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A haul of 26 for Ennis at Munster gala

THE Ennis Swimming Club Grade B squad competed in a Munster graded gala at St Enda’s Sports Complex in Limerick. The club had a very successful meet winning a total of 26 medals. The haul comprised 11 gold, 10 silver and five bronze. 
There were a number of good performances from the squad and by the end of the day, one swimmer was successful in making the transition up to the even more competitive grade A level. 
Michael Glynn, swimming in the boys’ 14 to 15-year-old category, turned in the best overall performance and set new personal best times in all his swim events. Michael won a gold medal in the 100m individual medley in a time of 1:25.71, two silver medals in the 200m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle. Most importantly, he secured his place in the Grade A squad. 
Eimear McGrath put in a strong effort in the eight to 11 age group on her way to winning a gold medal in the 100m backstroke in 1:36.38, while Meabh Moriarty set a personal best knocking off five seconds in her 100m breaststroke finish third in 1:45.88.
In the girls’ 12 to 13 age group, Elaine Casey won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, finishing in a time of 1:36.09 while Orlaith Kearney took gold in the 100m backstroke in 1:31.09 and silver in the 200m freestyle where she knocked off 10 seconds for a personal best of 2:53.87. 
Sadhbh O’Brien won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle in 1:18.69 and earned a silver medal in the 100m individual medley.
In the girls’ 14 to 15 age group, Niamh Reidy won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke in 1:49.15 while in the girls’ U-16 and over, Tamsin Nolan was, on the day, the best swimmer, garnering four gold medals.  She also set new personal bests in all her events which consisted of the 100m freestyle in 1:21.84, the 200m freestyle in 3:00.82, the 100m individual medley in 1:34.53 and the 100m breaststroke in 1:40.37. 
Fionnuala McNeilis won a trio of silver medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke.
Meanwhile, in the boys’ 12 to 13 age group, Fergal Breen earned two well-deserved gold medals in the 100m individual medley and the 100m breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle in a personal best of 1:23.74. 
Ryan Shannon won two silver medals in the 50m butterfly in 45.31 and the 100m freestyle in 1:22.00 while establishing a personal best in both events. He also won a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley in 1:29.52 while knocking off 12 seconds from his previous best time. 
Other swimmers who attended the gala and set personal best times were Laura Carr, Darelle Colleran, Meadhbh Grogan, Ailbhe Hogan, Aoibheann Hogan, Eva Meaney, Marcus Casey, Barry Clancy, Patrick Cooney and Michael McNeilis.

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