Successful Gala for Fermoy Swimming Club
On Saturday, June 11, over 13 clubs came to Fermoy to compete in the Fermoy Swimming Club Invitation Gala. This gala is as the last chance gala as for many swimmers it will be their final gala of the season.
William Verling took full advantage of the home meet taking an impressive 7 seconds off his 100m Free and 6 off his 100 I.M. to qualify as a Munster Grade B swimmer and to win silver. Emma O’Grady got her B time in the 50m Breaststroke adding this to her previous B times now makes her a Munster Grade B swimmer. Ben Terry gained his B time in his 100 Free but the dreaded water in the goggles prevented him for reaching his 100m I.M. B time, but he still managed to win the silver medal in this event and the 50m Backstroke. Gemma O’Brien reached her B time in the 100m Free and David Noonan in his 100m I.M.
A lot of the younger swimmers were swimming 100m races for the first time achieving some fantastic times Clodagh O’Brien making her A time in the 100m Backstroke and in her first ever competitive 100m Butterfly. She also won bronze in the 100m I.M. Kay O’Sullivan hit her A time in the 100m Backstroke winning a bronze medal in this event and the 200m I.M. with a gold in the 200m Free. Liam O’Brien won silver in the 200 I.M. and Declan Morrison a bronze and Laura O’Driscoll bronze. Oisin Finn also won a bronze in the 100m Breaststroke with Anna O’Keeffe winning gold in the 50m Breaststroke. John Lonergan winning bronze in the 100m Backstroke.
There was a great haul of medals with Fiona Miao winning gold in the 200m I.M., 200m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly – gold is obviously her favourite colour. Jodie Baker won gold in the 100m Free, 100m Backstroke, 200m I.M. Gill McGirr won gold in the 100m Free and 200m I.M. Anna Sheehan won gold in the 100m Free and 200m Free. Claire O’Driscoll won gold in the 200m and 100m Backstroke and silver in the 100m Free. Annelies Kouwenberg won gold in the 200 Free, 100m Fly and silver in the 200m I.M.. Mary Brooks won gold in the 100m Backstroke and silver in the 200m I.M. Anna Howard won gold in the 100m Breaststroke and silver in the 100m Fly, 100m and 200m Backstroke with bronze in the 200m I.M. Zoe Daniels Howard won silver in the 200m Breaststroke, Free and bronze in the 100m Fly and both the 100m and 200m Back. Grace Corbett won silver in the 100m Backstroke and bronze in the 100m Free. Sally Linehan won bronze in the 100m Free. Jill O’Flynn won bronze in the 200m Breaststroke.
Now on to the boys. Sean Slattery got a golden hat trick winning gold in the 200m, 100m, and 50m Free, but also added gold in the 100m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. Cees Kouwenberg won gold in both the 200m and 100m Backstroke with silver in the 100m Fly and 200m Free. Padraig Fives won gold in the 100m Free and silver in the 50m and 200m Free. Mortimer Murphy won gold in his 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 200m Free. Seamus Morrison won gold in the 100m Backstroke and silver in the 200m I.M. Padraig McGrath won silver in the 100m Backstroke and Breaststroke with a bronze in the 200m I.M. and 200m Free.
Well done to all the other Fermoy swimmers who competed well against a very high standard: Adam O’Grady, Ruby Coffey, Hannah Fenton, Emma Forrester, Leah Fitzgerald, Caitlin Jackson, Darragh Gill, Claire Linehan, Maeve Callanan, Oisin Morrison, Cian McGirr, Ciara Clancy, Marc Callanan, Sophie Ennis, Niamh Clancy, Jack Duggan, Ciara Fives.
Well done to the Cannon Relay team who won Gold and to all the competitors who did they best to try to maintain the Garda Siochana Cup, but a great team effort by Limerick Swimming Club made them the winners overall and therefore the cup winners – there is always next year!
A big big thank you goes to all those who were involved on the day, preparation beforehand and contributors to the cake sale. All your efforts ensured that the Gala ran smoothly with everyone enjoying their day. I was actually accosted by a women the very next day in Ardmore who had a swimmer in Clonmel club. She raved to me about how well the Gala ran and how we had done a great job. So all of you take a pat on the back.
CLUB AWARDS NIGHT
The Fermoy Swimming Club Awards Night will be held on Friday, June 24 in Fermoy Youth Centre at 7pm – awards for all squads. The awards will be followed by a disco and finger food.
IRISH AGE GROUPS – DIVISION 1 & 2
There are links on our News page of the website to the PDFs for the Irish Age Groups Division 1 and Division 2 events. The Division 2 is June 30th – July 3rd in UL, with the Division One from July 20th – 24th in the National Aquatic Centre.
KEEP YOUR TRAINING GOING
Dolphins can train with the Sharks Tuesdays 5.45-6.45, Wednesdays 5-5.45 and Saturdays 8am-10am. Shark Bs and near Bs can train with Torpedoes 06.15-07.45 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Rotas for deck duty can be found on our website – www.fermoyswimmingclub.ie. We are now also on Twitter – follow us @FermoySwimClub