Clonmel swimmers enjoy a great day at national championships

Clonmel swimmers enjoy a great day at national championships

Clonmel volunteers at the national finals.

The Irish Open Short Course Championships were held at the NAC and it proved a day to remember for Clonmel swimmers.

This is a prestigious Gala and one of the highlights of the Swim Ireland Gala Season with International and Irish Swimmers seeking consideration times for the European Senior and Junior Championships and the World Youth Olympic Games.

 A field of 350 swimmers from 63 clubs competed including our own Olympic swimmers Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn, Mona McSharry a dominant figure in Breaststroke who is also this year the 17 year old World Junior Champion and Claire Tuggle NCSA-ZZ from the USA who at just thirteen years of age is a swimming sensation and turning heads in the swimming world.

We had sixteen swimmers travel to the NAC on Thursday to participate as volunteers for the Finals that evening. 

Only five  clubs throughout the four provinces were allocated this and for our swimmers to have this opportunity was an amazing experience. 

They has a 2 hour training session in the 50m Pool, an invaluable experience followed by a fun session in the Aqua Zone and then volunteers at the finals at 5.30pm which for the first time was live streamed on Youtube. 

Well done to Suzy Alim, Marguerite Buckley, Aislinn Callery, Ava Collins, Isabel Hurley, Megan Hurley, Sebastian Kaczynski, Denis Moskalenko, Isobel Maher, Caoimhe Walsh, Lillie Wall and Kayla Whelan Klonowski who were helping out on deck and Ellen Buckley, Amy Fitzpatrick, Laura Killen and Abby Wall who officiated as turn judge at the start end. 

For the Finals that evening they were able to see Mona McSheery compete in 200m Breaststroke, Claire Tuggle take Gold in 800m Freestyle and Olympic swimmer Shane Ryan who smashed 100m Freestyle in 48.68 and achvieving a new Irish Senior Record and becoming the first Irishman under 49 seconds. 

This was a fantastic experience especially for our younger swimmers to see these elite swimmers in action and a special thank you to the Swim Ireland for this opportunity.

Laura Killen competed at the national championships.

We had our sole qualifier Laura Killen competing in 100m Backcrawl on Saturday April 7th. Laura swam brilliantly in the heats with a time of 1:09:57, improving her placing from the psych sheets by thirteen places and dropping 1.32 off her previous personal best of 1:10:89 which qualified Laura for the Junior 100m Backcrawl Final the same evening. 

Laura swam out her skins in the final and once again improved her ranking by 3 places with another new personal best of 1:08:31 knocking another 1.26 of her time set that morning. 

This has only consolidated Laura's standing as holding the fastest Club Record for a female in 100m Backcrawl.