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Sunday 21 September 2014

Swimmers claim impressive titles

Published 17/06/2014 | 05:40

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Naoise Scott-Ryan, Jack McGrath and Tara Walsh at the Munster-Connacht swimming championship in Limerick.

COUNTY Sligo Swimming Club impressed recently in Limerick as 28 medals were brought home by the team from the Munster/Connacht Age Groups Championship.

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County Sligo Swimming Club impressed recently in Limerick as 28 medals were brought home by the team from the Munster/Connacht Age Groups Championship.

The team of 26 recorded personal bests in every event on the road to bringing home a remarkable eleven gold medals.

The tally, which also included five silver and twelve bronze, was led by both Eanna O'Hara and Shona Keaveney, who collected six medals each.

Shona saw off all opponents in five of her categories, as well as taking bronze in the 100m Breaststroke.

Eanna came come out on top in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke, winning gold in both as well as defeating his personal best in the 400m Freestyle by a remarkable 16 seconds.

There was success for many more members of the swimming club with Ronan Anderson and Odhrán O'Hara claiming four medals each.

But perhaps Ronan was most impressed with his performance in the 400m Freestyle where he swam his best time ever at that event.

Odhrán's medal tally included two silver and two bronze.

His second place finishes came in the 100m and 200m Breaststrokes, while the 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley seen him finish third.

The Back Crawl continued to be Maeve Keaney's strongest event, as the young swimmer impressed and was able to collect two gold medals in both the 100m and 200m races.

Bronze medals were also contributed by Jane McGlinchey in the 200m Butterfly, Carrie McDaid in the 100m Breaststroke, Jade Murphy in the Breaststroke, Conor Melvin in the 100m Freestyle and Rachel Martin in the 200m Butterfly.

As well as claiming a bronze medal, Jane McGlinchey was also able to see off all challengers in the 100m Butterfly. She was able to smash her previous personal best by a remarkable six seconds, claiming gold in the process.

Personal Bests were the common theme of the day for the swimming club with Terri Kelly and Thomas Maher breaking two personal bests each.

There was also massive success for the Martin family with siblings Rachel and Dylan recording three personal bests between them.

Carrie McDaid, Eoin Anderson, Jack McGrath and Conor Melvin were also able to beat previous times.

Other notable swimmers for the Sligo club were Danielle Farrell, Seán Keaney, Evan Kelly, Aoife Keaney, Owen Eglinton, Kate Anderson, Naoise Scott-Ryan, Tara Walsh, Maria Lyons, David Woods and Sarah Melvin.

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