Tipperary Tiger Sharks make a splash

Nine members of the junior squad of Tipperary Tiger Sharks supported by parents travelled to Waterford to swim in a Grade C gala.

Nine members of the junior squad of Tipperary Tiger Sharks supported by parents travelled to Waterford to swim in a Grade C gala.

It was a fantastic day with swimmers achieving personal bests (PBs) on their times.

This was as a result of the swimmers’ hard work, competitive spirit and the sheer commitment to training.

A Grade C swimmer’s ultimate goal is to reach their ‘B’ time on each event by decreasing (-) their times (personal bests) at each gala they attend until they become a B grade swimmer.

The Tiger Sharks finished this gala with one new B Grade Swimmer, Kate Phelan, six individual medals and two silver medals for team relays.

Sean O’Neill (11) swam very well in his events and achieved a pb of -1.14sec in 100m Free.

Stephen Browne (11) had another great swim and he also achieved a fine pb of -3.41 sec in 100m Free.

Kieran Browne (13) had an excellent swim, achieving a pb of -2.38 sec in 100m IM and won a gold in 100m Free.

Kate Flannery (9) performed very well and achieved a pb of -1.71 sec in 100IM.

Caoimhe McCormack (10) had a solid performance and swam up an age group to make a relay team for the girls 12-13 IM race, demonstrating her great fly technique, resilience and commitment to teamwork at the gala.

Jennifer Murphy (10) had a great swim with an impressive pb of -6.41 sec in 100IM.

Kate Phelan (12) had a superb swim with an amazing pb of -13.75 sec in 100m Free and a ‘B’ time, her second ‘B’ time came in 100m IM. She won the bronze medal in both events and silver in both 50m Back and 50m Breast.

Una Carew (12) another beautiful swim with an incredible pb of -12.34 sec in 100m IM.

Maebh Hourigan (12) was in her first C grade gala and she swam very well in all her events and achieved very impressive times. She also won a gold medal for 50m Free. Well done Maebh.

Boys 12-13 Medal Relay team with Sean O’Neill, Stephen Browne and Kieran Browne finished with a gold medal in a very close and thrilling finale, with only 0:00.59 sec separating first and second place. It just shows that great team work led to this victory.

Canon Relay team consisting of Sean O’Neill, Stephen Browne, Kieran Browne, Kate Phelan, Jennifer Murphy and Kate Flannery won a silver medal, another thrilling finish with Kate Phelan gaining a full length deficient to claim second place.

Congratulations and Best of Luck to Kate Phelan who has achieved her ‘B’ times and to Kieran Browne who just missed his B times by .87 of one second!