At the Irish National Age-Group, Youth and Open swimming championships held in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin last weekend, the Galway SC Junior girls relay team set a new Irish Junior record in the 4X200 Freestyle record in claiming the gold medal and Irish title in the Open event.
The new Irish mark was achieved by the quartet of Ruth Keogh, Kate Kavanagh, Kate Finn and Keena Walsh and also set a new Connacht Junior record in the process in a time of 8.52.26.
The national meet proved to be a very successful meet for the swimmers of Galway Swimming Club who also won another 11 national titles, 14 silvers, 4 bronzes medals and set nine new Connacht Junior and Senior records.
The National titles and Connacht records came from Kate Kavanagh who made it a double winning the U-16 girls 100 and 200 Backstroke events and set a new Connacht Junior and Senior record in the Open 50 Backstroke. Bryan O’Sullivan, in the U-15 Boys category won the 200 Butterfly and 1,500 Freestyle, while U-15 team mate Andrew Moore won the 200 Breaststroke and the two boys were later joined by Daniel Scully and Conor Snowdon to win both the 4×100 Freestyle and Medley relay events in the U-15 Age Group.
In the open category, there was a new Connacht senior record for Dairne Ryan who won silver in the 50 Freestyle and broke the 27 seconds barrier for the first time swimming 26.96, and in the U-17 Boys category, David O’Sullivan won the 100 and 200 Butterfly and was later joined by brother Bryan, Andrew Moore and Cian Duffy in setting a new Connacht Junior record in the Open 4×200 Freestyle relay in a new best time of 8.04.38 to finish second overall.