CLUB NOTES: 9/2/2023

Close encounter in Dungannon at PTL Gala

We had the last of the PTL galas on Saturday 28th January in
Dungannon.   Sliabh Beagh and Dungannon SC were both going into
this gala looking for the win and it had promised to be a very tight
competition.   And, so it was.   Our ‘A’ girls excelled in their races,
winning all the events, as did our ‘D’ boys.  For the other groups it
was a mixed bag of very tight races in some instances, so it was not
clear throughout the gala who would come out as winners in the
end.  Unfortunately for Sliabh Beagh, we lost out by a very small point margin and Dungannon are the team who will move to the next

Terrific performances from our swimmers who fought hard
to the bitter end but unfortunately just lost out.   We thank
Dungannon SC for the great gala, the lovely refreshments, friendly
welcome and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the
Thanks to all the coaches and parents who helped on the day.

Swim Ulster Senior Schools gala

Sixteen of our swimmers attended this gala on Saturday last to swim
on behalf of their schools.

Sean Greenan was swimming for his school, Beech Hill College.
Representing St. Macartans College were Adam Lynch, Ben Duffy,
Matthew McQuaid, Justas Jarusas and Ridas Zelvvs.  Swimming for
Our Ladys, Castelblayney were Riya George and Tagdh Lennon.
Eimear Duffy was representing St Louis, MonaghanEdvardas
Zumaras swam for Ballybay Community College.   Representing
Colaiste Oiriall were Aoife McKenna, Aoibhín MacCinna, Matthew
Mohan and Sophie Neeson.   Katherine Ryan was swimming on behalf of the Royal School in Dungannon and Rebekah Gillis was swimming for her school, Aughnacloy College.

Our swimmers had a good day overall and it is always a special day to swim for your school as these opportunities do not arise often in this sport.  So, it is always nice that the schools recognise the hard work these teenagers put in to their swimming, so they can compete at this level.  More than 830 young people from 121 schools took part in this meet, so it is a very large and eagerly anticipated event in the swimming calendar.

Despite the large number of swimmers involved, we did come home
with one medal, silver for Sean Greenan in 200IM.  Sean also got 4th in the 100Brs event.  A terrific achievement for this young man
swimming for Beech Hill College.   Well done Sean.

We had some other notable performances, Adam Lynch swimming
for the Sem, made the 100Fly final finishing 8th and he finished 7th in the 200IM, a good day for Adam.
Rebekah Gillis swam for Aughnacloy College and finished in 7th place in the 100Brs final, also a great day for Rebekah. She also finished 13th in 100bk.
Tadgh Lennon swimming for Our Ladys, Blayney, also made the
100bk final and finished in 9th place overall.  Well done Tadgh.  We had great personal best times recorded on the day also and we
had many swimmers placing in the top twenty.   Justas was unlucky to make the final in 100bk, finishing 11th overall and 14th in the 200IM.  Katherine finished 13th in the 100Brs and 18th in the 200IM with big PB times.   Riya had a strong 100fly swim, finishing in 17th place.  Aoibhín finished in 14th in 100bk and 19th in 100fr.  Ben finished in 19th place in 100fly and Eimear finished in 20th in 100fly.

Well done to everyone, we know some people have been sick in the
run up to this gala and were not on top form, but everyone gave it
their best shot.

Arena Lisbon International Swim Meet

Adam Lynch and Darragh Hughes will be attending this meet in
Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal on the 11th and 12th of February.

We wish the two boys the best of luck in this international competition and we know the hard work they have put in to their training will pay off for them.