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Swim Ulster Development Meet 3

On Saturday and small group of the clubs youngest swimmers took to the water on the start of their competitive swimming journey.
It was great to see 2 people racing for the 1st timeπŸ‘
The purpose behind the development meets is to provide a shorter more accessible level as an introduction to competitive swimming. Skills are emphasised over time and sessions last about 2 hours.

The kicking races are an interesting addition to the program at this level and it’s good to see the need for a strong leg kick being emphasised (even if it doesn’t make for a great spectator experience) . And the ability to streamline is rewarded more than times in the medley events.
This is the first year Swim Ulster has tried to do this sort of format and there are a few teething issues but the principal matches our own club Development strategy of process driven coaching.
Anyway well done everyone who took part (i will get a full results list out soon) I was delighted with the progress being made and the skills on display.
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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

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.

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
P

Swim Uster Summer Qualifying Meet

20 swimmers competed at the last qualifying gala of the year being run by Swim Ulster this season.

This was a long course meet and provided an opportunity for swimmers to achieve qualifying times for Irish Age Goups in the summer.

For some this was their 1st qualifying gala having graduated from the development series.

Day 1

Four club members started the 800 free in the 1st session and every one of them recorded lifetime best swims and picked up the gold in their individual age groups. (Amy McCullough took an incredible 1 in 45 sec off her entry time)

Day 2
There were 26 swims on the 2nd day of the meet spread across 2 sessions. 22 Personal Bests, 5 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.

Special mention reserved for Luke Caldwell competing in his 1st Qualifying Meet and picking up a load of personal bests and a few medals.

Day 3

39 swims 33 personal best time 7 gold 1 silver & 3 bronze. Yan Manilili took home a bag full of gold medals today and qualifying for Div 2 in almost everything (as well as keeping us entertained with his rapping…….that’s right RAPPING!!!!)

The skills on display across the whole team really impressed me. The commitment to working the underwater phase of the race was very commendible and while there is always room for improvement this is unrecognisable from a year ago.

Well done everyone on a great weekends work.

Next up we have the Aquasprint final and the Bangor open meet in June.

Till next time

P