450 swim­mers take part in Le­in­ster open

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

FOUR-HUN­DRED-AND-FIFTY swim­mers dipped their toes in Wick­low Har­bour last week­end as Wick­low Swim­ming Club hosted the Healy O’Kane Le­in­ster Open.

A course of 1600m was set up, tak­ing the swim­mers from the Sandfiner around the har­bour and out to the open sea as they com­peted for the Healy O’Kane Cups on Sun­day, June 16.

The rain cleared and sea con­di­tions were per­fect as the 263 men took to the wa­ter. First home was Joe McSweeney from East­ern Bay SC and he was fol­lowed across the line by Billy Ke­hoe from Sandy­cove SC in sec­ond place, Wick­low SC swim­mer Kieran Ryan in third, Michael O’Rior­dan from Dublin SC in fourth, Char­lie Bren­nan of Wick­low SC in fifth and Barry Dunne from Phoenix SC in sixth place.

The vets prize went to David Ho­gan from Tal­laght Masters and the Masters prize went to Paul O’Neill of NAC Masters. The fastest time went to Brian Har­ris of Wick­low SC, who com­pleted the course in a time of 21.11.

It was then the turn of the 187 fe­male com­peti­tors to take to the wa­ter. There was de­light for the lo­cal club as they saw two of their mem­bers, Dara Owens and Lisa Gaynor, cross the line in first and sec­ond place re­spec­tively.

Be­hind them, Deb­bie Gould from NAC SC was third, fourth place went to Re­becca Walsh of Aer­lin­gus SC, fifth place to Da­rina Bar­rett from Dublin SC and sixth place to Wick­low SC swim­mer An­gela Leonard.

The vets prize went to Julie Ann Somers from Dublin SC, the Masters prize went to Ann Cough­lan of NAC SC and the Su­per Masters went to San­dra Trapp of Dublin NAC. The fastest time was se­cured by Rachel Lee of Bar­racuda SC, who came home in a time of 20.34.

Wick­low SC took home both team prizes with Kieran Ryan, Char­lie Bren­nan, Ross Bea­com and Brian Har­ris do­ing the busi­ness in the gents’ com­pe­ti­tion and Dara Owens, Lisa Gaynor, An­gela Leonard and Mary Aldridge se­cur­ing glory in the ladies’ event.

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