Four Leitrim swimmers put in a series of top class performances at the annual Gerry Ryan Invitation Gala at the University of Limerick,
Carrie McDaid (Dromahair), Ciara Lynch (Manorhamilton) Eanna & Odhran O’Hara (Kinlough), all representing Sligo Swim Club, competing at the first big age group gala of the year and their first long course (50m pool) gala of the season.
Twelve year old Carrie McDaid from Dromahair was competing in the maximum six events. Carrie had a phenomenal weekend, winning four golds in the 11-12 age category. These were in 100m Breast, 100m Free, 100m Back and 200m Free. She also won one silver in 200m Individual Medley (IM).
Most impressive was her 100m freestyle race, where she swam a new PB in a very fast time of 1:03.63. She also swam a superb race in the 50m free, which was an open event, getting another new PB of 29.79.
Competing in the girls 13-14 age category, Ciara Lynch (14) had a great swim in the 100m Free, with a fast time of 1:09.62. Ciara also had PBs in her 100m Back (1:20.38) the 50m Free (31.71) and in the 200m IM. She also had very good swim in the 200m Free.
Overall Ciara had a very successful gala, especially considering she had been injured recently which curtailed her training.
Eanna O’Hara (14) won two golds, in 200m Breast and 100m Breast. Eanna swam a great time of 26.84 in the 50m Freestyle event and 34.25 in the 50m Breast. In the 100m Free event, he finished in 7th place with a time of 59.65. Eanna was also a member of the Sligo Swim Club squad that won silver medals in the 15 and under 400m Medley Relay.
Swimming in the 11 & under age category, Odhran O’Hara (11) had a fantastic gala winning two golds, in the 100m Free (1:10.11) and 200m Free (2:36.24). Not content with two golds, Odhran also took home two silvers in 100m Breast and 200m Breast.
The next major event is the prestigious Dave McCullagh Memorial gala which takes place from March 6-8, in Bangor. Carrie McDaid & Eanna O’Hara will compete before both these young swimmers will be taking part in a week long Easter Swim Camp at Millfield School in Somerset as part of the Connacht Region Squad.