Great swims all round in Lurgan on Saturday night! A great win in our fourth PTL of the season - Lecale 581, Lurgan 550. Well done to everyone and thank you to all the parents from both clubs who helped throughout the meet. Results can be viewed her.
Lecale v Ballymena at Down LC
4.30pm, Saturday 16th January 2016 has been postponed. We will let you know the revised date as soon as it's confirmed.
Happy New Year
All training sessions are back to normal this week.
Here's to a fun and fruitful 2016!
DOWN LEISURE CENTRE CAR PARK IS CLOSED TODAY DUE TO FLOODING - POOL IS OPEN.
Normal training Mon 21st Dec and Tues 22nd Dec.
Come all ye dedicated!
Great swims all round tonight in a very exciting meet against Templemore. Thank you to everyone who helped on poolside and with teas. Best wishes to Templemore in their remaining meets of the season, looks like they'll have a short sit in Division 2!
Click here for results.
There is NO training Tuesday 8th December.
Well done to Daniel and Amy who achieved their 100 hours certificates and Aislinn who achieved her 50 hour certificate through the Millennium Volunteers programme. Along with Megan, Diarmuid, Jamie, Conor, Ellen, Laura and Emma, our poolside volunteers are doing an excellent job in contributing to club progress. Daniel, Diarmuid, Jamie, Amy, Ellen, Laura and Emma have all successfully completed the Swim Ireland Teaching Aquatics (Level 1) course in September this year.
Congratulations to Lecale swimmers Cara, Amy, Bebhionn, Rebekah, Rebecca, Laura, Niamh, Emer, Aidan, Philip, Daniel, Diarmuid and Jamie who took part in the Swim Ulster Development Meet in Newry in November. Swimming in 100m, 200m and 400m events the swimmers achieved excellent PBs and Ulster qualifying times. Overcoming some first-time nerves, Keira, Rebekah, Amy and Bebhionn swam brilliantly set good times. Rebecca, Aidan, Philip, Nimah and Emer all made big improvements in their PBs, Cara, Jamie and Diarmuid achieved QT and Diarmuid, Jamie, Laura and Cara won medals. Well done to all!
Full results here.
Lecale welcomed a very strong Swilly Seals team to Downpatrick last night for their second Division 2 meet of the new season. Swilly Seals have had wins in their past twelve PTLs, including against Lecale in February this year, but Lecale proved to be tough competition for their 13th meet.
The friendly atmosphere on poolside masked the determination of the swimmers as each team gave their all. A double DQ in the U15 boys medley relay event gave Lecale the edge in the relay results.
Adam C, Cara, Amy B, Daniel Mul, Chloe, Aaron and Conor all had multiple first place finishes and were well supported by Caitriona, Jack Tin, Adam M, Jack Teg and Fiontan with close second place finishes.
Olivia secured the biggest PB of the meet with a whopping 36secs off her 50m breaststroke time. Swimming for Lecale at their first PTL were Anna U, Jessica, Olivia, Amy K, James and Ronan, all of whom swam brilliantly and show great promise.
Unfortunately this meet proved to be and unlucky 13th for the Seals as Lecale secured victory with 572 points to Swilly Seals 548 points. We wish Swilly Seals well in the remainder of the season and hope they had a safe run home to Letterkenny last night. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS.
A huge thank you to all the parents from both teams who were involved in organising, timekeeping, recording, marshalling, serving teas, etc. couldn't have done it without you!
Looking ahead, our next events are:
Saturday 12th December
PTL Lecale v Templemore SC in Downpatrick, 4.30pm warm-up
Friday 18th December -
Lecale Junior Christmas Sprints - 25m events for all swimmers born in 2004 and younger.
Mixed Relay Team events for all swimmers born in 2003 and older.
Friday 18th-Sunday 20th December
Swim Ulster Winter Meet in Lisburn Leisureplex (qualifying times apply)
The Swim Ulster winter Qualifying gala is on 18th-20th Dec. in Lisburn.
Qualifying times are needed for this gala and swimmers who have qualified will be sent a Teamer message.
The deadline for entries is Fri 27th Nov. All entries must be submitted by this date.
View gala details & submit your entries on the form here
Can everyone please use this form to make it easier and avoid mistakes.
If you’ve any questions speak to Mark who is on poolside Monday and Friday evenings.
We are entering a limited number of relays for the War Memorial gala, to be held in Bangor on Saturday 7th Nov. Warm up is from 5.30pm.
Swimmers who have been selected for this event will be sent an invitation from Teamer. Please reply to this as soon as possible.
Details of the gala are on the Swim Ulster website.
The final line-up for the relays is below.
Well down to Ruby and the Methody junior girls team on winning the Firth Cup on Saturday at the Schools Championships! The cup was presented by Bethany Firth, gold medal winning para-Olympian swimmer from Seaforde. Ruby also achieved qualifying times for the Irish Schools Championships which take place in February.
Huge congratulations to the Down High team who won the Bree Senior Boys Cup at the Swim Ulster Schools Championships in Bangor yesterday! All four senior boys - Jamie, Daniel, Richard and Nicholas - are Lecale swimmers and represented both their club and school admirably. The Cup was presented by Ards Olympian Andrew Bree, pictured with the boys.
Well done to all the Lecale swimmers who took part in the schools championship over the weekend. There were lots of PBs, Ulster and Irish qualifying times and medals too. Full results will be available soon. Thank you to Swim Ulster for a fantastic meet - well-organised and professional from beginning to end!
Good luck to the relay teams we've selected to represent the club at the War Memorial Meet in Bangor on 7th November and to Daniel, Daniel and Chloe who will take part in the Ulster Championships on 13th-15th November. The next PTL is on 21st November at home against Swilly Seals.
Our younger (Years 6-8) swimmers were out in force representing their schools at the first Swim Ulster Schools' Championships at the Aurora in Bangor. Swimming their socks off in a fun and well organised event, they notched up some great times and fantastic new PBs and we're really proud of them.
Particular mentions to Adam, representing St Macartan's PS, who made the finals in both 50 back and 100 IM. He picked up a silver in backstroke and a bronze in the IM. Also on the podium was Jack (Academy PS) who made the 50 fly and free finals and claimed a bronze medal in the freestyle. Meanwhile, big sister Ruby swam two fantastic anchor legs in the medley and freestyle relays, taking her Methody team to gold and silver.
Other finalists included Amy (back and fly), Cara (free and IM), Rebecca (Back), Niamh (free), Ben (free), Tom (breast) and Sarah (back). Mark just missed out on finals in both back and IM but picked up some great PBs. There were also impressive PBs for Caitriona, Rebekah, Olivia and Daniel and great individual swims by Eve and Ruby. Rebecca, Mark, Adam, Cara, Ruby and Jack have all qualified for the Irish minor championships in February.
Tomorrow it's time for our older swimmers to show what they can do in the water. In the meantime, thanks to Swim Ulster for a great Day 1.
Best of luck to all club swimmers who are representing their schools this weekend at the Swim Ulster Schools' Championships in Bangor. Hope you all have a great weekend of swimming.
We're making some changes to the times for Tuesday swimming. These take effect from this Tuesday, 20 October.
We have been able to secure an extra slot from 7-8pm on a Tuesday and are grateful to Down Leisure Centre for accommodating this and to Eamonn for giving up more of his evening to coach both sessions.
If you are a Tuesday night (C and D age group) swimmer, please check your email account for details of the slot to which you have been allocated. The groupings reflect swimmers' times within their respective age groups and have been designed to ensure that everyone is allocated to a session that can be both challenging and enjoyable.