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Super Ards make it four-in-a-row

By David Kelly

Published 08/06/2016

Joy: Ards captains Ellie Brown and Joshua Creaney celebrate alongside Ruth McQuillan of Swim Ulster and Maggie McKinstry of Forest Feast
Joy: Ards captains Ellie Brown and Joshua Creaney celebrate alongside Ruth McQuillan of Swim Ulster and Maggie McKinstry of Forest Feast
Made it: Ellie McKibben of Ards celebrates one of three wins

Ards Swimming Club are celebrating further success after their young guns lifted the Forest Feast Aqua Sprint club title for the fourth time in succession.

The event was celebrating its 30th anniversary and the stars of the future served up some exciting races at Bangor Aurora as Ards, Bangor and Banbridge battled it out for the Aqua Sprint Shield.

Ards became the first club to win the Shield four years in a row, with club captains Ellie Brown and Joshua Creaney leading their team-mates to the historic feat.

Three of the outstanding swimmers for Ards were Ellie McKibben who won three individual races as well as Adam Barnes and Rachel Childs.

The final result came down to the relays and young Ellie turned in second and touched first to cement her club's success.

Coach Norma Munn said: "I am so proud - it's a great achievement to win it four times in a row and I must congratulate all the coaches who have helped make this happen.

"Every one of the swimmers has shown great commitment throughout the year. Now we have to try and make it five times in a row next year!"

Meanwhile, one of the coaches Nuala Glynn was named Swim Ireland Masters swimmer of the Year.

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