Sensational swim seals Leinster success for St Vincent’s Secondary School
Amy McEvoy (13), Eliza Logan (14), Kate Delany (14) and Rebekah Friel (13) swam a sensational 200m Medley Relay at the Leinster Senior School Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Sunday to secure a silver medal in a highly competitive contest which was won by a very strong team from St Mary’s New Ross.
The St Vincent’s girls team’s time of 2.21.20 would have been a gold winning time in last year’s event.
The same St Vincent’s quartet also secured Bronze in the 200m Freestyle relay and there were individual successes for Rebekah, who landed silver in the 400m Freestyle, and Eliza and Kate, who both took Leinster Bronze in the 100m Free and 100m Fly events respectively.
Amy, Eliza and Rebekah swim for Aura Dundalk Swim Club (ADSC) while Kate swims for the Aer Lingus team in Dublin.
Dundalk Swimming Club hold their annual table quiz in The Neptune in Blackrock on Thursday 24th October at 7.30pm to raise much needed funds to support their local young swimmers compete at a national and international level. The club’s teenage swimmers enjoyed mixing it with the best at the Irish National Finals in Limerick and Dublin earlier this year, competing against athletes from the UK, Canada, US, Germany, Denmark and Dubai, many of whom will have their sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In the Leinster Minor Schools Championship Conor Goss (11) took over two seconds off his personal best time in the 50m Backstroke to also take silver for St Fursey’s National School in Haggardstown.
Conor, who reached the Irish Minor Schools 50m Backstroke final in the 2018/2019 season, also recorded a new PB in the 100m Individual Medley. Bronagh Harmon (12) of St Mochta’s Louth Village also posted two PBs in the 50m Free and 50m Fly events while Maebh Mullen (10) of Scoil Dairbhre finished 8th in the 50m Backstroke knocking a second off her PB.
There were more impressive displays by Aura Dundalk swimmers throughout the day. Alex Lapko (13) swimming for Ardee Community School secured a top six finish in the 100m Fly and was ninth in the 100m Backstroke, knocking over four seconds off his Personal Best in both events. Evelyn Donnelly (16) from Bush Secondary School was in the top 10 in her 100m Breaststroke event.
Patrick Harmon (18) representing Coláiste Ris narrowly missed out on a podium finish when he took fourth in the 100m Breaststroke and was also in the top 10 in the 200m Individual Medley. Eoin Harmon (15), also representing Coláiste Ris, put in strong performances in the 400m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke. Dundalk Grammar School’s Faye O’Rourke (14) and Sadhbh Mullen (14) also swam superbly in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke events.
There was a strong showing from former ADSC member David Coyle of Belvedere College in his 100, Freestyle, 200, Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle events and more medal success for the town when Dundalk Grammar School’s Harry Winston took silver in the 100m Backstroke.
Pictured above main: Rebekah Friel, Amy McEvoy, Eliza Logan and Kate Delany with their five medals for St Vincent’s Secondary School at the Leinster Senior School Swimming Championships