Saturday 19 October 2019

Gold, silver and bronze for Sophie!


Drogheda Swim Club's Sophie Maguire emerged as one of the stars at the recent Irish Open Championships when winning her first-ever National title.

The Irish Open doubles up as the National Senior Championships and attracts every top swimmer in the country as well as many international stars - all looking for good early-season performances and National titles.

After winning bronze in the 50m backstroke on the Friday in a time of 29.29sec and silver in the 100m backstroke two days later (1:03.55), Sophie qualified as top seed going into the 200m backstroke final being held the same day.

The pressure was on the Drogheda swimmer, given her status as the favourite, and as the race unfolded Sophie was locked in a battle over the four lengths with Marie Godden from Kilkenny SC.

The two backstroke specialists turned for the final length dead level, but Sophie used her strength to pull away to win by more than two seconds in 2.17.30 - to the delight of her large extended family from Termonfeckin and supporters from her club.

Sophie, who also swims for Mid Sussex Marlins in the UK, now moves on with confidence to the British Championships in Glasgow where she continues her pursuit of qualification times for upcoming international championships.

Drogheda Independent