Galway SC perform superbly at the Irish Championships
At the Irish Age, Youth and Open Championships held in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin at the weekend, swimmers from Galway SC had one of their best national meets in many years.
Amassing thirty five podium places made up of 11 National titles, fourteen silvers and ten bronzes with four clubs swimmers qualifying for the National Youth Squad in September 2014, GSC swimmers also set fourteen new Connacht records.
In the Age-group category there was a first National age group title in the U13 boys category for Max Kolcow in the 100 Backstroke. Max also picked up four silver in the 100/200 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke and 200 Individual Medley and qualified for the National Youth squad in the 100 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke, while team mate Fionn Duffy had a storming meet also picking up three bronzes medals in the 200/400 Individual Medley and also the 200 Breaststroke.
In the girls U12 age-group category Isabelle Gibbs picked up two excellent bronzes medals in the 100 & 200 Backstroke & also qualified the National Youth squad, while teammate 13 year old Sophie Moran swimming a year out of age picked up a brave silver in the U14 200 Backstroke and also qualified for the National Youth squad for September 2014.
In the girls Youth category, Kate Kavanagh made it a clean sweep of National titles winning the Open title in 50 Backstroke and won the U16 titles in the 100 & 200 Backstroke, setting new U17 & senior Connacht records in the 50 and 100 Backstroke. In the Open women 50 Freestyle Kate Finn finished with an impressive second place and set new Connacht U17 and senior records and also picked up a bronze medal in the U16 100 Freestyle, swimming under the 1 minute barrier for the very first time in a 59.09.
In the boys Youth category there was a haul of medals for Mitchell Wilson in the U15 boys category who won silvers in the 100Fly and 200IM and a bronze medal in the 200 Butterfly and qualified for the National Youth squad in the 100 Butterfly. In the U17 youth category Andrew Moore won the 200 Breaststroke and 400 IM and won silver in the 200 IM while Bryan O’Sullivan finished second in the 200 Butterfly and third in the 400 Freestyle.
In the senior open category, 17 year old Keena Walsh was in superb form winning both the 200 & 400 Individual Medley titles in new Connacht senior records and in the boys Open category there were three silvers for David O’Sullivan who also set new Connacht U19 and Senior records in the 50 Butterfly and team mate Cian Duffy finished third in the 100 and 200 Butterfly.
In the Open relays, Galway SC had great success with a girls team made up of Kate Finn, Dairne Ryan, Kate Kavanagh and Keena Walsh winning the 4×100 Medley and 4×200 Freestyle events, and in the 4×100 Freestyle relay Alex McFarland stepped in for Kate Kavanagh with the team winning silver and set three new Connacht senior records along the way. In the male Open category, the boys team made up of Cian Duffy, David & Bryan O’Sullivan and Andrew Moore also had great success winning bronze in the 4×100 Freestyle relay and in the 4×200 Freestyle won an impressive gold and set two new Connacht senior records along the way.
This concluded a fantastic swim meet for the club and whilst the younger swimmers can enjoy a nice break until September, some Galway SC swimmers who are part of the Connacht Performance Centre based at Kingfisher/NUI Galway will be back in training finalising their preparations for international competitions in Portugal and Sheffield over the next two weeks.
A full report will follow shortly…