FIRST GALA OF THE SEASON FOR NEWRY JUNIOR SWIMMERS
Saturday 3rd of December saw the junior squad from Newry and Mourne swimming club, led by junior club captains Isaac Mc Elherron and Shona Mc Keever, take to the blocks against Breifne swimming club from Cavan in the first gala of the aquasprint league. The last time the two clubs met, victory went to Cavan but the Newry team having enjoyed recent successes were determined to put that behind them. Opening with the medley relays as always, things were tight with each team securing 2 wins and starting the individual swims neck and neck. At this point Newry started to show Breifne how much things have changed since they last met. Slowly but surely Newry inched ahead opening up a gap that increased with each event. By the time the final front crawl relay blazed to a finger touch finish, Newry had done enough. Victory was clenched by the home side with 215 points to Newry and 185 to Breifne.
Although very much a team effort some exceptional swims were on display. Tara Haffey won all 4 of her races, was on both winning relay teams and also secured 4 personal best times. Amy Hunter won 3 of her races, Calum Breslin and Aran Mc Laughlin both won 2 races, Amy-Lee Hart, Finn Garry, Charlie Magill and Lewis Gray all won a race each. A huge well done has to go to some of the very young swimmers, some only 6, who did their very best for their team.
Over the same weekend two of Newry’s senior swimmers competed in the Irish Short Course Championship in Lisburn. Not only were the cream of Irish swimming present, worldwide international teams were invited to compete. Shea Rafferty, only 14, was swimming in the same heat as the Irish National senior record holder who broke his National Record in this heat. Shea managed to
secure a 6 second personal best time in the 200m butterfly and a 4 second personal best in the 100 back crawl. Ciara Malcom, 15, secured a 2 second personal best in the 100m back crawl. A phenomenal experience for these two young teenagers to compete at such a high level. A step closer to their dreams.
As always thanks has to go to all the parent coaches led by head coach Paul Rogers, all the parents who volunteer their time so willingly and the staff of Newry and Mourne Leisure Centre for all their help and support.