The Fermoy swimmers did not have far to travel on Saturday, April 22 to attend their own Invitation Gala. They say you have a home advantage and this certainly seemed to work with swimmers making fabulous personal bests.
Jodie Baker only competed 2 weeks prior to this gala and had knocked off an incredible 3+ seconds in that gala. Amazingly she got another 3+ PB qualifying her in the 100m Freestyle for the National Division 1 Gala held in the National Aquatic Centre in the summer. She also won gold in this event. Not content with this she swam a brilliant 200m Breaststroke to win gold and get her qualifying time for this event also. Well done Jodie.
Sally Linehan swam a 2 second PB to gain her National Division 2 time in her 100m Frontcrawl and winning silver. Sally also won silver in the 100m Butterfly.
Annelies Kouwenberg won bronze in the 100m Freestyle on a Division 2 time. She also won gold in the 200 IM, bronze in the 100m Fly and 200m Free.
Emma Forrester became a fully-fledged Munster Grade 1 swimmer with an outstanding PB in her 200m Freestyle winning silver in this event and the 100 IM with a bronze in the 100m Fly.
William Verling had an outstanding gala, also becoming a fully-fledged Munster Grade 1 swimmer winning the gold in the 200 IM, 100m Backstroke, 200m Free & 200m Breaststroke.
Adam O’Grady was our 3rd swimmer to join the Munster Grade 1 club, knocking an incredible 7 seconds off his 200m Freestyle in only two weeks!
Naoise Hegarty became a Munster Grade 2 swimmer and won bronze in the 100m IM.
Fiona Miao won the following medals: gold in the 100m Backstroke, 50m Back and 100m Fly, silver in the 200m Back and bronze in the 200m IM.
Declan Morrison won bronze in the 200m IM and 100m Breaststroke. Liam O’Brien won silver in the 100m Free, bronze in the 200m Free and 100m Back. Mary O’Donnell won gold in the 200m Backstroke, silver in the 100m and 200m Free.
Seamus Morrison won silver in the 200m Backstroke. Anna O’Keeffe took gold in the 50m Breast and bronze in the 200m Free. Cathal Walsh won bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, 50m Free and 50m Backstroke.
Oisin Morrison won silver in the 50m Breaststroke. Sophie Baker won bronze in the 50m Breaststroke. Mai McMahon won bronze in the 50m Breaststroke. Ellen Brooks claimed gold in the 100m and 50m Breaststroke.
Peter Verling won silver in the 100 IM and 50m Backstroke. Cess Kouwenberg won gold in the 100m IM, 50m Backstroke and bronze in the 100m Fly. John Lonergan won silver in the 100m Breaststroke. Oisin Finn won gold in the 100m Breaststroke & 100m Fly.
Kay O’Sullivan won bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. Bartosz Lipinski got his Grade 2 time in the 100m Free and won silver in the 50m Free.
Maeve Callanan swam a great PB in her 100m IM to achieve the Grade 2 time, whilst her younger sister Mia swam very well in her first gala. Emily Darrer-Dalton, Ben Terry, Hannah Fenton, Gemma O’Brien, Jill O’Flynn, Sophie Ennis, Sam O’Brien, Nathan O’Flynn, Patrick Kenny and Ciara Clancy all managed to get PB’s with the rest of the team being made up of Cillian and Leah Fitzgerald, Cian McGirr, Isabelle O’Brien and Eabha Corcoran.
Big congratulations to all the above swimmers who swam their best which lead to Fermoy Swimming Club out-competing all the other clubs on the day bringing the Garda Cup home to Fermoy.
A huge thank you to all the parents, coaches and other swimmers who helped on the day making the gala a great success.