Enniskillen Royal Grammar School was represented by six students at the Swim Ulster Schools Cup and Championships over the weekend in Bangor and they returned with three medals and two Ulster Schools titles.
Ellie McCartney, swimming in the 12-14 age category became an Ulster Schools Champion in her age group for the 5thconsecutive year. The 13 year old was seeded 1st in both her events and finished with personal bests in both of her events to win the Gold Medal. The 200m Individual Medley was heat declared winner and the ERGS student finished 5 seconds ahead of her nearest rival with a fantastic Breaststroke section. Ellie had to swim a heat and then a final in the 100m Breaststroke – which she won by 2 seconds. These placings qualify her to swim as part of the Ulster Schools Swim team in the Interprovincial competitions in April next year.
16 year old Kealan McShea competed in the 100m Back and the heat declared 200m IM. In the IM Kealan swam a wonderful race to finish on the podium with a Bronze Medal when he smashed his previous best time by almost 7 seconds (2:15.15). He also PB’s in 100m Backcrawl and narrowly missed out on another medal finishing 4th overall.
Lewis McCartney, also 16, qualified for 2 finals with PBs in both the 100m Butterfly and Freestyle. In the Freestyle Lewis broke the 57sec mark for the second time in 2 weeks.
Molly Johnston, 13, had another great meet wiping almost 5 seconds off her 100m Freestyle time and competing well in the 100m Breaststroke. Her eyes are firmly set on reaching qualifying times before the end of the season.
Nial Bruce and James Mongan swam in the junior section and really enjoyed the experience. Nial produced a great PB in his favoured 50m Fly to finish 17th and a great swim in the 50m Free saw him finish 2nd in his heat. James also had a great 50m Freestyle as well as swimming to a new PB in the 50m Breaststroke.
Thanks to Belmore Court & Motel for suppling the first ever competitive ERGS swimming hats and to Mrs Johnston, ERGS member of staff, who travelled to Bangor for the 2 day meet.