14th of March 2016 notes

Well done to all our swimmers who took part in the Munster Long-Course Championship which was held at the University of Limerick campus on the 12th and 13th of March.  Long-course events are held in Olympic-size pools under Olympic conditions and are only open to the best swimmers in the province so we, as a club, are enormously proud of everyone who took part.

Under 14 Girls – Congratulations to Margaret O’Brien who won silver medals in both the 200 metres Butterfly and the 400 metres Individual Medley, piercing the water with some spectacular dives on the day.

Well done also to Wiktoria Niewiadomska who picked up a beautiful silver in the 50 metres Freestyle. Wiktoria was invited recently to join the Swim Ireland Munster squad so, for that, a special mention must go to her parents, Isabela & Rafai, who do all the hard work driving to training and galas. “Behind every successful swimmer …” etc.  Wiktoria is only thirteen year old, so watch out for that name in the future.

Over 15 Girls – Congrats to Marta Doberschuetz who turned on the style to take silver in the 50 metre Breaststroke and bronze in the 100 metre breaststroke. Marta is well-recognised at this level for her technically beautiful stroke.

Over 15 Boys – Robert O’Brien was simply superb in the pool winning a magnificent gold in the 400 metre Individual Medley, in what is probably the hardest race of them all. Robert, and his sister Margaret who won medals in the under 14 category, specialise in long distance so they were very comfortable in the longer races over the long-course. 

Thanks to our coaches, Cathal O’Brien and Leontia Doody who gave huge support and encouragement to all swimmers over the weekend. Thanks also to all parents for travelling.

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