20 Mar 2017
March 20, 2017

Armagh come up short against Lurgan.

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Armagh Swimming club travelled to Lurgan on Saturday 11th March for the third round of their Aqua Sprints league. Our young swimmers put in a brave and gallant performance against a very strong Lurgan team only to come up short on the day. This leaves things tight for Armagh to push for promotion to Division 3 for next year after their big win in their last outing against Kilkeel in December.
Armagh travelled with a very strong team of over fifty swimmers right across the four age groups. Club captains for the day Roisin Hassan and Ryan Johnston led by example with some outstanding individual performances in all four disciplines. Coaches Mary Leer and Patrick Drumm gambled on having some swimmers swim up in their age group and this paid off as those swimmers delivered firsts and seconds in their respective swims.
In the relay Medley Cliodhna Drumm, Sean Sands, Annie Rice and Harry Dougan got Armagh off to a great start winning their event just by a fingertip. The next two relays went to Lurgan but Armagh came out on top in the D Medley relay with a very strong swim from Ewan McGoldrick, Caoimhe Farnan, Roisin Hassan and Andrew Larkin. That left things honours even as we moved on into the first of the individual events, Backstroke. Annie Rice put in a really good performance in her race winning with only an arm length to spare. Anne Carson, Roise Beagan, Dylan Steward and Paddy Towney all picked up points for Armagh in their races with some fine swims. Courtney Johnston and Katie Olsen picked 2nd and 3rd in their Backcrawl with Katie hitting a personal best in her race. The ever dependable Andrew Larkin claimed maximum points in his Backstroke as did Caoimhe Farnan in her race. At the end of this stage both teams were neck and neck with Lurgan holding a slight advantage.
In the Breaststroke events Aoife Drumm put in a standout performance in her event coming home with a vital 1st to keep things close. Tom Fox did exceptionally well in his Breaststroke as did Courtney Johnston both claiming wins. Mya McCoo should get special mention here as she pulled off a vital 3rd and in the process picking up another Personal best. Ryan Johnston rose to the call of been named Captain for the day claiming an important win in his Breaststroke, considering he was swimming against swimmers a year ahead of him.
Things went pretty much to form in the Butterfly event with Armagh’s swimmers giving a very good account of themselves in this discipline. Dylan McBride put in a very good swim in his event claiming another 1st. At this stage Lurgan were beginning to build up a small but none the less decisive lead which would in the end see them just getting over the line. Charlie Baxter put in a good swim in his event and showed that he has great potential for the future.
In the Freestyle events there were strong swims by Joe McNally and Annie Rice. Andrew Larkin put in a good race to finish second in his event and Roisin Hassan did really well in her Freestyle also. Going into the Freestyle relay it would have taken a massive effort for Armagh to turn things around as Lurgan had an almost unassailable lead. These events went the exact way they did in the first round of relays. The D team of Ewan McGoldrick, Caoimhe Farnan, Andrew Larkin and Roisin Hassan put in a great swim to take maximum points in the last swim of the day but unfortunately this wasn’t enough as Lurgan won by a convincing score of 214pts to 186pts.
The announcement of the winning team was a bit like the recent mess up at the Oscars with Armagh announced as the winners with the scores in reverse. Overall it was a very good day for Armagh’s Aqua Sprint team. Our next gala is against Olympia in the Orchard Leisure centre on March 25th.