Massive well done and congratulations to all the LCSC swimmers today at the SU Development Meet 4. Twenty-eight competed in Lisnassaragh Leisure Centre in East Belfast. Great skills, lessons learned and progress made all with teamwork and smiles. Individual shout out to Adam S who today achieved his first ever qualifying time for the Irish Age Groups Div 2 Championships in Limerick in July 🙌💪. Loads of PBs and medals won but fun had by all. Thanks to all the parents supporting their swimmers at this Development Meet and especially to those who officiated the meet #volunteergold. Final thanks to coaches Peter, Blair and Niamh for assisting and guiding the swimmers throughout the day. Full report to follow once results finalised.
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Today was the final session of a very exciting McCullagh International Meet.
LCSC had 8 swimmers today (Andrea C, Paul C, Bryn F, Jack Fleming, Toni J, Sarah McC, Ava McN, Dylan R)
First up was Paul in the B final 50 breaststroke, swimming close to his entry time and finishing 10th. This was followed by Sarah with 9th place in the A final 100 breaststroke. Ava finished 6th in the B final of the same event.
Our youngest swimmer today, Bryn has a great swim taking a further 2.17s off his 5s pb yesterday to finish 6th in the junior 200 breaststroke final!
It was then the turn of the fly swimmers. Dylan was the youngest swimmer in the B final 100 fly. He went sub 1 minute again to finish 8th close to the record swim yesterday! In the girls 100fly A final, Andrea swam a pb to finish in 8th place as the fastest Irish swimmer. Toni was in the B final and improved on her time yesterday in 3rd place.
Paul was back for his second B final today in the 200IM. He improved on his preliminary swim to finish 8th.
Jack rounded off our meet with a 6th place finish in the 400 freestyle.
It has been exciting for the swimmers (and parents & coaches) to get the opportunity to meet and swim with some of the biggest names in British Swimming at this meet. There were lots of exciting races and awestruck swimmers (and parents) and hopefully some learning points to take home.
A very big thanks to our coaches throughout the meet – Dave S, Stan S and Blair T for all their support over the last 4 days. There was also a photo opportunity with Mel Marshall (Adam Peaty’s coach) and our very own Betty B!
We would also like to thank North Down Produce for the lovely fruit supplied to all our swimmers, very nutritious!
Next target meet is the Irish Nationals in Dublin in 5 weeks, which will also serve as the Olympic trials and the meet for swimmers looking qualifying times for International Meets!
Coaches seem to be slow eaters 🤔
This was the day with the largest number of LCSC swimmers participating!
2 Junior swimmers – Emily C (200 freestyle) & Bryn F (200 breaststroke). Both swimmers did really well in their first International Meet, Bryn dropped 5s from his previous pb to make a well deserved junior final in 6th place.
There were 16 open swimmers (Andrea C, Paul C, Jack F, Toni J, Alex M, Caleb M, Sarah McC, Sasha McK, Ava McN, Daniel M, Moya O’K, Noah P, Sasha Q, Deaten R, Dylan R & Jessika R) with 25 swims in the later session. It was a good final heat session from all the Lisburn swimmers with 9 pb swims from Jack & Caleb (400 freestyle), Alex (50 freestyle), Moya & Jessika (200 backcrawl). Jamie A also swam the 100 fly and 200IM representing his Uni.
Ava has had an excellent meet with the most pb swims, adding a further 2 from 2 swims today in her 50 breaststroke, also breaking the club record (earning her another B final swim) and 200IM. Another swimmer on the rise is Dylan also with 2 pbs from 2 swims in 50 freestyle and 100 fly – breaking the club record in the process! Well done!
The excellent performance today means that we have a total of 8 swimmers returning for finals tomorrow morning. Andrea (100 fly) & Sarah (50brs) both have A final swims. Paul (50brs & 200IM), Jack (400 freestyle), Toni (100fly), Ava (50brs) & Dylan (100fly) will swimming in B finals with Bryn in the 200brs junior final.
Thanks again to Stan for all the advice and feedback given to the swimmers throughout the meet, it means a lot!