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Leinster Division June Bank Holiday

posted Jul 5, 2017, 1:29 PM by Amy Allen

The countdown to the finals of the 2016/2017 swim season is on.  New Ross Swimming Club finished their regional qualifiers on a high. 19 members contested the Leinster Division 1 age group / open championships which were held over the June bank holiday weekend.  And while many day trippers enjoyed the delights of Bloom in the Park, the NAC was home to our gang over the same three day period. 

Day one saw six podium places for the club.  Two of which, Ruth Kelly and Cillian Foley were first time qualifiers in this division, so a great boost to their confidence.

Day two and again 4 of the swimmers gained several top 3 placings; while on day 3 six medals were well earned by the team.  Division 1 is an extremely competitive arena for the young swimmers.  Qualification times have been getting faster and faster keeping pace with national and international meet qualification times. Over 700 competitors in total, contested heats each day of the event.  Having 4 swimmers in consideration for overall  top points placings in their age groups is again a huge recognition for the club; Denis Kilbride in the 16/17 boys, Abi Cullen 11/12 girls, Sadhbh Bailey 13/14 girls and Deirbhile Cruise 17+ female.

Team New Ross consisted of Min Allen, Evan Bailey, Sadhbh Bailey, Eoin Bergin, Ciara Brennan, Jaden Chan, Danielle Colfer, Jack Coode, Deirbhile Cruise, Abi Cullen, Caoimhe Daly, Cian Foley, Cillian Foley, Ruth Kelly, Denis Kilbride, Jack Nolan-Whitney, Kiara Ryan, Jessica Toothill and Stuart Vaughan.

The season finale will begin with The 2017 Irish Age Group – Division 2 which will take place in UL Sport, Limerick from Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July. This competition will be run in 25m format. Competing for New Ross are Jack Coode, Danielle, Colfer , Jaden Chan , Cillian Foley and Kiara Ryan.

And The 2017 Irish Age Group  championships & Summer Open – Division 1  will take place in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd July. This competition will be run in 50m format. Representing New Ross will be Min Allen, Sadhb h Bailey, Deirbhile Cruise, Abi Cullen, Caoimhe Daly and Ruth Kelly.  In the male section, Evan Bailey, Eoin Bergin, Cian Foley, Denis Kilbride, Jack Nolan-Whitney and Stuart Vaughan will represent the club.