199 swimmers in races
THE first swim of the week for Wicklow Swimming Club took place on a warm Wednesday evening as both youths and seniors took to the waters.
Fourteen youths swam a course out of the harbour and around the back of the pier in a race sponsored by the Kristiansen family. A brilliant finish saw Dylan O’Donovan take first place, followed by Mia Kristiansen in a close second and Emma Waters in third.
Eighty-five seniors competed in the ‘Across the Harbour’ race, sponsored by REA Forkin. They navigated a course out of the harbour and into the open sea with Ciara Wadden finishing first, followed by second placed Karen Copeland and Paul Fox in third.
One-hundred-and-ninetynine swimmers took part in the races on Sunday during a hot and sunny morning at Wicklow Harbour.
The junior sprints were up first with 50 swimmers competing. The winners were under-six boys – first, Tom Doyle, second, Ted Jameson and third, Elliott Kinsella; under-six girls – first, Aoife Quinn, second, Maria O’Dwyer and third, Anna Kravchenko; under-eight boys – first, Ben Reynolds; under-eight girls – first, Hannah Tracey, second, Ruth Connolly and third, Beth O’Neill; under-10 boys – first, Ryan Quinn, second, Callum Gilmartin and third, Matthew Mooney; under-10 girls – first, Alisha Chatterjee, second, Anya McKenna and third, Ali O’Neill; under-12 boys – first, Andrei Kravchenko, second, Cian Chatterjee and third, Joss Hulin; under-12 girls – first, Ella Kelly, second, Anya Wilson and third, Cara McKenna; under-14 girls – first, Eva Doyle.
Twenty-eight juniors were back in the water swimming the Junior Challenge. First home was Cian Chatterjee, with Ella Kelly in second and Callum Gilmartin in third.
Twenty-two intermediates swam for the Wicklow Town Council Cup and Cian Leonard was the winner. Mike Connolly was second and Chris Hulin was in third place.
Fifteen youths competed in a sealed handicap. It was a fantastic race all the way to the finish, with Ross O’Loughlin coming out on top as Emma Waters finished runner-up and Bonnie Bell King ended up third.
Eighty-four seniors swam in a sealed handicap for the Town Council Cup. Peter O’Keane took first place with Trass Lyons taking second followed by Karen O’Brien in third.
The next mid-week races will take place this evening (Wednesday, July 11), starting with the intermediates chairman’s Cup at 6.45 p.m. followed by the seniors Committee Cup at 7.15 p.m.
Races on Sunday, July 15, start at 10.15 a.m. with the junior sprints, followed at 10.30 a.m. by the junior challenge (The Kenny Cup), at 11 a.m. for the Costello Cup sponsored by the Sheekey Family, at 11.30 a.m. for the BC Sports Cup, and at midday will be the senior race for the Rocky Newsome Memorial Cup.