GSC has great success at the Irish Age Group, Youth & Open Championships
In a superb meet at the Irish Age Group, Youth and Open Championships, club swimmers held their own on the national stage with top performances at the four day competition.
With a team of 29 swimmers competing at the NAC from 18th-21st July, there were 99 PB’s, 30 podium positions including 12 golds, 14 silvers and 4 bronze placings.
There was a new Irish Junior Record in the girls 4x200m relay with the team of Keena Walsh, Kate Finn, Kate Kavanagh and Ruth Keogh also setting a new Connacht record in the race.
GSC swimmers also set nine new Connacht Records including:
The girls 4x100m medley relay (junior) with Keena Walsh, Kate Finn, Kate Kavanagh and Ruth Keogh.
The girls 4x100m freestyle relay (junior) with Keena Walsh, Kate Finn, Alex McFarland and Ruth Keogh.
The boys 4x200m freestyle relay (junior) with David and Bryan O’Sullivan, Andrew Moore and Cian Duffy.
A junior and senior record for David O’Sullivan in the 100m fly.
A senior record in the 50m free for Dairne Ryan.
And a junior and senior record for Kate Kavanagh in the 50m back.
Congratulations to Daniel Scully who qualified for the Connacht Squad in the 400m and 1500m freestyle and to Bryan O’Sullivan and Andrew Moore who finished 2nd and 3rd overall in the U15 age group category.
There were top gold medal finishes from Bryan O’Sullivan in the U15 1500m free and 200m butterfly, Keena Walsh in the U16 200m and 400m IM, Andrew Moore in the U15 200m breastroke, Kate Kavanagh in the U16 100m and 200m backstroke, David O’Sullivan in the U 17 100m and 200m butterfly.
There were silver medal wins from Dairne Ryan in the Open 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, Andrew Moore in the U15 100m breaststroke and 400m IM, Bryan O’Sullivan in the U15 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke, Niamh Melody in the U14 100m backstroke and David O’Sullivan in the U17 200m and 400m freestyle and Cian Duffy won silver for the club in the Open 200m IM and the 100m fly
Sophie Moran took to the podium for a bronze medal in the U12 200 backstroke, while Andrew Moore added to his medals with a bronze in the U15 400m freestyle. Bryan O’Sullivan won bronze in the U15 200m freestyle.
GSC swimmers also made a number of the finals at the event.
Andrew Moore made the final in the U15 200m freestyle, Bryan O’Sullivan made the U15 final in the 400m IM, Lauren Walsh, U12 100m and 200m breaststroke, Ruth Keogh, U16, 200m and the 800m freestyle, Roisin Finn, U12, 100m fly, Kate Finn, U16, 100m fly and 100m freestyle, Ellen Leahy in the Open 200m backstroke, Keena Walsh in the Open 200m breastroke, David O’Sullivan and Cian Duffy in the Open 50m fly and Conor Snowdon in the U15 100m backstroke.
The GSC team had a very good meet with great leadership and performance return coming from the senior swimmers in the club.
It was important that the age group swimmers focused more on trying to achieve PB‘s at this meet due to the double banding age group structure of the competition which made making finals & podiums very challenging this time around.
GSC would like to congratulate all the swimmers who competed at the meet, for their endeavour and achievements and especially to the podiums winners, records breakers and finalist placers.
GSC would like to sincerely thank the team managers Tony Kavanagh, Tynagh Leahy, Helen Finn, Helen Duffy, Tracy Boland, Deirdre Melody and Melita Walsh for their professional manager support to the team as well as the team coaches John Keogh, Niav Ryan and Head Coach Pearse McGuigan who gave fantastic coaching support and direction to the swimmers over a very demanding but successful national competition.
Galway SC would also like to extend sincere thanks to the team’s sponsor, Joe Cosgrove and the Kingfisher Club for supplying the T-shirts for the meet.