Aquasprint first round versus Oylmpia Swimming Club

Our Aquasprint team started their season off with a gala against Olympia, Belfast.  The excited team travelled to Grove in Belfast for their first encounter of the year.

Team captains had been selected, Owen Fitzpatrick and Ellie Mulligan were ready to lead the squad to victory.

And that’s just what they did.  A great gala and a great win for Team Sliabh Beagh with the final score being 258 – 142 which is a great start to the campaign.

Well done to the entire squad who swam brilliantly.

Great success at Future Challengers Meet

On February 18th twenty six  of our athletes travelled to Lagan Valley, Lisburn for the Future Challengers meet. The
swimmers who attended this under-14 meet were Millie, Ellen, Evin, Clodagh, Hugh, Lucy, Lily, Aoife, Charlie, Colm, Owen, Riya, Darren, Egan, Jay, Daithí, Rían, Éilís, Odhrán, Emma, Hannah, Éabha,
Matthew, Chullain, Sophia and Ridas.

One thing we can say about this meet was that the swimmers left it all in the pool.  They had great PB times and it is a testament to the hard work they are putting in at training. We had some super swims
by Ridas who finished in 1st place in 200Fr, Sophia who finished in 3 rd place in 100Brs while Millie also finished in 3 rd place in 200Fr. Riya had a great day with two 2nd place finishes in 100IM and 200Fr and Owen also finished in 2nd in 100IM and 3 rd in 200Fr.

A super performance by all. Well done everyone.

Lisbon International Meet

The Lisbon International meet held in Jamor on the outskirts of Lisbon was an early long-course swimming opportunity for Adam Lynch and Darragh Hughes who swim in our Senior Performance
Squad.  With the appeal of an extra International meet; over 700 swimmers & 13 countries were represented at this year’s event from Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Spain, the UK, Romania,
Ireland & with over 30 club teams from the home country Portugal, the competition was a truly top-level European event in 2023.
With the boys racing in their top Breaststroke & Fly events, they held their own against World Class opposition finishing in the top 40 in each of their events which had on average 90-100 entrants.

Congrats to the two lads on their great performance in this meet and thanks to Head Coach Pearse for his advice and support to the boys in Lisbon and also to Michelle Lynch for the Mammy support!

NAC Invitational Gala

On Sunday, February 12th we had a group of swimmers attend this gala held in the long course pool in the National Aquatic Centre. Swimmers who attended were Eimear Duffy, Owen Fitzpatrick, Riya George, Rebekah Gillis, Sean Greenan, Kristupas Januskevic, Justas
Jarusas, Tadgh Lennon, Aoibhín MacCinna, Katherine Ryan, Hannah Sheridan, Ridas Zelvys and Edvardas Zumaras.

Special mention goes to our medal winners on the day: Riya, bronze in 100fly, Owen, Gold in 200bk and 100fr and 100bk, Katherine, bronze in 200bk.   Terrific swimming guys.  We had a great day with our athletes achieving thirty- three personal best times between
them.  We also achieved some Qualifying Times for Summer National competitions.  Terrific swimming everyone, a long day for the parents but all the hard work is paying off now.

Coach Deirdre accompanied the swimmers on the day and we thank
her for her support and encouragement to the swimmers.