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Nenagh Invitation Gala 2013

Our annual fund raising gala was held last Saturday February 16th. We had the great pleasure of  welcoming Clonmel,  Carrick on Suir, Lahinch, Limerick, Mallow, Thurles and Waterford Swimming clubs. Over 120 swimmers from the visiting clubs together with 90 swimmers from our own club took to the water.

The day started with the 200m Individual Medley (which is a new swimming event necessary for “A “qualification times) once that long and daunting swim was completed the next event was the 50m freestyle in which nearly all swimmers competed . The day quickly flew by and ended in a highly exciting and competitive  500m cannon event which saw our own team swim into 1st place.

A massive congratulations to each of our swimmers, some of whom took part in their first gala and some in their last. We have a big number of leaving Cert swimmers who took time our of their Pre Exams to compete.

Our swimmers won 28 Gold, 31 Silver and 28 Bronze medals between them and 146 Personal Best times. An amazing day for all.

On behalf of the committee I would like to thank our guest referee for the day, Mary Seery, who travelled from Dublin, our coaches, parents who acted as time keepers, lined up the swimmers and brought in cakes and sandwiches. Without your help this day could not take place.

Thanks also to staff and management of the pool for your help and support.

Well done swimmers , keep it up.

Our victorious cannon team



Some happy swimmers


Report from Gerry Ryan Gala UL February 2nd/3rd

Coaches Report from Gerry Ryan Gala UL February 2nd/3rd

The Gerry Ryan Swim Meet is a swim meet named after my old swimming coach in Limerick who sadly passed away after an illness. This is also the last gala before or own in Nenagh. This swim meet is a great opportunity for our top swimmers to race against some of the best from other clubs around the country.

 I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the swimmers who competed and the parents and coaches for the help and encouragement over the weekend.  To limerick swimming club thank you for your hospitality and well done on a great weekend.

“ PS Gerry would have killed you for putting on a race the same weekend that Ireland are playing in the 6 nationsJ” BY MARK

Day one of the Gerry Ryan Invitation Gala began at 8am in UL 50m pool. We had 35 bright eyed swimmers waiting in intrepid anticipation for the day ahead. The girls warm up went first and laid down the platform for the rest of the day’s events with girls first. The first event of the day was the 50m fly, in which we had some 50m pool first timers and most of whom this was their only event of the day. Ellen Lane, Olwyn Dunne and Lilly O Brien to name but a few. All preformed exceptionally well and achieved PBs across the board. One of the day’s most promising outcomes was the non existence of DQ’s for our swimmers.

The rest of the day continued in a similar vein and swimmers continued to smash their current PB’s. Isabel Dunne’s 100m free time of 1.09. was one of the highlights of the day for not only was it another PB for her and the club but it also meant she qualified for Division 2. Shane Cody continued to perform to his usually high standards and reached 4 finals achieving silver in 50m fly. Suzanne Seymour also need special mention in qualifying for two finals, 50m fly and 50m back. BY OWEN

Day two, Sunday proved a very successful day for Nenagh Neptune Swimming club in Limerick where we managed a silver and gold medal, five finals qualifiers and 40 personal best swims. Being the second day of a competition one might expect swimmers motivation to be decreasing however this was definitely not the case and all participants turned out in high spirits at the early hour of 7.45am to begin their warm-up. The swimmers and coaches spent the day together in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of joking as is always the case at galas when Mark’s personality takes a complete transformation (for the worst) J

There were plenty of highs during the day namely Sinéad Kinane’s PB swim in the finals 50m breaststroke and obviously Shane’s  gold medal in the 50m fc which he swam in 25.72, almost 2m per second. It was also a massive positive to see the DQ count at zero and any misunderstandings following the Askeaton Gala cleared up. The swimmers did the club proud and a great day was had.

The day afforded me the opportunity to speak with other club coaches, whom I met on the level 2 coaching course last year, where we spoke about training regimes etc. The one outstanding difference I noticed between our club and others was the training hours. Clubs with significantly lower numbers of qualified swimmers than us had twice if not three times the hours in the pool. To name a few Clonmel 5 hours, Carrick on Suir 8 hours, Waterford 12-15 hours and Fermoy 12 hours. This I think is something that should be looked at again especially with the growing interest. BY SHAY