GSC impresses at the Cranny Swim Festival
The 2013 Cranny Halloween Swim Festival was a huge success for GSC swimmers.
As in previous years, the gala, held on 26 October, was divided into two parts. The morning session was a 50’s meet for the U9/10’s while the afternoon session was reserved for the Open 200’s meet which was in a Heat Declared Winner format.
In the first half of the day, the 50’s meet which was in a heats & finals format, proved to be an excellent warm up for the day and an opportunity for the younger club swimmers from Galway SC and other clubs to enjoy the experience of competing.
In the U10 age group, there were storming performances from Emma Kennelly who won three gold medals in the 50m back, fly and freestyle and a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke.
Teammate Alison Gibbs claimed the other two winning silver medals for the club with strong performances in the U9 girls 50m breast and fly events. Alison added another two medals to her tally with bronze medal finishes in the U9 50m back and freestyle races.
Not to be outdone, Tom O’Sullivan claimed three bronze medals for the U10 boys, swimming to third place in the 50m back, fly and freestyle events.
Congratulations to all finalists with super performances from Grace Kavanagh in the U10 girls 50m back, fly and freestyle finals, Aaron Burke who made the finals in the U10 boys 50m backstroke and breastroke events. Rachel Dempsey who made the final in the U9 50m breast while both Tom O’Sullivan and Ben Naughton made the final of the U10 boys 50m breaststroke.
GSC would like to thank the coaches Gwen Ryan, Niav Ryan and Amanda Mooney and team manager Jenny Cunningham who gave fantastic support to the swimmers over a very busy morning.
Open 200’s meet
The afternoon session of 200’s certainly build on the success of the younger swimmers with GSC’s senior swimmers putting in strong performances that resulted in 86 PB swims with 23 golds, 17 silvers and 12 bronze medals won during the afternoon’s swimming.
The Galway girls and boys started the first event with a bang with 12 medals won in the 200m backstroke races.
In the girls U12 category, Sophie Moran got the 200’s off to a great start, finishing with gold in her first event gaining a Connacht Squad qualifying time in the process. Kate Kavanagh took gold in the U16 girls while Keena Walsh claimed her gold in the open girls event. Max Kolcow claimed gold for the U12 boys, while Bryan O’ Sullivan and David O’Sullivan swam to gold medal finishes in the U16 and open boys events.
There were silver medals for Ruth Keogh (U16) and Kristiana Hristeva (open) while Fionn Duffy claimed silver for the U12 boys and Cian Duffy took silver in the open category. There were bronze medal wins for Roisin Finn and Joseph Doorly in the U12 backstroke events with Richard Murphy claiming bronze in the Open boys race.
Keena Walsh added to her gold medal tally with a winning performance in the 200m breast open event. In the U12 boys, Fionn Duffy added a second gold with a gold medal finish in the 200m breast, with Mitchell Wilson claiming gold in the U14 category, Andrew Moore took gold in the U16 event while Cian Duffy won gold in the open boys race.
There were silver medal finishes for Kristin Massey and Richard Murphy in the open age group events while Kristiana Kristeva claimed bronze in the same category.
In the 200IM event, Dairne Ryan and Cian Duffy took gold in the open category while Max Kolcow won the gold in the U12 age group. There were silver medals for Sophie Moran (U12) and Mitchell Wilson (U14) with Kevin McGlade and Kristen Massey taking silver in the open event. Roisin Finn swam to a third place finish in the U12 event while Kristiana Hristeva claimed bronze in the open event.
Keena Walsh kept up her winning streak and claimed her third gold medal in the 200m fly open event, with David O’Sullivan taking his second gold in the boys open event. There were further gold medals in the 200m fly for Fionn Duffy (U12), Mitchell Wilson (U14) and Bryan O’Sullivan (U16).
There were silver medal finishes for Max Kolcow (U12) and Andrew Moore (U16) with Allanah Blacoe (U12), Tim Keogh (U14) and Sarah Jane Fox (U16) claiming bronze medals in the fly event.
In the final event of the day, Galway SC swimmers claimed a further four golds, with Dairne Ryan taking gold in the open category with a third gold medal for David O’Sullivan while Max Kolcow won gold in the U12 event with Andrew Moore taking gold in the U16 category.
There were silver medals for U12’s Keela Mulhall and Joseph Doorly, U16’s Ruth Keogh and Bryan O’Sullivan and Keena Walsh in the open category. Sophie Moran (U12), Mitchell Wilson and Kate Finn (U16) all took to the podium for bronze medals in the final event of the day.
Many thanks to team coaches Pearse McGuigan and John Keogh and team manager Maria McHale who gave super support to the swimmers during the long afternoon.
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