Swimmers impress at Open
Six local swimmers from Co Sligo Swimming Club were competing at the recent Swim Ireland Irish Open Championships at the National Aquatic Centre where over 400 swimmers were in competitive action.
Representing the Sligo club at the 5-day championships were: Danielle Farrell, Carrie McDaid, Wiktoria Weinert, Ronan Kilcoyne, Anthony Maher and university swimmer Ronan Anderson (National Centre Limerick/Sligo SC).
The competition saw over 400 swimmers from 68 clubs compete for national titles in 34 individual events and places on six international teams.
Between them the five young Sligo swimmers competed in 17 individual events and secured places in 4 open finals, 5 junior finals and one B final.
Danielle Farrell came closest to securing a medal when she finished in 4th place in the 1500m freestyle event in a time of 18:33.82.
Danielle also had a great swim in the junior final of the 200m freestyle, finishing in 5th place. Fifteen-year-old Wiktoria Weinert was also very pleased with her performances, particularly in the junior final of the gruelling 200m butterfly where she finished in 3rd position in a fantastic time of 2:23.34 which was over 7 seconds faster than her entry time.
14-year old Ronan Kilcoyne was one of the youngest competitors at the Irish Open and once again this rising star performed amazingly.
Ronan was 10th fastest overall in the 1500m freestyle open final and 10th also in the open final of the 400m IM. He also had great swims in the junior finals of the 400m freestyle (8th) and 200m backstroke (9th).
Carrie McDaid had a 9th place finish in the junior final of the 200m IM and got a new PB in the 50m backstroke. Anthony Maher got a PB in this 50m breaststroke heat and also swam well in the 200m breaststroke. Ronan Anderson, representing NCL/Sligo SC finished in 10th place in the open final of the 200m IM. Head coach Eduardo Santos was pleased overall with the club's performances at the Irish Open and said that he is looking forward to seeing further improvements over the coming months in time for the Irish Summer National Championships in July.