Fermoy swimmers make their mark at Nenagh gala

On Saturday, November 11, fifteen swimmers from Fermoy headed to Nenagh to compete in a Development Level 1 Meet.

For many of these swimmers it was to be their very first meet representing their club, so nerves were aplenty.

Tadhg O’Brien was our first swimmer up getting Fermoy off to a roaring start winning a silver medal in the 100m Free. He then went on to win gold in both the 50m Back & Free. A great start to his competitive career.

Peter Verling was our next swimmer up smashing his 100m Free time with a 15.82 PB, winning not only a bronze medal but also gaining his Level 2 time making him an official Munster Level 2 swimmer. He then went on to achieve another PB in his 50m Fly winning silver.

Harry Bates swam a personal best in his 100m Free, 100m IM and 50m Breast where he also gained his Level 2 time.

Dara Hanrahan swam all his races very well. He competed in the 100m Free, 50m Breast and 50m Back. I’m sure he slept well Saturday night!

Louis Gorey kept the momentum going gaining a 6.66 PB in his 100m Free winning a bronze medal. He also PB’d in his 50m Breast and 50m Back.

Coach Jackie Power with the swimmers who took part in the recent Nenagh Gala.

First female swimmer was Amy Hawe. It was also Amy’s first competitive gala and what a performance! Not only did she get all her Level 2 times in everything she swam, but she also picked up an array of medals. Bronze in the 100m IM, gold in the 50m Back, bronze in the 100m Free and silver in the 50m Fly.

Mia Callanan swam a personal best in her 100m Free, also swimming the 50m Breast and Back. Emily Gorey swam a good 100m IM and 50m Breast, where she was right on her Level 2 time.

Padraig O’Toole swam a 1.16 personal best in his 50m Breaststroke, but from then on I think his mind was on the Irish Rugby match he was going to watch live later on – who could blame him!

Margaret Verling was in super form, winning silver in her 50m Back, 100m Free and 50m Breast. She just missed her Level 2 time for her 50m Back.

Emma Crowley was another of our youngest competitors. She won a bronze in her 50m Back taking of an amazing 3.96 seconds off and just a whisker away from her Level 2 time. She also won bronze in her 50m Free.

Lucy Corbett was our next first-timer up and she did really well to overcome the nerves and put in a sterling swim in her 50m Back & 50m Free.

Aoife Morrison was also swimming in her first gala, gaining a good time in her 50m Back, 100m Free and 50m Breast. Keela Enright swam in the 100m Free, well done Keela!

Well done to all the swimmers who attended, especially the first-timers, I hope you enjoyed the experience. A big thank you also goes out to all the parents who attended on the day to support and help.

Thank you also to Coach Jackie who helped calm and encourage all the swimmers. A good day for Fermoy Swimming Club.


Well done to our huge group of 20 swimmers who travelled to the Gus Healy Pool in Douglas last Sunday for this development 2 meet.

A great day’s swimming was had by all accounts, we will have a gala report from Coach Warren in next week’s notes.

Thanks to Sunday’s Well SC for hosting the event, and to all parents who travelled on the day.

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