Monthly Archives: May 2013

Munster Age Groups UL 18th/19th May

Last weekend saw Nenagh Neptune travel to limerick with a squad of 12 swimmers enter into 33 competitive swims in the Munster LC age groups championships, this is up from 1swimmer last year competing  in 3 events

The day started off with the boys 400 free  where Thomas Adams was chasing his Division 1 time unfortunately Thomas narrowly missed out by a just over 1sec. Next were the girls where Ellie Molamphy and Olwyn Dunne were competing, Ellie swam 5.53 in a great swim considering she only made her “A” times last week  and Olwyn swam 5.36 which qualified her for Division 2 and a silver medal.

Back crawl  is one of the most highly contested swims outside the free, Mark Ryan took 7 sec off his time from last week and made a final were he finished 8th. Isabelle Dunne’s 100 Back crawl was going to be the highlight of her day as she is very close to making the Munster team for the British Nationals, she made the final in a time of 1.12.72 and after not feeling too well she swam 1.12.60 in the final to get a silver medal to add to her sisters.

One of the strongest swims of the day was from Ethan Geoghegan in the 100 Butterfly were he achieved a personal best time to make the final in which he came 7th. Another notable swim of the day was Sinead O’ Dwyer in the 100Butterfly,  Sinead only started with the Club last year and is showing great promise

Day 2 commenced with the 200 free.  Mathew Hogan achieved a personal best time of 2.29; this was a surprise for Mathew but not for his coach Shay O’ Dwyer. Ian Knight ‘s favourite event is the 100 Breaststroke and  he really pushed himself  to make division 2 times but narrowly missed out by a fraction of a second. Elaine Yelverton also missed the 200 free by  .75  second but made up for it in the 100 free were she made the Division 2 time.

Mathew Hogan  swam the 100 free in a time of 63 .70 and achieved  his Division 2 time. Isabelle  Dunne also made the 100 free final and swam 66.60 which give her another Division 1 time. Other notable swims today came from Emily Ryan as this was her first Munster Age groups after qualifying only last week, Emily was the youngest swimmer in our team at the age of 11.  She showed dedication and maturity beyond her age and will certainly go far in swimming.

Well done to all and thanks to the parents who help out over the weekend. As the season is coming to a close the next gala is Fermoy’s Invitation on Saturday 25th and a Grade C in Ennis Friday 31st May.

Munster Grade B Gala May 11th

On Saturday last, 16 of our swimmers travelled to Ennis to participate in a Grade B gala.

Once again the committment and hard work in training reaped rewards with the swimmers taking home 6 gold, 9 silver and 9 bronze medals.Congratulations to Sarah McCutcheon, Ellie Molamphy and Ethan Geoghan who achieved their A times on the day.

It was a great day that was enjoyed by all and capped off with our girls relay team of Ellen Lane, Sorcha Nagle, Sinead Dwyer and Ellie Molamphy bringing home gold. After a hard day of swims in their respective heats, the girls gathered the last of their energy and in what was a very exciting race, the girls went stroke for stroke with Limerick before getting the final touch.

Well done to all our swimmers and coach in charge on the day Mark Dempsey.  Many thanks also to the parents that travelled and for their support and help on the day.


Irish Long Course Championships & Munster Grade C 28th April

A Busy Weekend for Nenagh Neptune Swimming Club28th/ 29th April.

It was a busy weekend for Nenagh Neptune which saw our swimmers competing in meets at opposite ends of the Country.

In Askeaton we had 34 enthusiastic swimmers taking part in a grade C gala. The swimmers demonstrated the tremendous amount of work and commitment they had put in since their last gala with 74 personal best achieved on the day. Special mention must be given to Aoife Burke and Josh Geoghegan. Aoife knocked off a whopping 1.10s in her 100m IM, in a swim that was described as “simply amazing” by the stroke judge on the day. Likewise Josh achieved personal bests in all 3 of his swims, knocking off on average of 8 seconds per race. Congratulations also to Alex Stewart, Sophie Schouwenburg and Nicole Casey, all of whom achieved their B grade on the today. John Leahy and Grace Donovan who are within seconds of moving up and it will only be a matter of time before they achieve the grade.

National Championships; the national championships were held at the NAC over the weekend where the Countries top swimmers were competing including such as Syerika Mc Mahon, Irish European Champion and swimmers from Great Britain, Hungry and Egypt. Nenagh Neptune can take pride in the fact that we were represented by Isabelle Dunne who completed in the 50 back crawl. This was a fantastic opportunity for Isabelle to compete alongside some of the best swimmers in the Country. Saturday morning saw Isabelle compete in her heat when she achieved a new personal best of 32.91 which was good enough to get her into the semi-final on the Saturday afternoon. In the semi-final Isabelle took a further .30 sec off her time, which saw her into the final on Sunday. In the final Isabelle took a further .36 sec off semi-final time, which was good enough for her to achieve 7th place and the 6th best Irish Athletic overall. This was a fantastic achievement for Isabelle, who not long ago was herself taking part in C galas and an inspiration for all our young swimmers. Taking into account that many of the top swimmers train in excess of 20 hours a week and Isabelle swims 4 and half hours. A special thanks must be given to the Dunne family, in particular Isabelle’s sister Owlyn who made her confirmation on the Sunday but was very happy to see her sister leave the party with their dad Gavin so as to travel to Dublin on the afternoon and compete in the final. Many thanks also to Isabelle’s friends and club mates who travelled up to Dublin on the Saturday or Sunday to support Isabelle in this event.

A special mention also to three of our parents who also attended the Nationals acting in official capacity on pool side.

As always a special thanks to all the parents who accompanied swimmers especially at our C gala and to the coaches for their hard work and assistance on the day.