Ulster’s fastest young swimmers gathered at the Grove Leisure Centre last weekend for the Ulster Secondary Schools’ Championships, with The Wallace High School once again demonstrating its talents.
An impressive haul of thirteen medals returned to the Clonevin Park School, with Josh Clements and Gareth Moore gaining four a piece. Friends and rivals, Josh and Gareth competed in an exciting 200m IM, with Year 12 pupil Josh edging Gareth with a superb breaststroke leg to win gold whilst Year 11 Gareth bagged the silver. Not far on the heels of these two were Jamie Clements and Logan McCallan, who despite only being in Year 10 and 11 are improving in leaps and bounds. Logan was 5th in the 200 IM and Jamie not far behind in 6th declaring Wallace’s dominance in this event. Josh and Gareth pb’d in 100m Breast and Fly [1.10.91 and 1.04.01s] for silver and Bronze respectively.
These four young lads teamed up in the Freestyle and Medley relays to win silver medals in exquisite times [Free 1.50.24 and 2.04.68 IM] behind the Lumen Christi School.
Robbie McFaul, current Captain of the Lisburn City Club, although slightly out of form in his Breaststroke, turned in a good performance in Backstroke gaining a well earned 4th in a hotly contested senior final.
Lisa McLernon also had a good day, reaching finals of the 100m back and 100m freestyle, easily qualifying for the Irish Schools’ Finals in three weeks time.
The Wallace Junior Boys also fared well. Chris Rowland claimed a bronze in the gruelling 100m fly whilst Adam Matthews came 6th in the 100m free final. Arguably Adam’s qualification was the highlight of the day – a Year 8 pupil he is competing against boys two years his senior.
All in all this was a great day of sporting success for the School and this vibrant club, under the tutelage of Mr Steven Yamin-Ali, are full of expectation for the forthcoming National Schools’ Finals.
Last modified: October 16, 2007