Two graded galas were held recently, with up and coming members of Coman’s Swimming Club looking for the qualifying standards for ‘A’ grade competitions in the Connacht Region.
On Saturday evening, April 17th, the Graded Gala team took a trip to Carrick-on-Shannon where Carrick Fins hosted their first ever event. The full results of this event are not available, but the team took home three ‘A’ Certificates. Roisin Campbell was two seconds inside the standard for girls U11 50m butterfly, Riona Delaney achieved her third ‘A’ time in the girls U13 100m backstroke, and Kevin Lannon, who had come so close on two previous occasions, made the breakthrough to ‘A’ status in the Boys U13 backstroke.
Longford was the venue on Saturday 8th May for the final Graded Gala of the season in the area. A smaller than usual squad, decimated by Confirmations and Communions, took part in this event, but the improvements keep on coming. 200m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley races made up the programme in U11, U13 and 15 and over age groups for Boys and Girls. As usual, ‘A’ timers earned Swim Ireland Certificates, whilst there were medals for the top three B and C timers in each event.
The boys U11 were represented by Ben Cummins, Sam Connolly and Ciaran Regan. Ben took the C silver in breaststroke (2:07.39) with Sam taking the C bronze in the same event in 2:07.73. Sam went on to take the B bronze medal in freestyle in a time of 1:29.99.
Ciaran Regan, still only eight years of age, won the boys U11 100 freestyle event with his B gold medal achieved in a time of 1.27.36, and he also went on to take the B silver medal in the IM in 1:45.14.
Coman’s were well represented in the girls U11 section by Tara Dolan, Roisin Campbell, Jenni Kilduff, Meadbh Tiernan, Lane Feane, Emma Lalwani and Michelle Farrell. Both Tara and Lane just missed out on the A time of 1:40 in the IM, with Lane taking the B gold in 1:40.59, Tara taking B silver in 1:40.82 and Roisin taking bronze in 1:43.95. Emma, although out of the medals, also got a B time of 1:48.17. In Breaststroke Tara and Roisin finished up with B times, Tara taking B silver in 1:50.27 and Roisin getting B bronze in 1:51.49. In the same event Jenni Kilduff and Meadbh Tiernan achieved C times with Jenni getting C Gold in 2:00.59 and Maebh getting C silver in 2:03.59. In the 100m freestyle both Michelle Farrell and Jenni Kilduff got B times but no medals. Michelle swam 1:30.32 and Jenni 1:30.91. Emma Lalwani won the C gold in this event in 1:32.19.
In the U13 age group, Kevin Lannon and Lucy Kenny flew the Coman’s flag with some great swims. Kevin Lannon achieved another ‘A’ time, his third, in the 100m individual medley in a time of 1.31.83 which was almost four seconds inside the required time, and also took two gold medals. In breaststroke, Kevin won the B gold medal in 1:45.17 and in the 200 Freestyle he took C gold with a tired swim in his last event. Kevin has also passed his fitness test to move in to the top tier of the club and this further success marks a memorable week for him.
Lucy Kenny had two fine swims on the day and was unfortunate not to get an A time in the 100m IM. She took the gold in B section in 1:35.29, missing out by 0.3 of a second, and also took the B Bronze in her 100m freestyle with her time of 1:22.25 a huge personal best by over nine seconds. Finally, as always, the Gala ended with relays, where the girls U11 team finished 2nd to a very strong Athlone team.
Next up for this group will be the end of season Connacht Graded Gala in Castlebar on Sunday June 13th, whilst the ‘A’ squad will have one last chance to qualify for the major National Age Group competitions when the Connacht Age Groups Division 1 Gala takes place in long course format at UL arena, Limerick on May 22nd and 23rd.