Galway SC end of year success at Connacht Short Course Champs
The Connacht short course championships was a superb meet for all the GSC swimmers competing at the end of the year event.
Held in Leisureland on 15th and 16th of December, Galway swimmers achieved 143 PB’s, winning 61 podium places with 25 Connacht short course
titles, 21 silver and 15 bronze medals and set six new Connacht records.
David O’Sullivan took the first gold medal in the first event, the 400m freestyle, while Kate Kavanagh won gold in the girls U14 event. Keena Walsh won silver in the U16 category while Ruth Keogh took the bronze medal.
In the 15 and over boys 50m breaststroke event, Kevin McGlade won gold while Andrew Moore added another bronze medal in the U14 category and Dairne Ryan won silver in her 50m event.
David O’Sullivan and Kevin McGlade won gold and silver respectively in the 200IM event, while Keena Walsh won gold for Galway in the girls event.
In the 200m backstroke, Cian Duffy won gold, setting a new U19 and Senior Connacht record in the process, while David O’Sullivan took the silver in that event. For the girls event, it was Kate Kavanagh who won the U14 gold with Niamh Melody claiming the bronze and Ellen Leahy taking gold in the Over 15 race.
Moving on to the boys 50m freestyle event, both Kevin McGlade and David O’Sullivan took gold and silver respectively, while Dairne Ryan and Kate Finn won gold and silver in the girls event.
In the 100IM, Kevin McGlade added another gold while Oisin Duffy won bronze and Dairne Ryan and Kate Finn won another gold and bronze medal in the girls event.
Further success followed in the relays with the 200m freestyle relay bringing a gold medal for the U14 girls team of Kate Kavanagh, Niamh Melody, Alex McFarland & Sinead Carey. Further relay success from the U14 boys team of Bryan O’Sullivan, Tim Keogh, Andrew Moore & Joseph Doorly , resulted in a silver medal in their event.
Both Galway girls and boys senior relay teams won two further gold medals in the event, with the boys relay team of Cian Duffy, Kevin McGlade, David O’Sullivan and Oisin Duffy setting a new Connacht senior record in the process.
In the final event of the evening, Bryan O’Sullivan won a gold medal and Andrew Moore won silver in the U14 boys 1500m freestyle event.
The second day of the Connacht Short Course championships started with a bang and three medals for the Galway girls in the first event, the 400IM.
Keena Walsh took the gold, with Kate Finn taking the silver and Kristiana Hristeva winning bronze.
Bryan O’Sullivan won silver in the boys U14 event, with David O’Sullivan taking gold and Oisin Duffy winning silver in the 15 and over age group event.
In the 50m butterfly, Niamh Melody took another medal for Galway, winning bronze in the U14 category, while Andrew Moore won bronze in the U14 boys event.
In the 15 and over age group event, it was another three podium finishes for Galway with David O’Sullivan, Cian Duffy and Kevin McGlade winning gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Moving on to the 200m freestyle, Alex McFarland went on to win the gold with Kate Kavanagh taking silver in the U14 event, while Keena Walsh and Kate Finn took away a silver and bronze medal in the 15 and over age group race.
In the boys U14 race, there was another silver medal for Bryan O’Sullivan and a silver medal for Kevin McGlade in the 15 and over age group.
Another gold for Kate Kavanagh came in the U14 50m backstroke, with Kate Finn taking silver in the 15 and over age group and Kevin McGlade taking bronze in the boys event.
Ellen Leahy claimed gold in the 200m breastroke event, while Bryan O’Sullivan won silver in the U14 age group and Kevin McGlade added another bronze medal in the 15 and over age group race.
Moving on to the 200m butterfly race, it was another three medals for the Galway team with Andrew Moore winning silver in the U14 event, while in the over 15 race, there were two medals, a gold for Oisin Duffy and a bronze for Conor Snowdon.
Ending with the relays, the girls U14 relay team of Kate Kavanagh, Niamh Melody, Alex McFarland & Sinead Carey picking up gold in the medley relay while the U14 boys team of Bryan O’Sullivan,Tim Keogh, Andrew Moore & Joseph Doorly took the silver medal in that event also.
Ending the meeting with a bang, the boys relay team of Cian Duffy, Kevin McGlade, David O’Sullivan and Conor Smyth broke another new Connacht record to take gold in the event.
In the final event of the weekend, Ruth Keogh won a silver medal in the 800m freestyle event.
This brought to an end a superb evening of racing and GSC would like to extend sincere thanks to the team managers Sara Kennelly and Tynagh Leahy and the team coaches Ger Keogh and Brendan Breathnach for their excellent work and support during the two day event.