Leitrim had four young swimmers from the Sligo Swimming Club competing at the Connacht Age Groups Long Course Championships at the University Arena, Limerick recently.
The swimmers were brothers Eanna and Odhran O’Hara from Kinlough, Carrie McDaid from Dromahair and Ciara Lynch from Manorhamilton.
Taking place over two days, the competition is one of the highlights of the Connacht swimming calendar and it proved to be a successful weekend for the talented Leitrim swimmers who gathered an impressive collection of medals, qualifying times and personal bests.
Eanna O’Hara (14) was in superb form, winning three Connacht gold medals in the 14/15 age group over the course of the weekend. These were in the 200m individual medley (2:26.56), 200m freestyle (2:12.78) and 200m breaststroke (2:42.45).
Eanna also took two Connacht silvers, in 100m freestyle (58.92) and 100m breaststroke (1:13.21). Eanna also won a silver medal in Boys 15 and under, 200m medley relay, swimming for his club, Sligo Swimming Club.
Eleven-year-old Odhran O’Hara was competing in the 13 and under category, so has another two years in the same category. Despite his young age, Odhran still won bronze in the 100m breaststroke, in a time of 1:27.27, which was an improvement of 2.57secs on his previous best time.
In fact, Odhran achieved personal bests in three of the five events he competed in. He also had a particularly good swim in the 200m breaststroke, where he finished in 6th place in a time of 3:11.95.
Thirteen-year-old Carrie McDaid, Dromahair, also had a hugely successful championship with PBs in four of the five 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 very fast time of 1:02.86, winning Connacht silver in the process, as well as a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke, in a time of 1:29.12.
Carrie also swam in the 800m freestyle event, where she finished just outside the medals in 4th place in a time of 10:31.54. She was 4th in the 200 backstroke and 5th in the 200 individual medley.
She also won a silver medal in Girls 14 and under 200m freestyle relay and bronze in 200m medley relay, swimming with her Sligo Swimming Club team mates, which included Manorhamilton’s Ciara Lynch.
Competing for the first time at the Connacht Age Groups, Ciara Lynch (14) put in some very good performances. As well as winning two medals in the relays, she also had PB’s in two events, the 100m backstroke (1:17.79) and 200m backstroke (2:45.63).
The next major competition for the O’Hara brothers and for Carrie McDaid, is the Irish Age Group Championships & Summer Open at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin in July, while Ciara Lynch will be competing at the Irish Age Groups Division 2, in Limerick, at the end of June.