Terrific performances from Fermoy swimmers

On your marks, get set, go! Fermoy swimmers were off to take on the Munster short course qualifying competition in UL last weekend.

First to hit the water on Saturday morning for the 200m breaststroke was Adam O’Grady, who then went onto swim the 100m butterfly. Adam’s final swim was the 100m breaststroke on Sunday afternoon. This was a great first competition of the season for Adam.

Next up was Jodie Baker. Jodie swam the 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 400m freestyle and finally the 100m Individual Medley. Jodie took home two gold medals as well as a silver and a bronze.

Our next swimmer was Jack Duggan, who came to UL to conquer the 100m Fly and the 200m freestyle. Even though Jack didn’t get the times he was hoping for he swam a fierce race. Next to line up was Sophie Baker. Determined not to let her sister take all the glory, she swam the 200m Individual Medley, getting a fantastic PB of 7seconds. Sophie then went on to swim the 200m and the 100m breaststroke.

Eabha Burke was determined to improve on her 200m Individual Medley event – she certainly did this when she knocked off an amazing six seconds – and then went straight back in to swim the 100m Fly. Ali O’Donnell also took on the 100m Individual Medley getting another great PB. Ali had four more great swims over the weekend, the 200m breaststroke, the 100m breaststroke, the 100m backstroke and finally the 100m freestyle.

MAKING A SPLASH: Fermoy Swimming Club members who competed in last weekend’s Munster SC qualifying meet in UL. Front, l-r: Jodie Baker, Kayla Whelan Klonowski, Eabha Burke and Ali O’Donnell. Back, l-r: Sophie Baker, Adam O’Grady, Jack Duggan and Zach Daniels-Howard. Missing from photo is Ryan Ates.

Kayla Whelan Klonowski took to the blocks to swim the 100m backstroke and the 100m freestyle. Impressively, Kayla took nearly six seconds off her 100m freestyle – a fantastic swim.

Zach Daniels-Howard was there to take no prisoners! Zach took on the 400m Individual Medley and achieved an amazing PB of 10s. Zach then went onto swim the 200m Individual Medley and finally the 200m fly where he claimed a well-deserved bronze medal.

Ryan Ates was not going home without a medal. He swam the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley and the 100m breaststroke, achieving great PBs. Ryan finished off his weekend with a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.

Congratulations to all the swimmers for their fantastic swimming over the weekend. This concluded a very positive meet for the swimmers from Fermoy Swimming Club as they look to build on these positive performances and turn their focus towards the Munster Short Course Championships in UL on November 2 and 3. (Report JB)

Many thanks to coach Joanne Baker for her guidance of the swimmers on the day, and to our team managers, officials and supporters.

What’s next?

The next competitive meet for our squads is the Munster Short Course Championships, which will be held over the weekend of November 2/3 in UL.

This is the final event at which swimmers can qualify for the Irish Short Course Championships in December, and is the premier meet in the regional short course calendar.

Best of luck to all swimmers in their preparation for this event.

Hallowe’en Break

No training for Glofish or Swordfish on Friday, November 1. No training for Dolphins or Sailfish on Sunday, November 3. No training for Sharks or Marlins on Saturday, November 2. No training for Torpedoes on Friday, November 1, Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 (gala). Go easy on the sweets!

Social Outing

The annual fun outing for our older competitive swimmers – Sharks and Torps – will take place to Kartworld in Watergrasshill, on Tuesday next, October 29th.

If you have not already done so, please collect an indemnity form from the club box, complete and return to the box before the date of the outing.

The indemnity forms must be completed by parents before the date of the outing.

Club Kit

If your swimmer does not have a club teeshirt you can contact memsecfsc@gmail.com or text 087/4191623 to purchase one, price €20.

We have an array of sizes in stock, larger sizes are back in stock again also.

Wearing club gear at galas is very important – it presents the club well and easily identifies our club’s swimmers in a busy pool environment, which is very important.

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