Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May saw 15 of Newry’s top swimmers head to Bangor for the final Swim Ulster qualifying meet of this season. Tension was high amongst the swimmers as they were chasing times to take them onwards to the Irish 1st and 2nd division finals. For some, the hard work of the past year was about to pay off.
First to get the elusive time on Saturday was John Moan securing a division 2 time for the 100m freestyle. Ben O’ Kane followed this with a division 2 time for the 400m freestyle. Caoimhe Connell showed that girl power is alive and well by nailing a division 1 time for the 100m back crawl. Sunday was just as successful with Aimee Burns adding to her already secured times with a division 2 time in the 100 freestyle. Ben Rafferty and Jack Donnelly both secured a division 2 time in the 200m freestyle. The other swimmers, although not securing the times wanted, did manage to secure some excellent personal best times to the delight of their coaches.
On top of all the fantastic times, Newry also managed to bag a few medals along the way. Shea Rafferty claimed gold in the 100m butterfly, Oran Mc Stay claimed gold in the 100m back crawl, Caoimhe Connell took silver in the 100m back crawl and Liam Og Mathers, the youngest of the group, took silver in both the 100m and 200m back crawl and bronze in the 100m butterfly.