Well done to two of our younger boys, Oisín Rankin and Kealan Morgan who raised money for a great charity this July by swimming 5km when they were on summer break from training.
Also to Colm Duffy who not only swam 5km in July for Charity, but instead swam 10km! A great achievement for Colm and we are sure the Laura Lynn foundation will be very grateful to Colm for his fine fundraising efforts.
Thanks to Monaghan Coral Leisure Complex for facilitating the boys
Sliabh Beagh ASC wish to acknowledge Monaghan Local Community Development Committee for the funding they provided this year through the Community Activities Fund. It has been a difficult few years for everyone and in our first year back since Covid, the funding has helped with the Clubs running costs at a time when fundraising events could not take place.
Last weekend Sliabh Beagh were once again on the road, this time for the Irish Summer National Championships 2022 in the National Aquatic Centre.
We had four swimmers qualify for various events in this meet. Darragh Hughes competed in 100Br, 50Fr, 100fly, 100fr, 200Br and
200IM. Adam Lynch competed in the 100fly, the 200fly and the 200IM. Maddie Smith swam in the 100Br and the 200Br while Sean Greenan took on the 50fr and 100fr events. Our swimmers were well prepared for this meet having continued to train under the watchful eye of Head Coach Pearse McGuigan during the summer months and they were ready for the challenge of swimming against Ireland’s top swimmers.
Our swimmers did themselves and their club proud with some really, great swims, personal best times and qualification for finals. Full report to follow next week but just to say a big well done to all four swimmers and to Pearse for all the hard work and dedication that was shown.
We have four swimmers who qualified in one or more events for this prestigious competition which begins on July 20th in the National Aquatic Centre. It is a great achievement to qualify for this level of
competition and we wish Darragh Hughes, Adam Lynch, Maddie Smith and Sean Greenan the best of luck over the next number of days.
We thank Headcoach Pearse McGuigan for his hard work in
preparing our swimmers for this competition and we know they will do him and themselves proud.
Darragh swims in six events, Adam swims in three events and Maddie and Sean swim in two events
This National competition took place over 4 days; 6th to 10th July in University of Limerick. We had ten swimmers who qualified in various events, with some swimming all four days and some swimming on just one day.
HeadCoach Pearse had organised special club t-shirts for this occasion and the swimmers were delighted with them. Even more thrilling were the new club hats with their name on the side. We were pleased to display the names of our kind sponsors this year on the back of the t-shirts.
Our ten athletes were Alice Trainor, Maddie Smith, Katherine Ryan, Aoife McKenna, Sean McConnon, Aoibhín MacCinna, Justas Jarusas, Sean Greenan, Rebekah Gillis and Ben Duffy. These swimmers had been training hard in advance of this competition and were hoping to swim well and do themselves proud.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Sean Greenan had a fantastic time in Limerick. Sean had qualified in no less than 7 events at this meet and Sean went on to make finals in all those events and came home with a total of five national medals. Sean won his first national gold in 100Brs, in a massive pb of -9.07 seconds. He went on then and claimed silver in the 100fly, bronze in the 200IM, silver in the
400free and another bronze in 100bk. Sean managed to swim a pb in all his events and never finished outside of the top 10. An amazing achievement for Sean at his first National meet. Aoibhín MacCinna qualified in seven events also and while she narrowly missed the medals on a couple of occasions with 4 th placing, she did manage to claim a great silver medal in 100bk in a pb time. This was a great reward for Aoibhín, after four days in the pool it was well earned as she swam in three finals and achieved a lot of good pb times during her four days in UL. Maddie Smith competed in two events, 200fr, where she made the final and finished in 4 th place overall in a massive pb of over 8 seconds. Maddie also went on to win the 200Brs race in another big pb time of over 9 seconds to claim her gold medal. Maddie was surely having a great few days shaving massive time off all her swims. Rebekah Gillis swam in five events over two days in IL. Rebekah qualified for the final in the 50Brs
and made it count, swimming to victory getting her gold medal in a pb time, saving her best for the final. Sean McConnon competed in two events, 100brs and 100bk. Sean had two good swims, making
reserve final in the 100Brs. Katherine Ryan competed in two events, gaining two nice pb times of – 3.30 and -5.43 off her previous times. Aoife McKenna competed in the 200bk gaining a pb time of – 1.58 off her previous time in this event. Alice Trainor competed in the 200Bk, knocking nearly 4 seconds off her previous best time. Ben Duffy swam in the 200IM event, knocking nearly 3 seconds off his previous best time. Justas Jarusas had qualified in the 100Bk event and he also swam a pb time in this his first National Competition.
Overall this was a positive meet for our athletes, we came home with 32 pb times, three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze. We also achieved some Div1 qualifying times.
Thanks to Pearse McGuigan, Headcoach, for all the help and support to our swimmers and to the Larne Juvenile coach, Paul, for stepping in one of the days. Thanks to the team managers on the various days and to Claire for her work on the accreditations etc.
Well done everyone, you have done yourselves and your club proud.
Next Up is – Irish Summer Nationals 2022
This meet will take place from 20th to 24
th July in the National Aquatic Centre. We have four swimmers who have qualified in at least one event at this meet. Darragh Hughes, Adam Lynch, Sean
Greenan and Maddie Smith will be attending and we wish them all the best with their training in advance of this competition.
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