Swim­mers end year on a high

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

A to­tal of nine County Sligo Swim­ming Club ath­letes re­cently com­peted at the Ir­ish Na­tional Short Course Cham­pi­onships and their ex­cel­lent per­for­mances brought an ar­ray of medals and PBs back to the North­west.

The Cham­pi­onships were held at the La­gan Val­ley Leisure­plex in Lis­burn and the lo­cal swim­mers did not dis­ap­point, re­turn­ing to Sligo with two na­tional medals and lots of per­sonal bests (PBs) across the four days of this open com­pe­ti­tion.

Danielle Far­rell (15) claimed a bronze in the 1500m freestyle in 17:58.40, a PB of al­most 7 sec­onds. Far­rell also swam in two B fi­nals, the 400m freestyle where she fin­ished in 3rd place in 4:28.51, a 6.56 sec­ond PB, and the 200m freestyle where she also fin­ished in 3rd po­si­tion.

The club had two swim­mers com­pet­ing for both the Na­tional Cen­tre Lim­er­ick (NCL) and Sligo Swim­ming Club. These were UL stu­dents Ro­nan An­der­son and Jade Mur­phy. For the sec­ond year in a row, An­der­son medalled at the SC Na­tion­als. This year he won bronze in the 100m back­stroke in a time of 56.60 and also fin­ished in 6th place in the 200m IM fi­nal in 2:03.00. An­der­son fin­ished just out­side the medals in the 400m IM fi­nal, in 4th po­si­tion. He also swam a great race in the fi­nal of the 200m back­stroke and was in con­tention for a medal right up un­til the last 50m of the race, how­ever he even­tu­ally fin­ished in 5th place in a fast time of 2:05.94. The other NCL/Sligo swim­mer, Jade Mur­phy, swam in the three breast­stroke events, fin­ish­ing in 2nd place in the B fi­nal of the 100m breast­stroke and in 7th place in the B fi­nal of the 50m. On the fi­nal day of the meet Mur­phy qual­i­fied for the A fi­nal of the 200m breast­stroke in a great time of 2:41.37, but with­drew from the evening fi­nal.

Car­rie McDaid (16) was com­pet­ing at her fifth Ir­ish SC Cham­pi­onships and her high­light this year came in the 100m IM where she fin­ished 5th in the B fi­nal in 1:08.64. She couldn’t re­peat her per­for­mance from the heats in the morn­ing when she swam a time of 1:08.05, a 0.51 sec­ond PB. McDaid also com­peted in the 50m breast­stroke, fin­ish­ing 24th over­all.

Fif­teen-year-old Wik­to­ria Wein­ert com­peted in 7 events. Her best per­for­mance came in the 200m IM where she achieved a 0.91 sec­ond PB to fin­ish in 2:36.53. She also at­tained a PB in the 200m breast­stroke, swim­ming a time of 2:49.97 to fin­ish in 23rd po­si­tion.

This year County Sligo Swim­ming Club had four swim­mers com­pet­ing for the first time at the Ir­ish Na­tional SC Cham­pi­onships. These were thir­teen year olds Ro­nan Kil­coyne and Killian Lang­ton, and sib­lings Alice McPart­lan (15) and Paddy McPart­lan (16). All four swim­mers equipped them­selves very well at this ma­jor na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Ro­nan Kil­coyne who has been hav­ing a fan­tas­tic run of form re­cently com­peted in six in­di­vid­ual events, the high­light of which was his per­for­mance in the 1500m freestyle where the 13-year-old fin­ished a fan­tas­tic 8th place over­all in a time of 16:55.68, a 25.30 sec­ond PB. Kil­coyne also achieved great PBs in all of his other events, and was the fastest 13-year-old in every event he com­peted in. This com­pe­ti­tion was a su­perb learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the young swim­mer. Killian Lang­ton raced in the 200m breast­stroke and the young­ster swam a great time of 2:47.15, a 1.12 sec­ond PB.

Paddy McPart­lan was an­other swim­mer who got PBs in all five of his events. He was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in both the 100m freestyle swim­ming a time of 57.82, a 1.28 sec­ond PB and 100m IM (1:06.43), a 1.52 sec­ond PB. McPart­lan’s other PBs came in the 50m freestyle, 50m fly and 100m fly. Alice McPart­lan put in a great per­for­mance in the 200m back­stroke with a time of 2:33.49.

County Sligo Swim­ming Club also com­peted in one re­lay event, the Mixed 200m Med­ley Re­lay, where the team com­pris­ing Car­rie McDaid (50m Back), Ro­nan An­der­son (50m Breast), Ro­nan Kil­coyne (50m Fly) and Danielle Far­rell (50m Free) swam a time of 1:57.90 to fin­ish in 12th po­si­tion from 23 teams.

Sligo head coach Ed­uardo San­tos was very pleased with the per­for­mances at one of the premier events in the Ir­ish swim­ming cal­en­dar. Coach Ed­uardo said that Sligo Swim­ming Club are con­tin­u­ing to per­form ex­tremely well at Na­tional level, be­ing one of just seven of the six­teen Con­nacht swim­ming clubs to reach the podium at the Ir­ish SC Na­tion­als, with the two medals won by Danielle Far­rell and Ro­nan An­der­son. He also thanked all the swim­mers, par­ents, coaches and com­mit­tee mem­bers for all their sup­port to the club and said he was re­ally look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing long course season. Next up for Sligo swim­mers is the Le­in­ster Open Qual­i­fy­ing Long Course Gala in the NAC, from Jan­uary 18-20th.

Danielle Far­rell, Wik­to­ria Wein­ert & Alice McPart­lan.

Ro­nan Kil­coyne and Paddy McPart­lan.

Sligo SC club cap­tains Paddy McPart­lan and Car­rie McDaid.

Killian Lang­ton & Wik­to­ria Wein­ert.

Car­rie McDaid & Wik­to­ria Wein­ert.

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