06 Feb 2022

Limavady ASC had a number of swimmers competing for their secondary schools at the Swim Ulster Regional Schools Championships at the Aurora yesterday (Saturday Feb 5th)

Adding the spice of some inter school rivalries to the mix seems to have spurred our swimmers on with 19 swims recorded as personal bests for club members.

And, we have medal successes for Limavady Grammar School to top the afternoon off. So, somewhat tongue in cheek, here is the report from our on the scene roving reporter...

Limavady Grammar Make School History with Double Ulster Swimming Schools Relay Champion Win and Individual Success

An historic day at Aurora with LGS Swim Team taking double gold in the Ulster Finals, and Yna racing to an incredible bronze to ensure the boys didnt grab all the glory. 

Stalwarts Pablo and Alec bringing their national standard class, partnering with upcoming Club legends and performance squad comrades Joshua and Jude. 

The 200m Medley was led out by Pablo with a back crawl resembling a paddle steamer on rocket fuel. A sharp handover to Alec where a Adam Peaty-esque performance pulled LGS into a strong lead. 

Again, a well rehearsed block changeover launched young Joshua into a genetically enhanced butterfly performance delivering a focused Jude an excellent head start in a very competitive field.  

The race was now down to a gritty hold worthy of a Braveheart sequel - Jude clung on for grim death. Gold medal. History made.  

Could they do it again though, against those tiny aquatic schools of the likes of RBAI and Methody! ...... 

With just 5 minutes of rest these LGS Aquamen once again strode out as one to the blocks. This time the unbreakable young Jude swimming up an age category led out trying to hold position against RBAIs finest. A close second delivered and a seamless handover to Joshua who stormed up the pool like the Eurostar. Joshua pulls LGS back into poll. 

The mighty Pablo with his bespoke block transition hit the water like a spearfish torpedo. Lead consolidated. Alec literally sprints up onto block to execute his PDS rehearsed death dive .. nothing is catching this great white. We are definitely going to need a bigger boat!  

8 gold medals. A day to remember. History made. Double Ulster Champions.  but.....wait.....what's this.....surely not more....

Defiantly ensuring that the boys didn't grab all the headlines, our good lady PDS captain launched herself off the blocks in the individual 100m Breaststroke final against the very best that Ulster schools can offer.

Yna matched them stroke for stroke, turn for turn every step of the way. 

As the final turn was executed, it was down to a 3 (sea-)horse race. And there was literally tiny fractions of a second between all three as they slammed their hands (symmetrically of course) against the timing boards.

A fantastic bronze medal as an individual, and it was so close to being even more.

This reporter is going home for a nap, or for a glass of wine, or .... well, anything to calm the nerves down from what was a spectacular afternoons swimming.

Thank you roving reporter ...... and now back to the studio...

It was another strong performance for all of our swimmers, representing Limavady Grammar, Foyle College, Dalriada and Loretto but always supportive of each other as fellow Limavady ASC members.

Two more Division 2 qualification times achieved as well yesterday. We have an incredible 24 swimmers now signed up to participate next week in Swim Belfast's gala. We can't wait!

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