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Reid sisters are a class apart as they bag brace of Ulster records

By David Kelly

They may be in heavy training but Emma and Rebecca Reid still made a record-breaking impact at the Ulster Schools Championship in the Bangor Aurora.

Regent House girls Emma and Rebecca were two of numerous Ards swimming club members to medal and, while that was expected on the schools stage, the records were a surprise bonus.

Emma, 17, broke the 100m butterfly senior record twice, winning the gold in 1:00.23, while 14-year-old Rebecca cracked the Ulster junior 100m backstroke record with 1:02.61.

Significantly, Rebecca's time took the 2014 record of Commonwealth Games swimmer Danielle Hill.

Mum Norma said: "We were a bit surprised with the times because it is so early in the season - hopefully it's a sign of things to come this year."

Ards coach Davy Johnston looked on with pride as Ards swimmers representing a plethora of schools picked up gold.

Davy's son Paddy was to the fore, the 14-year-old winning the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly, as well as leading Campbell College to the overall schools intermediate trophy.

Paddy's close friend Jack Angus of Bangor Grammar lifted gold in the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.

Also in the intermediate category, promising 14-year-old Victoria Catterson of Grosvenor won gold in the 100m free and 400m free and she will now set her sights on Commonwealth Youth Games selection next year.

Victoria's schoolmate Aston Edmond bagged the 100m backstroke senior gold, while fellow Ards swimmer Cai Armstrong took the 100m breast boys title for RBAI. Glenlola's Zoe Thompson won the 100m intermediate breast and Mia Davison the junior breast title.

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