Monthly Archives: July 2015

Thomas Adams – National Age Group Championships

15th – 19th July

Our sole representative at the National Age Group Championships, Thomas Adams, had a super swim in the 50 free, achieving a personal best in this event under long course conditions.

This was an excellent performance when considering Thomas was sitting his leaving certificate this year.
Thomas is proof of the talent and potential of the athletes and all involved with Nenagh Neptune SC.

There were mixed emotions on this his final competitive swim for the club and on behalf of NNSC we wish him well for the future.

Irish Age Groups Division 2 – Coaches Report

26th – 29th June, 2014

Emily Ryan, Olwyn Dunne, Sinead Dwyer, Darren Dunne and Thomas Adams represented Nenagh Neptune Swimming Club at the Irish Age Groups Division 2 in UL in Limerick.

Day 1, Friday 26th

The first race in our program was the Girls 400m IM. If Emily was still nervous when she stood behind her starting block then it didn’t show. From the first few strokes she dominated the race. Long strokes, strong kick, fast turns …  Emily swam an excellent race with a 15 second  personal best (pb). This race was her toughest for the coming weekend and its success gave her great confidence for her swims on Saturday 200m IM and Sunday 400m FC.

Next up were 200m FC for Olwyn, Darren and Thomas.
Olwyn showed a very strong performance with 33 secs for her first 50m, followed by 37 – 37 – 37. With a 4 second pb she finished 11th.
Even though Thomas wasn’t too happy about his second turn, he finished 5th and qualified for the finals in the afternoon session as did Darren.
During the finals Darren repeated his good performance from the morning session and with 3 perfect turns Thomas finished 4th. A further 2 sec pb (1 sec pb during the prelims) helped his disappointment about missing out on a medal only by the final touch.

Day 2, Saturday 27th
The first race of the day was the boys 400m FC. While Darren knocked 8 seconds of his old pb and finished 9th, he himself was mostly pleased with his steady swim. Overall he showed a very impressive performance.
Thomas finished 10th  with his main race to follow tomorrow, 100m FC.

Second race of the day were the 100m Fly for Sinead. She wasn’t happy with her last 25m, while I wasn’t happy with any of her turns but nevertheless Sinead qualified for the finals. We knew it would be a very tight race as all competitors were really strong. Sinead focused, put in 3 very fast turns and a improved each 25m by a second! With a 4 second pb she didn’t only finish 2nd but also secured herself the gold medal when the fastest girl got a speeding ticket.
So close but not close enough, Sinead missed out on a Division 1 time by less than a second.

The final race of the day were the 200m IM for Emily and Olwyn.
Emily showed great stamina and swam the 200m as well as the 400m on the previous day.
Olwyn’s excellent performance with a 4 second pb secured her a place in the finals. All she needed was another 4 seconds of her new pb to qualify for the Division 1 … but it wasn’t meant to be. Her final race left her 0.13 secs short of that dream. 

Day 3, Sunday 28th

The last day of a very long weekend had more exciting events in store.
The girls 400m FC were straight finals in which Olwyn finished 11th, Emily 19th and Sinead 23rd.
Olwyn knocked an amazing 20 seconds of her previous time, swimming steadily between 19 and 20 seconds per 25m.
Emily experienced some nerves during her race but nevertheless gave a most impressive performance of her ability to swim 400m with 18 secs for the first 25m and 20 sec over every other 25m with a final sprint of 18 secs.

The last event for our swimmers were the 100m FC for Olwyn, Sinead and Thomas.
The strain of a long weekend was felt but the swimmers gave their best and put on one more excellent swim each, during which Thomas who came within 0.33 seconds of his Division 1 time. After another long wait he went into his last battle. He had an excellent start (his fastest so far with 0.56 secs) and was in the lead until his second turn at 50 metres. Unfortunately things went a bit off at his last turn and he missed out on third place (and a new pb) and finished 4th.

Looking back over the last 3 days I have to say all swimmers have again done the club proud.
All the hard work the athletes put in by training different nights at different pools, coming to early morning training a few morning per week, showed in their excellent performances throughout the long weekend.
Well done all and special thanks to the parents/ siblings who helped making this weekend possible by taking up the officials jobs as time keepers and turn judges, teamleaders or taxi drivers. All your help and support was highly appreciated.

Munster Connacht Age Groups – Coaches Report

23/05/2015 to 24/05/2015

6 athletes from Squad 4, 5 and 6 represented Nenagh Neptune Swimming Club at the Munster Connacht Age Groups in Limerick. This gala was swum over 50m longcourse which means over the full length of the University of Limerick pool (compared to the usual 25m shortcourse,eg in Nenagh).

Congratulations to all participating athletes on their achievements in this high standard gala. All 6 athletes swam to their best ability. With a total of 11 entries, they achieved 8 personal best swimming times with no disqualifications.

Emily Ryan swam pb’s in all 3 of her entered swims. She is now less than 2 seconds away from her Division 1 time in 200 Free as well as 100 BC. She narrowly missed her Division 2 time in her 100m Butterfly swim by 0.28 secs.

Ethan Geoghegan was able to pb in both his swims and is hoping to get his Division 1 time in 100 Free over the next few weeks with only 2.09 seconds to go. He narrowly missed his Division 2 time in 200 IM by 0.41 secs.

Despite studying hard for her Junior Cert Sinead Dwyer swam two really good races. We thank her for her commitment even though she was feeling unwell all weekend.

Congratulations to Shane McAteer who pb’d in both his swims and achieved his Division 2 time in 100 Free.

Despite having her confirmation that very weekend Christine Ryan attended the swim meet and swam the 100 Backcrawl to her best ability.

Mark Ryan was able to pb in his 200 Free swim and come as close as 0.32 seconds off his Division 2 time in this event.

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