On Sunday, October 23, fifteen swimmers set off to Waterford to compete in the first Grade 3 Munster Gala. Up to now these events were called Grade C and everyone had the same time to achieve to be promoted to a Grade B.
Munster have now changed all these times so they are now age related making it more difficult to achieve what is now known as a Grade 2.
We had three new swimmers to the competitive scene: Naoise Hegarty, Clodagh Whelan and Zach Daniels-Howard. All three swam very well and achieved excellent times.
Dean Savage and Jane Savage were also first timers to Munster and both managed to get the 100m Freestyle time and two x50m times, so are now officially Grade 2 swimmers. Dean won gold in the 100m Free, 50m Back, 50m Free and 50m Fly. Jane won gold in the 100m Free and 50m Fly and silver in the 50m Breast.
David Noonan also took an amazing 7.63 seconds off his 100m Free winning silver, 2 seconds off his 50m back and 3.81 seconds off his Fly winning gold – he already had his 100m IM time so is well and truly a Munster Grade 2 swimmer.
Gemma O’Brien not only won silver in the 100m Free but also hit her Grade 2 time repeating the same in her 50m Back. Gemma won gold in her 50m Free.
Ben Terry won bronze in 100m Free and in the 50m Fly where he gained his Grade 2 time. Ben also won silver in his 50m Breaststroke.
Liam Hegarty took an astonishing 8.13 seconds off his Fly to make his Grade 2 time and an incredible 12.78 seconds off his 100m Free.
Darragh Gill won gold and achieved his Grade 2 time in his 50m Fly he also won a silver medal in the 100m IM and 50m Back.
Maeve Callanan took a staggering 13.44 seconds off her 50m Breaststroke to win silver and achieve her Grade 2 time. Maeve also won a bronze in the 100m Free and 50m Free.
Gearoid Geary, Rory Gill, Ciara Clancy and Emily Darrer-Dalton also swam well and some excellent personal bests were achieved.
Well done to all the swimmers and thank you to Anne Clancy stepping in to provide the support for the swimmers. Thanks also to all parents who turned up to help and support on the day.
MUNSTER SHORT COURSE
Our senior swimmers will have their first outing on this Saturday and Sunday, October 29th and 30th in the Munster Short Course Gala which takes place in UL. Best of luck to tose competing. Report to follow.
No training for Glofish or Swordfish on Friday, November 4; no training for Dolphins or Sailfish on Sunday, October 30; no training for Sharks or Marlins on Saturday, October 29; no training for Torpedoes on Saturday 29 or Sunday, October 30 (Munster Short Course).
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our annual general meeting takes place in The Grand Hotel, Fermoy on Wednesday, November 9th at 8pm sharp. As with previous years, all members are encouraged to attend – we would hope that as many parents as possible would turnout as the AGM is a great source of information for parents of new club members.