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Good medal haul for Ennis club

THE Ennis Swimming and Lifesaving Club recently hosted a Munster-graded gala. This year’s two-day event had a good number of clubs participating in what turned out to be an intense competition. Overall, the host club won 92 medals.
Girls’ U-12: Lily Barrett won gold in the 100m breaststroke in a personal best (pb) of 1:30.09 and two bronze medals in the 200m freestyle and 50m front crawl kick. Sadhbh O’Brien took gold in the 25m fly kick.
Girls’ 13-14: Ciara Gleeson won two gold medals in the 50m front crawl kick and the 25m fly kick. She added three silver medals in the 100m breaststroke, the 200m individual medley and the 100m freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke.
Kate Molan won a silver medal in the 50m front crawl kick while Katie Shannon also won a silver medal in the 25m fly kick. Aisling Wolf set a two-second pb in the 200m freestyle in 2:27.52 and earned the silver medal. She also secured a bronze medal in the 25m fly kick.
Girls’ 15-16: Sarah Broderick captured the silver medal in the 25m fly kick. Emma Sheehy swam well on her way to winning two gold medals in the 25m fly kick and the 200m individual medley. She also won a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. Siobhán McGrath won a silver medal in the 200m freestyle while also securing bronze medals in the 200m individual medley, the 100m freestyle and the 50m front crawl kick.
Girls’ 17 and over: Melissa Power put in some strong swims while winning a gold medal in the 200m freestyle, a silver medal in the 50m front crawl kick and a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle. Laoise O’Donovan earned a gold medal in the 50m front crawl kick and followed this with a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly.
Cliodhna McCannon won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and bronze medals in the 50m front crawl kick and 200m individual medley. Laura Bergin finished with a bronze medal in the 25m fly kick.
Boys’ U-12: Rory McEvoy won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke.
Boys’ 13-14: Darragh Glavin won gold in the 25m fly kick. Adam McEvoy broke the minute barrier in his preliminary swim of the 100m freestyle in 59.06. In the final, Adam finished just outside the minute mark but was able to earn the gold medal in a time of 1:00.60.
He added another gold medal in the 100m backstroke and two silver medals in the 200m individual medley and the 100m butterfly. Colm McNamara made this gala one to remember by winning four gold medals in the 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley and the 200m freestyle and two bronze medals in the 100m freestyle and the 25m fly kick. Stephen Rooney won two silver medals in the 25m fly kick and the 50m front crawl kick and one bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. Oliver Welaratne earned a silver medal in the 100m backstroke.
Boys’ 15-16: Bernard Cahill finished with four gold medals in the 100m backstroke, the 200m individual medley and the 100m and 200m freestyle and two silver medals in the 25m fly kick and the 100m breaststroke. Conor Rooney won a gold medal in the 50m front crawl kick and three bronze medals in the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and the 25m fly kick.
Michael Moriarty won a bronze medal in the 50m front crawl kick. Nicolas Welaratne won a gold medal in the 25m fly kick and four silver medals in the 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke and the 50m front crawl kick. Donnchadh O’Sullivan won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.
Boys’ 17 and over: Christopher Bryan secured five gold medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle, the 200m individual medley, the 100m butterfly and the 25m fly kick. Dylan Barrett won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, silver medals in the 200m freestyle and the 200m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 50m front crawl kick. Declan Bredin won a gold medal in the 50m front crawl kick and a silver medal in the 25m fly kick.
Colm Fitzgerald earned gold medals in the 100m breaststroke and the 50m front crawl kick. He followed this with two silver medals in the 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke and three bronze medals in the 200m freestyle, the 200m individual medley and the 25m fly kick. Cian O’Sullivan won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke.
In the relay events, the swimmers achieved four gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals.
The boys and girls’ team captains were announced and presented with their captaincy shirts. The captains for this year are Melissa Power and Nicolas Welaratne.

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