Click here for information on the Swim Ulster Skills Camp - open to gala squad swimmers born in 2005-2003 only.
Eamonn has put together a few sets for swimmers can work through over the holidays. Try to get down to the pool and keep up your swim fitness over the summer. See you in September!
Click the photo for news, photos and videos from the IAG Div 2 Championships.
Click here to check out all the photos and results from the Championships - well done to all who took part!
Saturday 20th June saw the sun shining (most of the time) for Lecale’s first fun day. Twenty-four swimmers, in four teams, swapped their jammers and kneeskins for some wetsuits and buoyancy aids as they took part in a raft building competition and then set sail on the chilly waters of Castlewellan Lake.
It was a fun day out with plenty of great teambuilding. The rafts all stayed afloat and intact and returned safely to shore. The teams then returned to the water for a bit of very impressive synchronised swimming!
Thanks to Life Adventure Centre for their warm welcome and for looking after us so well.
Well done to Amy and Laura on achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards and to Ellen on achieving her Bronze Award. All your hours on poolside are paying off - keep up the great work!
We are organising a fun team building day out for our older swimmers. Details are below:
· Where? Life Adventure Centre in Castlewellan Forest Park
· When? Saturday 20th June from 1pm
· Who? From P6 swimmers upwards. See below for criteria to be used if demand exceeds spaces available.
· What? A selection of 2-3 activities including raft building, canoeing, archery, orienteering, etc.
· Cost? £25 per head.
· Reply by? If you want a space, please respond to registration desk by Friday 5th June 2015
· Transport? It will be for families to arrange transport to and from Castlewellan Forest Park.
· Supervision? Children will be supervised during the activities by club leaders and activity instructors and in line with Swim Ireland requirements
For the organised activities, if demand exceeds supply, priority will be given first to those who respond by the above date. If we are still oversubscribed, swimmers in Eamonn's 9pm Friday session will be given priority.
We hope that our Forest Feast Aquasprinters are preparing for the finals in Armagh this Friday. Make sure you've left lots of energy to swim your best on Friday evening!
As it's a three-club final between ourselves, Breifne and Portadown, the Lecale team will be restricted to 2 lanes and hence our numbers will be limited. If you're not selected to swim on Friday please do come along with your whole family to support your team mates by cheering as loud as you can!
Click here to find Orchard LC in Armagh
This year our Championship Gala will take place on Friday 29th May and Friday 12th June. All swimmers have trained well this year and made excellent progress. There will be a lot of competition within the groups for the champions' trophies.
All club swimmers are invited to take part in this event. Please respond to your Teamer invite or email to confirm your attendance/absence from the championships. This helps with the smooth running of the event.
There is an award for all main pool swimmers who complete four events and for all Aislinn and Philip's swimmer's who complete three events.
All swimmers should come to the pool for 7.00pm. Swimmers born in 2006 and younger will compete from 7pm. Swimmers born in 2005 and older will compete from approximately 7.45/8.00pm.
LOTS of parents will be needed to timekeep on both nights. Email to volunteer.
7pm, Friday 29th May
25m backstroke (2006 & younger)
25m breaststroke (2006 & younger)
50m backstroke (2005 & older)
50m breaststroke (2005 & older)
100m freestyle (Swimmers born in 2003 and older and '04/'05 gala squad)
7pm, Friday 12th June
25m fly (2006 & younger)
25m free (2006 @ younger)
50m fly (2005 & older)
50m freestyle (2005 & older)
100m IM (Swimmers born in 2003 and older and '04/'05 gala squad)
Learner pool swimmers will swim first, followed by 2006 and younger and so on up through the groups. Swimmers will compete within two year age bands as per PTL groups: 2006 and younger, 2005-2004, 2003-2002, 2001-2000, 1999 and older.
Senior swimmers who have a lifesaving qualification will be needed to escort the training pool swimmers. Please report to Annabel at 6.50pm each night.
All swimmers will swim according to the meet programme. Only times recorded on the night, by swimmers swimming in the correct order, will be eligible for medal consideration. Groups may be merged on occasion to facilitate the running of the meet. This is at the discretion of the meet organisers.
All B, C and D gala swimmers should be aware that correct stroke technique, touches and turns are essential to avoid disqualification.
All swimmers must stay on poolside for the duration of the meet. Any swimmer who is not on poolside when called will miss their opportunity to compete.
Every effort is made to ensure this is a competitive but fun event for our swimmers, from the youngest to the oldest. Participation by all members is encouraged and we ask all swimmers to become familiar with their Personal Best (PB) times and swim against themselves first and foremost.
Lecale had another great meet against Portadown SC last night. Great atmosphere, super swims and happy kids all-round.
Many thanks to Portadown for a fun and sporting competition. We look forward now to the finals in Armagh on FRIDAY 5TH JUNE - keep up the good work, Lecale!
Click here for full results.
Lecale had a smashing meet against Newry SC last Saturday night. Swimming in Newry's lovely new eight-lane pool (with a fabulous, tiered viewing gallery) the Lecale team shone from start to finish. Full results are available here.
With three wins under our belts it's all systems go now for our final meet against Portadown SC on 23rd May before the finals on FRIDAY 5th June (venue tba)!
Cara, Emma and Amy were selected to represent the South of Ulster squad at Saturday night's PTL Finals in Ballymena. This was an exciting meet - North versus South - with some of the very best PTL swimmers in action. Competing in two events each, the Lecale trio had a great performance and picked up three medals: a silver for Emma in fly and bronzes each for Cara and Amy in freestyle. Well done girls!
Great results for Leclae against Ballymoney SC last Saturday night. Well done to all swimmers for both clubs. Click here of results.
Lecale had a record 14 swimmers participating in this year's Antrim Championships, swum over two days in two separate venues, Lisburn and Larne. Congratulations to all swimmers for their hard work and strong performances over both days - you really did yourselves proud.
Amy B notched up two big PBs in 100 back and 100 free and was rewarded for her efforts with two medals, silver (back) and bronze (free). Daniel Mulholland was also on the podium with a bronze in 400 free in a fantastic Irish Age Group Division 1 time of 5.12.12. Meanwhile, in the last event of the weekend, Daniel Molloy pocketed a well earned bronze in the 200 back.
Other impressive PBs were secured by Cara (200 IM), Laura (100 and 200 breast), Jamie (100 free and 100 back), Aaron (50 free) and Megan (200 free). Tom, Aidan and Philip all had great swims too.
Isla put in a particularly impressive performance, with big PB improvements in 200 free, 100 and 200 breast and 200 IM. She also secured Division 2 times in 100 breast and 200 IM and is less than half a second off a Div 2 time in 200 breast. Amy G also achieved a Div 2 time thanks to a 7 second improvement in her 200 free and, with a further PB in 100 free, is just 0.12 of a second outside the qualification time for that event. Meanwhile, Chloe further improved her existing Div 2 time in 400 free while Daniel Molloy likewise improved his existing Div 2 time in 200 back. Both Daniel and Chloe also swam great 200 IM events, both finishing just outside their PBs.
So an exhausting but exciting weekend - and it looks as if we will have our strongest ever showing at this year's Irish Age Group Division 2 championships in Limerick at the end of June. Click here for updated information on all Lecale qualifiers. The swimmers would like to say a huge thank you to their coaches and teachers for their support and encouragement throughout the year.
Lecale had an excellent showing at the Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships in Bangor Aurora over the weekend of 27th-29th March. Last year three Lecale swimmers had achieved the qualifying standards but this year we had eight swimmers eligible in numerous events - Chloe, Megan, Adam Daniel, Aaron, Jamie, Daniel and Conor.
Our youngest swimmer Adam Colgan finished an excellent 'first reserve' for the 100 backstroke finals with a time of 1:28.12L, confirming his Irish Division 2 time. Megan had a great swim in her 200m breaststroke event in which she made the finals and further improved her Div 2 time, finishing in 8th place overall. Chloe took another 3.39secs off her 400 freestyle time but was a little outside her PB in 100 back and 200 IM. Day 3 saw Chloe tackle the 400 IM (a nemesis for nearly all swimmers!) and set an impressive time of 6:24.68L. In all Chloe achieved four Div 2 times.
Aaron had mixed fortunes; a minor infringement meant disqualification in the 200 IM but he made up for this when he achieved an Irish Division 1 time in his 100m free. Jamie and Daniel were a little outside their best in the 100 fly and 200 back respectively, however Daniel was back on form of the 100 back, just 2secs off the Irish Division 1 standard.
Daniel Mulholland was on top form; along with achieving Div 2 times in 100 back and breast and 400 IM Daniel scooped three golds in the 100, 200 and 1500 freestyle events and silver in the 400 freestyle. Daniel adds these Ulster titles to his Ulster 800m freestyle record, set earlier in the year. Daniel has also achieved two Division 1 times in his 200 and 1500 freestyle, which qualifies him for the Irish Age Group Championships in the NAC this summer.
In all a long weekend but an excellent meet for Lecale; lots of good times, excellent technique and lessons learned from competing against Ulster's best. Well done to all swimmers and thank you to the parents who helped with timekeeping. Photo to follow.
Lecale results here.
On Sunday 22nd March seniors swimmers, Amy and Daniel, took part in the Leinster LC Open Championships in the NAC in Dublin. Results to follow.
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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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.
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.