17th of May 2015 notes

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the grade “B” gala today in Tralee.  As this was the last “B” gala of the swimming season, swimmers from all clubs were at their peak of fitness.  Despite the stiff competition, Killarney swimmers excelled in all disciplines with medals, grade “A” times and Personal Bests aplenty.  Well done to all.

 Under 11 girls – Well done to Pia Hickey who took the bronze medal in the 100 metres butterfly.
Under 11 boys – A wonderful performance by Ross O’Leary produced a silver in the 100 metres breaststroke.
Under 13 girls – Relying on her speed, Emir O’Dowd powered to a bronze in the 100 metres freestyle.
Under 13 boys – Congrats to Owen Fitzgerald who went for a “selection box” of medals, winning gold in the 200 metres Individual Medley, silver in the 100 metres butterfly and bronze in the 100 metres breaststroke.  Meanwhile, Paudie O’Leary continued to draw attention by winning a gold medal in one of the key races of the day, the 200 metres freestyle.  In the highly technical and closely watched 100 metres breaststroke, Charles O’Brien won a coveted gold for Killarney.
Under 15 girls – Particular praise on the day goes to Sarah O’Connor who not only won silver in the 100 metres freestyle, but also achieved her grade “A” times.  Well done, Sarah, and best of luck from everyone in those upcoming exams!  Well done also to Orlaith Reynolds who won bronze in the 100 metres butterfly, probably the most difficult swimming discipline.
Under 15 boys – Sean Farndon won a very fast bronze in the 100 metres freestyle.  Well done, Sean.
Over 16 girls – Some powerful swimming by our girls in this category produced a sackful of medals for the club.  Sinead Lucey won triple gold in the 200 metres freestyle, the 100 metres backstroke and the 100 metres butterfly while Janine O’Connor, in very relaxed style, won gold in the 100 metres freestyle, silver in the 200 metres freestyle and another silver in the 100 metres breaststroke.
Relays – There were two relay races on the day, both for ages 12 and under, both in the fastest race of all, the 200 metres freestyle.  The Killarney team of Paudie O’Leary, Charles O’Brien, Donal Daly and Ross O’Leary were not really tested and easily won the gold medal.  The girls race was an entirely different matter with some of the finest young swimmers in the south west from six different clubs competing for the honours.  However, it was clear from the start that this was a two horse race between the home club, Tralee, and Killarney.  Tralee, as to be expected, were good, showing great hunger and strength.  But Killarney were even better taking a glorious gold by little more than a fingernail!  Well done indeed to our team of Julie Rose Bowell, Leanne Kerins, Eva Quinn and Saibh O’Brien.
Thanks to our coaches, Kristian O’Donovan, Cathal O’Brien and Cathal Roche, who were fantastic on the day. Thanks also to all parents who travelled to Tralee, especially those who took part in the timekeeping.
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