Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Brilliant Emma Reid in record-breaking form

Top marks: Emma Reid on way to victory in Ulster Open short course championships in Bangor's Aurora Centre
Top marks: Emma Reid on way to victory in Ulster Open short course championships in Bangor's Aurora Centre

Emma Reid ended her campaign at the Ulster Open short course championships in Bangor's Aurora Centre just as she had started – with a new record.

The 14-year-old Ards swimmer, who set a new Ulster junior record for the 50m butterfly on Friday, clocked a new junior best in the heats of the 100m butterfly and then returned last night to go even quicker, winning gold in 1:02.51.

Reid, who broke both records belonging to Olympian Sycerika McMahon, finished ahead of Lisburn's Natasha Pollock, 1:04.16.

Ards coach Nelson Lindsay said: "I'm very pleased with Emma's performance. Like the rest of the squad she is in a heavy block of training, so to do that time at this stage is very impressive.

"Emma has been working very hard, she has very good potential and she can now look ahead to the Irish championships with confidence. The big target for Emma is the European junior championships next summer."

It proved to be a record-breaking final of the championships, with Reid's 19-year-old clubmate Curtis Coulter bagging three golds as well as an Ulster senior record. Coulter's new record came in the heats of the 200m butterfly when he blasted home in 2:02.63 and he then returned to take gold in the final with a time of 2:05.03 ahead of another Ards lad, James Brown who touched in 2:08.97.

Coulter had kicked off finals night with gold in the 200m individual medley and it was his opening butterfly leg which game him a clear advantage. Brown, 16, came back strongly and as they turned for the final freestyle leg there was little between the team-mates.

But then Coulter turned up the turbo and charged away to win in 2:06.69 with Brown clocking 2:07.77 and Matt Scott making it an Ards one-two-three with 2:08.91.

Coulter completed his hat-trick in the 50m freestyle, touching in 23.07 just ahead of clubmate Conor Munn with 23.19. Coulter, Munn, Scott and Brown won the men's 4x100m medley relay and their clubmates Bethany Firth, Maura Glynn, Emma Reid and Lauren Hughes set a new Ulster senior record of 4:22.87 in the women's event.

Bangor's Jordan Sloan also stood out when he clocked a new Ulster senior record of 55.24 for the 100m backstroke – breaking the 15-year-old record of Ulster High performance chief Andy Reid.

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