The Swim Ulster Short Course Championships were held in Lisburn from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th November 2014. 23 Ulster based Swim Teams as well as two visiting teams,one from Dublin and one from Scotland were taking part.
Lisburn City Swimming Club had 28 swimmers competing over the three days.
Friday 28th saw 19 Lisburn swimmers compete on the opening day of the meet. Out of a total of 33 individual swims, 23 swimmers made personal best times.
6 Swimmers qualified for the evening finals, Leah Bethel and Caoimhe Quinn (200 back), James Edgar, Alexander Haskins and Nathan Jennings (200 back) and Victoria Hunter (100 free).
In medal positions, Lisburn had Victoria Hunter winning Silver in the 800 free (HDW) and James Edgar winning Bronze in the 200 back.
The evening sessions also host the team relay events and on Friday Lisburn had a junior girls team entered in the Womens’ 400 metre freestyle relay. Victoria Hunter, Lauren Walker, Sarah McCracken and Leah Bethal came in 5th place overall in this open event.
The following swimmers also swam personal bests on friday; Jamie Allison, Craig Boyce, Oliver Chambers, Paul Cox, Holly Dowds, Caoli Maginess, Nadine Pollock and Lauren Walker.
Saturday 29th. 24 Lisburn swimmers swam a total of 44 individual swims with 19 of these personal bests.
8 swimmers qualified for the evening finals, Fiona Cash, Alexandra Hunter, Victoria Hunter and Hannah Watson putting up a strong Lisburn presence in the 200 fly, Alexander Haskins (200 breast) Alexandra Hunter and Victoria Hunter (200IM) and Chloe Richards (100 back).
Medal positions today were James Edgar, Bronze in the 1500 free(HDW), Alexandra Hunter winning Silver in the 200 fly, and Victoria Hunter winning Bronze in 400 free (HDW) and Bronze in 200 fly.
Alexander Haskins was the fastest junior male in the 200 breast making him Ulster Junior Champion in this event and winning Gold!
Also swimming their personal best times on Saturday were; Jamie Allison, Leah Bethel, Oliver Chambers, Paul Cox, Holly Dowds, Jack Fleming, Nathan Jennings, Caoli Maginess, Nadine Pollock, Caoimhe Quinn, Lauren Walker and Daniel Wiffen.
Saturday evenings relay for Lisburn was the Women’s 800 freestyle relay event. Two teams were entered, a Junior team of Leah Bethel, Victoria Hunter, Caoimhe Quinn and Lauren Walker. The Senior team competing was Fiona Cash, Alexandra Hunter, Chloe Richards and Hannah Watson. Both teams swam well, the senior girls were placed 6th overall, but it was the junior girls who took the edge, winning a Bronze medal in the open event, however as they were the fastest junior team, they also secured the Ulster Junior Gold medal!
Sunday 30th saw the final day of competition with 26 Lisburn swimmers in action. 50 individual swims with an impressive 38 personal best times achieved today.
12 swimmers qualified for evening finals; Craig Boyce, Alexander Haskins, Nathan Jennings and Keelan Logan all showcasing Lisburns’ strength in the 200fly, Alexander Haskins and Keelan Logan (200IM), Sarah McCracken (200 breast), Victoria Hunter (100 fly), Chloe Richards (50 back and 200 free), Fiona Cash and Lauren Walker (200 free)
In Medal positions today Lisburn had Sarah McCracken winning Bronze in the 200 breast. Alexander Haskins won bronze in the 200fly, and as the fastest junior male in the 200IM heats, this secured him the Ulster Junior Gold medal, his second of the meet. Keelan Logan was the fastest junior male in the 200fly, winning the Junior Gold medal.
Personal best times were also achieved on Sunday by; Jamie Allison, Leah Bethel, Oliver Chambers, Paul Cox, Alice Cross, Holly Dowds, Jack Fleming, Caoli Maginess, Ryan McCracken, Nadine Pollock, Caoimhe Quinn, Daniel Wiffen and Nathan Wiffen.
Sunday evening saw two Lisburn teams competing in the Women’s 400 metre medley and the Mens 800 metre freestyle.
Leah Bethel, Sarah McCracken, Victoria Hunter and Lauren Walker won Silver overall in the open competition, but as the fastest Junior team entered, they also won Ulster Junior Gold!
Alexander Haskins, Nathan Jennings, Craig Boyce and (standing in at the last minute for an injured Keelan), Oliver Chambers stepped up to the mark against tough competition and finishing in 7th place overall.
Also meeting the qualifying times and swimming in this championship competition were Zoe Dickey who is swimming well as she recovers from injury and Amy Jennings who swam at Ulster SC Championships for the first time.
The swimmers were supported at the event by Head Coach Richard Gheel, and NJS Coach Stan Shepard.
Thank You to the parents who volunteered at the event, this support is heavily depended on by Swim Ulster for the running of the competition.