14th of July 2019 notes

Never mind the Tennis from Wimbledon or the British Open or even that aul’ Super Eight’s match in Killarney – no, the BIG sports news story of the weekend is how our own Killarney swimmers are doing at the Division Two Championships in Limerick. Five of our best went out and all five will return covered in glory.

Ellen Farndon had a fantastic swim but ran into goggle trouble on the home straight, still managing to notch up a wonderful PB.

Peter O’Doherty was in flying form, clocking up yet another PB. Is there any stopping this lad?!

Paudie O’Leary hit yet another PB and then came home in fifth in the final of the 50 freestyle with a time of just 25.26 – a super result.

What can we say about Ellen O’Connor? She nailed a 9 second PB in the qualifiers for the 100 breaststroke, moving from 38th position to 5th in the overall rankings, and then came in in a fantastic 7th place in the finals. She then went and did a sub-30 second 50 freestyle (29.51), coming home in 13th position. Well done, Ellen.

And then Paul O’Leary strode out onto the deck – cool and in control – and the city of Limerick fell silent.  Never mind your qualifiers, never mind your pats on the back, Paul was here for silverware – and he didn’t disappoint his followers and our Head Coach, Cathal O’Brien.  A magnificent bronze medal finish in the 100 breaststroke will be a cherished memory in the club for years to come – and he’s not done yet!  Paul has qualified for the final of the 200 breaststroke also which will take place later this evening, and we’ll be keeping you posted, live from UL.

So never mind your David Clifford’s and your Micheal Burns – the real Kerry heroes are flying the flag in Limerick for the weekend.

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