The Ulster Secondary Schools Competition took place in Ballymena last Friday and Saturday. Nine swimmers from Sliabh Beagh represented their School and the club at this highly competitive event. Fridays competition kicked off with great swims from Allanah Leonard who took home three Golds in the 400 free, 100 back and 200 IM. Saturdays competition got off to an early start with the junior events. Leon Campbell and Megan Mc Shane were in racing form with Leon narrowly missing out on a final in the 100 breast by less than one hundredth of a second! Regardless of this Leon achieved a new PB and went on to swim a great 200 IM. Megan who was swimming out of her age group had a great swim in the 100 breast finishing a few places off the final she also swam in the 200IM gaining PB’s in both strokes. The afternoon saw the start of the Intermediate session with six swimmers competing. Well done to Emily Madden who achieved a PB in the 100 Fly and Niamh Collins who swam in the 100 Free PB and 200IM PB. Jordan Mc Shane had a great race in the 100 Breast reaching the finals comfortably and winning Bronze. Shauna Mc Gahon showed her strength in the 100 Fly also achieving Bronze in the Final. Colin Gorman reached the Finals of the 100 free and 100 fly but was just squeezes out of the medal position finishing fourth in both races. Ciaran Deasy who was swimming out of his age group achieved PB’s in the 100 fly and 200IM.
Well done to everyone who swam at the weekend. This was a great achievement for our club competing at this high level. Keep up the hard work, lots more competitions coming our way!
Aquasprint Team First Gala Away to Larne
Sliabh Beagh’s Aqua Sprint Squad competed in their first gala of the season on Saturday November 15th in Larne. There were many on the team who competed for the very first time, and who really did well. It was clear that everyone has been listening to their coaches, really focusing on their technique, and working hard in the water. Despite Sliabh Beagh’s best efforts, Larne’s swimmers proved to be faster overall. Many thanks to the parents who traveled the distance to Larne and volunteered at the gala. A huge congratulations to the swimmers though, for showing great sportsmanship and for swimming their best.