The end of July took 3 young swimmers from Newry and Mourne to the NAC in Dublin for the Irish Division 1 finals. Despite a break from training for the summer months these 3 brave youngsters kept going, aiming to bring glory to their club.

Caoimhe Connell, the only girl, competed in the 100m back crawl and equalled her qualifying time. Alexander Marfunin swam the 100m breast stroke and took almost 5 seconds off his qualifying time. Shea Rafferty kicked off his gala with the 100 back crawl where he took 2 seconds off his time. The next day saw him in both the 100m free style and the 200 butterfly. He secured a personal best in the 100m free style and took 6 seconds and gained a place in the finals in the 200m butterfly. The final day for Shea saw him compete in his favourite event, the 100m butterfly. Not only did he take almost 3 seconds off his time but he also secured a place in the final where he finished in 7th place, missing out on an Irish squad place by less than a second. Such fantastic form over the week ensured that Shea has already qualified in all 4 events for next year’s Irish division 1.

A great gala for all the swimmers and for their coaches who work tirelessly all year towards this event. All the hard work does pay off.