Unfortunately we have no training sessions on Friday 31st October as the leisure centre is closed. Normal training resumes on 7th November.
Enjoy your mid-term break!
Daniel, Aaron, Amy, Daniel, Megan and Conor qualified for the Swim Ulster Autumn meet this weekend and compete across twenty events. Ten medals - three golds, two silver, five bronze and great PBs all round so far!
Click here for Irish Division 2 and Division 1 standards 2014 (may change for 2015)
Click here for Ulster Age Group Championships 2014 standards (may change for 2015)
Between now and Friday 7th November we will be taking orders for Lecale hoodies or jackets and final t-shirt orders. We have a few styles of hoody/jacket available - all black with white embroidered logo on left chest. For an additional charge you have the option to have initials/name embroidered on the right chest or upper sleeve.
Please place your order at training on Friday night or via the forms on the website. All orders must be paid for before 7th November.
Click here to order t-shirts.
Click here to order a hoody or jacket.
From Ruth at Swim Ulster:
Sometimes our club members get stressed. They have to cope with school, exams, adolescence, training.........
Learn how you can help them to deal with the pressures they face
Wed 15th October 7.00 - 9.00 pm
Grove LC Belfast
Swim Ulster is committed to supporting clubs, children's officers, coaches, leaders and parents.
In order to continue to support you, we need you to attend the workshops!!
Unfortunately we cannot run workshops if there aren't enough people registered. Please email Ruth by latest Mon 10.00 am to register for this so that we can gauge if its viable to run it.
Lecale swimmers represented their schools on Friday and Saturday at the Ulster Minor Schools Championships in Ballymena over the weekend. They joined hundreds of swimmers from all over the province and swam their socks off by all accounts! We're awaiting official results and times but there were lots of PBs and medals. Adam won silver and bronze, Jack two bronze and Daniel won two silver medals in 50m freestyle and 100m IM. Cara received a certificate for coming 4th in 50m breaststroke and Kate made the finals in 50m breaststroke.
Although the swimmers were at the meet in their various school groups, parents commended the Lecale team spirit which brought the swimmers together to cheer each other on and help make the day especially enjoyable and memorable.
Last weekend Lecale senior, Richard, also took part in the UK-wide Cadets (AFC) swimming championships. Richard finished 1st in backstroke, 4th in butterfly and 6th in IM.
Please send any photos you have of the Ulsters to have them included on our website.
What a day Lecale swimmers had in Larne! Eleven medals - six gold, three silver and two bronze!
Amy, Cara, Lauren, Kate and Joseph who took part in the morning session of the Swim Ulster Development Meet. Some great results and PBs were achieved. Kate brought home gold in 200m breaststroke in a time of 3:36.19, just 1.5seconds off the Irish Division 2 qualifying time. Joseph earned two golds in the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke and silver in 200m backstroke, great times in all events.
Lecale swimmers added to the medal tally in the afternoon. Isla won two golds in the 200m IM and 100m freestyle, achieving Swim Ulster open meet qualifying times in the process and finished just outside the Irish Division 2 100 freestyle time. Great PBs from Jamie and Diarmuid meant that, respectively, they took gold and silver in the 400m freestyle and silver and bronze in 100m breaststroke. Cara had a great meet in the morning and then finished off her day by winning bronze in the 100m freestyle with a PB time of 1:32.90. Laura achieved a great PB of 3:17.27 in her 200m IM and moved up to finish in 5th place.
Results are listed on the Meet Mobile app (search for Swim Ulster Development Gala 1).
Looking very smart in new team shirts, the Lecale team received a warm welcome from Ballymoney for their first meet of the season. It proved to be an exciting meet with lots of tight finishes and a great atmosphere. Lecale's A and D squads were strong throughout and the C groups from both teams were perfectly matched, scoring an equal number of points. Lecale's B group faced tough competition from Ballymoney's Bs who were strong in all strokes.
Lecale welcomed PTL newcomers Katie, Bebhoinn, Anne-Marie, Niamh, Rebekah, Alicia, Adam, Noah, Tom, Daniel, Connor and Niall on to their PTL team this season and we look forward to seeing these swimmers progress in the coming year. Huge congratulations to everyone who matched or bettered their PBs - very impressive PBs from Adam C, Adam M, Ciaran, Amy, Philippa, Kate, Orla, Lauren, and Isla.
Click here for full results and PBs.
Many thanks to all the volunteer officials from both teams who helped the meet run smoothly and best wishes to Ballymoney for the remainder of the season.
Our next PTL is at home against Armagh on Saturday 25th October, 4.30pm warm-up.
Lecale has always had many willing volunteers and it's no surprise that, so far, everyone has fulfilled their parent supervision responsibilities without fail. I think all would agree that it is by no means a challenging task and we hope that the remainder of the season will continue without a hitch.
Remember, if you are unable to supervise on your rostered date you need to swap or ask a favour from another parent.
The roster has been revised to include the parents of new members and some dates have changed. Click link below for details. I hope this doesn't cause too much inconvenience.
Thanks again for all your help and co-operation.
PARENT SUPERVISION ROSTER
Lecale uses free Teamer email and text messages to notify swimmers* of open meets, club events or unexpected pool closures. It is important that we have your correct mobile phone number and email address so please keep us up to date with any changes.
For Teamer to be effective you need to REPLY to messages. Prompt replies makes meet prep much easier and makes for a happy gala secretary : )
You can reply for FREE by
Or you can text a reply - Y (yes - accept) or N (no - decline) - to your Teamer text message but there will be a charge for this option.
*Swimmers under the age of 18 are contacted using their parents' contact information.
Firstly a fond farewell to those Lecale members who have moved on from Lecale. We wish you the very best in your sports and studies, whenever your path leads you next. You're always welcome to come back to our AGM to keep in touch with the club.
Next, a VERY warm welcome to all the new members who joined Lecale on Friday night past. We hope you have many happy years of training with Lecale. We know that new members bring along a whole raft of new parent volunteers so, don't be shy, go ahead and take the plunge with your kids and master a stopwatch when the opportunity arises!
Swim Ireland’s Ulster Performance Centre will host an open session on Saturday 20th September 2014 (3.30-6.00pm) to launch the 2014- 2015 Development Squad Programme. The programme will initially offer a session on Saturday afternoon 3.30-6.00pm at the Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre and swimmers may be invited to attend additional weekly sessions.
The programme will run from 20th September to 11th July however several Saturday sessions may be cancelled due to events taking place in Bangor Aurora. CLICK LINK BELOW FOR FULL INFORMATION.
Clink the above link to visit our new Development Meet page where you'll find all information on dates, venues, events and deadlines. Speak to your coach if you're interested in entering an event and email your entries to Oonagh before the deadline.
Please add the dates that apply to you to your diary. Aquasprint dates will be added later in September.
If you want a break from the sun, the BBC has excellent coverage of all the swimming heats, semis and finals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Watch out for Northern Irish swimmers Sycerika McMahon (Leander/Texas A&M), Rachel Bethel (Lisburn), Gemma Kane (Bangor), David Thompson (Invictus/Loughborough University), Curtis Coulter (Ards), Danielle Hill (Larne), Conor Munn (Ards), Jordan Sloan and Bethany Firth (Ards).
Past Lecale member Emma Sharkey is in the triathlon this morning. Sycerika McMahon, Jordan Sloan and the NI Womens 4 x 100m freestyle team relay have all made semis/finals this evening.
Lecale swimmer Daniel Molloy joined over nine hundred swimmers from all over Ireland for the Irish Age Group Championships. The top tier of Irish swimming talent, including Commonwealth swimmers Bethany Carson, Danielle Hill, Curtis Coulter and Irish Olympian Barry Murphy, were also joined by swimmers from all over the UK, Germany, Abu Dabai and South Africa.
With today's finals still to to come, Ulster swimmers have had considerable success so far. Ards, Lisburn, Bangor, Banbridge, Lurgan, Larne and Olympia have won six gold, seven silver and seven bronze individual medals and at least four relay team medals in total. A just reward for swimmers who have committed to an average weekly training time of between twelve and twenty hours. Most notable of the results came from 14 year old Conor Ferguson from Larne. Conor's 57.96 100m backstroke time broke the Ulster record of 59.68, set by Curtis Coulter in 2012, aged seventeen, and leaves Conor just a stroke away from the Irish U19 record of 56.62.
Daniel took 24 seconds off his 400m freestyle yesterday finishing in 5:17.14 and today finished just 0.78S outside his 200m backstroke PB in a time of 2:39.09. It was a great experience to be part of a meet of this standard and hopefully there'll be more Lecale qualifiers next year, however Lecale swimmers would require a huge increase in the amount of pool time they have to have a realistic chance of being a serious competitors.
From RTE weather websiteIrish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water.
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.
Day 1 - Ulster winners
U12 - Silver to Caoimhe Quinn & Bronze to Leah Bethel, both from Lisburn
16-17 Silver to Mary-Kate McDowell, Ards
14-15 Gold to James Edgar, Lisburn
Silver to Jack McMillan & Bronze to Christopher McCaughey, both Bangor.
16-17 Gold to Morgan Berryman, City of Belfast
Keep up-to-date with all the action by following results on the Meet Mobile app or go to www.swimireland.ie/live_swim_times/
Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster are pleased to announce the Summer Age Group Skills Camp at Bangor Aurora Aquatics & Leisure Centre from 18th to 22nd August 2014.
The camp is open to competitive female swimmers born 2003-2005 and male swimmers born 2002-2004. The camp will focus on all four strokes including starts and turns with a series of drills and skills being taught to the swimmers over the five days.