May 26, 2014
Well done to all swimmers who competed in the New Ross gala (curiously in waterford! - just shows we are not on our own when travelling from pool to pool to train!)
Despite an early start for all, the swimmers performed exceedingluy well. Cara Stapleton took 2 seconds of her 100 freestyle time since the wexford chance gala to smash the IAG 1 qualification time. Now sitting on a 1:07, she has shown remarkable resolve by dropping 4 seconds in as many weeks.
Peter Harrington came within .56 of a division1 qualification time in his 100 Brs, scooping a bronze medal to accompany his other for the 100 free.
Jamie Purcell took his pound of flesh from his 100 free PB dipping to 1:13 in a superb swim. Ethan Ballard seemed to nail his turns on the 100 Brs and gave a very impressive performance in both the 100 free and 200 IM. Myles O Malley looked very comfortable in his 100 back, knocking a second off PB and delivering a competitive performance in the 100free en route.
Carson green seemed to build into his premier event - 100brs taking a new PB along with a determined finish. Sam Owen continued to look consistent with hios 100 Brs. After a tough afternoon, this JC student put the books aside to deliver a solid swim after a 10 hour wait.
Cara Heylin dipped under the leinster 1 time on the 100 brs.
Laura Desmond, with the shear thought of pizza for dinner took a staggering 5 seconds off her 100 free time since last week. Effectionately now known the "pizza time" or the largest number of seconds off pb in exchange for margarita was the goal. Her 100 back was technically superb....we just need to make sure that we dangle pizza at the finish to bring her under all those IAG 2 Qts!
Aislinn Pantony continues to show form as a multi disciplinarian. Her 200 IM continues to look strong, The work on her fly bodes well for both the 100 and the 2IM.
Emer Desmond, swimming up an age group won her heat in the 100 BRS, rising to the challenge under difficult competition. It was amazing to see the smallest girl in the heat top the scoreboard!
Elena Brophy has been developing her 100 free over the last number of weeks and took back a solid PB along with a techically impressive swim. Her 100 Brs also started to show promise - although not her favourite event, she took her work to competition and delivered a heat winning swim.
Lily Harrington delivered solid swims in her 100 Breast, 50 Breast - keeping herself in contention for IAG 2. Her technique has certainly improved under the watchful eye of Eoin Gray over the last number of months. Her training group of Cara, Cara, Emer and co seems to be keeping her positively motivated to achieve!
Nicholas Reynolds also looked solid in his 100 free eating a huge chunk of time off his 100 free.
Friendly Rivals Mark Fahy and Phillip Towns continue their quest for that elusive Division 1 IAG time in the 100 back into Leinster Div 1. Placed in lanes 3 and 4 respectively, each swam tit for tat trying to carry eachother under the QT - close but not quite on this occasion, buit this training partnership looks certain to bear fruit before the end of the season.
The team seems to be bonding well across squads, preparing themselves for summer nationals. It will be interesting to see how these athletes compete in the final 8 weeks of the season!