McCullagh would be proud as Templeogue Athletes post International Consideration times

davemcInternational QT’s for TEMPLEOGUE TRIO a fitting reflection at David McCullagh Memorial

Last Weekend in Bangor at the Swim Ireland/Swim Ulster David McCullagh Memorial Meet, the TEMPLEOGUE TEAM of 10 delivered an impressive suite of personal bests, racing performances and showed how strongly the club continues to develop as three swimmers posted consideration times for the Summer International meets that Ireland will send Junior Athletes to.

Ellen Walshe, with mock exams this week & despite illness posted a superbly paced 200BF to finish 3rd overall, first Irish competitor and in doing so meet the consideration standard for the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in August and the European Junior Championships in Israel in late June, just after her Junior Certificate exams.  Ellen also PB’d in the shorter sprint BF event & lead off a strong PB in the TEAM Freestyle relay to finish her weekend.

Cara Osing, having recently posted a time inside the consideration standard for the European Youth Olympics in Hungary in July in the 200FC event at the recent Leinster Distance Gala, Cara was delighted to pick up a PB and another consideration standard in Bangor in the 400FC event, finishing 4th overall and the second fastest Irish competitor.  The 13yr old also had great PB’s in the 200BC and 800FC earlier in the weekend whilst making finals also in the shorter FC events also.

Robyn Lynch, a relative newcomer to the Templeogue club and also heading in to a week of Mock exams was delighted to see big progress in the two events she raced making finals & PB’s in both and also dipping inside the consideration time in the 200BF for the European Youth Olympics in Hungary in July.

The strength of the team was evident at the event as Alie Martin, Leah Martin, Hannah Walshe all posted strong PB’s and performances also along with the boys of Joe Kenny, Evan Rossiter, Finn O’Keeffe & Ethan Brady.

PB’s from Alie Martin & Leah Martin saw both in the ‘B’ Final of the 50BC, while Alie also went on to make Finals in the 100BC, 200BC and 400FC, swimming to a fantastic new PB on Sunday evening to win the 200BC in the event ‘B’ Final, while Leah posted big PB’s in the 400IM to finish in 2nd in the ‘B’ final in that event in a tight race.  PB’s from Hannah Walshe saw her join Robyn Lynch and Ellen Walshe in the 200BF while Hannah posted final times in the shorter 100BF event and finished in 5th in that ‘B’ Final also.  The Girls posted a superb set of Relay swims as Ellen, Alie, Robyn & Cara combined on the Sat night for a 6th place in the FTR, while Alie, Leah, Hannah & Cara swim to 4th in the MTR on the Sunday PM.

Joe Kenny was pleased to make finals in his favoured 200BS, having delivered PB’s in both the shorter 100BS and a huge PB in the 1500FC.  Finn O’Keeffe posted seasons best times in his 100BF & 100FC, with skilful performances in both, while Ethan Brady PB’d in the 100BC and a seasons best in the 200BC.   Evan Rossiter PB’d and made finals in the 200BC, and also made the final in the 400FC having recently taken a big PB at the Leinster distance meet.  The Boys combined on the first day of the meet to race to 7th in the 400FTR.

With a total of four international consideration standards, some 8A & 14B Finals and a host of PB’s the TEMPLEOGUE Athletes can be pleased with their endeavours over the weekend and proud of a fitting tribute to David McCullagh, the former Head Coach of the club and first Performance Director for Swim Ireland.

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