Leinster Open Qualifying Gala

Congratulations to our 11 swimmers who competed at the Leinster Open Qualifying Gala on 19tth – 21st of January at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.  Between them, they competed in fifty five events and earned 25 personal best times.

Competitors on the day were: Aisling Ramsay, Anya Sliwinski, Dara O’Connor, Ella Harford, Kate Mc Mahon, Tia Harford, Ben David, Killian O’Connor, Kjell Laudon, Matthew Nolan, Sean Mc Mahon. 

This was the first Long course gala of the season and Barracuda swimmers swam a very demanding schedule competing in a huge variety of events in all strokes and distances.  They had a great learning experience and a very encouraging start to the long course season.   Congratulations to our younger swimmers who produced very solid performances, some of them swimming long course for the first time having just qualified for the competition at the Leinster Development Gala only 10 days beforehand. Great promise for the season ahead! 

Achievements of the Leinster Open Qualifying Gala: 

Ella Harford - 2 Irish Division 1 times 
Ben David - 2 more qualification times for the International Dave McCullagh Gala 
Matthew Nolan - 4 National Division 2 times 
Killian O’Connor - 3 Irish Age Group Division 1 times