27th November 2016 notes

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Munster Grade II gala in Tralee on the 20th of November.  As always, it was an exciting day out for all involved with some fine results being posted by Killarney swimmers.

Under 12 Boys – Nathaniel Doncel put Killarney up on the medals table with a lovely bronze in the 100 metres backstroke

Under 13 Girls – Ellen O’Connor, one of our talented up-and-coming young swimmers, was in sublime form taking silver in the 100 metres backstroke and bronze in the 100 metres butterfly and in the process getting her qualifying times in this age group for Grade I galas.  Well done Ellen!  Meanwhile Maura O’Keeffe was showing some serious individual talent of her own to take a bronze medal in the keenly contested 100 metres breaststroke.

Under 14 Girls – We were all delighted to welcome back Eva Quinn who has been out of competition for some time through injury.  Sporting the latest in high performance swimming gear, Eva had something to prove and, boy, did she do just that leaving the opposition cold in the 200 metres Individual Medley to win gold and following that with a second gold in the 100 metres freestyle.  Eva now moves up to Grade I galas in this age group while the rest of us rush out to buy those goggles!

Under 16 Girls – Rebecca Twomey, continuing a good run in form, won a bronze medal in the 200 metres Individual Medley (an incredibly difficult race) and another bronze in the 100 metres backstroke while Meadhbh O’Sullivan took a well-deserved and hard-fought bronze in the 200 metres freestyle.

Thanks to our coach Leontia Doody, and our assistant coach Shane Kerins, who gave wonderful support and encouragement to all our swimmers on the day.  Thanks also to all parents for travelling and for taking part in the timekeeping.

Finally, thanks to all members who supported the Killarney Rotary Club Wine & Art night where Killarney Swimming Club was one of this year’s nominated sports clubs.  Thanks, in particular, to the members of Killarney Rotary Club for nominating us this year.  Your support will help in the purchase of specialist swimming equipment to be used by the members of Killarney Swimming Club for many years to come.

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