4th of July 2016 notes

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Division II Irish Age Group finals at the University of Limerick last weekend. This is the ‘business end’ of the swimming season with the most talented young swimmers from all over the country taking part. 

Killarney was represented by Ethan O’Neill, Paul O’Leary, Niamh Coffey, Treasa O’Sullivan, Robert O’Brien and Margaret O’Brien.  All our swimmers recorded Personal Best times in the Olympic-sized pool which is a marvellous achievement. 

Margaret O’Brien carved out a name for herself on the national stage by winning a gold medal in the 400 metres Individual Medley.  Margaret also made the final in the 200 metres Individual Medley. 

Robert O’Brien, won silver in the 200 metres backstroke, bronze in the 100 metres backstroke and also made the finals in both the 200 metres Individual Medley and the 100 metres breaststroke – a very strong all-round performance by this young Killarney swimmer.

Ethan O’Neill also had a fantastic weekend and missed out on a place in the finals of the 100 metres breaststroke by milliseconds.  Barring injury, Ethan will be in contention for the medals next time out.

Thanks to our coaches Cathal O’Brien and Leontia Doody who gave huge support and encouragement to all swimmers over the weekend and who, over just four short years, have brought the club to the point where we are competing, and winning, at national level.  Thanks also to all parents for travelling.  A great finish to our Club’s year.

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