More More Cheers as Templeogue Athletes, produce great Swims at Swim Ulster Age Group Championships
Day 2 of racing was another great success as the Templeogue Athletes who raced today continuing their impressive form from the first day of competition.
in the finals tonight Leah Martin (11) picked up a big PB to finish 2nd on the podium in the 200IM before Ellen Walshe (13) also posted another fine PB swim as she topped the podium in a tight race with her Leinster TEAM colleague in the event. Alie Martin (14) picked up a strong 9th place finish after a superb PB in the morning.
The boys 100FC also threw up a super swim from Jamie Flanagan (12) in his final as he finished in 6th, following a strong PB in the morning. Finn O’Keeffe (13) posted a great Pb to finish in the Bronze Medal Podium position while Tom Giblin (16) finished in 6th in his event also.
The morning heats of these swims had seen big PB’s also by the Girls in the 200IM as Arianne Courtney (12) converted a PB while Sam Flanagan (10), Ronan Tan (12) did likewise as Daniel Martinez-Dunn (12) & Ethan Brady (12) posted good strong efforts before Sean Maguire (14) & Evan Rossiter (14) also posted PB’s in their swims.
Courtney was back on the block as she posted a big PB in the 400FC , while Megan Culbert (13) led her heat from start to finish to produce a great new PB. Caroline Ryan (15) & Nicole Walshe (16) were pleased with their efforts for the morning also in the middle distance event. Ellen Walshe (13) picked up another podium in the 400FC with a strong effort to finish in 2nd place.
In the girls 100BC Leah Martin (11) had posted a strong PB in the morning to finish out the final in a 7th place result before Ellen Walshe picked up another podium finish of 2nd in the same 100BC event. Caroline Ryan (15) & Nicole Walshe (16) had also posted strong heat swims in the BC to allow them focus on the relay in the evening session.
The 1500FC in the morning session saw a really great race as Greg Sinnott (14) & Joe Kenny (13) toussled with Jamie Flanagan (12) en route to a trio of PB’s and some impressive swims from all the boys which saw Flanagan picke up silver in his age group, Kenny was 4th in his and closely followed by teammate Finn O’Keeffe (13) in 5th while Sinnott too was 4th in his age group which was a really successful finish to the morning’s activities.
Kenny was back in the water in the 200BS to post a super new PB while his younger brother Sean Kenny (12) delivered a fantastic swim in the finals tonight to pick up a bronze medal podium result and a huge PB for him. Evan Rossiter (14) was delighted to get a final swim as both he & Traolach McKnight (16) took their opportunities in the evening session to post stronger PB’s and faster swims than in their morning heats.
The next girls event saw Ellen Walshe (13) & Alie Martin (14) both place finals in the 200BF, where Walshe delivered a sublimely skilful display to take top podium spot, before Martin delivered a further tough swim to gain huge experience in racing this difficult event.
In the boys 100BF Ethan Brady (12) flew the lone club flag as he qualified for the final in a PB, before demolishing that time again with a 3 second improvement to finish 6th in his age group and a well deserved result. Tom Giblin after a solid heat swim, was delayed by melons in the final and watch from the sidelines as his final was delivered.
The days activities concluded with a tight relay swim to see Ronan Tan, Sean Kenny, Ethan Brady & Jamie Flanagan narrowly miss out on a podium int he FTR, while Tom Giblin, Traolach McKNight, Greg Sinnott & Sean Maguire posted good swims in their MTR before the Girls of Caroline Ryan, Megan Culbert, Alie Martin & Nicole Walshe did likewise to close out the evening for the TEAM.
After two very successful days of racing the competition concludes tomorrow in Bangor, with one less hours sleep for the TEAM but many big smiles to keep them happy.