The Munster and Connaught Age Group Championships were held at the University of Limerick pool over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend, and Fermoy Swimming Club had 4 swimmers competing over the 3 days.
As Connaught do not have a 50m pool complex, they combine with Munster for the long course championships, which makes the competition even tougher for everyone. As it turned out, the boom in UL pool is in need of repair, so the meet had to be run short course, with times achieved then converted to LC and eligible for qualification for Div1 and 2.
Our first swimmer to take to the blocks was Fiona Miao. Fiona swam 4 events, and qualified for the final in 3 of the 4, a wonderful achievement. She swam a pb of -1.88 in the 200 back, 5thplace overall, -0.18 in the 100m breast, a whopping pb of -3.25 in the 200IM and 6thplace overall, and -1.12 in the 100 back for 5thplace overall. Well done Fiona. Fiona’s next competition is the Irish Age Groups and Summer Open (Div 1), and we wish her well with her training.
Next up was Zoe Daniels-Howard, who was swimming both breaststroke distances. Zoe claimed silver in the 100m breaststroke, managing to swim the exact same time in both prelims and final, down to the millisecond! Well done Zoe. In the 200m breaststroke prelims Zoe had a super pb of -2.8, qualifying for the final as second fastest swimmer again, but unfortunately had to scratch due to injury. Zoe’s next competition is the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships at the end of June, and we wish her well with her training.
Sibling rivalry is not an issue for Zach Daniels-Howard, as his favoured stroke is the backstroke, and he took to the blocks in the Age 12 100m backstroke with a huge task to try and make finals, against a very strong field of older, more experienced swimmers. Zach swam a super pb time of -5.92, narrowly missing out on a finals spot, but very happy with his time. Zach is currently training for Irish Division 2 Championships at the beginning of July, good luck Zach.
Jodie Baker took on no less than 5 events at the Age Group Championships, and qualified for the finals in all 5, fantastic swimming by Jodie. She took bronze in 100 free, silver in the 200IM, 4thplace in the 200m breaststroke, bronze in the 50m free, and silver in the 200m free. Superb performances by Jodie against some very tough competition. She is preparing to travel to the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships at the end of June, good luck with the training Jodie!
DIVISION 2 / DIVISION 1 ENTRIES
Please note that the closing date for division entries is fast approaching. The meet information packs for both championships are now available on our website, these gives details of qualifying times, along with the schedule of events, details of warm-ups etc. Please check your events! Entries to be placed in the club competition box, write details on front of envelope as usual. If you are unsure if you have qualified for a particular event please check with your coach, results of all previous galas are also on the club website.
Remember, if your swimmer doesn’t already have a club teeshirt to wear to their next gala, we have a variety of sizes in stock. It’s brilliant to see our swimmers decked out in their club colours. Please contact 087-4191623 if you wish to purchase one.
Please check our website regularly for updates on upcoming galas, division times, progression details from grade 1 to grade 2 to grade 3 etc. We have a large volume of information under the competitive tab. You can also find results and times from previous Swim Ireland galas here.