5th of February 2017 notes

Congratulations to all our swimmers who took part in the Grade I gala in Tralee on Sunday the 29th of January.  Outside of divisional events – and, of course the nationals – a Grade I is the highest-level gala.  Not surprisingly, competition was stiff but Killarney was well up to the challenge.

Under 13 Girls – Pia Hickey was in sparkling form winning gold in the 100 metres backstroke then a magnificent trio of silver medals in the 200 metres freestyle, the 100 metres butterfly and the 100 metres freestyle!  Well done, Pia.

Under 15 Girls – Ellen Farndon showed a clean pair of heels to win an incredible gold in the 200 metres backstroke.  Meanwhile, Julie Rose Bowell won two snappy silvers, the first in the 200 metres freestyle followed by a second in the 200 metres Individual Medley.  Then it was Emer O’Dowd’s turn to impress taking bronze in the 200 metres Individual Medley and another bronze in the 100 metres butterfly.

Under 15 Boys – Donal Daly was in winning form, putting his name on the board four times to win gold in the 200 metres freestyle, silver in the 200 metres Individual Medley, bronze in the 100 metres breaststroke and another bronze in the 100 metres backstroke.  Then there was Charles O’Brien, who is fast becoming something of a specialist in the breaststroke, and who once again dominated this event by winning gold in the 200 metres breaststroke and another gold in the 100 metres breaststroke.  With some fuel left in the tank, he then won bronze in the 200 metres Individual Medley.

Over 16 Girls – Niamh Coffey was in scintillating form winning an unbelievable pair of golds in the 400 metres freestyle and the 100 metres butterfly and then a pair of silvers in the 200 metres Individual Medley and the 100 metres freestyle.  Margaret O’Brien, as always, shone pure and clear in the tougher, longer races winning golds in the 400 Individual Medley and the 200 metres butterfly and silvers in the 200 metres breaststroke and the 100 metres butterfly.  Orlaith Reynolds took her well-deserved place on the podium by winning bronze in the 100 metres backstroke.

Over 16 Boys – Killarney swimmers simply dominated this, the toughest of all categories.  Shane Kerins seized gold in the 100 metres butterfly and bronze in the 100 metres freestyle.   Robert O’Brien showed some real class taking gold in the 100 metres backstroke and silver in the 200 metres backstroke.  Paul O’Leary was doing the business also, winning silver in the 200 metres breaststroke and bronze in the 100 metres breaststroke.  Then Alan O’Shea hit fifth gear to take a lovely bronze in the 200 metres backstroke

32 medals at a Grade I gala.  Well done, Killarney!  Thanks to our senior coach, Cathal O’Brien, 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.

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