Enniskillen Lakelanders make it 4 Aquasprint league wins in a row

The Enniskillen Lakelanders Aquasprint squad made it a superb 4 wins in a row with a hard fought victory against Olympia swim club on Saturday evening at the Forum in their fifth league fixture of the Aquasprint season where the final score was 189 to 211 in favour of the Lakelanders.  With just 1 league fixture to go, away to Kilkeel on May the 16th, it is looking likely that the Lakelanders will be at the Aquasprint Finals in June.  The top three teams in the league will send their two fastest swimmers in each stroke and age group through to compete in the Aquasprint Finals which is an event not to be missed.

The race for the Lakelanders swimmers to make the Aquasprint final squad is really heating up with a number of the top two swimmer positions changing after last weekend’s Gala.

In the Relay events, the points were shared between the Lakelanders and Olympia across all age groups, each club taking 20 of the 40 points available.  In the 2006 age group, wins for Niamh Henry in the Back and Fly and Free, and Carla Jardine in the Breast helped the Lakelanders youngest girls achieve a great points tally.  PB’s on the night for Carla, Niamh and Rachel – who has moved up into 3rd place in 3 strokes in the race for the Final as a result of her PB’s on Saturday.  In the 2006 boys, Connor McLean was the sole winner of the maximum points on the night when he took 1st place in the Breast.  Patrick Williams and Conor McLean both recorded PB’s while Callum O’Hare moves into the top 2 places for the final in the Back.

The 2005 girl winner was Ellie McCartney who had four 1st place finishes on the night and also won both relay events.  Ella O’Donnell, Coisa McConnell, Ellie McCartney and Anna Toal all registered PB’s.  The race for the 2nd place Final spots in all 4 strokes is going to be incredibly tight.  Ella O’Donnell is just 2 hundreds of a second off the 2nd place spot in the Back, while its neck and neck between Coisa McConnell and Ella O’Donnell in the Breast, Ella having swam faster this season (by 2 tenths of a second) but Coisa having the better form at this stage in the season while Anna Toal is pressing Ella in the free as Anna recorded a new PB on Saturday.  In the 2005 boys section, there were PB’s for Matthew Dolan and Jake Cadden who achieved one and two 1st place finishes on Saturday night respectively.  This is the tightest group of all with the top 2 spots all to play for as only tenth’s of seconds separate the top 3 as the race for the 2 Final spots intensifies.  Saturday saw Jake overtaking Louie Burns in the Fly to hold the valuable 2nd spot at the minute, but it can all change.

In the Girls 2004 age group, Caitlin O’Hare was the only Lakelanders swimmer to get a 1st place, as she cruised to maximum points in the Fly.  Anna Gillespie got 2 new PB’s in the Fly and Free, moving her up to 3rd place in both strokes and putting her in contention for a place in the Final squad, as she is less than 1second off the 2nd place spot in 3 strokes.  Lucy Toal, Tara McKenzie and Enya Stewart also helped themselves to PB’s on the night.  In the 2004 Boys, Rowan Martin grabbed a 1st place finish in the Back while Jason Man took 1st in the Breast.  No change in the top 2 places despite Dara McNulty getting a new PB in the Free as he knocked 1.2 seconds off his previous time recorded just last week.

The 2003 Girls section is also intensely competitive for the 2nd place spot in all 4 strokes.  Niamh O’Kane currently holds 1st place in all 4 strokes and achieved a new PB in her weakest stroke, the Breast.  Other PB’s were Kerry Blake in the Back and Meabh Dolan in the Free (.77 seconds taken off) who’s PB time of 17.2 takes her into the 2nd Final spot ahead of Ellie Livingston.  Similar to the 2003 Girls, the 2003 Boys 1st Final slot is secured by Oisin MCCaffrey McManus in all 4 strokes but it’s all to play for to get into the 2nd place and therefore the Finals squad.  A PB for Brett McLean saw him move up into 3rd place in the Breast while Cathal Rafferty’s PB (4.6 seconds better than previous) saw him move into the Final squad as he lays in 2nd spot in the Fly.  1.4 seconds separates 2nd, to 5th in the Free, 1.9 seconds separates 2nd to 4th in the Breast and 1.2 seconds separates 2nd to 4th in the Back.

Chelsey has added her 5 tips for faster times in all 4 strokes on the Race for the Finals sheets displayed in the Forum.  We all need to improve our times if we want to win the final, where we are likely to go up against a very strong Ballymena squad.  Can we win it?  Ofcourse we can as long as we all train hard, listen to the coaches, keep calm and swim fast.

All parents are asked to help the club by posting out the letters to Councillors ASAP as requested.  The Lakelanders would like to thank their sponsor Western Cars, all the volunteer parents, coaches and helpers who contributed to the home Gala, but particular thanks goes to all the swimmers who put in the hours of training which has and will continue to lead to individual and team success.

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