Sunday, February 06, 2005

Irish Senior Schools' Championships

Following excellent swims in the Ulster Secondary Schools' Championships, a number of Larne swimmers qualified for and travelled to Limerick to compete for their respective schools in the Irish Senior Schools' Championships on Saturday 5th February 2005.

Kate Gordon and Laura Wylie, Belfast Royal Academy represented their school when they travelled as part of the team to compete in the relays.

Caroline Gordon, Belfast Royal Academy, qualified to compete in the 100m Intermediate Breast Stroke. She reached the final and although not a PB, swam an excellent race in a time of 1.17.91.

Niamh Gilmore, St Dominics, swam in the Senior 100m Breast Stroke. She was successful in reaching the final also, swimming a time of 1.21.69.

Laura Heaton, Ballyclare High School, qualified to swim in both the Junior 100m Fly and 100m Freestyle. She had two excellent swims with times of 1.17.25 (Fly) and 1.05.55 (Free) and although her times were not PBs she was successful in making the final in the Fly in which she swam another exciting race.

Gavin Williamson, Ballyclare High School, qualified to swim in both the Intermediate 100m Breast Stroke and 100m Freestyle. He had two excellent swims in which he recorded times of 1.18.73 (Breast) and 1.00.23 (Freestyle) and achieved two PBs.

Wilson Logan, Ballyclare High School, swam in the Intermediate 100m Freestyle and the Open Age Group 400m Freestyle. He too had two excellent swims recording times of 55.37 in the 100m Free and 4.13.73 in the 400m Free. Both times were PBs and he took 2nd place overall in very tough competition in the 400m Free.

Conor Leaney, Ballyclare Secondary School was Larne Swimming Clubs most successful swimmer on the day taking 1st place in both the Junior 100m Freestyle with a time of 57.67 and the 100m Backstroke (1.05.69). He also set a new Irish Schools' record in the Junior 100m Freestyle and has been selected for the Irish Schools' Team to compete in Swansea.


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