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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.