Irish National SC Championships, Lisburn, December 2015
It was a successful weekend for our junior swimmers at the Irish Short Course Championships this weekend, with 7 young swimmers qualifying to race.
Aine and Naomi Trait and Rachel Vaughan continued their year of time improvement and made the jump in standard by racing in their first open national meet and achieved personal best times in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke respectively, with Madison Cobey Dunne gaining a personal best in the 100m Individual Medley. Thea Harte competed in the 800m Freestyle distance event with a strong performance of just under 10 minutes.
Sean Scannell made the A Final of the 200m Backstroke going under 2:10 for the first time, as well as making the A Final of the 200m Fly. Sean gained a second swim by making the B Final of the feared 400m Individual Medley and demolished a Kilkenny record that had stood for 15 years, taking it down by 16 seconds to just under 4 minutes 50 seconds. He had earlier improved upon his own club records for 100m and 200m backstroke and also the 200m Fly.
Maria Godden made A Finals for the first time in a national open meet in the 200m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke. She finished 6th and 8th respectively, like Sean being the youngest competitors in their finals. In doing this, she moved her own records down as well as improving her 200m Freestyle record earlier on Saturday.
The Kilkenny team performed to the highest standards throughout and were delighted to see former club mates David Prendergast and Jane Roberts return with gold medals and Irish Relay Records with their UCD club, a testimony to the strong coaching support from John Duffy in their earlier time at Kilkenny, that continues today with the developing squad of swimmers.