Lisburn swimmers splash it up last weekend

Last weekend 1st-3rd March saw swimmers from throughout Lisburn City Swimming Club competing in various meets throughout Ulster.

On Friday evening and Saturday, National Senior Squad members Sarah McCracken (Club Captain) and Fiona Cash were taking part in the Irish Inter-varsity Championships. Fresh off their success in Sheffield at the British version, the girls where in great form taking home some medals and having a great night at the gala ball and prizing giving.  Also competing was Zoe Smyth from our Learn to Swim teaching team, well done to all.

On Saturday, Swim Ulster (SU) and Disability Sport Northern Ireland (DSNI) were jointly hosting the Ulster Disability Swimming Championships in Newry.  Development 1 Squad para-swimmer Siomha Brady was taking part.  Siomha took part in 4 events all in the first session and in less than 90 minutes had recorded PBs in all her events (100m FS, 100m BC, 50m BF and 50m Brs).  Siomha also brought home a medal in all the events she raced.  Best of all were the skills where Siomha executed her first ever dives and tumble turns in competition.

Next up, on Sunday we were again back in Newry, where Swim Ulster where hosting the third (of four) Development Meet this season.  We had over 40 swimmers competing during the day. Again swimmers came away with multiple PBs (81 in all from 102 swims) and also collected 5 gold, 6 silver and 12 bronze medals. Best of all was the skills the coaches had been working on in training with the swimmers, being displayed to high level in the competition arena.  Mention to Ellie B from the Age Group 1 who achieved her remaining qualifying times to progress to the next level on the competition pathway, and will now be competing at Swim Ulster Qualifying meets.

The final instalment of racing for this weekend was our second AquaSprint meet of the season.  We hosted Bangor SC at the Leisurplex.  We had 51 swimmers out competing, supporting and demonstrating the Lisburn City SC way of doing AquaSprint.

This was a very close meet throughout all 40 events and really only came down 3 or 4 races in the end. Bangor ran out winners by 18 points. Last season we were beaten by over 40, this shows the gains our swimmers have made over this season and that their commitment in training is starting to show in the galas.

On the night the squad recorded some 77 PBs from 125 races.

We also showed amazing team spirit right to end with every swimmer supporting the final relays. We did our customary three cheers for all the volunteer officials and helpers after the final race. We can’t do this with your help, thank you!! A resounding rendition of happy birthday for 3 of the squad who had birthdays that weekend and finally our Lisburn City SC THUNDERCLAP!!!!!!!!

The night was finished off with a lovely supper, thank you to all who contributed to that and then each of the team’s captain’s thanking each other and giving each other 3 cheers.

Awesome weekend of busy racing and great rewards for everyone to show for it.

Next up is the SU Qualifying meet in Bangor this weekend where Lisburn will have over 40 swimmers competing and will be looking to fine tune their racing skills for some, the up-coming Irish Nationals and International Trials Championships.  Others will be looking to attain qualifying times for Ulster and Irish age group meets, using all the skills they have worked on this season so far.

Busiest weekend of racing (so far) of the season ……… DONE!!!!!!!!

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