A Real Nail Biter – LASC v DGN

Saturday 18th January 2014

Limavady V Dungannon – Aquasprints Division 2 Report


The day started well with our squad of swimmers boarding the bus at Roe Valley Leisure Centre at 3:30pm. There was excitement and enthusiasm all mixed together with some nerves and tensions. This gala was set to be special; the first Aquasprint meet of 2014, the first since our promotion to Division 2 and a baptism in the away waters of Dungannon Swimming Pool for our new “A” swimmers.


The Coaches knew this would be a tough meet and a real litmus test for our squad, Dungannon had swum in Division 1 last year and whilst they got demoted, they fought bravely in the upper echelons of the Aquasprint League. Nonetheless, we were confident of our own team; we had earned promotion to Division 2 with a very strong line-up and had belief in our new “A” swimmers.


At 17:20 hours, the Dungannon Presenter called for warm-ups and we could see a few pondering looks from our swimmers regarding the diving blocks! Not only was the swimming pool deck raised approximately 12 inches above water level, but their diving blocks were oversized too. This meant our squad would be starting over a foot higher off the water than in all their normal training session in RVLC… nevertheless, a few quick words of wisdom from the coaches on how to counteract this unfamiliar obstacle and our warm-up got underway. Yet, there was always a thought in the back of LASC minds that this dive block setup could come back and haunt us in the tight races! “Would this be the case”?



LASC were allocated Lanes 1, 3 and 5 in the six lane bath… All in all, Limavady had lots of travelling support and they were as vocal as they were in numbers. It was clear, that before any racing was started, LASC supporters were going to raise the roof and triumph in the maximum decibels department regardless of what was happening on the swim score sheet.


Over the course of the evening, there were 40 different events… It was a real nail bitter, the terms; swings and roundabouts, to-and-fro, hare’s whisker and skin of your teeth could not be more apt than in the description of this meet. Most people who had kept a tally in their heads of what was happening couldn’t decide either way… and to add to suspense, the announcer wasn’t able to give regular score updates due to the panel of adjudicators struggling with the laptop. Chinese whispers took the changing rooms by storm, one of the LASC “B” swimmers was sure we squeezed in front and had the “W” - his excitement soon pasted thru the ranks and anticipation was getting feverish… but mumblings from the Dungannon squad were also making their way round. It really was that tight!


Our hosts laid on a lovely spread of food and drink, but whilst eating and chatting it still wasn’t clear who had claimed victory. Waiting patiently we were soon put out of misery… this meet could have gone either way… Dungannon were successful by 12 solitary points… Or so the computer had said… “Could there be legs to grow on this yet after final analysis?”LASC have lots to be proud off; this DGN team raced in Division 1 during 2013 and we were separated by the differences in 2nd and 3rd places and their allocated points. Both teams shared the spoils in the key races, both teams had some amazing standout individual and relay performances, (We believe we might even have 3 new club records!) but at the end of the day, this was a TEAM event and we couldn’t be more proud of our first Aquasprint outing in 2014. Perhaps if this was a home event in the familiar waters of RVLC with our own diving blocks we could have taken the spoils! The analysis will go on; we know that we missed out on two relays by a fraction of a second and we know that a little bit more work on our Breaststroke and Butterfly will clearly give us significant gains in the future.


To be fair to Dungannon; they worked hard too and showed that they are fighters; the team that they put out was the best they had. However, this hard fought contest may have to be done again on Finals Night… Come On LASC!!!!!

Charity Swim for Children’s Hospice

28th December 2013

LASC are supporting the Children's Hospice this Christmas by doing a Charity Swim.  This swim is not just for our active squad members, it’s for the whole family.

We wold like to encourage as many people as possible to Swim anywhere from 4 lengths to 40 lengths on Saturday 28th December 2013.  4pm to 6pm.

A minimum donation of £5 per family is all that is being asked.  This is a great opportunity for the whole family to swim for a minimal price of £5.   Better still, this is a chance to kick start any fitness plans for a New Year’s Resolution!  Enough Turkey & Sweets – come and do our Santa Swim!!!


Eimear Mullan & Ritchie Nicholls

23rd Dec

Eimear Mullan and Ritchie Nichols - two professional triathletes have agreed to come into the Club and meet and greet with our members!  At the moment, they have agreed to Monday 23rd of December.  This is our Annual Fun Night and it will add greatly to the occasion if this night works.   

For those of you who don’t follow triathlon, Eimear and Ritchie are superstars on the Ironman circuit!  Even better again, Eimear is a local from Portstewart!  Eimear’s blog on www.eimearmullan.com is a fantastically honest read, giving an insight into her life as pro athlete.

Our Eimear has made history by becoming Ireland’s first ever Ironman champion.  She is also the only female athlete to have won both the Ironman UK and Ironman UK 70.3 titles in the same season.

Ritchie from Scotland also has a Pro Triathlon resume that includes a massive win in Ironman 70.3 UK and he had a massively successfully season in 2013.

We will keep you all informed and updated on any developments.

17 for Dev Gala in Ballymena

16 Dec 2013

LASC Presents

Our Annual 50m Club Gala

Monday 16th December 2013

23 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas from all at LASC, we wish to announce that:


Monday 23rd December 2013 will be our annual Fun Night.

There will be a small element of training followed up with fun and games for the remainder of the session.  Click Here

Aquasprint Dates for 2014


Click here for a full list of Aquasprint dates for 2014


p.s  The LASC Logo Dog Can Swim Too!



New Website Launch

December 2013

The Committee & Coaches are proud to present the launch of the new LASC website.


We aim to keep the website updated and current.  It will become the primary source for all information on our club.  We have already received helpful comments & suggestions and we welcome more of these to continually improve the way we run our club and present our information.   Click here for poster

Holdiay Season Dates of Importance

December 2013

New Coach Intake for LASC

December 2013

LASC are looking to recruit and train new swimming coaches.  click here for more informaiton.

9th Dec / Andrew Bree

December 2013

The Date is set for Andrew Bree's arrival at LASC.  Don't Miss Squad Training on Monday 9th December.  Click Here for More.

Andrew Bree to Coach Session @ LASC

Coming Soon to LASC!

The Coaches & Committee of LASC have organised for : Two Time Olympian: Andrew Bree to attend one of our Club Nights and perform coaching and demonstrations!  Date to be announced ASAP!

Andrew Bree (born 16 March 1981) is a breaststroke swimmer from Helen's Bay, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. He is a 2-time Irish Olympian, having swum at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics.

He became the first Irish person to win a medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships when he finished second in the 200 m breaststroke at the 2003 Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, IrelandClick Here for Poster

AGM - January 2014

Watch this space for details of the January 2014 AGM Date.

Launch of LASC Website

We are pleased to announce the Launch of our New Website. There will changes made regular, so please bear with us and we welcome any comments or suggestions on how we can make your participation more fun and we will be delighted to welcome new members to our club

Swim Ulster Meet

25th November 2013

The next Swim Ulster Development Gala is due to be held in Ballymena on 8th December.

Anyone interested in entering needs to let let Mervyn or Seamus / Greg know on Thursday evening at training as we need to advise Swim Ulster of our entries by Saturday so the entries can be made

The events are as follows:-

Session 1

(Warm-up 9.00am – Start 10am)...

Session 2

(Warm-up 2.00pm – Start 3.00pm)

Male 100m Individual Medley

Female 200m Backstroke

Female 200m Freestyle

Male 200m Individual Medley

Male 200m Breaststroke

Female 100m Breaststroke

Female 100m Butterfly

Male 100m Freestyle

Male 100m Backstroke

Female 400m Freestyle

The minimum age of entry is 9yrs and age groups are as follows:-

Male 9/10yrs, 11/12yrs, 13/14yrs, 15 & over

Female 9yrs, 10/11yrs, 12/13yrs, 14 & over

Awards will be given to the first 3 places in each age group (see Swim Ulster Meet Conditions). Swimmers limited to 4 entries per meet and each event costs £5

Parents are responsible for organising their own transport. These galas give invaluable experience to swimmers across a range of distances in a competitive environment.

Please speak to your coach if you have any queries.


June 2013

Tonight we officially heard that our PTL team won Division 3 and have been promoted to Division 2. We also won the A and B sections with Leander taking the C and D sections, so well done to all our young swimmers. Ai...mee and Alex collected all three of the cups at the Swim Ulster AGM in Ballymena tonight.


A massive CONGRATULATIONS to our Aquasprint team for their win on Friday night in the division finals in Dungannon! Unbeaten the whole season! A special mention to Carter Mullan who not only smashed his own freestyle club record but also took the club records in Breaststroke and Fly! Well done everyone. We are proud of you!!
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