450 swimmers take part in Leinster open
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.