Galway SC swimmers perform positively at the Dave McCullough Memorial!
GSC’s senior swimmers had a positive meet at the recent Dave McCullough Memorial Gala in Limerick, with their second opportunity to swim long course this year.
The Gala, which took place from 22nd-24th February, was the first selection meet for the summer International competitions and 14 GSC swimmers competed.
There were 25 PB’s achieved on the weekend and 8 podium places.
Two gold medals went to Kevin McGlade and David O’Sullivan in the 50m free and 100m fly events. David O’ Sullivan made another few visits to the podium during the weekend, with further success in the 200m fly race where he won silver and a further bronze medal in the 50m fly. Meanwhile Kevin added to his medals with success in the 50m breast where he won silver.
Keena Walsh made her mark at the Gala with a new Connacht U17 and senior record for her 200IM, where she came in second place, bagging a silver medal and qualifying for a place at the British Youth Championships in the summer.
Other positive performances came for Kate Kavanagh who won silver in the 50m back, as well as making the final for the 100m and 200m back and Dairne Ryan, who took to the podium after the 50m free for a silver medal in her event.
GSC’s other senior swimmers had good success, making many finals during the event, including Kate Finn (50,100 & 200 backstroke) and Bryan O’Sullivan ( 200 fly, 200 back and 400 free), Ruth Keogh in the 200m free, Dairne Ryan (100 and 200 Free) and Kevin McGlade in the 100m freestyle event.
Ellen Leahy went on to make the final in the 50m back, Andrew Moore took a place in the 200m breast final and Keena Walsh in the 400IM, while Niamh Melody and Kate Kavanagh both made the 100m back final, with Kate qualifying for the 200m back final as well.
Galway SC would like to extend thanks to head coach Pearse McGuigan and Team managers Helen Duffy, Melita Walsh and Deirdre Melody for their excellent support to the swimmers over the weekend.
The GSC team can take many positives from all aspects of their performances over the weekend & use these pluses in preparation for the Irish Nationals in April.