Flying high in Leinster

posted Jun 6, 2019, 11:10 AM by Amy Allen

Three New Ross Swimmers swept the boards in the Butterfly Finals at the Leinster Age and Open Long Course Championship in the NAC over the June Bank Holiday weekend. Evan Bailey from Mount Garrett, Ruth Kelly from Old Ross and Eva Bayley from Clonroche broke their personal best times in their age groups to secure gold in Dublin. 

Senior swimmers; Denis Kilbride, Brothers Cian and Cillian Foley, Danielle Colfer, Min Allen and Sadhbh Bailey also gained podium places at the event.  Laura Connell, Jessica Tootill and  Roisin Breen added to the success of the weekend by securing their place at the Irish National Age Groups Division Two.

Junior swimmers, Ciara Ryan, Shauna Bowe, Leagh Bailey, Olivia Pinczurra,  Brother and Sister Cael and Nicole Colfer along with their fellow Rathgerohue team mate Donnacha McCarthy and Tiernan Foley had a stormer of a weekend, with podium finishes, personal best times and some cracking relay events.

Overall this team of twenty brought home :10 gold, 9 silver, 7 bronze  and 52 top ten positions!

Success at regional level means that swimmers have now qualified for the final two National events of the 2018/2019 Season; Irish National Age Group Division 2 to be held in UL between the 11 and 14th of July and the Irish Summer Long Course Championship Division 1 which will take place in the National Aquatic Centre Dublin, from July  24th to July 28th.  Back now on home turf the team have a busy two month training programme to prepare for these events.

Meanwhile,  our B& C squads are making preparations for the final Round Robin of the season to be held at the Apex as well as attending the Wexford Small Fry meet in June.  These youngsters have been training hard since September and have been engaged in a series of Round Robin events with fellow Leinster Clubs culminating in the overall champions next month.

Several swimmers from the Club also represented Wexford at the  National Community Games Finals in University of Limerick-On the boys team we had  Donnacha McCarthy winning silver, Sean Barry, Cael Colfer  and Ciaran McCarthy.  On the girls team;  Eva Bayley , Nicole Colfer , Hannah  Hennessy Murphy , Lauren Kehoe  & our youngest competitor Molly Hennessy Murphy a very big  well done to all!

Irish Division 2 National Championships and Summer Nationals Round up

posted Aug 3, 2018, 9:36 AM by Amy Allen   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 1:44 PM by Paul Allen ]

Irish Division 2 National Championships
Congratulations to all of the New Ross swimmers who competed at the Irish Division 2 National Championships from July 5th to 8th at UL Sport in Limerick.

All swimmers showed fantastic form and promise.

Senior Swimmers;Jack Coode, Cillian Foley and  Danielle Colfer led the march, all three are experienced swimmers at national level and performed well with significant time improvements and finals reaached for all three in their individual disciplines.

In the junior category, Jaden Chan, attending his second division took home bronze in the 100 breaststroke.  He was joined by several first timers including Laura Connell, Rosin Kenny,  Phelim O' Connor, Cael Colfer, Eva Bayley, Tiernan Foley and Donnacha McCarthy. Our 11 New Ross swimmers, took on on 48 swims, 44 of which were personal best times for the swimmers and secured top ten  placings in 11 finals. 

A great indication of things to come for this crew. Congratulation to all involved.


Our (Division 1) Irish Summer National team took on the best in Irish swimming and many overseas visiting teams in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin over 5 days from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th July.

Eight New Ross Swimmers qualified for this end of season national event.  First timers Kiara Ryan and Jessica Tootill took to the blocks along side seasoned team mates Evan Bailey, Ruth Kelly, Sadhbh Bailey, Min Allen,  Denis Kilbride and  Cian Foley

These 8 Swimmers had acheived 86 qualification times for national swims.  They broke their own personal best records in 52 of these.  They had 37 top 10 finishes culminating in 12 medals 1 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze.  With some very close medal finishes in other instances.

Brother and Sister duo Sadhbh and Evan Bailey won 11 of these medals between them, With Denis Kilbride adding his name to the haul on the final day of racing.  The team also put forward a strong girls relay team (12-14 age bracket) which performed well.

Following the success of the clubs training programme over the past 12 months, Sadhbh  Bailey has gained consideration times  for the National Pathway Performance Squad.  This is a tremendous achievement by the 14 year old and a testament to her dedication and motivation.  5 junior swimmers Evan Bailey, Kiara Ryan, Jaden Chan, Eva Bayley and Donnacha McCarthy have also gained consideration times for the Leinster Region Skills squad. 

So plenty of New Ross names to look out for in the future. Great results ducks!

Thank you Steve!

posted Jul 23, 2018, 10:01 AM by Amy Allen

Steve has been coaching our development squads over the past few years.  Coming to the club as a parent, and then getting involved in coaching, his committment has been second to none, travelling a great distance early mornings even after Deirbhile ceased swimming.
Steve has been a great support to Head coach Fran Ronan, helping her bring her training programme to fruition.  He will be missed by swimmers and parents and we thank him sincerely for his time at New Ross Swimming Club.

Thanks also to Elaine and all the Cruise  family for giving us this time!

Irish Summer Nationals Team 2018

posted Jul 23, 2018, 9:45 AM by Amy Allen

The 2018 Irish Summer Nationals will take place in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin over 5 days from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th July.
Eight New Ross Swimmers have qualified for this end of seaon national event.  Best wishes to Evan Bailey, Sadhbh Bailey, Denis Kilbride, Cian Foley, Jessica Toothill, Ruth Kelly, Kiara Ryan and Min Allen

The team have worked hard,  following the coaching programme of Head Coach Fran Ronan.  She will be assisted by Sarah Ryan, Paul Allen, Steve Cruise and Paula Bailey over the course of the competition. 

A big thanks to gala secretary Emir Kelly, working behind the scenes to ensure all competition entries are in order throughout the year.

11 ducks Limerick Bound

posted Jul 5, 2018, 9:23 AM by Amy Allen

The 2018 Irish National Division 2 Competition takes place in UL Sport, Limerick this Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July.

Eleven New Ross Swimmers have acheived  hard earned times for this end of season second division national competition.

Senior swimmers Jack Coode, Cillian Foley and  Danielle Colfer lead the march, all three experienced swimmers at national level.

In the junior category, Jaden Chan, attending his second division 2  is joined by several first timers including Laura Connell, Rosin Kenny,  Phelim O' Connor, Cael Colfer, Eva Bayley, Tiernan Foley and Donnacha McCarthy.

This is the first year of a new qualification pathway, where swimmers have only a limited oppertunity to qualify for national events, such is the competition at this level. 

We wish all of our young swimmers the very best over the 4 days. The warm spell does make competition conditions even more challenging for the eleven, but they have been following a well considered training programme developed by Head Coach Fran Ronan and we hope to see good perfomrances from the team.

Picture above: back left to right, Danielle Colfer, Laura Connell, Jack Coode, Cillian Foley, Phelim O'Connor
Front left to right: Cael Colfer, Jaden Chan, Eva Bayley and Tiernan Foley.  Missing from the photo are Roisin Kenny and Donnocha McCarthy.

Good luck Leinster Div 1and 2 Senior Youths 2018

posted May 3, 2018, 7:22 AM by Amy Allen   [ updated May 3, 2018, 11:55 AM ]

Division One and and Division Two Open  Leinster Youth/Senior Championship will be held this Saturday May 5th (evening) through to Monday May 7th. 

Good Luck to New Ross Swimmers taking part; Min Allen, Danielle Colfer,  Jack Coode, Cian Foley, Cillian Foley, Mutagh O'Connor, Phelim O'Connor  and Denis Kilbride,.

This is a new format for this championship with the juniors (Born 2004 or later)  competing over the June bank holiday (2-3 June).

Annual Gala Sunday April 22nd.

posted Apr 19, 2018, 3:43 AM by Amy Allen

A very warm welcome to the 18 clubs competing in our annual gala on Sunday next April 22nd.
Visiting t
eams include;  Aer Lingus Swim Club,Aura Dundalk Swimming Club, Barracuda Swim Club,Carrick Dippers,Curragh Swim Team,Enniscorthy Swim Club, Kilkenny Swimming Club, Laois Marlin,Longford Mullingar Jets Swimming Club, Splashworld Shark, St. Fiacc's,Tallaght Swim Team,Templeogue Swim Club,Tullamore Swimming Club,Waterford Crystal Swimming Club and Wexford Swim Club.

Our New Ross Swimmers look forward to meeting you all and enjoying a great days competition. The Gala is now fully subscribed.

2018 Irish Senior Schools Championships

posted Apr 13, 2018, 3:21 AM by Amy Allen

The 2018 Irish Senior Schools  Championships will take place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin on Sunday 15th April.

Two of our swimmers A squad; Min Allen, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rosbercon and Sadhbh Bailey, St. Mary Secondary School, Irishtown have both been selected onto the Leinster squad.

We wish both girls the best of luck in their swims - Go team Leinster!

Finals, Junior B finals and 2 New Ross Olympians!

posted Apr 13, 2018, 3:10 AM by Amy Allen   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 3:23 AM ]

The 2018 Irish Open Swimming Championships took place from Wednesday 4th April to Sunday 8th April and saw Ireland's top swimmers in action,  hoping to qualify this summer’s European Senior and Junior Championships and World Youth Olympic Games Teams.

The event hosted 350 swimmers from 62 clubs, including a strong team of 50 from the USA National Club Swimming Association, competing across five days of competition for national titles in 34 individual and 7 relay events.
Four of our  New Ross Swimmers secured entry times for this prestigous competition; First time qualifier Min Allen  , competed during the first two days in the 100 breast and 800 free, ending her participation with  two solid swims.

Also a first time qualification for Sadhbh Bailey.  She took to the pool for 100, 200, 400 and 800 free.  Reaching junior B finals in all of her events. Great swimming from Sadhbh.
Cian Foley joined the group on Saturday, ending his day with a solid swim in the 1500 free.
While Denis Kilbride secured times over all 5 days of competion,200, 400, 800 and 1500 free as well as 400 IM. Denis also made  finals / top 10 finishes in all of his events and most deservedly, won  his first  bronze medal in an 'Open' in the 1500 free.  A superb result for the young Rower man.

This was the first time the finals were life streamed on youtube and poignantly, our own New Ross Olympian Grainne Murphy provided commentary over the duration of the competition.  Indeed fellow New Ross Olympian Adrain (Zorro) O'Connor also attended some of the events providing support to the team

Well done to all four and to coach Fran Ronan.

National Short Course Final 2017.

posted Dec 12, 2017, 8:55 AM by Amy Allen

The 2017 Irish SC Championships will take place in the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th December.

Six swimmers will represent the club.
Jack Nolan Whitney, Denis Kilbride and Cian Foley for the boys.
Min Allen, Sadhbh Bailey and Caoimhe Daly for the girls.

Well done to all six swimmers on gaining qualification times for this national event and good luck to all in their races.

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