The much anticipated Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League Finals took place on Friday 6th June and saw approximately 1500 young swimmers from 24 clubs across Ulster competing at eight locations. The top three teams in each of the four divisions (A,B,C and D) went head to head to secure victory in their division and lift the AquaSprint trophy, with the remaining teams fighting it out to avoid relegation.
The Division A Final saw defending champions Ards battle it out with rivals Lisburn and Bangor in the hope of retaining the Forest Feast AquaSprint title for another year at the Lisburn Leisureplex. On the night it was Ards who could not be caught and celebrated retaining the AquaSprint division A title for another year. The final score on the night was Ards 297, Lisburn 288 and Bangor 257.
Next up was the Division B Final at Cookstown Leisure Centre, which saw Limavady go up against Templemore and Dungannon. It was the experienced Templemore side who emerged victorious and gained promotion to Division A, with the final scores Templemore 301, Limavady 274 and Dungannon 251.
Waves Leisure Centre, Lurgan played host to the Division C Final. Monaghan club – Sliabh Beagh built up an early lead and never relinquished its advantage in the remaining races. Sliabh Beagh emerged as comfortable winners with City of Belfast and Lecale left to fight it out for second place. The final score was Sliabh Beahgh 324, Lecale 260 and City of Belfast 256.
Enniskillen, Breifne and Armagh came together to fight it out for promotion to Division C at Dungannon Leisure Centre. It was clear Breifne couldn’t be beaten with the final score on the night Breifne 330, Enniskillen 266 and Armagh 244.
Deirdre Burns, Forest Feast marketing manager said: “The Forest Feast AquaSprint Swimming League competitors are a real credit to their clubs and families. Their dedication and commitment to training and competing throughout the season has been incredible! Friday night’s performance of sportsmanship illustrated just how much fun it can be for Ulster’s youngest swimmers to take part in competitive sports - while reinforcing the importance of healthy snacking as part of an active and balanced lifestyle.
“We would also like to extend our thanks to Swim Ulster for its help in co-ordinating the Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League. Congratulations to all the AquaSprint winners and competitors for another great year and we look forward to seeing you next season!”
For further details about Forest Feast AquaSprint Swimming League and photos from the finals, please visit www.aquasprint.co.uk.