North Munster Championships – Askeaton 25th – 26th April

Report by Uta Fietsch

22 athletes from Squad 4, 5 and 6 represented Nenagh Neptune Swimming Club at the North Munster Championships in Askeaton last weekend.

Askeaton is by far the most challenging gala of the year, every year. We went from tears and disappointments one year to winning the McCarthy Shield another. Throughout the years we had lots of personal best swims, unfortunate disqualifications, newly graded swimmers and qualifications for the National Divisions. It was no different this year.

The swimmers impressed with a very good stroke delivery, excellent dives and tumble turns, most of all Kelvin Knight and Emily Ryan. As a lot of hard work went into race pace training over the past few weeks we took great care in recording each swimmers splits (times taken at every 25m turn). Sorcha Nagle impressed with a continuous 21 second split for each length of her 200m Frontcrawl race.

All participating athletes swam to their best ability. With a total of 71 entries, we achieved 56 personal best swimming times and had only 3 disqualifications. Furthermore the athletes won 22 medals: 8 gold (Emily Ryan, Ethan Geoghegan, Phoebe Cooney, Sarah Lane, Billy Seymour and Dermot Kinane), 7 silver (Thomas Adams, Patrick Finn, Christine Ryan, Dermot Kinane, Shane McAteer and Billy Seymour) and 7 bronze (Lily O’Brien, Ethan Geoghegan, Shane McAteer and Christine Ryan).

Congratulations to Ellen Frahill, who achieved her Grade B times, to Christine Ryan, who moved up to Grade A and National Division 2′s, Ethan Geoghegan who qualified for the National Division 2′s and Thomas Adams who was more than thrilled to swim himself into the National Division 1′s on his final race of the day.

Congratulations to all swimmers we haven’t mentioned yet: Dylan Geoghegan, Tadhg Kelly, Sarah Seymour, Sarah O’Brien, Mark Brennan, Mark Ryan, Ian Knight and Clodagh Ryan who all swam personal best times!

It was a great day for all involved and a fitting end to weeks of hard training.

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