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October Round up 2017

posted Nov 2, 2017, 3:52 AM by Amy Allen

October has been a very busy month for galas. Our swimmers have begun the season strongly; with great times and PB’s being achieved.

Super swimming by our J2, B and C squads at the Leinster Graded Development meet in the NAC on Sunday October 1st.

17 swimmers travelled south attending the 3 day Dolphin Gala, in Cork from the 6-8 th October.   The 400 free was completed on the Friday evening, with all other events including relays on the Saturday and Sunday.  The team had good results with several podium finishes and success in relay events. As the first meet of the season 2017/2018, the Dolphin is  good meet preparation, allowing swimmers to test their competition preparation and push to improve PB times. Our very own Cian Foley was awarded male swimmer of the meet.  Congratulations to Cian.


On 14/15th of October 10 swimmers competed in the Leinster Swimming Distance Qualifying gala. The 800 and 1500 freestyle kicked off proceedings on the Saturday evening, followed by all other distances on the Sunday.  This was a big step for many of our younger swimmers, securing times for a regional event. The team gained great competition experience and new PB’s. Well done all swimmers.


The Leinster Minor & Senior Schools where held on the 22nd October in the NAC this year. The competition kicked off with senior schools in the morning. The club has swimmers representing several schools including; St. Mary’s New Ross, Our Lady of Lourdes, New Ross, CBS New Ross, and Mean Scoil Gorman, Enniscorthy. All schools were rewarded with excellent swims from their students and podium finishes.  Our Lady of Lourdes also has a relay podium placement as an added bonus.  Acknowledgement of our children’s dedication and training  within the school is important as swimming is not always a sport recognised in the school.

At Minor schools, Cushinstown N.S., Rathgarogue N.S., Bunscoil Rís, St Canice's N.S., Horeswood N.C., Newbawn N.S., and Bree N.S were all ably represented by their students from within the club.  Again the swimmers did their schools proud, competing at regional level, breaking existing pb’s and reaching podium finishes. Well done to all 21 swimmers and their schools.


The final Gala of the month was held in the Curragh Military Camp, Co. Kildare. Again 21 swimmers competed over the weekend of the 28/29th of October.  Always an enjoyable gala for swimmers, the organisers did not disappoint, 4 senior cadets of the 93rd Cadet class, who gave up their free time to help out with the Military display, allowing children to try on   military gear and look at some of the artillery used by the Irish Defence Forces.   Swimmers performed well, plenty of pbs and medals in the bag.