200. Just missing out on a tough qualification as with no Semi Finals only top 8 progress.

Day 2

Danielle 100 FREE

The heats produced yet another personal best time for Danielle in what is her 4th choice event.

Conor 100 BC

Another great heat swim saw Conor record his 1st PB in this event in 2 years and break his own Ulster Senior Record.

Day 3

Mixed FS relay

Both Danielle and Conor has a day off from individual events with a warm up and paddle in the morning and the D was on the mixed Free relay with Shane Ryan, Jordan Sloan and Mona McSharry. Swimming on the 3rd leg she posted a 24.0 and helping the team secure a final place. This is the 1st national relay to qualify for a senior international final.

In the final the team placed 8th and while Shane broke the Senior FS record on the 1st leg Danielle again went 24.0 and the team broke the Irish senior record.

Day 4

Danielle 50 BC

Having broken the 50BC record 3 weeks ago at BUCS, Danielle swam the heats looking to move up the ranking list and progress to the next round. A time of 26.92 did just that breaking the Irish record again becoming the 1st Irish female under 27 seconds.

At European level the heats, semi and final of 50 events happen in the same day so it was back that night for the semi of the 50 back and an incredible swim of 26.74 smashes the new record and finished top 10 and just outside the final spots.

Mixed medley

Both Conor and Danielle were selected for this team with Conor on the lead of leg and Danielle on the glory leg at the end. Conor posted a seasons best and D once again produced a 24.0 to secure a final spot. In the Final the team once again broke the Irish Senior record.

Day 5

The last day of a long meet can be a tough one to get right with tired bodies and minds that are harder to focus so it’s important to stick to your routines and focus on the process.

Danielle 50 FREE

This record has been switch back and forth between D and Mona for about 2 years now. Each time they break it they lower it by a few hundredths. At BUCS D lowered Mona’s time of 50.03 to 25.00.

The heats saw Danielle produce a new mark of 24.7 to become the fastest female in Irish history and move thru to the semi final. As if that wasn’t enough she then produced an even better swim to lower the Irish standard to 24.44 agonisingly close to getting a 3rd swim finishing in a tie for 9th.

Conor 50 BC

The men’s 50 BC is always incredibly tight and in a blanket finish Conors time of 23.86 was just outside the top 16 places.

Mens medley relay

Conor is staking a claim for the lead out legs of the men’s medley events and will have done himself no harm at all touching in 23.66 (a new Ulster senior record and a time that wud have progressed to the semi final of the individual) helping the team of Darragh Greene, Shane Ryan and Jordan Sloan set a new Irish mark.

High drama in the last final of the week saw 3 teams disqualified and the Irish finish in 6th

Women’s Medley relay.

Danielle’s spot at the Backstroke lead off is secured and she delivered again with a great swim to help the team set yet another Irish senior record.

A fantastic week of racing and confidence building heading into the next block of work and heading to trials in April.

2 Athletes

7 Events

9 best times

7 Ulster records

5 Irish records (4 relay records)

3 semifinals

2 relay finals

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#wearelarne

PTL v Banbridge

The latest round in PTL saw #teamlarne travel to Banbridge to take on the local team.

As always the growing team spirit was evident by the travelling team.

The overall result was the 1st defeat of the year for #teamlarne however the skills on display by the entire club are a sign of the improvements being made across the whole club.

Special mention from the junior club for Daniel Beggs and Louisa Humphries who performed really well.

As always the senior club continued to demonstrate that they are a force to be reckoned with at this level.

On to the next one

#racehard

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

BUCS SC Swimming Championships 2019

What a year 2019 has been for Danielle Hill. Coming off an incredibly strong end to last season the #teamlarne ambassador picked up exactly where she left off with her 1st competitive outting of the season.

The British University and College Sports Short Course Swimming Championships held this weekend ment that Danielle wasn’t able to compete in the Ulster Championships however she was able to test herself against higher standard of opposition in Sheffield.

Racing in both the 50 free and 50 back Danielle headed off to race ‘in season’ before resting to compete at the European Short Course in Glasgow in 2 weeks.

The morning heats were a challenging affair with a large entry meaning that the girls had no Backstroke ledges and the heats were alternating with the boys heats.

Having safely negotiated the heats Danielle proceeded to lower the Irish senior record in the 50BC to 27.12 knocking over a second off her own time and 0.8 of the pervious record.

The 50 free also produces a new standard for Irish swimming with a time of 25.00 (with a slightly dodgy finish 😁)

The 1st box firmly ticked now we move on to Glasgow in December

#teamlarne

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

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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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

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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