No butterflies felt as Amy and Eabha smash the times

Well done to our competitive swimmers who travelled to the recent Regional LC Qualifier Meet which took place in the University of Limerick. A busy weekend, we had plenty of great swimming, pbs, division times and medals for our dedicated group of swimmers. 

First up was Amy Hawe in the 12-13 girls 400m IM. A great swim from Amy saw her get a time of 6.13 and take home silver. Finishing off her gala in style, Amy won gold and achieved her national division 1 time in the 12-13 200m Fly, a trip to the NAC in July is well and truly secured for Amy – a fantastic achievement as this was Amy’s first time swimming the 200 Fly. 

Teammate Eabha Burke had a fantastic gala, in her first event the 14 years and over 200m Free, Eabha knocked .20s off her previous best. Moving onto the 200IM Eabha knocked another impressive -5.82sec PB. Not stopping at that, Eabha swam a -1.97 PB in the 100 Fly and another -1.16 PB in her 100m Breaststroke. Eabha has also achieved her national division 1 time in the 14 years and over 100m Fly – impressive from Eabha considering she hasn’t swam Division 2, going straight in to Division 1! The girls will be great company for each other for their trip to the NAC in July! Well done girls.

GIRL POWER: Eabha Burke and Amy Hawe, Fermoy SC who both achieved qualification times in butterfly for the Irish Age Groups Summer Open, at the LC meet in UL last weekend. (Picture: Declan Howard)

Luca Salvatori was not going to let the girls take all the glory, Luca swam a great 100m Breaststroke going on to swim a -0.13 PB in his 200m Breast, a -1.84 PB in his 200m Free and a -2.13 PB in the 200m IM. Not finished there Luca then swam a -2.54 PB in the 100m Freestyle and then topped that with an impressive -6.39 PB in his 100m Backcrawl. Great effort Luca.

Next up we had Emma O’Grady who swam a superb 200m IM achieving a great time of just over 3min. Emma then went on to swim the 100m Fly securing another great time.

William Verling turned up with only one thing on his mind, and that was to smash his previous times in the 200m Backcrawl and the 200m Freestyle. William did what he set out to do, swimming a -6.74 PB in the Backcrawl and a -5.15 PB in the Freestyle. 

Kayla Whelan Klonowski brought her A-game, to also smash her previous times and she did it in style. Kayla swam a -7.85PB in the 12-13 Breaststroke, a -2.05 PB in her 12-13 100m Backcrawl, and then went on to do a -6.61 PB in the 12-13 100m Freestyle.

Taking time out from her studies for upcoming exams Emma Forrester came and swam a super 100m Breaststroke and a very fast 100m Freestyle. Sam O’Brien didn’t let the venue or the occasion overwhelm him, swimming a super 200m IM in the 12-13 year olds. 

The group of Fermoy SC swimmers who competed at the LC meet in UL last weekend. Back l-r Emma Forrester, Sam O’Brien, Luca Salvatori and William Verling. Front l-r Kayla Whelan Klonowski, Jodie Baker, Eabha Burke and Amy Hawe. Missing from photo is Emma O’Grady. (Picture: Declan Howard)

Jodie Baker swam in the 200m Freestyle claiming bronze in this event then went on to swim the 200m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke where she took silver in both events. Another silver was to follow for Jodie when she swam 100m Freestyle. Already having achieved her Division 1 times earlier this month, Jodie was using this event as her warm-up for the upcoming McCullagh International Meet, which takes place in Bangor, county Down, from the 20th to the 23rd of February.

A very successful weekend was had by all. Thanks to all the parents who came and supported their athletes and a special thanks to the parents who helped with the running of the gala. (report JB).

Thanks to coach Joann Baker for looking after the swimmers over a very long 2 days, and for helping them to analyse their performances.

What’s next?

Entries are now being taken for the Munster Development 2 meet to be held in Mallow on February 29th. Envelopes in club box by Wednesday, February 12 at the latest. Gala information and eligibility report are on the club website.

Good Luck

We have a number of swimmers travelling to the NAC this weekend to represent their schools at the National Minor Schools Championships. These swimmers qualified from the Munster Championships to earn their spot at nationals, where the racing will be fast and the competition fierce!

We wish them the very best for their races on Sunday, and hope they enjoy the experience of swimming at the National Aquatic Centre. A fantastic achievement indeed!

Term 2 Fees

Membership fees for the second half of the season are due at the end of January. Payment is made online through our website, the link to the payments system is on the homepage.

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