WELCOME to the official website for Lisburn City Swimming Club.

We are a voluntary organisation based in Lisburn and run by an excellent team of professional Coaching Staff and voluntary parents. We have a wide range of activities available for all swimming abilities from Learn to Swim, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming to Competitive Swimming at local and International level and a rapidly growing Masters section. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and find all the information you need. Use the Search facility to find particular documents. Sign up your email address in the field below to keep up-to-date with the latest news. An email will be sent automatically each time the home page is updated. Remember to keep checking all the pages of the website for calender, results and competition info. Enjoy browsing.

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Aquasprints Finals

Dear  Aquasprint Swimmers

We are organising our Final Aquasprint Team early to take full advantage of extra relay practice sessions that have become available to us.

Please find attached the final team sheet.  Please confirm to me your availability to swim on 5th June ASAP.

Team Sheet notice board and email

We are delighted that so many swimmers have been able to take part in this years Aquasprint competition, but as you are aware we only had two home meets which did limit us even more to the size of team we were able to select.

We are now down to the fastest swimmers in each age group, and a combination of our fastest boys and girls for the extremely important relay events.

This Thursday at 5.45pm we will be holding relay practice for our 2006 and 2005 A relay swimmers only.

Boys:  Christo Tsoutsas, Toby Thompson, Zak Tsoutsas and James McMath.
Girls:  Moya O’Kane, Rihanna Lawlor, Chanel Crookshanks, Toni Jamison and Ava McNamara.

It is important that you all attend this practice.  All Relay swimmers will be push starting from the shallow end at Larne to ensure your safety, due to the depth of the water only being 3ft (0.9!).

I will send the time table for further practice sessions and relay combinations shortly, this will also be posted on the notice board.

We are hoping that all Aquasprint swimmers and supporters will travel by bus, but this will be confirmed shortly.

Lets Go Lisburn!!

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Training Cancellations Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May

There will be no training on Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday due to the Swim Ulster Summer meet taking place at the Leisureplex. Sorry for any inconvienence.

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Training Cancellation for Friday 15th May due to Keith Buchanan Relays

Age group two training is cancelled due to the Keith Bucahanan memorial relays being held on Friday 15th May

this is a event held by the club in memory of the clubs founder with all proceeds going to charity.

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Irish Age Groups Division 2 Information

Attached please find the meet information and hy-tek files for IAG Division 2, taking place in UL from the 25th to the 28th June.

 Please note the following changes from 2014:

·         There are now consideration standards that must be achieved for bonus events

·         Swimmers who compete at Division 2 are not eligible to enter IAG championships

·         There will be no speeding certs issued at Division 2

2015 Irish Age Group Division 2 – Meet Information

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Updated Meet Conditions and Date for Bangor Long Course Meet

Please see the attached updated Meet Conditions for Bangor Swim Club Long Course Meet.

This meeting will now take place on Sunday 7th June 2015 not Saturday 6th as previously circulated.

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Irish Open Swimming Championships Report

Irish Open Swimming Championship report.

Lisburn City Swimming Club.

Irish Open swimming Chamionships 2015

The Irish Open Swimming Championships took place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin from Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May, with a host of Irish and International swimmers taking to the pool.

Over 350 swimmers from 60 clubs including a contingent of 51 from the USA and 8 senior internationals from Denmark competed in 34 individual and 6 team events across four days of competition.

This competition was a qualifying meet for the FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia in August, the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea , the European Youth Olympics in Georgia, the World Junior Championships, the IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow as well as being one of the first home opportunities for swimmers to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Lisburn City Swimming Club had 13 swimmers competing in 44 individual events.

Click on link below for full report.

Irish Open gala report

Photographs courtesy of Sportsfile.ie

Bethany Carson

Bethany Carson

Leah Bethel

Leah Bethel



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Teams for the annual Keith Buchanan Relays

Keith Buchanan Relays

Friday 15th May

The swimmers in the link below have been selected to represent the club at our annual Keith Buchanan Memorial Relays event. Warm Ups begin at approx. 5:30pm. All swimmers are asked to be on poolside for 5:15pm. Estimated finish time is 9:30/9:45ish.

Can anyone unable to compete at the event please contact myself ASAP so a reserve swimmer can be contacted to take your place. Although this is not a meet for qualifying for Swim Ulster or Irish events, it is a great team building event with a superb atmosphere. Please make every effort to attend.

Regards, Richard

Keith Buchanan Relays Click on link.

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Antrim Open Championships

Gala Report.
Antrim Open Swimming Championships 2015.
Saturday 18th April – Sunday 19th April.

Every year Lisburn City Swimming Club and Larne Swimming Club co-host the Antrim Open Swimming Championships. Competition on the Saturday is held in Lisburn, and on Sunday, Larne. This gala is an opportunity for some of the youngest club swimmers to compete at the same gala as some of the older more experienced swimmers. It is always a valuable opportunity for those swimmers needing to achieve qualifying times for the Irish Age Group competitions, Division 2 in June, and Division 1 in July.

Lisburn City had a fantastic number of 88 swimmers competing over the two days, so this gala report will not be able to list all the swimmers who achieved personal best times…there were 276 individual personal best times recorded by Lisburn over the two days so Well Done to everyone who achieved this!

Saturday morning in Lisburn had 76 Lisburn Swimmers competing. (100 PB’s, 22 medals)
Womens 800free Three of the girls from senior squad competed in this event, and all three came away with medals; Leah Bethel, Gold (12&U); Lauren Walker, Gold (13-14) and Caoimhe Quinn, Silver (13-14)
Mens 50 Breast. 50 metre races are ‘open’ so there is no age group classification. Jamie Allison (14) won Gold, and Ryan McCracken (15) Bronze. Twelve other boys from Lisburn got personal bests in this event.
Womens 200 back Caoimhe Quinn, Gold (13-14), Fiona Cash, Gold (15-16), Sarah McCracken, Bronze (15-16) and Natasha Pollock, Gold (17&over) Twenty four other girls competing in this event came away with personal best times.
Mens 100 Back. Noah Poots, Gold (10&U),Jamie Allison,Gold (13-14),Nathan Wiffen, Silver (13-14),Keelan Logan, Gold (15-16),Nathan Jennings,Silver (15-16). Sixteen other boys in this event swam personal best times.
Womens 400IM. Four girls from National Senior and Junior squads competed in the 400 IM, and all four reached medal positions; Leah Bethel, Gold (12&U),Elise Smyth, Bronze (12&U) Caoimhe Quinn, Gold (13-14) Nadine Pollock, Bronze (13-14)
Mens 200 Fly. Six boys from National Senior and Junior squads competed in this event; Dylan Griffiths, Silver (11-12), Jamie Allison, Gold, (13-14), Keelan Logan, Gold (15-16), Nathan Jennings, Silver (15-16). Jack Fleming and Nathan Wiffen also achieved a personal best time.

Every year at the Antrim Open there is a very exciting 50 freestyle event for both men and women. Following the heats, the fastest 8 men and fastest 8 women compete in the ‘Skins Final’ a tough elimination process follows with the slowest swimmer being eliminated after every round. The competition is fast moving and the swimmers who successfully make it to the next round have very little time to recover before racing again. The rounds continue until only the fastest two remain in the pool.
Mens 50 Free Twelve Lisburn swimmers swam personal best times in the 50 free. Lisburn had three boys in the Skins final this year. Craig Boyce (26.46secs) finished in 8th place, Nathan Jennings (26.10secs) 7th, and Keelan Logan (26secs) finished 6th in this highly competed for event. Well done boys.
Womens 50 Free Seventeen Lisburn Swimmers swam personal best times in the 50 free. Lisburn had two girls in the Skins final this year. Lauren Walker(28.86secs) finished in 5th place. Natasha Pollock, defending her Skins title from last year had to work very hard to retain her title, with a very exciting swim against a City of Belfast swimmer. Well Done Natasha, Gold with a time of 27.79secs.
Saturday afternoon in Lisburn had 67 Lisburn Swimmers competing. (85 PB’s 18 medals)
Mens 400 Free. Ronan Lawlor, Silver (13-14). Seven other boys swam personal bests in this event.
Womens 100 Fly. Natasha Pollock, Gold (17&over). Eight other girls swam personal best times.
Mens 50 Fly. Four boys swam personal bests; Nathan Wiffen, Caleb Maguire, Lewis McCracken and Daniel Marsh.
Womens 200 Free. Fiona cash, Gold (15-16), Natasha Pollock, Gold, (17&over). Twenty Eight Lisburn swimmers swam personal best times in this event.
Mens 200IM. Noah Poots, Gold (10&U), Dylan Griffith,Gold (11-12)Nathan Wiffen, bronze, (13-14) Ryan McCracken,Bronze, (15-16). Lewis McCracken, Oliver Kidd, Adam Crawford and Conal Campbell also swam personal best times.
Womens 50 Back. Natasha Pollock, Gold (17&over). Eleven other Lisburn swimmers posted personal bests in this event.
Mens 100 Breast. Noah Poots, Gold (10&U),Cameron Forrest, Gold (11-12), Dylan Griffith, Silver (11-12), Jack Fleming, Silver (13-14), Paul Cox, Bronze (13-14), Ryan Houston, Bronze, (15-16).Caleb Maguire, Dara Quinn,Ryan Raffo, Ronan Lawlor and Nathan Allen also swam PB’s.
Womens 200 Breast. Andrea Cox, Gold, (11-12), Grace McNamara, Silver (11-12) Holly Dowds, Gold, (13-14). Eight other Lisburn Swimmers swam their personal best in this event.

Day Two of the competition moved to Larne.
Sunday morning had 44 Lisburn City Swimmers competing. (56 PB’s 10 medals)
Womens 50 breast. Caoli Maginess, Robyn Beattie, Ava McNamara, Katie Martin, Alexandra Bull, Abigail Menown,Tanisha Dowie and Chanel Crookshanks all swam PB’s in this event.
Mens 100 Free. Noah Poots, Gold (10&U),Dara Quinn, Silver (11-12), Daniel Wiffen, Gold, (13-14) Ryan McCracken (15-16). Fifteen other boys swam personal bests in this event.
Womens 100 Back. Abbie Crookshanks, Silver (11-12), Elise Smyth, Bronze (11-12) Seventeen other Lisburn swimmers swam PB’s.
Mens 50 back. Nathan Wiffen (13) Silver. Ryan Raffo, Lewis McCracken, Adam Crawford and Nathan Allen all swam personal bests in this event also.
Womens 100 Free. Abbie Crookshanks, bronze,(11-12). Twenty other Lisburn Swimmers posted PB times.
Mens 400IM. Dara Quinn, Gold (12&U), Daniel Wiffen, Gold, (13-14),Jack Fleming, Silver, (13-14), Nathan Wiffen, Bronze, (13-14). Ronan Lawlor and Johnny Smyth also swam personal best times.
Womens 200 Fly. Alice Cross, Gold. (13-14)

The final session on Sunday afternoon in Larne saw 28 swimmers from Lisburn City compete. (35 PB’s, 10 medals)
Womens 400 Free. Abbie Crookshanks, Gold, (12&U). Toni Jamison, Katie Martin, Bea Cross, Amy Jennings, Rachel Ledbury and Hannah Fleming also swam personal best times in the 400 free.
Mens 100 Fly. Noah Poots, Silver (10&U). Oliver Kidd also swam a personal best.
Womens 50 Fly. Amy Jennings and Katie Martin both swam personal best times.
Mens 200 Free. Noah Poots, Gold (10&U), Cameron Forrest, Bronze, (11-12), Ronan Lawlor, Bronze, (13-14), Ryan McCracken, Silver, (15-16). Johnny Smyth and Nathan Allen also swam personal bests.
Womens 200IM. Toni Jamison, Bronze, (10&U) Seven other Lisburn swimmers swam personal bests.
Mens 200 Breast. Ryan Raffo, Silver (10&U), Ronan Lawlor, Silver, (13-14) Oliver Kidd and Cameron Forrest also swam personal bests.
Womens 100 Breast. Ava McNamara, Gold, (10&U). Seven other Lisburn swimmers swam PB’s.
Mens 200 Back. Johnny Smyth swam a personal best in this event.

A big Well Done to all, some superb swims and fantastic personal best swims. Many swimmers will have qualified for Irish National Age Group Championships Divisions 1 and 2 this summer.

The swimmers were supported at the gala by Head Coach Richard Gheel, Stan Shepard, Davy Wilson,Sophia Cross, Joanne Crookshanks and Nathan Taylor.

A large number of Lisburn volunteers were needed on Saturday with Lisburn hosting, many thanks to all parents who came forward to help with the smooth running of the gala. Also to Alison Bryson, a Lisburn parent who was officiating for Swim Ulster.
Many thanks to the team from Swim Ulster for their support in running the event.

On behalf of the parents, many thanks to the Clubs executive committee who put in a lot of work in the organisation of the event. Special mention to Mandy McKeown who every year puts a big effort into fund raising at the event with the sale of ballot tickets towards a hamper, and this year the printed gala t-shirts.

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Lisburn Leg of the Antrim Open Championships

Dear All

Well done to all the swimmers who competed today at Lisburn.
A massive thank you to all the volunteers who helped from Lisburn and the other clubs that stepped up. It was your commitment that meant the gala ran smoothly and on time. Thank you to the Swim Ulster officials for keeping us all right. Last but not least a big thank you to all the coaches.

Larne tomorrow 8:15am for land warm up.

Naomi Jennings
On behalf of the
Lisburn CitySwimming Club committee

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Important: Changes to Long Course Training 18th & 25th April


Please note that the long course training sessions planned for Bangor (18th & 25th) in preparation for Nationals from 4:00-6:00pm have been cancelled.

Training will now take place at Greenvale Leisure Centre from 2:30-4:30pm on both Sat 18th & Sat 25th April. Please make sure you bring your kit bag with all equipment.


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