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Ferguson Claims Commonwealth Youth GOLD

Larne’s Conor Ferguson continued his fantastic form this summer collecting Gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Somoa, where all five Northern Ireland swimmers made Finals on the opening day. Ferguson cruised to victory in a time of 55.87 seconds in the 100m Backstroke. The 15 year old had been the fastest qualifier coming out of the morning heats with a time of 56.42, he then bettered that time in the Final to secure Gold ahead of Australia’s Clyde Lewis [...]

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Golden Girl McSharry Wins Triple Gold at Schools Games

Ireland’s Mona McSharry had a dream start to the 2015/16 season as she collected three Gold medals at the Sainsbury’s Schools Games over the weekend. McSharry, of Marlin’s Swimming Club in Ballyshannon, won both the the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and was part of the 400m Medley Relay team that also took Gold. Mona’s first medal came in the 200m Breaststroke on Saturday where she posted a time of 2:37.03, she had over 2 seconds to spare on Scotland’s Katie [...]

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Irish Swimmers Ready for Commonwealth Youth Games

Five Irish swimmers will be in action at the Commonwealth Youth Games starting tomorrow. Swimming at the Games will take place in Samoa between the 7th and 11th of September. Northern Ireland will be represented by 17 athletes across 5 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls and Squash. All of the competitors are aged between 15 and 18. Representing Northern Ireland in Swimming will be Conor Ferguson, Emma Reid, Rachel Bethel, James Brown and Danielle Hill. All five have had [...]

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Ireland Team Set to Compete at Schools Games

Ireland will be represented by a 15 strong team at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games which start on Saturday. Swimming at the Games will take place at the Manchester Aquatics Centre over two days with over 150 swimmers competing. Eight teams will compete in the 2015 Games representing Ireland, England North, England Central, England East, England South, Scotland North & West, Scotland South & East and Wales. Ireland has a number of junior internationals on the squad with Issie Hayes and Mona McSharry having competed [...]

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Ferguson Smashes Fourth Irish Record in Singapore

Larne’s Conor Ferguson continued his great form on the final day of competition at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. Ferguson broke his fourth Irish Junior Record of the week in the 200m Backstroke heats. The 15 year old, who broke the 100m Backstroke record twice and the 50m Backstroke record, took almost a second off the record (2:03.12) which he had held since the Irish Open Swimming Championships in May. Ferguson touched in 2:02.30 to place 5th in [...]

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Neamt 13th in 1500m Freestyle at World Junior Championships

Antoinette Neamt carded her third top 13 finish of the week and was once again the fastest 2001 swimmer on the penultimate day of competition at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. Swimming in the 1500m Freestyle Neamt touched home in 16 minutes, 55.87 seconds, 5th in her heat and 13th overall. Gabriella Weaver just missed out on a spot in the 50m Freestyle semi-final by two tenths of a second after an impressive performance where she swam 26.54 [...]

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Neamt 12th in 400m Freestyle at World Junior Championships

Tallaght and NAC Performance Centre swimmer Antoinette Neamt continued her good form in the pool at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore today. The 14 year old was the fastest of the 2001 born swimmers in the heats of the 400m Freestyle, she missed out on the final by just 1 second and was 12th overall. Neamt posted a time of 4:16.69, which was just off her personal best swam at the European Youth Olympic Games where she claimed [...]

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Ferguson Breaks another Record, 11th in World Juniors Semi-Final

Conor Ferguson broke his third Irish Junior Record in as many days when he took to the pool for the 50m Backstroke on Day 3 of the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. Having taken down the 100m Backstroke Record twice on Tuesday, Ferguson took his individual Irish Junior Record tally for 2015 to 9 with a 26.07 second swim in the 50m Backstroke semi-final. The 15 year old had progressed to the semi-final after a 26.27 swim in the [...]

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Neamt 11th in 800m Freestyle at World Juniors

Ireland’s Antoinette Neamt put in an impressive performance on Day 2 of the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore to place 11th overall in the 800m Freestyle. Neamt posted a time of 8:46.45, was third in her heat and was the second fastest 2001 born swimmer behind China’s Chang Yang who was 10th in 8:44.54. Also in action today Gabriella Weaver swam 58.39 in the 100m Freestyle with Rachel Bethel just behind in 58.91 while Emma Reid clocked 2:21.56 in [...]

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Ferguson Smashes Backstroke Record to Place 12th at World Junior Championships

Conor Ferguson twice broke the Irish junior 100m Backstroke record on the first day of competition at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore today. The 15 year old from Larne progressed from the morning heats to the semi-final in 55.94 seconds, breaking 56 seconds for the first time and knocking .23 of a second off the record of 56.17 that he had set just over a month ago at the Irish Age Group Championships. This afternoon Ferguson went on [...]

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