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Thursday 19 October 2017

Swim trio triumph for Leinster team

Swimmers from New Ross swimming club who competed in the Ulster Age groups and Youth Championships. Evan Bailey, New Ross gold 100m freestyle, silver 400m freestyle, silver 200m IM, silver 100m breaststroke, silver 100m butterfly and bronze 100m backstroke; Sadhbh Bailey, New Ross gold 400m freestyle, silver 800m freestyle and bronze 100m freestyle; Fran Ronan coach and Abi Cullen Bree gold 100m freestyle, gold 200m IM, gold 400m freestyle and bronze 100m butterfly
Swimmers from New Ross swimming club who competed in the Ulster Age groups and Youth Championships. Evan Bailey, New Ross gold 100m freestyle, silver 400m freestyle, silver 200m IM, silver 100m breaststroke, silver 100m butterfly and bronze 100m backstroke; Sadhbh Bailey, New Ross gold 400m freestyle, silver 800m freestyle and bronze 100m freestyle; Fran Ronan coach and Abi Cullen Bree gold 100m freestyle, gold 200m IM, gold 400m freestyle and bronze 100m butterfly

David Looby

The triumphant trio of Sadhbh Bailey, her brother Evan and Abi Cullen made names for themselves in Leinster's team at the Ulster Age groups in Bangor in late April.

Evan competed in the 9-11 age group and made the 100 breast stroke final on the first day of competition, securing a silver medal during the finals.

He went on to win the 100 freestyle.

On day two he secured two second placings in 200m and 100m events. An all-rounder, Evan secured two more podium placings with silver in the 400m free and a bronze in the 100m back stroke.

Abi Cullen also showed strong form from day one of the event. Swimming in the 9-11 age category she earned a first placing in the 100 freestyle and second in the 200 individual medley.

As the weekend progressed she also had a first placing in the 400 free and gained bronze in the 100 butterfly.

Sadhbh came second in the 800 freestyle in the 13 age category, following on with a third placing in the 100 free. Improving on her result the next day, she stormed through the water to gain gold in the 400 free.

Dedicated coaching and additional pool time has helped prepare this trio for their successes.

Individual training plans developed and delivered by head coach Fran Ronan has meant that over the past month, the club was also represented at Swim Ireland's Irish Open Swimming Championships in early April.

Team New Ross was ably represented by Eoin Begin, Cian Foley, Jack Coode, Jack Nolan Whitney and Denis Kilbride who all met the very stringent qualification times.

As did Derbhille Cruise and the youngest member of the group, Caoimhe Daly. The squad competed well, securing individual personal best's and making a number of finals.

This event is one of the pinnacles of the Irish swimming calendar and a very competitive arena for New Ross to be among.

Four of the clubs swimmers were also selected onto the Leinster squad to compete against the other three provinces in the Interprovincial Schools finals on April 29. Jack Nolan Whitney and Denis Kilbride were part of the senior squad, while Min Allen and Caoimhe Daly competed in the junior age section. All four improved on their personal best times and also contributed to the relay events. Ulster secured the title this year, but Leinster followed in second place.

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