Well done to Paul O’Leary who rounded off a very successful trip to UL for the Swim Ireland Division Two Championships with a magnificent seventh place in the finals of the 200 metres breaststroke. A very satisfactory weekend all around for Killarney Swimming Club.
A particular thank you to our Head Coach, Cathal O’Brien, for all of his time and effort in getting our swimmers to this level in just a few short years.
Thank you also to all parents who travelled and participated over the weekend.
Never mind the Tennis from Wimbledon or the British Open or even that aul’ Super Eight’s match in Killarney – no, the BIG sports news story of the weekend is how our own Killarney swimmers are doing at the Division Two Championships in Limerick. Five of our best went out and all five will return covered in glory.
Ellen Farndon had a fantastic swim but ran into goggle trouble on the home straight, still managing to notch up a wonderful PB.
Peter O’Doherty was in flying form, clocking up yet another PB. Is there any stopping this lad?!
Paudie O’Leary hit yet another PB and then came home in fifth in the final of the 50 freestyle with a time of just 25.26 – a super result.
What can we say about Ellen O’Connor? She nailed a 9 second PB in the qualifiers for the 100 breaststroke, moving from 38th position to 5th in the overall rankings, and then came in in a fantastic 7th place in the finals. She then went and did a sub-30 second 50 freestyle (29.51), coming home in 13th position. Well done, Ellen.
And then Paul O’Leary strode out onto the deck – cool and in control – and the city of Limerick fell silent. Never mind your qualifiers, never mind your pats on the back, Paul was here for silverware – and he didn’t disappoint his followers and our Head Coach, Cathal O’Brien. A magnificent bronze medal finish in the 100 breaststroke will be a cherished memory in the club for years to come – and he’s not done yet! Paul has qualified for the final of the 200 breaststroke also which will take place later this evening, and we’ll be keeping you posted, live from UL.
So never mind your David Clifford’s and your Micheal Burns – the real Kerry heroes are flying the flag in Limerick for the weekend.
The very best of luck to all our senior swimmers who are currently in the final weeks of absolutely savage training before the upcoming National Division 1 and Division 2 Galas, while the rest of us are just chillin’ and growing lazy.
This year we have five swimmers competing at Division 2 level (Ellen O’Connor, Ellen Farndon, Paul O’Leary, Paudie O’Leary and Peter O’Doherty) and a further two who have qualified for Division 1 (Charles O Brien and Ian Coffey). Recently, all swimmers were presented with commemorative Killarney Swimming Club tops to mark their achievement.Killarney Swimming Club Senior Squad members who are taking part in the upcoming Divisional Galas. Division 1 – Ian Coffey. Division 2 – Ellen O’Connor, Paul O’Leary, Paudie O’Leary and Peter O’Doherty. (Missing from the photo are Charles O’Brien and Ellen Farndon.)
Congratulations to everyone in two Killarney swimming clubs! We are now officially twinned with Killarney Swim Club in Calgary, Canada – and there we were thinking we were unique! What’s more, they have been around for over 50 years.
Killarney Swim Club, Calgary are a big outfit with over one hundred swimmers (and that’s just in the under 8 age group) two full-time coaches and a full-time secretary. Their website is well worth looking up, with some seriously impressive records.
Samantha met their secretary recently and there was a formal exchange of hats (which is what us swimming clubs like to do when we twin with each other). Unfortunately for our Samantha, this was not during an all-expenses paid trip to Calgary. No, it was in the foyer of the Listowel Arms Hotel. Maybe another time (see photo).
Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Cadet Invitational Gala in Limerick last Saturday, bringing a fantastic haul of medals back to Killarney.
Girls under 10 – Well done to Ella Cremin who won a stunning bronze in the 100 backstroke.
Girls under 13 – Faye O’Neill had a wonderful day in the pool winning golds in the 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly while Meabh Doolan did her bit by winning bronzes in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and Sarah McAuliffe took bronze in a very difficult 50 butterfly.
Boys under 13 – Peter O’Doherty was the star of the show, sweeping the board with golds in the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, and silvers in the 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke. Liam O’Leary produced some great swims and took silver in the 50 freestyle and bronze in the 100 backstroke. Fiachra Roarty won a fast silver in the 100 backstroke, Cathal Mackey won bronze for Killarney in the 50 backstroke while Jake Sparks took bronze in the 100 IM in what was a technically difficult race.
Girls under 14 – Emilija Berzina won a beautiful silver for the club in the 100 backstroke.
On Sunday, Paul O’Leary showed us why he is truly one of the club’s superstars, seizing a magnificent silver medal in the 200 breaststroke in the Distance Limerick Invitational.
Thanks to our coaches, Cathal O’Brien and John Edwards, who gave huge support and encouragement to our swimmers. Thanks also to our squad manager, Mairead Horan, and to all parents for travelling and taking part in timekeeping duties.
Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Mallow Invitational Gala at the weekend. Some great PB’s achieved.
Boys under 15 – Nathan O’Connor won a great pair of silvers in the 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.
Girls under 16 – Killarney girls were in flying form in this category with Ellen O’Connor winning gold in the 50 breaststroke and silver in the 200 breaststroke while Ellen Farndon took silver in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 50 freestyle and Aisling Coffey won a fantastic bronze in the 100 butterfly.
Boys under 18 – As always, Paul O’Leary produced the goods for Killarney, winning a silver medal in the 50 breaststroke and a bronze in the 50 butterfly.
Thanks to our coach for the weekend, John Edwards whose encouragement was fantastic. Thanks also to our more “mature” swimmers Sean, Paul , Nathan, Aisling and the two Ellen’s who gave great encouragement from the deck and well done to our younger swimmers, Jessica, Cliodhna, Meabh ,Roisin, Fiachra and Cathal who did us proud on the day, especially Meabh who notched up a brilliant PB despite some “technical difficulties” in one race!
Thanks also to all parents for travelling and particularly to those who took part in timekeeping duties.
Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Regional Long-Course Qualifying Meet in Limerick at the weekend. Some great PB’s achieved against the finest swimmers from Munster and Connaught.
Well done to Niamh Coffey who, swimming in possibly her last gala for Killarney Swimming Club, won a fantastic bronze in the 100 butterfly.
Also swimming in what could be her last gala was Imogen O’Connor who decided to go out with a splash and knocked seconds off her PB’s in all events.
Paudie O’Leary was on absolute fire on Sunday and, on just his second time swimming long-course, broke the one-minute barrier in the 100 freestyle. This is a first for the club and a huge achievement from one of our talented, up-and-coming young swimmers.
Thanks to our coach for the weekend, Cathal O’Brien, whose guidance, as always, was invaluable. Thanks also to all parents for travelling but, in particular, those who took part in officials duties – Deirdre O’Connor, Samantha O’Connor, Anita O’Dowd, Deirdre O’Doherty and Mike Hickey.