Twenty-four SWSC swimmers competed in last weeks Irish Age Groups and Summer Nationals in the 50m pool in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Individual age groups were 12/13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and older. The latter age group was particularly competitive with for example Danielle Hill and Mona McSharry setting Irish Senior records (Danielle’s 50m Back would have made a World Championships Semi Final!). Relays were 14 and under and 15 and over. All but two SWSC swimmers had achieved Division 1 times; the others Laoise Deasy and Peter Higgins were drafted to swim in relays (they were great). The meet was highly competitive with German and Danish Senior teams, and excellent swimmers from for example Hamilton Aquatics and Ealing. Our swimmers, other than those recovering from the Leaving Certificate (Luc Galland and Sharon Semchiy) were given a single aim “swim personal bests!” They responded magnificently!
Out of 100 swims over five days, 63 were PBs-including morning heat swims. This is the highest proportion of PBs at this competition in recent years. Photographs of medallists have already been displayed on this website, as has a recording of the club records broken. Munster records are currently being investigated.
Looking through the results (listed elsewhere on this site) four individuals stand out:
• Lauren Farr won several 12/13 medals (see photos below) competing in seven individual finals. Probably her most impressive performance was in the 200m Backstroke where she won by more than five meters and took 7.8 sec off her entry time recording 2:26.82.
• Ellen Lee won 14 year medals and swam a great 1:06.00 to take an emphatic win in the 100m Fly.
• Paul Higgins swam four finals in the 16 year age group winning two medals. The best of these was a 1st place in the 100 Fly in 58.76.
• Perhaps best of all were the Breast stroke performances by Andrew Feenan. Coming second in the very tough 17 and over age group he recorded a time of 2:20.91. He has progressed almost five seconds in this event since February!
Other great swims, looking at final places and/or major time improvements (using an alphabetical list and with apologies for anyone not mentioned) included:
• Laoise Deasy who swam in three relays, with Lauren and Rachel Farr and Ellen Lee, two of which won bronze medals, and reduced her 200m Freestyle by 12.15 sec in leading off the 14 and under 800 FR.
• Anna Feenan who made six finals in the 16 year age group and took 8.85 sec off her 400m Freestyle.
• Michael Feenan who made two 15 year finals and took 6.06 sec off his 200m Breast stroke.
• Marc Galland who swam three finals in the highly competitive 14 year age group and took 5.49 sec off his 400m Freestyle.
• Beth Nolan and Aoife O’Shea who each made two finals in the 17 and over and 16 year age groups respectively, with two of Beth’s swims being Club Records (see below).
• Luke O’Sullivan’s 1:58.9 in the 17 and older 200m Freestyle.
• James Ryan who made three 16 year age group finals and reduced his 200m Backstroke by 3.98 seconds.
• And Sharon Semchiy who made two 17 + finals and looked great for the first half of her races (looking forward to seeing you get your fitness back after the LC Sharon).
Coupled with excellent relay performances, and good swims from Sean and Cian O’Riordan, Rory Lee, Drew and Suzy Lynch, Penny Semple, Illan Wall and Rowan Walsh; this made for a great meet for SWSC!
Congratulations to SWSC swimmer Sean O’Riordan who has been selected to represent Ireland at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London in September.
Well done Sean and best of luck from everyone at SWSC!
Once again SWSC swimmers did themselves proud with some fantastic performances at UL for the National Age Group Division 2 Meet.
- Laoise Deasy made 5 finals and won gold in the 100m and 200m Back
- Michael O’Driscoll won gold in the 800m FC and Silver in 200 FC and made top 10 finishes in 100 Fly and 400 FC
- Jamie Murphy won Silver in 1500m FC and produced PB s in all his swims including an 18s PB to come 5th in the 800 FC
- Sinead Gallagher, Antonina Sech and Shauna Murphy all made finals / top 10 finishes in the highly competitive 11-12 Age Group
As a group they were hitting PB times in every swim with some serious improvements from a number of swimmers reaping the benefit from all their hard work in the last few weeks.
Their performances in the pool were only matched by their team spirit and support for each other throughout the four days of competition.
Division 2 remains a key competition for developing swimmers. Coaches and parents all left proud of our swimmers (and ready for a break before the hard work starts again in September!)
Dear Parents/Guardians & Swimmers,
The 2019/2020 season will bring some very positive changes to our club structure.
In consultation with Swim Ireland Ireland’s HP (High Performance) coaches and other senior coaches around the country, the SWSC committee has decided that the existing squad structure should be improved. These improvements will enable a structure which will cater for the diverse requirements of all of our swimmers moving forward.
Thus the Piranhas, Barracudas and Marlins will be replaced with Junior, Intermediate and Senior squads.
The new Junior Squad(old Piranhas) will remain a stepping stone from our Learn to Swim Program, being technique and skill focused with an introduction to conditioning.
Within the Intermediate squad, three separate groups each with a different lead coach will train 12 hours a week (as per Barracuda roster last season) and encompass:
A Development Group (8-12 years),
A Junior Performance Pathway Group (11-12 years with Division 1 focus).
A Senior Group with Division 2 focus (13-18 years)
The Senior Squad which will train 14 hours or more a week (initially as per Marlin roster last season) and comprise Division 1 qualifiers of 13 years or older, Irish SC qualifiers and College Athletes. The new Senior Squad will have participation contracts, signed on a year-to-year basis with expectations set by the Director of Coaching & Teaching. Each swimmer and parent/guardian will be expected to sign the contract which will be reviewed quarterly.
We believe, having looked at our recent past, that this is a huge step forward, and also believe that within this structure every swimmer interested or committed to the sport of competitive swimming, whether at local, regional or national/international level has a place within the club.
As a club we believe that building a winning culture, where development of values, attitudes and beliefs about swimming, takes time and effort. We also believe that we now have the right people at coach and committee level to uphold these standards and set down an even stronger foundation that will hold the club in good stead for years to come -taking SWSC to the next level in competition in Ireland and abroad.
Yours in sport,
Director of Coaching & Teaching
(on behalf of the SWSC Committee)
Well done to all our swimmers at the #ISN19 last week. There was medals and PBs glore for SWSC swimmers showing all the hard work and dedication put in over the past year.
Thank you to all the coaches for a fantastic year of training and for getting the best out of everyone over the 5 days.
Thank you to all parents and volunteers and cheerleaders who supported our swimmers throughout the entire competition.
SWSC won a total of 11 individual medals and 2 relay medals,
- Lauren Farr: Gold 100 Back, Gold 200 Back, Gold 200 Free, Silver 400 Free and Bronze 200 I.M.
- Ellen Lee: Gold 100 fly, Silver 200 Free and Bronze 50 Free
- Paul Higgins: Gold 100 Fly, Bronze 50 Free
- Andrew Feenan: Silver 200 Breaststroke
The girls relay team of Laoise Deasy, Lauren Farr, Rachel Farr and Ellen Lee won bronze in both the 4×200 Free relay and the 4×100 Free relay.