Beyond The Blocks – 005 – Easter Qualifying 2019

Beyond The Blocks – 005 – Easter Qualifying 2019

Easter Qualifying – 8th-10th March 2019 – Bangor Aurora

This past weekend (8-10 March) saw a busy weekend for Team Bangor as over 30 athletes made their way to Aurora for the Swim Ulster Easter Qualifying Meet with qualifying times and PBs in their sites. Friday night saw 7 swimmers test their endurance with the 800m and 1500m events taking place; the long distance swimmers didn’t disappoint as Scarlett Urry, Farrah Allen, Amelia Urry, Austin Williams and Samuel Wright entertained the home crowd by leaving it all in the pool during their 16 lengths of the olympic size pool we call home. If swimming 800 meters seems a daunting task Keira Williams and Callum Dornan upped the ante with both completing the 1500m event to finish off Team Bangor’s swims for the night. Outside of the pool at the Blaire Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Centre Bangor were picking up awards for Sports Team of the year at the annual Ards and North Down Sports Awards, Jack McMillan and Paul Dennis picked up individual accolades with the under 18s Sports Personality of the Year and Lifetime achievement award respectively. https://www.bangorsc.co.uk/index.php/2019/03/09/bangor-win-big-at-annual-sports-awards/ Team Bangor didn’t have time to rest on their laurels however as 10am came quickly on Saturday, with numerous PBs falling by the wayside it was another successful day for Team Bangor, swims from Alexander McMullan, Alexander Newman, Ben Cardwell, Ben Riddell, Ben Wilson, Cerys Edge, Cormac Farren, Daniel Harvey, Ella Riddell, Eve Earls, Hanna McMaster, John og McAlorum, Frank Allen, Macy Alexander, Naeve Pountney, Naomi Smith, Oliver Dempsey, Pearse Farren, Rebekah Laffin, Scott Alexander, Shaun Townsley and Thomas Noble made for exciting and promising viewing as our 16 and under representatives.
Jack and Curtis both bringing home medals back to Bangor
Caitlyn Turner, Conor Moffett, Adam Dickinson, Sarah Davidson, Alisha Turner, Ryan Lewis and Anna Park ensured they weren’t outdone by their younger counterparts and made for great viewing throughout the weekend. Elsewhere this weekend Rhys Green, Ben Riddell and Ciaran McKee travelled to London to compete in the Bath Cup at the London Aquatics Centre, Jack McMillan, Curtis Coulter, Emma Reid, Rachel Bethel and David Thompson travelled to warmer climates with Jack taking Gold in the 200IM and Silver in the 400m Freestyle and Curtis winning Bronze in the 100m Freestyle in Barcelona. Adam Baxter (Communications Officer)