CONGRATULATIONS to ALL swimmers who competed it the 1st Swim Ulster Development Gala of the year.
Some of the club’s younger swimmers were competing for the 1st time. Emma Snowden, Zoe Martin, Cassie Johnston, Ross Bolan and Alex Holmes, from C3 squad, all performed admirably on this big stage with PB times set. Well done to all.
Swimmers Darya Dultseva, Zoe Magee, Anna Roscoe, Lorcan Murnaghan, Felix Skelton, Matthew Mawhinney, Cormac McCrudden and Michael Montgomery, from C2 squad, set PB’s times in virtually all events they swam. They swam to impress with good skills on display, especially the turns! Michael also picked up a Qualifying time and a bronze medal in boys 11yrs 200 fs. Excellent performances.
C1 squad swimmers also impressed. Girls – Ella Ross, Clara Hamilton and Lucy Greaves. Boys – Aaron McCourt, Jericho Balgos, Andrew Hunter and Rory Maruna. Clara and Ella had excellent PB swims, while Lucy excelled with 4x Qualifying times from 4 events- 200 brs, 200 back, 200 IM and 100 free. She also picked up a gold medal in 100 fs and She also picked up a gold medal – 100fs, silver medal- 100back and completed the set with a bronze medal- 200IM. The boys had an excellent day too, spurred on by each other’s successes. Great PB swims and Aaron and Andrew achieved Qualifying times in 200 back and 200 fs respectively. Rory achieved 3x Qualifying times- 200fs, 100 brs and 400 fs. He also collected a gold medal – boys 11yrs 200fs and a bronze medal in 400fs. Jericho Balgo had an impressive day. He achieved 4x qualifying times- 200 fs, 200 back, 100 fly and 400 fs. He picked up 3x medals – gold 100 fly, silver 200 back and silver boys 11yrs 200fs, making this event a podium clean sweep for City of Belfast in this age group. Very well done to all swimmers who excelled.
Special thanks must go to Linda Montgomery who did a fantastic job as Team Manager. The children were a credit to the club.
A huge thank you also to all parents who helped with official duties on the day and supported the children. The TEAM can’t function without your help.
A superb day of racing. Well done to all.
For those who were unable to make it to the gala today, and those who unfortunately had to withdraw from the event at the last moment, a date for your diary –
** SU DEVELOPMENT GALA 2 – Sunday 24th January Lagan Valley Leisureplex, LISBURN **
Pictured; Jericho, Rory, Aaron, Lucy, and Michael along with the medals they won! Well done guys!