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Last week/weekend a number of our swimmers took part in their last gala of the season at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin…and what a way to finish an incredible year!

 

Wednesday started well with a solid personal best time from Michael in his 400 Freestyle, this was followed immediately by Alex taking half a second off her 50 freestyle PB to qualify for Friday evenings semi-final the session ended with an excellent swim by the girls relay consisting of Alex, Zara-Jane, Georgia and Emma.

The swim of the meet came on Wednesday evening with Alex taking another 0.50s off her 50free time from that mornings heat and squeezing into the open final in 9th position! Unfortunately she was unable to improve on this in the final but nevertheless it was a fantastic result!

 

Thursday saw another good performance from Michael in the boys 100free, going out hard on the first length, showing guts to hold on well in the final metres and shaving more time off his personal best.

Again Alex had two solid swims in the 400free and 100back with small PB’s.

 

Day three and the cavalry arrived. Zara and Georgia accompanied by the boys relay team made the trip down to join the others and bring some much-needed energy with them.

Again Michael started the day with another excellent swim in the 200freestyle.

Zara and Georgia were up next in the 100breast and showed impressive composure in their first Division 1 championships.

Another cool, clinical swim from Alex followed this in the 200 back.

The boys ended the session with a very impressive medley relay, James on backstroke, Max on breaststroke, Michael on butterfly and William on freestyle. They displayed great teamwork and all swam faster in the relay than their individual events! Despite being disqualified for a questionable takeover the coaches were very impressed with their performance.

 

Saturday and yet again Alex and Michael were up first in the 200freestyle and 100butterfly respectively, two superb swims, two PB’s.

James and Max followed suit with excellent 100breaststroke personal bests.

The session finished with the boys freestyle 4x100m relay. This time they managed to complete the race legally, Michael led the team out and dipped under the 60’s mark again proving he is now able to do this consistently, William went 4th and brought the team home well with a very strong second 50m.

 

A very long, tiring week in a swimming pool finished, remarkably, with just a few more personal best swims. Emma had a cracking 100freestyle and Georgia remained positive through the fatigue, to swim a grueling 400IM at the end of a grueling week, it was very impressive to watch.

 

I would also like to give a special mention to Morgan and Christina, (two of our associate swimmers, who don’t get credit as frequently as they deserve) for a number of excellent performances at the gala and throughout the year.

Thanks for flying our flag guys!

 

Well done to everyone who took part, not forgetting all of the parents who helped out with the officiating, your involvement is not overlooked!

 

 

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At this point I would like to take a second to thank Conor Leaney both personally and on behalf on City of Belfast. Conor joined as head coach over three years ago, in that time he has been predominantly responsible for the growth of the club, from 25 members to where we are today with over 100 members. He has been a mentor for our swimmers, coaches and at certain times our parents too. He will be dearly missed by everyone at the club and we wish him all the best as he pursues a career outside of swimming.

 

 

Iain

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