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Successful start to PTL League with a big win over Ballymoney Swim Club

We had our first gala of the Provincial Towns League on Saturday in Coral Leisure. This was a home gala for us, we welcomed Ballymoney to Monaghan for this event.  We had a full squad of swimmers
for the evening.

For this  League we will have three galas between now and February followed by finals later in the season.  These are team events; points are scored for each team depending on where their swimmers finish in the races.  All races are 50m except for the 100 IM and the relays are 4 x 50m.  There are four age groups, A to D, with A being our youngest swimmers and D being the older ones; fifteen years and older.

All hands were on deck on Saturday night (excuse the pun) to help with the preparations and the smooth running of the gala.  We thank our parents and coaches for their help in many ways, making
sandwiches, setting up the pool, organising the children,  timekeeping, the touch judges and so on.


The atmosphere was electric from start to finish with our team cheering on their teammates from the deck. There were some exciting medley relays at the start which set the tone for the evening.  Sliabh Beagh did very well in the relays, this gave us hope that the rest of the gala might just be in our favour. For the next couple of hours our swimmers gave it their all and swam out of their skin.   In many races we finished first, second and third which ensured the points added up quickly.  In the final freestyle relays, again we were dominant with some very close races at the end.
After the gala we had some lovely refreshments provided by the parents of Sliabh Beagh swimmers.  One Ballymoney parent declared ‘it was the best spread they’d ever gotten at a PTL gala’, so we  better keep up our standards for next time!

Final score was announced: Sliabh Beagh 562, Ballymoney 391 so we had a convincing win and hopefully we can do the same again this weekend against Lecale in Downpatrick.

Well done to you all, you were all terrific and thanks also to the coaching team for their support and hard work.

Next gala is in Downpatrick on Saturday afternoon.

Best of luck to all.

Sliabh Beagh ASC Masters at the Celtic Masters meet -National Aquatic Centre

The Dublin clubs Aer Lingus and National Aquatic Club joined forces to host a Masters Meets on Sunday 6 Nov 2022. The meet was held in the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

This was a short course meet, that means the pool length was 25m.
This was the first Gala of the season and consequently there were very big number of swimmers attending from all over the country. The programme offered a wide range of events from 50m to 400m.  Between our team of swimmers, we entered almost all the
different events on the schedule.   We had ten swimmers entered, but due to unforeseen circumstances, nine swimmers
attended. We had Joe Shields, Carmel O'Hare, Thomas Neeson, Eithne Duffy, Peter Coyle, Eimear Mullen, Marcin Tobias, Brenda Healy and Marc Hearty.  The team swam in individual
and relay events.  Performances were very strong and learning, trying things out like tumble turns under pressure and not having a lot of rest between events, were big challenges.   Confidence was gained via improved times, picking up some medals, being up against some very experienced and competent swimmers, seeing some skills work out and being not fazed by swimming under pressure in this very intimidating and impressive national venue.

The following is the report of each swimmer and relay event.
For the women’s team there was gold for Carmel in the 400m Freestyle, and silver in the 100m IM and a bronze for Brenda in the 50m Butterfly.   Eithne got bronze in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke and 100m IM while Eimear picked up a
bronze in the 50m Backstroke.   For the Men – silver for Marcin in the 100m Backstroke and bronze in the 100m Breaststroke
and silvers all round for Peter in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke.   Marc got gold in the 100m Backstroke and silver in the 200m IM.  Joe got a bronze in the 100m IM and Thomas got bronze in the 200m Breaststroke.  In the relays there was a silver for the Women in the 200m Medley Relay for Eimear,  Brenda
Eithne and Carmel and bronze for the Men's 200m Medley Relay for Marcin, Marc, Peter and Joe. There was also a silver for the women’s 200m freestyle relay for Eimear, Brenda, Eithne and Carmel.

Well done everyone.   Keep up the good work and let those in attendance and those unable to go on this occasion, knuckle down and get ready for the next day’s outing.   Sunday was fun, exciting, challenging and very much worth the effort.  Onward and upwards everyone. 

Thanks to Coach Eamon for attending with the team and for his encouragement and feedback to the swimmers.

Swim Ulster SC Championships 2022 – Lisnasharragh, Belfast

This meet was held in Belfast on 4 th – 6 th Nov. Clubs from all over Ulster were in attendance and swimmers had to qualify for this gala in order to compete.   We had five swimmers entered in this
gala; Maddie Smith, Aoibhín MacCinna, Adam Lynch, Darragh Hughes and Rebekah Gillis.   Again, for early in the season, results were a mixed bag, some races with personal best times and some finals were made.   We entered two mixed relays on the day as well, finishing in 6 th place.  Coach Pearse McGuigan was on hand to advise and give feedback on the swims.

 

Well done to all the swimmers, it was a long weekend of swimming and lots to work on for the season ahead.

Good start to the season at Leinster Aspiring Champions – National Aquatic Centre

We had a group of swimmers attend this meet on 29 Oct in Dublin. Swimmers who attended were Ben Duffy, Rebekah Gillis, Sean Greenan, Darragh Hughes, Kristupas Januskevic, Adam Lynch,
Aoibhín MacCinna, Katherine Ryan and Edvardas Zumaras.
Our athletes swam in four to six events on the day and performances were generally very good for a first gala of the new season.   Adam had a great day and finished in 3 rd place in the 400free event and 4 th place in the 200IM.   In fact, Adam finished in the top ten in all his races bar one.   Well done Adam.
Darragh also had a good day, claiming first place in the 50Brs event and 4th in the 200Brs while finishing in the top ten in all his events.
Some swimmers gained massive pb times; Katherine Ryan swam strongly in the 400IM and managed to take an enormous 20 seconds off her previous best time in this event.   Adam Lynch had an
exceptional swim in the 200free event, knocking a massive 13.30 seconds off his previous best time winning his heat with ease. Edvardas had a strong swim in the 200free event taking over seven
seconds off his previous best time in this event. Other good personal best times were achieved by Ben Duffy in the 200back, Darragh Hughes in the 400free, Kristupas Januskevic in the 200free,
Aoibhín in the 100IM and Katherine in the 200back.

Great to see so many good swims at this first gala of the season, keep up the hard work everyone and plenty to work on going forward too.  Thanks to Pearse for his feedback to the swimmers.

Swim Ireland Irish Summer Nationals 2022

This meet took place from July 20th to 24th in the National Aquatic Centre. There were Clubs from all over Ireland at this meet along with some swimmers from abroad.  We had four swimmers qualify to swim in this competition.

 

Darragh Hughes, from Monaghan town, qualified in several events. His first event was the 100Brs, where he qualified for the finals and finished in an impressive 6th place overall. He went on then to
compete in the 50fr where he finished in a not-too-shabby 14 th place overall. Darragh has only recently taken on the 100fly race and he has realised he is actually quite good at it, again making the
finals in 8 th place in a pb time.  Darragh opted out of the final however to concentrate on his other events. In the 100fr Darragh again swam strongly to finish in 13th place overall. The 200Br was where Darragh really shone at this meet, knocking a massive 8 seconds off his previous best time to qualify for the final in 5 th place. His last event was the 200IM where again Darragh produced a massive pb of 4.75 seconds to finish in 16 th overall.  This was a great meet for this 16 year old to be swimming against the country’s finest swimmers and doing so well in the process. All the work and dedication to training is paying off for Darragh, well done.


Adam Lynch also from Monaghan town qualified in three events. Adams favoured stroke is Fly and he had qualified in both the 100fly and 200fly events. In the 100fly he finished in 15th overall with a
strong pb swim. Adam had a fantastic race in the 200fly, with a super pb time of 6.81 seconds off his previous best time. This was good enough to give Adam a place in the finals where he swam well to
finish in 9th place overall. A great achievement for Adam to finish in the top 10 among this caliber of swimmers. In the 200IM Adam again had a terrific swim, knocking nearly 3 seconds off his best time
to finish in 21st place. Interestingly Adam had been seeded 33 rd before this event and finished in 21st place, so that was a terrific improvement for him.   Well done Adam, the long hours in the pool and gym are paying off for you.

Maddie Smith from Carrickmacross had qualified in one event in this Meet, 100Brs.  As were the rules, she was allowed to pick a bonus swim in the same stroke so Maddie also swam in the 200Brs.
In the 100Brs, Maddie had a great strong swim, seeing her come from 25th seed to 20th with a nice pb time of nearly 3 seconds.  In her bonus swim of the 200Brs, this was where Maddie really shone, she swam brilliantly to finish in 13th place overall with a gutsy swim against the best in the country.  This was a terrific achievement for Maddie in a race that she had not qualified for.  Well done Maddie on
a great seasons swimming!


Our last competitor was thirteen year old Sean Greenan from Rockcorry.  Sean, like Maddie, had qualified in one event, in his case, the 50free.  He chose the 100free as his additional swim. In the
100free Sean swam to his pb time, finishing in 34th place. The 50m events are difficult as there was less than 5 seconds between the person who came 1 st and the person who came last, so the margins
are tight.  In the 100Free Sean achieved a pb of 1.40 seconds off his previous best time, again finishing in 34 th place.  This Meet will have given Sean a great experience that will stand to him next year.  Sean has worked extremely hard this season, having had great success in the Div2 Meet several weeks ago, to being our youngest qualifier to the Div1 Meet, the future is bright for this young man.

Massive thanks must go to our Head Coach Pearse McGuigan who has encouraged and coached these swimmers all season.  Pearse wanted full commitment from the swimmers and the results of
the season overall show that our swimmers have taken all of this on board and have stepped up a gear.  I think we can all see the progression of all our swimmers, from the Development swimmers
right up to our Senior group.

We are always available to accept new members to our Club, send a message via our social media channels and we will get back to you with a time for a trial.