Ulster Region Development Gala in Lagan Valley Leisureplex, Lisburn.
On Sunday 24th January a number of our younger swimmers represented the club at this gala in Leisureplex Lisburn.
First swim of the day was Sheenagh McKenna followed by Hannah Skeath in 200 meters freestyle. Both girls swam very well and were rewarded with PBs, producing much faster times than their entry times. Next up was Katie Bowden, Ellen Mc Geough and Emma Mc Elvaney swimming in an older age group. The girl’s didn’t disappoint, with excellent swims, producing new PBs for this event too.
One of our two male swimmers on the day, Ruadhan Curran swam the 200 breaststroke like the great competitor he is, once again producing a PB for this event. The other was James Campbell swimming in the 200 Individual Medley. This is one of the toughest events for any swimmer, but sure enough James gave it his best, coming out with another fast time and a new PB.
In the afternoon, Alice Trainor age 9 years, swam her first ever 200 backcrawl, finishing with a massive PB. Later in the day her sister Katie swam her first ever 400 meters freestyle, once again knocking seconds of her entry time.
These young swimmers competed in a variety of other different events throughout the day, with the aim of gaining faster times than previously achieved, or brand new times for a new stroke or distance. They are striving to get qualifying times for higher level galas, coming up in 2016 competition calendar. They are keen to challenge themselves, test themselves, bring pride to themselves and their families.
Well done to you all. Keep up your good work.
Irish Minor Schools Championship
Good luck to our Sliabh Beagh swimmers who are taking part in the Irish Minor schools finals which take place this weekend in the National Aquatic Centre. Good luck to Matthew Comiskey, Caragh Leonard,Conor Curran, Ruadhan Curran, Sheenagh Mc Kenna, Alannah Mc Gahon & Darcy Walker.
Connor heads to Sheffield to compete with Ulster Performance Squad.
Good luck to Connor Comiskey who will travel with the Ulster Performance Squad to Sheffield this Friday. Connor will compete in a range of events and distances over the weekend in the prestige 50 meter venue at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. This is Connors first competition with the Ulster performance Squad since he joined the squad in September. No doubt this will be a great experience for Connor to compete at this International Meet.