Belfast Telegraph

Ferguson and Reid show their class

By David Kelly

Emma Reid and Conor Ferguson kicked off their season in record-breaking style at the Ulster Championships in the Laganvalley Leisureplex last night.

Both teenagers, along with 15-year-old Commonwealth Games ace Danielle Hill and 20-year-old Jordan Sloan, were on fire on an exciting opening night along.

Ferguson set a new junior record when winning overall gold in the 200m backstroke in 2:00.55.

The Larne lad has continued where he left off in the summer when winning multiple gold at the Canadian Age Group Championships.

Reid, one of the rising stars of the sport along with Hill and Ferguson, took the junior title in the 100m freestyle, 59.36, behind Bethany Firth, 56.39 but then stepped up for a thrilling race with her Ards clubmate in the 50m butterfly.

Firth took overall gold once again but Reid came home in a new Ulster junior record of 28.46.

The Ards duo were then part of the relay team which scooped gold in the 4x100m freestyle and medley.

Sloan, who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, took 200m freestyle gold as well as gold in the 50m butterfly in a new senior best of 24.64.

Larne teenager Hill landed gold in the 800m freestyle, 9:20.23, and 200m backstroke in a new junior best of 2:15.26. The talented 15-year-old, who made semis at the Commonwealth Games, was also the junior champion in the 100m IM - overall gold going to Firth.

James Brown of Ards won the 400m IM.

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