After a change of date due to The Beast from the East…, the Swim Ulster Development 3 Meet finally took place on the last Sunday 25 March 2018, in Newry. This time it brought together all Development meet swimmers from across Ulster, which made for a busy day. The swimmers, who attended from City of Belfast (CoB), stepped up to the mark, putting into practice what they are learning in training.
The Individual Medley was the first event of the day with Chloe Young putting a strong performance in the 100 IM, paving the way for the rest of the swimmers. Streamlining is definitely improving with four swimmers achieving their Streamlining assessment, Dulcie Bowden, Izem Kazanci, Fiontann Murtagh and Luke Heaver. Well done. Work still needs to be done on keeping the IM legal, with one handed touches, catching a few swimmers out.
There was some great pbs throughout the day; with Dulcie medalling in the fly, Fionntan Murtagh in the fly and back crawl and Max Whiteley in the back-crawl, all of whom acquired qualifying times in their respective events. Fionntan now has only one more qualifying time to get with Bea Cross, Matthew Mc Whinney, Felix Skelton, Darya Dultseva and Zoe Martin edging closer to their qualifying times. Michael Devlin put on a formidable performance, after returning from injury; with Emma Snowden putting in a determined performance in her fly, Sophia Young in her 100 free and Anne Sweetman and Izem putting in some solid performances throughout the day.
There were some strong performances from the J2 and J3 swimmers, most notably Aimee Jackson, Elizabeth Samm, Orla Murray and Luke Heaver; with Joe Mc Kay gaining some big drops in his times. It is great to see their skills improving and endurance as their times drop, and observe them starting to race their races. Keep up the hard work.