smileThe Irish Age Groups (Division 2) were held at the University of Limerick 25th - 28th June 2015 and a team of 8 swimmers from Larne Swimming Club made the journey to compete against over 600 swimmers from 80 clubs throughout Ireland.The youngest of......


the team Anna Campbell (10) had a very successful meet, gaining personal best times in all of her 8 events, making 7 finals and podium positions in the 200m and 400m Freestyle (Gold), 800m Freestyle (Silver), 100m Fly and 100m Freestyle (Bronze).

Amy Campbell (12) swam a total of 5 events in a very competitive age group.  She was successful in attaining personal best times in all of her events (100m Back, 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle and 200m IM) and was a finalist in the 200m Freestyle which she swam in an excellent time of 2.34.19.  

Eleven year old Giulia Allen who was one of the youngest swimmers in her age group swam 7 events, gaining 5 personal best times (200m IM & 400m IM, 100m & 200m Breaststroke and 400m Freestyle).  She was a finalist in the 200m IM and was placed 6th during a super swim in the 400m IM. 

Amy Harpur (12) swam in 6 events and gained personal best times in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke.  She was first reserve for the final in the 200m Backstroke following a great swim which saw her shaving 9 seconds off her previous personal best time.

Sienna Taggart qualified for and competed in 4 events.  The twelve year old swam super races gaining new personal best times in the 200m Breaststroke, 200m IM, 100m & 200m Backstroke, in which she was a finalist. 

Amy McCullough (15) did herself proud when, as one of the youngest competing in the 15 - 18 year old age group, swam 3 events and made the finals in both the 100m Freestyle (gaining a PB) and 200m Freestyle, closely missing out on a podium finish in this event.

The boys completed the team.  James Doherty, eleven, showed grit and determination in all four of his events, attaining an impressive personal best time in 100m Breaststroke and gained an abundance of experience at this, his first National event. 

Team mate Rory Lyttle, who flew back from France on Thursday afternoon, pulled out great swims, producing PBs in the 200m Individual Medlay and 100m Butterfly in which he was first reserve for the final. 

Taking into account morning and evening swims, there was a total of 33 PBs set.  From a Coach’s perspective it was a delight to see the swimmers excelling in their events and to see them swim even faster in the evening sessions.  For some, this experience of competing at National level was totally new and the whole team must be commended for their commitment in supporting each other and especially for their effort in the pool during warm ups, the competition heats, finals and swim downs for which I thank them all.  Thank you also to the parents who came to each session to support the team, undertook officiating duties and fed the swimmers and me, it was greatly appreciated and made the event a great success! 

Report by Gary Williamson