Click here for full results. (an X before a time indicates an exhibition swim from a swimmer who swam in a younger age group).
Last night we saw some great swims, particularly from the Development squads, and lots of PBs across the board. Wonderful to see the progress over the past few months of training. Again, thank you to everyone who helped with timekeeping and marshalling.
Click here for full results. (an X before a time indicates an exhibition swim from a swimmer who swam in a younger age group).
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Well done to Cara, Rebecca, Adam, Mark, Daniel, Tom and Philip on super swims at the final Swim Ulster Development meet of the season. Daniel swam the 100 IM for the first time setting a time of 2:00.91. Mark made a huge improvement on his IM from June, setting a new PB of 1:47.00 and swam the 100 backstroke for the first time in 1:48.73. Cara paced the 200 freestyle well and finished 3rd in 3:11.54 and, despite a goggle problem in the last 75m, Rebecca set a time of 3:24.99. Adam started the morning with gold in the 100 IM in 1:27.92 and finished with gold in the 100 back in 1:26.54 (Irish Division 2 standard for 9-11).
The afternoon session showed continuing improvements from both Philip and Tom. Tom took another 6sec off his 200 IM, finishing 4th in 3:11.95, and Philip took off 11sec to finish 5th in 3:18.82. Tom shaved another couple of seconds off his 100 free time to finish 5th in 1:15.92 and Philip finished 7th in 1:20.60, a bit outside his best.
Lecale's final PTL challenge took place last night against a very strong Swilly Seals team in Letterkenny. Lecale swimmers performed extremely well given the long coach trip and fought for every point but the Seals, comfortable in home waters, proved too big a challenge on the night. Full results are available here and PB results will follow shortly. Final scores were Lecale 539 to Swilly Seals 603.
So, many thanks to Swilly Seals for a very warm welcome and friendly meet which demanded the best from our swimmers and we we wish them well in the remainder of the season.
It was a busy weekend for Lecale swimmers at the three-day Swim Ulster Spring Qualifying Meet.
Aaron, Amy, Chloe, Conor, Daniel, Daniel, Isla, Jamie and Megan had all done very well just to meet the standards for this event and represented their club and supported one another very effectively at a packed Aurora Aquatics Centre in Bangor.
Daniel Mulholland was in great form, picking up 4 golds in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. Daniel Molloy also bagged a gold medal (50 back) and 2 silvers (200 back and 200 IM) while Megan picked up a gold in the 200 breast. Also coming home with medals were Conor (silver in 100 fly) and Amy (silver in 50 free).
Of course, securing improvement in personal best times was also a major objective and the team was not found wanting. Jamie and Conor had a full sweep of PBs in their events with Isla taking almost 5 seconds off her 100 breast time and Chloe improving even further her existing Division 2 times in 100 back and 100 free.
Click here for full results.
It's now time for a well earned rest before training resumes in preparation for Saturday's encounter with Swilly Seals.
Lecale swimmers Amy, Ruby, Daniel, Cara, Adam, Jack and Mark joined the best young swimming talent on the island today to represent their schools at the Irish Minor Schools Championships in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.
Ruby swam a great 50 breast despite being unwell all week and Mark got a new PB in his 50 back. Cara, Amy and Jack all made it to the finals in their events and achieved excellent times.
Daniel Mulholland won bronze in his 50m freestyle final and Adam Colgan is now the Irish Schools Champion in 50 backstroke, winning gold in 40.62sec. Adam also won bronze in 50 free. There'll be plenty to write in the school news books tomorrow! Click here for full results.
We all knew that Jon really was pretty cool, now here's the proof...
A great achievement, Jon - makes me cold just reading about it!
Lecale kicked off its 2015 Aquasprint season with a smashing away meet against City of Belfast this evening. There were loads of PBs and close finishes and a great show from the new team members - Caoirle, Anna, Grace, Natalie, Tony, Emily, Sasha and Niall.
As always there was a superb help from the parent and teenage volunteers to help organise everyone and COB sent us home well-fed and happy, with a win under our belts.
Lecale - 222 City of Belfast - 178
PB results are here and full results will follow.
A little belated but a huge well done to all the swimmers to took part in the Development Meet in Lisburn in mid January. Super swims, PBs and medals galore! The thirteen swimmers won seven golds, seven silvers and three bronze medals between them. Great swims from Anne Marie, Rebecca and Philip - all showed great technique and achieved good PBs.
Adam C - 2 golds in 200 free and 100 breast
Niall G - bronze in 100 breast
Jamie H - gold in 100 fly and silver in 200 free and 200 back
Katie L - gold in 200 breast
Kate McC - silver in 200 breast
Isla - gold in 200 IM and 100 free
Laura - bronze in 200 breast
Cara - gold in 100 IM and silver in 200 breast and 100 back
Megan - goldin 200 IM and silver in 100 free
Tom - silver in 100 breast and bronze in 400 free
Click here for full results
What a night! Lecale made it four in a row tonight with a decisive win over Leander. Great team spirit and swimming made for a very exciting night. Click here for all results.
That makes it four out of five, a huge achievement for Lecale! With our final PTL coming up against Swilly Seals in Letterkenny on Saturday 21st February we want a FULL team to finish off the season with the best result possible. There will be a bus provided and some families are planning to make a weekend of it and book accommodation. Reply to your Teamer notification with a YES!
So, other than braving the freezing waters of this island without a wetsuit, what has Jon done to deserve your votes? Considerably more than just a quick dip...read on!
CarrickFergus 1 k (1st place)
Rostrevor to warrenpoint 4.8km (1st place)
Rostrevor round the rock 1.5km 2nd
Lough Erne 17km (5th place) about 6hours
Great Dublin Swim 1.5km (18mins) (1st juinor skins and 2nd overall skins)
Great Ulster Swim 1.5km 1st junior skins
Lord and Lady of the Lake, 2.7km 2nd skins
Camlough Ulsters 5km, 1st place
Portush Island Dhu 2km, 1st place
Click here to vote for Jon! And vote for Olive Conroy from Armagh SC too - Newcomer of the Year!
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Well done to all our swimmers who took part in the Christmas Sprints tonight. A lively atmosphere thanks to DJ Burke who kept us all in the seasonal spirit with his tunes and of course lots of PBs in the pool! Click here for the results. A big thank you to the seniors who helped out on poolside and in the water.
It was great to see a big turnout from the seniors for the relay events. Great team spirit, fun and a fair amount of cheating too! The 'Santas' were unbeatable but the Elves, Reindeers, Snowmen, Grinches all put up a good fight.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas break and look forward to seeing you back at training on 2nd January.
Nothing on this weekend? Why not call in and see the BEST swimmers in Ireland compete at the Irish Short Course Championships in Lisburn (Fri 12th-Sun 14th Dec)? Conor Ferguson, Curtis Coulter, Grainne Murphy, Bethy Firth and Bethany Carson and many more. Watch out for 13 year old sensation Antoinette Neamt from Tallagh SC who is seeded just behind adult Olympians Bethany Carson in 200 free and 200 IM and just behind Grainne Murphy in 400 and 800 free.
Heats are 9.30am-1.00pm and Finals are from 5.30pm-8.00pm (Sunday finals 4.30pm-8.30pm)
Click here for Psych Sheets and Running Order for the Championships to see when your star swimmers are in the pool.
Lecale started the day with a silver medal for Cara in 200 free this morning and 7th and 8th place finishes for Kate in 200 free and 100 fly. Afternoon session brought another medal for Cara in the 100 breaststroke and Jamie, Tom, Megan, Laura, Ruby and Adam all added to Lecale's medal haul. Adam achieved a huge PB in 100 free with a time of 1:22, minus 15 seconds from his June time. Philip, Mark and Rebecca had great PBs in their events. Philip had competed in the 100 free just last month but with a good dive and slick turns he took a whopping 8 seconds off his time today to finish in 1:16. Rebecca exceeded her coach's expectations and finished her 100 breast in 1:52 and Mark set a new 100 free PB of 1:42, taking 15 seconds off his time from June.
So, a great showing from Lecale all round, happy children and tired parents. Click here for full results. Thanks to all the parents who helped with lifts, marshalling and timekeeping in the afternoon session.
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Great results all weekend in Lisburn at the Swim Ulster Short Course Championships. Daniel Molloy achieved PBs in his two events; 200m backstroke 2:34.09 (-1.12) and 400m freestyle in 4:55.42 (-2.2.42). This evening's SUSCC finals will be well worth a visit or maybe the Irish Short Course Championships on 12th-14th December, in Lisburn also. Go and see Ulster's Bethy Firth, Danielle Hill, Conor Ferguson et al. in action.
The Lecale PTL team welcomed Limavady SC to Downpatrick for their third Division 3 meet of the season this evening. With two consecutive wins under their belts some in the Lecale camp quietly wondered if their winning streak could continue.
Throughout the meet the two teams were locked in a tug-of-war for points in the U13 and U15 groups. Despite the fierce competition and close touches, they finished the meet with equal points in both groups. However robust performances throughout Lecale's U11 and Seniors tipped the balance and final points were Lecale 606 to Limavady 538.
A huge well done to the swimmers from both teams on the friendly and exciting meet. Please be in no doubt about just how proud your Club and coaches are of you. Special mention to the swimmers who swam in their first PTL tonight - Anna U, Henry, Sasha, Sarah McN, Sarah C, Daniel F, Louis and Ben - great swims all round, well done! Congratulations to everyone who matched or bettered their PBs - a special note for big improvements from Adam M (biggest PB of the night -14.60 sec off his IM!), Daniel B, Niall M, Tom W, Sarah G, Joe T, Mark, Daniel F, Aidan McC, Philip, Josh and Jack T.
Click here for full results and PBs.
As always, many thanks to all the volunteer officials from both teams who toiled away despite the poolside heat and helped the meet run smoothly. Thank you to Limavady for a great meet and best wishes for the remainder of the season.
Our next PTL is at home against Leander on Saturday 24th January, 4.30pm warm-up.
Lecale swimmers represented their schools at the Ulster Secondary Schools Championships over the weekend. Lots of good times and PBs. The Cleave/Molloy Down High relay team finished 3rd in the freestyle and medley relays and the Assumption girls finished a close 4th in the freestyle relay event. Richard, Daniel, Aaron and Megan achieved Irish Division 2 times. Click here for your PBs.
There were great swims from all the relay teams at the Swim Ulster War Memorial meet this year. Our teams competed against Ards Olympian Andrew Bree, Commonwealth swimmers and Irish record holders. The rousing atmosphere of cheers and loud music during the heats contrasted with the reflective war memorial ceremony, commemorating all swimmers who fell during the wars.
The Lecale Male Open team - Conor, Daniel, Diarmuid, Richard, Benjamin and Jamie - made the 6 x 50m freestyle relay finals, the prestigious War Memorial Shield event. Conor held his pace well in the opening leg but as the race progressed the gap widened however a tremendous anchor leg from Jamie Hamilton secured Lecale 6th place overall.
We'd like to commend the Lecale swimmers on their efforts in the pool and their dignity during the ceremony. They represented Lecale very well, a credit to the club.
Full results are available on the Meet Mobile app.