A LARGE contingent of swimmers from Aura Dundalk Swimming Club, made their way to the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown on Sunday for the first major Swim Gala of the season.
The Leinster graded event gives swimmers an opportunity to compete with others at their own level. ADSC had 16 swimmers competing in some, or all, of the four strokes - freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. For many of the swimmers, this was the first chance to savour the fantastic facilities available at the NAC.
The gala is so popular, that organisers had to cap the numbers attending, but there was still almost 400 swimmers from around the country competing.
For ADSC, they couldn't have imagined at the beginning of the day, just how successful the event would turn out to be. All 16 swimmers swam fantastically well, with all achieving personal bests in their respective event - in some cases, over five seconds were knocked off previous PBs.
It became apparent that many of the swimmers may have been in with a chance of medals, and in a graded gala, where results are based on time and not heat winners, it was a nervous wait as results for each grade were called out throughout the day.
Each time, there was a rousing cheer from all the ADSC parents and officials as ADSC swimmers names were called.
By the end of the day, along with the many PBs and great performances, the following swimmers won medals:
Emmet Kirk - Silver 50m Backstroke & Gold 50m Freestyle; Darren Lynch - Silver 100m Freestyle; Rachel O Brien - Gold 50m Freestyle & Gold 100m Backstroke; Naoise Caroll - Gold 50m Butterfly; Aoife Fay - Gold 100m Breaststroke; Conall KellyGold 50m Breaststroke & Silver 50m BackStroke; Dylan Mc Mahon - Gold 50m Butterfly, Gold 50m Freestyle & Silver 50m Backstroke.
- The Club Committee would like to thank all the parents who travelled and cheered on all our competitors throughout the day.
ADSC is still only in it's infancy as a club, and as such the is trying to ensure it is sustainable for the next number of years.
A number of fundraising events will be run over the coming months so watch out and give what you can.