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IAG Division 2 UL, Limerick (29th of June-2nd of July)

posted Jul 5, 2017, 1:31 PM by Amy Allen

The Irish Age Groups Division 2 Swimming Championships kicked off at UL Arena, Limerick on Thursday June 29th with some impressive swims in the Girls 800m Freestyle and Boys 1,500m Freestyle. The competition ran in 25m format, with over 700 contenders competing in their respective age groups.

New Ross Swimming Club, noted for its distance excellence put forward three swimmers for these opening events with Danielle  Colfer  (14) placing 6th in the 800 Free, Cillian Foley (15) was just pipped at the touch giving him an impressive 4th placing in the 1500 Free while Kiara Ryan (11) took home gold, on her first Division 2 outing, swimming the  800 Free in an impressive time of  11:04:72.

On day 2, Jack Coode (18)  took up the mantle, making three finals during the day.   He stormed home to gold in the 400m Individual Medley.  Jack also won his prelims in the 200m free, placing 4th in the finals.  Cillian Foley made the 200 Free final securing a personal best again and Jaden Chan, our youngest competitor at just 10, made the reserve in 100 breast.  Again a great result for this youngster at his first national competition.  Danielle and Kiara had significant PB’s in all of their events of day 2 .

Day 3 was a great day for our two youngest swimmers, Jaden  Chan made his 1st final in the 100 Butterfly  finishing in 7th place.  While Kiara  Ryan just missed a medal in the final of the 100 Free Style.  Literally pipped on the final touch. So great results for these guys, and lots more to come from both no doubt as they progress in their swimming careers.

On the final day, the New Ross five continued to make big improvements in their personal times with top 10 finishes  for several events.  But perhaps the most exciting swim of the day was performed by Danielle Colfer, who went into the  200 breast stroke final in 7th position.  Danielle,  having endured a difficult season with extended illness, showed true determination and grit.  Benefitting from focused training on her turning skills, she managed to leave the wall faster than all of the other athletes and in so doing that swam her way to first. A well-deserved win for the  Rathgarogue teen.   

Ending the meet with three gold and smashing personal best times in every single one of their swims, not to mention each and every team ember making at least one final over the three days, has been a great result for the team and an excellent reflection on the club. The New Ross quintet were  coached by Fran Ronan and Sarah Ryan