Sliabh Beagh impress at the Swim Ulster Age Group & Senior Championships 2024

Sliabh Beagh was immensely proud to attend this meet with 16 swimmers from the Club, who had qualified to swim at this high level meet. The meet took place in the 50 metre pool at Bangor Aurora Centre, Bangor over the 3 day period Friday 3 rd to Sunday 5th May.

First time qualifiers for this Competition were Ellen Casey, Clodagh McCabe, Eabha McMullen, Aoife Mullan, Ellie Mulligan, Sophia Vergnano, Egan Hearty, Zach Mulligan and Chullain Rankin.  The remaining members of the team were Owen Fitzpatrick, Riya George, Sean Greenan, Adam Lynch, Katherine Ryan, Ridas Zelvys and Edvardas Zumaras.

On Friday, Ellen swam in the 100 Breaststroke gaining an impressive 3.6 second personal best and then competed in the 50 Freestyle where she also secured another PB. A great start to the meet for Ellen competing in the youngest of age groups, age 12. Ellen was back on Sunday to compete in the 200 Breaststroke where she knocked a huge 15.9 seconds off her time, finished in 8th place and earned herself a swim in the Finals that evening. Having raced the final, Ellen wasn’t finished there knocking another 5 seconds off her heats time to finish in overall 7th place and gaining a Consideration Time for the Irish National age-groups in July. Well done Ellen!

Owen Fitzpatrick swam in six races over the three days. First up was the 100 Backstroke on Friday where Owen set a new PB, gaining a place in the Final and finished in overall 6 th place in his age 13/14 category. In the 200 IM, Owen achieved his largest PB of the meet by some 4.5 seconds, where he finished in 11th place, securing a reserve spot for the Final that evening.  Saturday started with the grueling 400 Individual Medley race, which Owen was swimming for only the 2nd time and finished in 8th place in his age group and he followed this with a small personal best in the 100 Freestyle. Sunday saw Owen compete in the 200 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly posting PB’s in both races and earning second swim in the Finals where he finished in 6th and 10th place respectively.  Owen achieved an impressive six out of six Qualification Times for the Irish Age-Groups. Way to go, Owen!

Riya also swam in six swims over the three days in the age 13/14 category. On Friday she posted a PB in the 100 Backstroke and was narrowly outside the times for Summer Nationals for this swim and
the 50 Freestyle also. Saturday saw Riya race in the 100 Butterfly and 200 Freestyle which saw her achieve that Consideration time for Irish National Age-groups and a 1.3 second PB. Riya’s final swims on Sunday were the 200 Backstroke where she set 1.2 second PB and in 100 Freestyle where she achieved another Consideration time for Irish Age-Groups. Well done Riya, super work!

Sean was competing in the 15/16 age group competing in six races over the three days.  On Friday it was the 200 Breaststroke and 200IM, where he secured himself 6th and 8th place finishes which got him second Final swims that evening.  In the finals Sean finished in 5th place for the 200 Breaststroke achieving a Qualification time for the Irish Summer Nationals and a consideration time in the 200IM with a 9th place finish. Saturday saw Sean tackle the 400IM, a super swim saw him knock 10.8 seconds off his time and finishing in 4th place, earning him a consideration time for Irish Summer
Nationals and he also swam in the 100 Freestyle finishing in a solid 13th place.  Sunday was the turn of the 200 Backstroke, where Sean finished in 6th place and got a swim in the final that evening, finishing 7th overall and set a Qualification time for the Irish Summer Nationals. In his last swim of the day, set a new PB in the 100 Butterfly and placed reserve for the final. This 100 Butterfly time was also a Consideration Time for Nationals. Well done Sean!


Egan was in electric form at the Ulsters swimming five events over the three days. In his 1st event, the 200 Free he raced to a 10.5 second drop and a 10th place finish to earn a place in the Final. The 200IM was equally impressive with a 13.8 second PB, finishing 9th place with another swim in the finals.  Saturday saw Egan continue his great form, throwing himself into the 400IM and producing a huge PB of 22.8 seconds and 5th place finish. Sunday saw Egan compete in the 100 Butterfly, recording another PB of 9.3 seconds, place in the final finishing in overall 6th place. Saving his best for last, Egan competed in the 400 Free where he smashed 31 seconds off his previous best and finished in 7th place. All of Egan’s five races earned him Qualification Times for the Summer Nationals. What a
great weekend’s swimming Egan, keep up the hard work!

Adam swam in five races in the 19 years and over category. Friday saw him swim in the 50 Butterfly and 200 Freestyle earning final swims in both where he finished in 7th place in the Butterfly and 6th in the Freestyle.  Saturday saw him swam the 100 Freestyle where he posted a solid time to achieve a reserve place in the Final. Sunday was the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly, with another Final place achieved in the Butterfly and a 7th place finish. With Adam’s endeavours at the Ulsters he achieved two qualification and 1 consideration time for Nationals.

Clodagh swam in the age 13/14 category and had qualified in five events. First up on Friday was the 100 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle, where she gained a 1.4 second PB in the backstroke and both
swims gained her Consideration Times for the Irish National age-groups. On Saturday, Clodagh returned for the 100 Butterfly where she finished in 11th place, securing a reserve spot for the Final
that evening with her time being a Qualification for the Summer Nationals. On the Sunday, Clodagh swam in the 200 Backstroke getting a huge 4.7 seconds PB and the 100 Freestyle with another two second PB. Both times were once again Consideration Times for the Summer Nationals. Brilliant swimming Clodagh and achieving five times for the Irish National Age-Groups!

Eabha joined Sliabh Beagh on Sunday for two swims in the age 13/14 category. After a nervous start in the 200IM, Eabha had a great swim in the 200 Backstroke with a 6.9 second PB and a
Consideration Time for the Irish National Age-groups – super stuff Eabha!

Aoife swam in the 100 Backstroke knocking 5.5 seconds off her PB and finishing in 14th place. She returned on Sunday for the 200 Backstroke gaining valuable competition experience at this level at
the age of only 12. Well done Aoife!

Ellie was up on Friday for the 50 Freestyle just finishing outside the Consideration Time for the Irish Age-Groups – great job Ellie!
Zach swam on Friday in the 100 Backstroke getting an impressive 2 second PB, finishing in 8th place and earning himself a place in the Final that evening. In the final he dropped a further second and
finished in 7th place in his age 12 category. Well done Zach.

Chullain also swam on Friday in the 100 Backstroke finishing in 9th place and earning himself a place in the Final that evening. He returned on Sunday for the 200 Backstroke where he posted a two
second PB, a 6th place finish and another swim in the Finals. Super stuff Chullain, two Finals at your first Ulsters.

Katherine swam on Friday and Sunday in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke where she competed well in the age 15/16 category. Katherine earned herself a Consideration Time for the Irish Summer Nationals for the 200 Breaststroke. Great swimming Katherine, keep up the hard work!

Sophia swam in the 100 Breaststroke and 100 Backstroke events on Friday finishing in 9th place in the heats and qualifying for the Finals that evening. Sophia returned that evening to secure further PB’s of 1.6 seconds in the Breaststroke and 6.5 seconds in the Backstroke finishing in 7th place in both events for the Age 12 category.  Sophia was back on Sunday for the 200IM and 200 Backstroke once again securing final places for both events with a 7.7 second PB in the 200IM and 7th place finish and 1.7
second PB and 5th place finish for the 200 Backstroke. Sophia gained Consideration Times in the 200IM, 100 and 200 Back and a Irish National Age-group Qualification time for the 100 Breaststroke.  What a great weekend’s swimming Sophia, well done!

Ridas had two great swims on Friday and Saturday in the 200 and 100 Breaststroke. He posted impressive 10 and 6 second P.B’s finishing in 14th and 16th place respectively in the age 13/14 category. Both times also earned him Qualification for the Irish Age-Groups. Great work Ridas!

Edvardas swam on Friday and Sunday in the 17+ age category competing in the 100 and 200 Backstroke. He earned himself Final swims in both events finishing 7th in the 100 Backstroke and
posted a four second PB in the 200 Backstroke and a 5th place finish, which was also a Consideration Time for Irish Summer Nationals. Well done Edvardas!

2024’s Ulster’s represented a very different event for Sliabh Beagh with the concentration of achievement made up of excellent swimming performances and personal best times, with multiple
new faces now reaching the dizzy heights of Irish National summer consideration and qualification times which is no mean achievement by any stretch!

A special word of sincere thanks to the SB Coaching team lead by Head Coach Pearse McGuigan, who ensured the swimmers were prepared as best as possible for the demands of such a high level
of competition with an encouraging sixteen swimmers competing at this year’s Ulsters, who achieved a collective of a 75% + PB’s, 20 finals and over 30 Irish National Age-group & Senior times for this July competitions.

Finally, Sliabh Beagh would also like to acknowledge and are hugely grateful to the hard working SB parents who fulfilled all their Team Manager and Officials duties over the three days and ensuring that Sliabh Beagh played their part in supporting the delivery of a very important date in the Swim Ulster swimming season.

Sliabh Beagh ASC Glides to Victory


Saturday 6th April saw Sliabh Beagh ASC tackle their first swimming event in Division 3, a position they have trained hard to attain and looking at the results of this race they are well deserving of. The first Aqua Sprint event of the 2024 series was held in Dungannon Leisure Centre against Dungannon Swimming Club.

The Sliabh Beagh team was represented by 46 swimmers in 4 different age groups ranging from U10 – U13; with the final team selection being based on the results from the clubs time trial and dual meet which were held in March.
Sliabh Beagh’s first outing in division 3 proved to be much of an unknown due to 40% of the selected team having never competed in an Aqua Series before. There was alot of first time nerves and butterflies in the air as the team took their place on the bus to begin their journey for their first meet of the series.

Group A Girls were sublime with Cora McArdle and Sophie McMullen finishing 1st or 2nd with maximum points on the 25 backstroke, fly and freestyle. The girls were well supported by Sienna Ronaghan, Lucy Mullan and Katie Farrell through the four individual events.

Group A Boys saw Evin Casey race to 1st place in four out of four races in the individual events with Killian McKenna, Lukas Jarusas, Thomas Deery, Thomas Carragher and Lukas Coyle also swimming strongly in their races.

The 4 x 25 mixed medley and freestyle relays in these groups saw Evin Casey, Sophie McMullen, Cora McArdle and Lukas Coyle winning both events and securing maximum points, getting Sliabh Beagh off to a superb start.

Group B Girls were in terrific form with Hannah McKenna and Lexi Ronaghan placing 1st and 2nd in three out of the four individual events. This group saw three of our Aqua Series debutantes; Alice McGuinness, Ciara Gillanders and Saoirse NiRaifeartaigh, having brilliant first time race performances on the day.

Group B Boys had outstanding performances, which saw Jacob McCabe and Rian Lynch blazing to top points with 1st and 2nd finishes in three out of the four individual events. We also got to see tremendous swims by Drew Mulligan, Nathan McQuillan, Turlough Hearty and Mark McEntee in their respective events.

In the 4 x 25 mixed medley and freestyle relays in this age group we saw, Rian Lynch, Lexi Ronaghan, Jacob McCabe and Hannah McKenna all excelling, winning both relays, gaining top points and helping Sliabh Beagh continue their magnificent start to the dual meet.

Group C Girls had a great battle on their hands with the Dungannon opposition proving to be strong competition, we saw some very fast finishes with Sophia Vergnano splendid in her four 1st place finishes and Aoife Mullan getting her hand on the wall for invaluable 2nd place finishes. Adelle Fitzpatrick and Gracie May Davies put in great shifts on the day with their individual swims.

Group C Boys had some swimmer absences on the day, which led the way for Hugh Connolly to show his wonderful leadership qualities by stepping up an age group to swim up from Group B to Group C, this gave great support to both that age group and the teams quest for important individual and relay points. Hugh along with Eli Mohan and James Corrigan didn’t disappoint with some great scoring points in backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

The 4 x 25 mixed medley and freestyle relays in this age category saw, Hugh Connolly, James Corrigan, Aoife Mullan and Sophia Vergnano swim in red hot form, winning both events putting Sliabh Beagh in a commanding position as we entered into the last age groups on the day.

Group D Girls were met with a fierce competition for points, with Clodagh McCabe and Eabha McMullen up against some tough Dungannon opposition. The girls swam hard and shared the top points spoils in backstroke and butterfly with Clodagh Connolly, Saoirse McMahon and Maliosa McManus posting encouraging results in their individual races.

Group D Boys saw Owen Fitzpatrick and Egan Hearty in impressive form, dominating their age group with top two finishes and maximum points across the four events, Daithi Lynch and Colm Duffy posted some cracking individual swims and gave Sliabh Beagh a huge point boost towards the end of the meet when we needed it the most.

Egan Hearty, Owen Fitzpatrick, Clodagh McCabe and Eabha McMullen pulled together for the 4 x 25 mixed medley and freestyle relays, they didn’t have it all their own way on the day however placing 2nd in the mixed medley; they pulled it back strongly and did the business in the freestyle with an exciting finish for 1st place.

Sliabh Beagh Captains on the day were Clodagh McCabe and Owen Fitzpatrick who showed great humility and grace, thanking both the host team Dungannon and the travelling team Sliabh Beagh for all their swimming endeavours and support on the day.

A great overall team performance saw Sliabh Beagh getting across the line with an end result of, Sliabh Beagh 246 points and Dungannon 154 points.

Sliabh Beagh ASC take on the Irish Minor Schools 2024

An impressive 16 swimmers from Sliabh Beagh Swimming Club will take to the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on 24th March to represent their Primary Schools at the Irish National Minor school finals. To qualify for this prestigious event, the swimmers all took part in the Swim Ulster Primary Schools Cup & Championships in December and achieved the necessary qualification times to go through to the National Event. This is by no means an easy achievement and credit must go to each and every swimmer, parent and their coaches for their sublime commitment and endeavours to their consistent training levels.

To have such a representation from a small club bears testament to the great strides in achievement the program has made over the last couple of years from having our younger swimmers win the Swim Ulster Aqua Series Division Four title and being promoted to Division 3 as well as some of our senior swimmers achieving National finals.  Most of club’s progress has been nurtured from the vision of the Sliabh Beagh Club committee and Sliabh Beagh’s coaching team professionally lead by Head Coach Pearse McGuigan,  

Representing Sliabh Beagh at the 2024 Irish National Minor school finals are:

Evin Casey and Hugh Connolly – All Saints NS, Castleblayney.
Jacob McCabe and Clodagh McCabe – Scoil Mhuire Gransha, Clones.
Rian Lynch and Daithi Lynch – St Michaels NS, Castleshane.
Hannah McKenna – Knockconan NS, Emyvale.
Lexi Ronaghan, Aoife Mullan, Sophie McMullen, Aoife Mullan and Sienna Ronaghan Gaelscoil Ultain, Monaghan.
Adelle Fitzpatrick – Gaelscoil Eois, Monaghan.
Cora McArdle – Scoil Mhuire, Magherarney.
Ellen Casey – Scoil Na Gcailini, Castleblayney.
Chullain Rankin – Edenmore NS, Emyvale.
Sophia Vergnano – Royal School, Armagh.


Sliabh Beagh begin the 2024 Future Challengers series in fine form!

Round 3 of the Swim Ulster Future Challengers series took part last Saturday in Lisburn & seen 25 Junior swimmers from Sliabh Beagh get their 2024 series off to a fantastic start.

The first events up were the 100 & 200 Individual Medley with top three places in the 100IM were achieved by Evin Casey (1st /U10 Boys, Bronze USA Motivational Time Standard), Rian Lynch (1st /U11 Boys), Jacob McCabe (2 nd /U11 Boys), Chullain Rankin (1st /U12 Boys), Zach Mulligan (2 nd /U12 Boys) with promising personal best & first-time swims were posted by Nathan McQuillan, Mark McEntee, Eli Mohan, Darren Gillanders, while in the Boys 200IM Daithi Lynch (3rd /U12) raced to a new personal best & top
three finish.  In the Girls IM category, Cora McArdle finished third in the U10/100IM age group & earned herself a Bronze USA MTS, Hannah finished third in the U11 age group & Lily Deery finished third in the U12 age group.  Positive personal best & first-time swims were achieved by Sophie McMullen, Katie Farrell, Aoife Mullen, Adelle Fitzpatrick, Gracie May Davies, Eabha McMullen & Clodagh Connolly.

Event 2 was the Backstroke discipline was split between the 50,100 & 200 distances & again produced some fabulous swimming performances by the young Sliabh Beagh swimmers. In the Boys 100 event, top three finishes were achieved by Evin Casey (1st /U10, Silver USA MTS), Hugh Connolly (3rd /U11), while in 200 Backstroke sublime performances were set by Rian Lynch (1st /U11), Jacob McCabe (2 nd /U11) & Chullain Rankin (3rd /U12) with impressive personal best & first time swims were achieved by
Mark McEntee in the 50, Nathan McQuillan, Eli Mohan, Darren Gillanders & in the 200 Backstroke by Zach Mulligan.  In the Girls Backstroke, Cora McArdle made it two from two with another 2nd place finish & Silver USA MTS in the U10 age-group with team mate Sophie McMullen picking up a well deserve third place finish, while in the 200 Backstroke Hannah place 1st in the U11 age-group & earned her first Bronze USA MTS, with Aoife Mullen doing the same in the U12 age-group in exciting personal best times.
Encouraging personal times & first times swims were set by Katie Farrell (U10/50), Lexi Ronaghan (U11/100), Adelle Fitzpatrick (U12/100), Lily Deery & Eabha McMullen (U13/100) & Ellen Casey (U12/200).

The last individual event of the day was the 50/100 Butterfly with SB swimmers looking to finish the meet on a high beginning with the 50.  Top three places were achieved by Evin Casey (2nd /U10), Rian Lynch (2nd /U11), Jacob McCabe (3rd /U11), Daithi Lynch (2nd /100/U14) & Darren Gillanders (3rd /100/U14) with personal best & first time swims posted by Hugh Connolly (50/U11) & Eli Mohan (50/U12).  In the Girls Butterfly, top three finishes were achieved by Cora McArdle (3rd /U10) in the 50 & Lily Deery (1st /U14) & Eabha McMullen (2nd /U14) in the 100, while personal best & first time performances were achieved by Sophie McMullen, Katie Farrell (U10), Aoife Mullen & Gracie May Davis (U12) in the 50 Butterfly.

The last event of the evening proved to be an enthralling finale with Sliabh Beagh putting in four mixed 4X25, U12 relays of mixed ability & letting them battle it out with lead changing several times during the four legged race. This is in mind, Sliabh Beagh A (Aoife Mullen, Zac Mulligan, Evin Casey & Cora McArdle ) got their hand on the wall first, with Sliabh Beagh C (Chullain Rankin, Grace May Davies, Hugh Connolly, Lexi Ronaghan), second, Sliabh Beagh D (Jacob McCabe, Hannah McKenna, Eli Mohan, Sophie McMullen) third & Sliabh Beagh B (Ellen Casey, Rian Lynch, Nathan McQuillan, Katie Farrell) just behind in fourth place.

This brought to a close a very encouraging return to Open meet racing for the Junior swimmers for Sliabh Beagh swimmers after the extensive Christmas break & disruption to competition preparation due to cancelled training session as a result of the recent adverse weather conditions.   With the concluding Future Challenger Round 4 series to take place on the 2nd March, SB will very much look forward to pushing on with more racing tough performances once it comes around again.

Sliabh Beagh would like to sincerely thanks Team staff Inge Nysten, Eimear McMullen & Pearse McGuigan for their exceptional support work on the day to keep the team in a great place throughout the
duration for the competition.