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.
Congratulations to Beth Nolan, Paul Higgins, Peter Higgins, Andrew Feenan, Rory Lee and Luke O’ Sullivan on setting new club records at the Irish Summer Nationals in Dublin last week.
Both Beth and Luke broke their own records, Beth in the 100 & 200 metre Breaststroke and Luke in the 200 & 400 metre Free. Andrew set a new time in the 200 I.M breaking an 11 year old record.
Andrew, Peter, Rory and Luke set a new record in the 4×100 metre Free relay in a time of 03:44.54, while Paul, Andrew, Luke and Rory set a new record in the 4×200 metre Free relay in a time of 08:16.10
Well done from everyone at SWSC!