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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!