Last weekend saw Fermoy Swimming Club heading off to University Limerick to compete in their first gala of the season. The swimmers were wondering had they regained their fitness and speed after their summer break.
Jack Duggan had the added worry of only just returning after injury. Fair play to Jack – not only did he hold his time in the 100m Fly, but he also swam a personal best in the 50m Free and 50m Fly. Super swimming from Jack – well done!
Zach Daniels-Howard also swam in the 100m Fly, knocking off 2.36 seconds and winning silver. He then went on to swim in the 100m IM where he took a huge 5.66 secs off his time and won bronze. He was not finished there though. He swam the gruelling 400m IM, gaining an amazing 13.48 sec PB and winning the gold. He then went on to win silver in the 100m Back and bronze in the 200m IM with a PB of 4.64. You could say he had a hum dinger of a gala!
Mary O’Donnell should also be very pleased with herself, swimming a great 200m Backstroke to gain a personal pest of 3.40 seconds. She also swam in the 100m Back gaining another PB. Well done Mary.
William Verling swam the 200m Backstroke and was very unlucky in his 200m Free, just missing out on the medals by coming in 4th. He also swam in the 50m Free and 100m IM, gaining a personal best in both.
Another of our younger swimmers, Sophie Baker, was also on fire. She achieved extremely impressive personal bests in her 50m Breast -1.61, 50m Free -3.41 and her 100m IM -2.39. She also swam an amazing personal best of 5.84 seconds in her 200m Breaststroke to win gold. She added to medals in the 100m Breast by swimming a fantastic 2.90 sec PB, winning silver.
Big sister Jodie showed her younger sibling where she got her Breaststroke talent from when she took off over 4 seconds in her 100m Breast also winning the silver medal. Jodie also had a PB in her 100m IM and won yet another silver. You can’t beat good genes!
Annelies Kouwenberg also had a good gala, gaining personal best times in her 50m Free and 100m Free. Well done Annelies.
Congratulations to all the swimmers on a very successful gala. A big thank you to all the parents who came and did all the various jobs as well as supporting the swimmers and coaches alike.
Thanks to Warren who was the attending Coach on Saturday and to Jackie who was the attending Coach on Sunday.
MUNSTER MINOR & SENIOR SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Best wishes to all Fermoy SC swimmers who are heading to UL this weekend to represent their schools in the MMSS Championships. Huge crowds are expected at what is always a very competitive and enjoyable competition, and our local schools will be well represented again this year. We look forward to hearing how you all get on.
The organisers usually request help from parents on the day, so if you are in a position to volunteer for a session please let the officials know on the morning.
Please keep an eye on the club website for details of upcoming swim meets, we update the information as soon as the sheets are received from the clubs. As the turnaround time between us receiving the invitation sheets and the closing dates for entries are usually tight, please check on a regular basis, and make sure to post your entries to the competition box before each closing date. Our website also has details of qualification times for each level of swim meet – Dev 1, Dev 2, Munster Championships, Irish SC, Div 2 2019 and Irish Summer Nationals 2019, along with the gala calendar for the year, so you can plan out your pathway to qualification for whatever your goal is.
Swim Ireland ‘#WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport’ Conference
Swim Ireland is delighted to announce the return of the annual #WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport, a one-day conference for females of all ages and abilities involved in sport, exploring body image, health and well-being as a competitive athlete. The Conference will take place on Saturday the 20th of October, starting at 9.30am at the National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus.
The conference, hosted by Swim Ireland and funded through Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Programme, is open to athletes, coaches, parents and supporters from all sports and will see some of Ireland’s top female athletes come together on what promises to be a great day with the theme ‘Strong is the New Pretty’ playing a key focus across all of the panels and talks.
Key note speaker Lisa Clancy will deliver on ‘Creating Your Own Brand’ while athletes including Ellen Keane (Para Swimming), Phil Healy (Athletics), Aoife Murray (Camogie), Grainne Murphy (Swimming), Natalya Coyle (Pentathlon) and others will sit on panels discussing body image and balancing life as an athlete. RTE’s Evanne Ni Chuillinn will MC for the day. If you are interested in attending this event tickets can be booked through the Swim Ireland website.