Thursday, 2 April 2015

Open day for Coman’s Swimming Club on Saturday

Coman’s SC will host an Open Day next Saturday, April 24th at Roscommon Leisure Centre at 9.50 am where all children aged six and over who have passed Swim 4 or equivalent, are welcome to come along and swim with the club members during their regular session.

Have fun, meet some new friends and try out for the club. Swimmers from all sections of the club will be on hand to meet, greet and talk to prospective members. There will also be a demonstration of what these young athletes can do. This whole event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served after the session, and parents can talk to committee members about a once off special rate from April-June which is now available for those who wish to join Coman’s SC on a trial basis until the end of this season. Enquiries to (087) 2279000.

It was another busy fortnight in and out of the water for Coman’s Swimming Club featuring a major fund raising effort, an open day for new swimmers, and a trip to Galway for the annual Leisureland Cup competition as life in a busy swimming club continues apace towards the business end of the season.

It the water, all groups of the club were represented in Galway on April 10th at the Leisureland Cup, a team event where seven clubs from the Connacht region took part in a competition where each squad is allowed to have one swimmer in a series of events in all four strokes at U10, U12, U15, and senior (16 and over) for boys and girls, followed by relays in each age group in freestyle and medley. This event is seen by most clubs as a fun event that promotes participation and enjoyment and they were the key elements as Team Coman’s took the bus to the city of the Tribes.

In terms of the overall result, finishing fifth was a good performance considering the number of developing swimmers in the team just for experience.

The main results for Coman’s were as follows: U10 Boys (25 m): Backstroke, Ciaran Regan, 4th 21.03; Butterfly, Ben Moran, 6th, 23.03; Breaststroke, Sam Connolly, 6th, 26.46; Freestyle, Mikey Moran, 3rd, 16.34. U10 Girls (25m): Backstroke, Tara Dolan, 6th, 21.89; Butterfly, Roisin Campbell, 6th, 20,27; Breaststroke, Emily Collins, 2nd 21.72; Freestyle, Jenni Kilduff, 6th, 18.88. U12 Boys (50m): Backstroke, Kevin Lannon, 5th, 40.96; Butterfly, Kevin Lannon, 6th, 45.09; Breaststroke, Brian Collins, 3rd, 41.72; Freestyle, Brian Collins, 7th, 38.58. U12 Girls (50m): Backstroke, Emma Lalwani, 6th, 52.43; Butterfly, Sarah Kelly, 1st, 31.43; Breaststroke, Molly Collins, 7th, 47.34; Freestyle, Rebecca Mooney, 7th, 41.98. U15 Boys (100m):  Backstroke, Conor Lane, 5th, 1:32.35; Butterfly, Darragh Bailey, 5th, 1:13.24; Breaststroke, Darragh Bailey, 5th, 1:26.15; Freestyle, Conor Lane. 6th, 1:17.07; U15 Girls (100m): Backstroke, Leah Feane, 4th, 1:17.57, Butterfly, Lucy Madden, 3rd, 1:19.33; Breaststroke, Olivia Fullard, 4th, 1:24.45; Freestyle, Sasha Hibbs, 6th, 1:13.19. Senior Men (100m): Rhys Connolly (15) swam in all four events, Backstroke 5th (1:11.64), Butterfly 4th (1:19.52), Breaststroke, 4th (1:20.96), Freestyle 5th (1:03.53). Senior Women (100m): Backstroke, Clare Geogeghan, 6th, 1:19.36; Butterfly, Clare Geoghegan, 2nd, 1:09.17; Breaststroke, Marie Keane, 6th, 1:36.31; Freestyle, Romy Madden, 3rd, 1:03.13. In the relays, all teams were either 4th or 5th in their respective races, except the boys U10 freestyle squad who were second. Notable performances came from the girls U15 and women’s senior freestyle squads who were both under a minute for their 4 x 25 m races. The cup was won by Galway SC, who narrowly defeated Athlone.

Out of the pool, the club recently held a highly successful youth disco in Jacks, Roscommon, featuring up-and-coming local radio DJ Fergal Darcy from i102-104. Many thanks are due to Fergal himself for a super night’s entertainment, Larry O’Gara, his family and staff for use of their venue and their assistance, Mike Moran and Patricia Fullard for organising and co-ordinating the event, and finally, the committee members, parents and friends who helped with supervision. The club hope to have Fergal back in Roscommon soon.

Coman’s SC held a Grand National Sweep on the recent race at Aintree, the result of which is as follows: 1st place, Alanna Donnellan, €200; 2nd place, William Carroll, €150; 3rd place Mary Ryan, €100; 4th place Pauline Healy, € 75; Last finisher Daniel Costello €50. Thanks to Larry’s Bar, Goff St, for hosting the draw and selling tickets, Regan’s, and JJ Harlow’s for ticket sales and sponsorship, Roscommon Leisure Centre reception staff, (particularly Ann), for selling tickets, and all the committee, parents, and friends who helped make it a success. Thanks also to those who contributed to the recent countywide church gate collection. The funds raised will help with equipment and ongoing training and development of swimmers for the whole of Co Roscommon.