14th of May 2018 notes

Congratulations to our eight swimmers who took part in the Munster/Connaught Gala recently. This is the business end of the season with only the finest swimmers invited to attend.

Boys under 16 – Charles O’Brien, who specialises in the breaststroke, showed everyone that he is right up there with the best in the country by winning a gold medal in the 200 breaststroke and a bronze in the 100 breaststroke.

Girls over 17 – Margaret O’Brien, who is a long-distance specialist, won an outstanding gold in the 400 Individual Medley, an incredibly difficult race.

Paul O’Leary and Ellen O’Connor were also in flying form, each making it into the final heats and both achieving top ten finishes and their Division Two times.

Star of the day, however, was our very own Alan O’Shea who swam like the hordes of hell were on his tail to break the one-minute marker for the 100 freestyle – a first for a Killarney swimmer and a record set at 59.13 seconds!  Well done, Alan – a huge achievement for you, your coach, Cathal O’Brien, and for our club.

Thanks to our lead coach, Cathal O’Brien who, as always, gave huge support and encouragement to our swimmers. Thanks also to all parents for travelling and taking part in timekeeping duties.

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