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April 2017 A month of gala's and more!

posted May 2, 2017, 1:09 PM by Amy Allen   [ updated May 3, 2017, 12:49 AM ]
Team New Ross certainly marked the 40th anniversary of the Club in style this April.  Hats off to swimmers in all the squads who did us proud at our annual gala.  Thank you to the coaching team across all the squads for preparing and mentoring the swimmers.

Here is a round up of some of the main events:

The triumphant trio of Sadhbh Bailey, her brother Evan and Abi Cullen made a serious contribution to Leinsters participation at the Ulster Age groups in Bangor 21-23rd of April last.

Evan competing in the 9-11 age group made the 100 breast stroke final on the first day of competition, securing a silver medal during the finals.  He then went on to win the 100 freestyle.  On day two he secured two second placings in the 200 im and the 100 fly.  An all-rounder, Evan secured two more podium placings on Sunday with silver in the 400 free and a bronze in the 100 m back stroke.

Abi Cullen also showed strong form from day one of the event.  Swimming in the 9-11 age category she earned a first placing in the 100 freestyle, Second in the 200 individual medley.  As the weekend progressed she also had a first placing in the 400 free and gained bronze in the 100 butterfly.

Sadhbh in the 13 age category, an experienced distance swimmer, came second in the 800 freestyle on the first day following on with a third placing in the 100 free.  Improving on her result the next day, she stormed through the water to gain gold in the 400 free. 

Dedicated coaching and additional pool time has helped prepare this trio for their successes.  Individual training plans developed and delivered by head coach Fran Ronan has meant that over the past month, the club was also represented at Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Swimming Championships 6th-8th April.  This was a highly contested meet, where the cream of Irish swimming was seeking to make this summer’s European and World teams.

Team New Ross was ably represented by Eoin Begin, Cian Foley, Jack Coode, Jack Nolan Whitney and Denis Kilbride who all met the very stringent qualification times. As did Derbhille Cruise and the youngest member of the group, Caoimhe Daly.    The squad competed well, securing individual pb’s and making a number of finals.  This event is one of the pinnacles of the Irish swimming calendar and a very competitive arena for New Ross to be among.

Four of the clubs swimmers were also selected onto the Leinster squad to compete against the other three provinces in the Interprovincial Schools finals on April 29th. Jack Nolan Whitney and Denis Kilbride were part of the senior squad, while Min Allen and Caoimhe Daly competed in the junior age section.  All four improved on their personal best times and also contributed to the relay events.     Ulster secured the title this year, but Leinster followed in second place.

Meanwhile on home turf, the club hosted its annual gala in the Apex on the 29-30th of April.  400 swimmers descended on New Ross, over the two day event.  43 New Ross swimmers competed across all the age categories and disciplines.  Their success included 32 Gold, 21 Silver and 13 Bronze medals.  Out of their 185 swims, 136 personal best times were achieved, which was a fantastic boost for the individual swimmers, rewarding their hard work and the dedication of the coaching team.

The gala was an important fundraising event for the club.