Well done to our fabulous young swimmers that recently beat Ballymoney at home in our first gala of the Aquasprint season. Gala results can be found in the Aquasprint section of the website.
Well done to our PTL squad who narrowly defeated Dungannon in last weekend’s meet. This win was extra special as this was our first meet on our new pool. Many thanks to Dungannon for a friendly and competitive meet. Special thanks must go to the staff at the Down LC and the many parents who helped both poolside and setting up food for our hungry swimmers after the gala.
Final result: Lecale: 563 Dungannon: 532
Looking forward our final PTL gala of the season takes place on Saturday February 16th in Cookstown. If you haven’t already done so please reply to your Teamer message ASAP!
Gala squad swimmers aged 9-14 might be interested in entering the Templemore Minor Gala on Sunday February 17th in Lisburn. More information can be found at:
Templemore Minor Gala – Session 1
Templemore Minor Gala – Session 2
All entries must be submitted on the form below by 5pm on Thursday January 31st and fees paid at the desk on Friday 1st February.
Gala Entry Form
GALA SQUAD SWIMMERS: UPCOMING ENTRY DEADLINES FOR THE NEWRY OPEN, DEVELOPMENT MEET & BANGOR OPEN WINTER FESTIVAL
There are a number of upcoming Open and Swim Ulster Meets during January Gala Squad swimmers may be interested in entering. They are different entry dates so please adhere to these deadlines and ensure you note which meet you are entering on the entry forms (particularly if you are entering multiple meets).
Late entries will unfortunately not be accepted and refunds are not possible if you enter and then decide not to attend.
Newry Open Meet
The Newry Open Meet takes place on Sunday January 6th in Newry Leisure Centre. This gala is open to swimmers aged 9 and over.
More information can be found at:
NEWRY OPEN MEET INFORMATION
GALA ENTRY FORM
Entries for this meet should be made on the gala entry form below by 8pm on Friday December 21st 2018.
Swim Ulster Development Meet 2
The Swim Ulster Development Meet takes place on Sunday 13th January in Armagh.
More information and entry form can be found at:
SWIM ULSTER DEVELOPMENT MEET INFORMATION & ENTRY FORM
Entries for this meet should be made by 8pm on Monday 1st January 2019.
Bangor Centenary Open Winter Festival (Consideration Times Required)
The Bangor Centenary Open Winter Festival takes place in Bangor on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January 2019. This meet does have long course consideration times for entry. If you are unsure if you meet these times please submit your entry by the deadline. We will check and let you know.
More information can be found at:
BANGOR CENTENARY OPEN WINTER FESTIVAL MEET INFORMATION
GALA ENTRY FORM
Entries for this meet should be made on the gala entry form below by 8pm on Monday January 1st 2019.
The Lecale coaches have all been working hard to establish the new training programme for the new pool. As a result you may find that your swimmers times will have changed.
Please come along to the Down Art Centre tomorrow night (Friday 16th) at any time between 7 and 8pm to get your swimmers new training times.
Committee members and coaches will be happy to answer all your questions. The new sessions have been carefully worked out to combine skills, technique and performance opportunities at all levels. Therefore we ask that you do not ask to change your swimmers times.
As with any new, large project there will be a period of flux. The committee and coaches are working hard to accommodate everyone.
Gala squad swimmers aged 9 – 13 might be interested in entering the Ards Junior Open Xmas Meet on Sunday December 2nd in Newtownards. More information can be found at:
ARDS JUNIOR OPEN XMAS MEET – INFORMATION
If you would like to enter this meet please use the link to the gala entry form below:
GALA ENTRY FORM
All entries must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday November 13th 2018 – late entries will unfortunately not be accepted. Payment must be made at the desk on the first Friday night training resumes in the new pool. Please note refunds are not possible if you enter and then decide not to attend.
Last weekend seen 6 Lecale swimmers attend the first of this season’s 3 day Qualifying Meets. Aidan, Adam C, Adam M, Christopher, Philip and Rebecca all had some great swims! All swimmers went home with great PB’s and we seen a few medals as well. On Saturday Rebecca swam 4 events and got super PB’s in every one. Lecale took first and second in the 50m back with Adam C getting gold and Christopher taking silver…with some new PB’s along the way. Adam C finished the day off with a super bronze in the 50m breast. On the Sunday Christopher was back along with Aidan, Adam M and Philip. Adam M and Christopher went home with 2 new PB’s whilst Philip swam 3 events and 3 new times. Aidan was busiest, swimming 5 events, taking home 5 PB’s and a fabulous silver medal in the 50m free. Well done to all these swimmers.
Well done to all our swimmers in our last ever PTL gala against Portadown in the current pool. There were great swims all round and congratulations to Portadown who secured a strong victory in the end. Every swimmer on the PTL squad should be extremely proud of how well you all swam. Special mention must go to the D boys – swimming in the last race of the gala and the last competitive race in the pool they secured a victory.
In most events we had the opportunity to swim additional exhibition swims. These are marked with an X on the results file. These swims are invaluable in groups where we have a large number of swimmers, giving additional gala swimmers the opportunity to obtain new PB’s. These are formally recorded and are used in the selection process for future galas.
Many thanks to Portadown for a very friendly gala and we wish them the best for the rest of the season. As usual we appreciate all the help from staff at the Down LC and the many parents who helped both poolside and setting up food for our hungry swimmers after the gala.
Looking forward our next PTL Gala against Swilly Seals takes place in Letterkenny on Saturday November 3rd. A teamer message will go out closer to the time - don't forget to respond!
Saturday seen 7 Lecale swimmers travel to Omagh for the first Development Meet of the season and it did not disappoint with the club taking home a total of 12 medals. Aidan, Christopher, Cormac, Daniel, Joseph, Matilda and Orla all swam brilliantly with each and every swimmer taking home PB’s which is fabulous so early in the season. Matilda and Orla are new to these meets, not that you could tell with the great swims they had. Matilda had 2 massive PB’s taking 8 and 6 seconds off her 100m free and 100m breast entry times, and a top 10 finish in the breaststroke. Orla took a massive 10 seconds off her 100m back entry time and a fabulous bronze medal in the 50m fly, a fabulous achievement for her first meet.
The boys are more experienced at these meets with each attending last season. Daniel took huge chunks of time in each of his 3 events (100m free, back and breast), narrowly missing out on a medal position with two 4th place finishes. Cormac went home with a silver and 2 bronze medals and 2 new PBs in his 3 events (100m back, breast and 50m fly). Joseph had 2 great swims with a PB and bronze medal in the 200m IM and picking up a second bronze medal in the 100m free.
Aidan and Christopher were in exceptional form, not only picking up medals but also achieving the qualifying standards required to attend the upcoming Swim Ulster Qualifying Meet. Aidan swam 3 events with 3 big PB’s taking home 3 gold medals. Christopher too swam 3 events also with 3 big PBs and went home with 2 gold medals and a bronze medal. Well done to all our swimmers and good luck to Christopher and Aidan who will be joining Adam C, Adam M, Philip and Rebecca in the Qualifying Meet in 2 weeks’ time.
A team of 53 Lecale Swimmers made the long journey to Coleraine last Saturday with their parents, coaches and other supporters to swim in their first Provincial Town’s League (PTL) gala of the 2018-19 season.
Coleraine ASC were Division 1 swimmers last season so we knew it would be a challenge!
A very warm welcome into the PTL squad to our youngest “A” swimmers who performed so well for their first gala: Jack, Conor, Aoibheann, Daisy and Paddy. Lecale Swimmers secured a massive 76 new individual personal bests on the night – a tremendous effort from the whole squad! Coaches and parents were very proud of all our swimmers who just missed out on victory.
Final result: Coleraine 584 pts Lecale 560 pts
We look forward to welcoming Portadown ASC to our first home gala of the season on Saturday 6th October.
Swimmers will be able to order Lecale t-shirts and/or half-zips on Friday September 28th. This is to ensure delivery before Christmas and will be the ONLY opportunity this season to purchase club gear. Order forms and prices can be found at the below link (please note polo shirts are not available for swimmers, only committee and parent helpers).
On this night sample sizes will be available to try. Don’t miss out!!
Lecale Club Kit – Order Form
The annual Swim Ulster Schools Cup & Championships will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October in the Aurora Bangor. Last year many Lecale swimmers took part representing their schools at this event. Swimmers do not have to be on the Gala Squad to compete. All the meet information is on the Swim Ulster website and at the link below. Entry is through your school so make sure you speak to your PE teacher/Principal if you’d like to enter.
Meet Information & Entry Forms – Schools Cup & Championships
Gala squad swimmers – with our first PTL next week please find all the information for this year’s PTL season at the below link. Remember to reply promptly to your Teamer messages to ensure you are included on the team. Teamer is no longer sending text messages so please download the Teamer App from your App Store to ensure you don’t miss any invites.
PTL Galas for the 2018-2019 Season
Gala squad swimmers aged 10 and older may be interested in entering the Swim Ulster Development Meets. There have been a number of changes this season to the meets, including entry criteria required for swimmers aged 10. There is more information available at the following link:
The first meet is in Omagh on September 29th and entries must be made using the gala entry form at the above link by Monday September 17th (8pm). Please ensure entries are made on time as late entries will unfortunately not be accepted.
Hope everyone had a nice summer and is getting geared up for the new season, all the more exciting as we will be soon moving to the new pool!! Please take note of these dates for your diaries:
REGISTRATION: Friday 31st August between 6 – 8 pm in Downpatrick Leisure Centre (there will be no swimming this night).
Please find links to registration forms. Both forms are the same but there is a word document if you wish to fill it out on the computer and print it off. Please where possible bring completed forms to registration. It will make the process much quicker so you can go home to take advantage of your last swim free Friday night!
Registration Form – Word Document
Registration Form - PDF
FRIDAY NIGHT SWIMMING: Resumes on Friday 7th September (please come this nigh at your time for last season). If your time is changing you will be informed at registration and this will commence on Friday 14th September.
TRIALS FOR NEW MEMBERS: Sunday 9th September at 1pm in Downpatrick Leisure Centre. We take swimmers from age 6. This year we do have gaps in boys born in 2010, particularly if they are competent swimmers. Until we know what swimmers are returning we are still unsure of where any other gaps will be. However for swimmers in all age groups please come along. For more details on the trials please see the following link:
Tonight seen the finale of another great season for Lecale and the last in the current leisure centre with our annual AGM and Prize-night. It was great to see so many swimmers and their families attend tonight's event. Many thanks to Ruth McQuillan from Swim Ulster for coming along to speak to everyone and give out our many prizes.
Further details can be seen at:
Some of our swimmers will continue to compete throughout the summer in the Irish Age Group Division 1 and Division 2. Well done to Adam C and Chloe who have qualified for Division 1 and Christopher, Olivia, Rebecca, Joe and Philip who have all qualified for Division 2.
We hope all our swimmers and their families have a great summer and we look forward to welcoming back for the new season in the new pool. Further details will be confirmed closer to the time.
This Friday (tomorrow) all swimmers and guests are invited to the Lecale ASC prize-giving and AGM at the Leisure Centre.
103 individual swimmers are eligible for medals so arrive early to grab your seat! Start time 7pm.
Medals will be awarded, by a Swim Ulster representative, for participation, bronze, silver and gold for each stroke (both gala and development swimmers) and PTL and Aquasprint gala swimmers.
Please wear Lecale tops/black/white tops for photos. NO OTHER CLUB/SPORTS TOPS PLEASE.
AGM matters will be brief and refreshments will be available. Please click on the link for the Club’s Annual Report.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Sunday training is cancelled today (June 17th). Next Sunday (24th) will be the last session of the season.
Good luck to the 9 swimmers swimming today in Newry competing in the Newry Swim Festival. Have fun!!
Hope everyone is getting excited about this years Club Championships which begin this Friday!!
Day 1 – June 15th
7:00 – 7:45* Swimmers born 2009 and younger will swim 25m backstroke and 25m breaststroke.
7:45 – 9:45* Swimmers born 2008 and older will swim 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle (depending on time the 100m freestyle may be restricted to gala squad swimmers only).
For full details see the following link:
On Friday our Aqua Sprint squad competed in the Forest Feast Aqua Sprint Division 3 B final against Larne ASC. Once again our simmers swam their hearts out with many races leaving the touch judges in turmoil. A special mention must go to the boys this time – some fabulous PBs across all age groups. Unfortunately we were piped to the post obtaining silver medal position. All Aqua sprint squad members will be issued with their medals at the AGM on 29th June.
Final Score: Larne: 229: Lecale 179 - the exact score from the last time we met!!
This does mean that next year will be swimming in division 4 but retrospectively this will be a more comfortable for our fabulous swimmers.
The gala results can be found on this link:
A huge thank again to all the volunteers, and the ever-supportive parents, as without you none of this would be possible.
THANK YOU once again to all at Forest Feast for sponsoring the league , supplying ‘Olympic standard’ medals, T-Shirts, Banners and creating a great buzz around the Aquasprint League throughout the season.
Good luck to all swimmers at the club championships over the next few weeks. Swim your best as we will use these results to choose the team for next years squad