Three Connacht titles for Leitrim swimmers

Eanna and Odhran O'Hara
Leitrim had three young swimmers from the Sligo Swimming Club competing at the Connacht/Munster Age Group Long Course Championships at the University Arena, Limerick at the weekend.

Leitrim had three young swimmers from the Sligo Swimming Club competing at the Connacht/Munster Age Group Long Course Championships at the University Arena, Limerick at the weekend.

The swimmers were brothers Eanna and Odhran O’Hara from Kinlough and Carrie McDaid from Dromahair.

Taking place over two days, the competition is one of the highlights of the Connacht swimming calendar, and it proved to be a fine weekend for the talented Leitrim swimmers who gathered an impressive collection of medals, qualifying times and personal bests galore.

Eanna O’Hara (13) was in flying form, winning three Connacht gold medals in the 12/13 age group over the course of the weekend. These were in the 400m freestyle, 100m breastroke and 200m breastroke.

Eanna also took three Connacht silvers, in 100m freestyle, 100m backcrawl and 200m individual medley, as well as a silver in the 400m relay event.

Ten-year-old Odhran O’Hara was equally impressive with a haul of medals in the 11 and under age category, including Connacht four silver medals in 400m freestyle, 100m breastroke, 200m breastroke and 200m individual medley. Odhran also secured a Connacht bronze medal in 100m freestyle.

Twelve-year-old Carrie McDaid also had a hugely successful championship with PBs in all eight individual events she swam in. Carrie won two individual medals as well as two relay medals. She had a fantastic race in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1:06.81, winning Connacht bronze in the process, as well as a silver medal in the 100m breastroke.

Carrie also came home with a Connacht gold medal as part of Girls 14 and under 400m medley relay team, and a bronze in the 400m freestyle relay.

The next big competition for these young swimmers is the Irish Age Group Championships & Summer Open at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin in July.