The 7.30am start on Sunday morning, 20 October didn't dampen the spirit of 3 MHS pupils as they set off for the Swim Ulster Schools Cup and Championships.
The three pupils Charlie (year 9), Alyssa (year 10) and Abbie (year 11) were really excited to represent the school and compete against other schools from across the province.
The three swimmers were competing in Breaststroke and Freestyle races and didn't disappoint with all of them achieving personal bests which is fantastic.
Although the pupils didn't make any finals they swam with real passion, energy and drive to be the best they could be and were very gracious post race congratulating other swimmers on their success. They were a real credit to themselves, and the school.
Charlie - achieved an Ulster Qualifying time in 100 Freestyle knocking 2.09 seconds of his PB. He now qualifies to compete at a higher level across Ulster.
In the breaststroke Charlie took 2.46 seconds off his PB and surpassed the required qualifying time for the Division 2 National Championship in July 2019 - a fantastic achievement at this early stage of the season.
Alyssa set a new PB in freestyle of 1.50.98 over 100m which is a great result considering this was her first try at this event over this distance.
Abbie swam a really strong and technical race (as commented on by a swim coach) achieving a new PB in freestyle by over 2.34 seconds.
The most impressive takeaway from the event was their attitude, friendliness to other swimmers and approach to the event.