gala-teamKilkenny Swimming Club sent a team of 10 qualifying swimmers to the premier Irish National Short Course Open swimming championships in Lisburn at the weekend and returned having exceeded all expectations against the best swimmers from Ireland.

Despite being a team of junior swimmers the Ladies 4 by 100 metre medley relay team of Maria Godden, Madison Cobey-Dunne, Malen Tomas and Naomi Trait returned delighted with a national open silver medal on day one of the three day meet. This success in the pool was followed by 14-year-old Sean Scannell with bronze in the Men’s 200 metre backstroke in a personal and Kilkenny record time of 2:02.40.

On the second day Maria Godden swam close to her personal best and faster than her time in the morning heats to pick up a silver medal in the Ladies 200 metre backstroke in a time of 2:16.51.

Kilkenny swimmers, Rachel Vaughan, Aine Trait, Niamh Ahearne and Katie Dunne continued to improve on their personal best times on the third day and are now turning their focus to the Ulster Short Course Championships in Bangor on December 16th. The junior girls team of Maria Godden, Eva Cashin, Katie Dunne and Naomi Trait will swim in the 4 by 100 metre freestyle relay and attempt to overturn the Irish Junior Record from 2012 of 3:58.73.

Medal success for Kilkenny swimmers Jane Roberts and David Prendergast, now swimming with UCD completed a superb weekend for Kilkenny and their Head Coach John Duffy.