Eleven swimmers represented Fermoy Swimming Club on the weekend of Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of January at the prestigious Gerry Ryan Invitational Gala held at the University of Limerick. Over 800 swimmers were in attendance from all over Ireland, hence the competition was fierce.
A lot of our swimmers had competed at the Grade 1 Gala recently so even personal bests were going to be difficult to achieve. Fermoy swimmers did not disappoint, as they rose to the challenge with the following PBs:
Annelies Kouwenberg 400m Free -3.74 seconds; 100m Back -1.28 seconds; 200m I.M. -0.17 seconds; 400m I.M. -0.56 seconds.
Cees Kouwenberg, not to be outdone by his sister 100m Back -3.81 seconds.
Jodie Baker 200m I.M. -5.27 seconds; 200m Breaststroke an amazing -7.56 seconds and even more amazing she took off -15.22 seconds off her 200m Free.
Fiona Miao took off an incredible -9.58 seconds in her 200 I.M. and -2.06 seconds in her 100m Back.
Zoe Daniels-Howard took off a staggering -15.44 seconds in her 200m I.M. and -1.68 seconds off her 200m Breaststroke.
Jill O’Flynn 100m Fly -4.97 seconds and 100m Breaststroke -0.46 seconds.
William Verling swam very well to achieve 2.48.07 in his first 200m Free at long course.
Well done to Ellen Brooks, Seamus Morrison and Mary O’Donnell who all swam well.
There was drama too with us having to evacuate the building early on Saturday evening due to a fire. We huddled under the bicycle shelter to try and keep warm but abandoned ship after 40 cold minuets to return to battle on the Sunday.
Thanks to all the parents who travelled and supported the swimmers and Coach Jackie Power as It was a long two days so the help was very much appreciated by the club.