Ian Gaynor, City of Derry’s Swim Club’s leading freestyler, produced two superb swims at the Ulster Championships Qualifying Meeting held at Lisburn Leisureplex last weekend to leave him well in contention for Ulster titles at the beginning of December in Bangor.
In the Open 50 metres Free, Ian powered through the water at more than two metres per second and just under that in the Open 100 to finish in 23.78sec and 52.58 secs respectively and take Gold in both. He also took Bronze in the 200.
In the Boys’ 15-year-old age group, Gavin Loughrey was swimming at his best and totally dominated the Freestyle events taking Gold in the 100, 200 and 400.
Darryl McGlinchey took Silver in the same 400 event and Bronze in the 200 Breast. Gavin also took Silver on the 200 Individual Medley.
In the same Group Cormac Gillen took gold in the 100 Fly and Silver in the 200 Back.
Jordan Brady-James, swimming in the 13 year old age group took Silver in the 400 Free and Bronze in the 200 Breast whilst in the 17 year old age group Connell O’Brien netted Bronze in the 200 I/M and 400Free.
The 12 year old City Girls swimming in their first major event were very prominent in their age group.
Leah Casey produced two great swims to capture Gold in the 100 and 200 Free and Mary Doherty finishing with Gold in the 200 I/M. Mary also took Silver in the 200 Breast and Bronze in the 100 Free. Maria Cooley showed lots of potential with Silver in the 100, 200 and 400 Free and Bronze in the 100 Back.
Ann McLaughlin placed second in the 14 year old Girls 200 Breast with Ciara Baker and Lara McIver taking Silver and Bronze respectively in the same event in the 15 year old age group.
In the same age group Claire Bradley also took Silver in the 200 I/M and Bronze in the 400 Free whilst brother Pearse finished in Silver in the 200 Breast and Bronze in the 400 Free in the Boys.
Most of these swimmers have made the cut-off times for the open or junior events at the Ulster Swimming Championships which are scheduled for Bangor in two weeks time.