Category Archives: Gala Report

Irish Age Groups Division 2 – 25 June 2015 to 28 June 2015.

Askeaton Swimming Club had 6 representatives (Daniel Collins, Roisin Duggan McSweeney, Jack Feane, Casey Flynn, Michael Gallagher and Eve Higgins) at this National Level Competition swimming in a combined 17 events.


On Thursday we had no competitors which gave us a chance to get into the pool and familiarise ourselves with the surroundings and soak in the atmosphere setting the tone for a good weekend of competition.


Friday morning saw everyone arrive at the University Arena in good spirits.

Our first athletes in the water were Eve Higgins and Casey Flynn swimming in the 100 Backstroke. Eve swam a strong race and finished 54th overall, a massive achievement in her first national level competition, something she and her parents can be quite proud of. Casey knocked 6 seconds of her personal best time and qualified for the final which would run on Friday evening.

Casey was next to be in the water on one of her two busy days in the 200 Freestyle. Another strong swim saw another personal best breaking the 2:30.00 barrier for the first time and finishing in 13th position.

Daniel Collins was up next in what was also his first swim at a national level competition. Setting out a blistering quick 200 Freestyle pace and shaving 6 seconds from his previous best he finished 11th overall.

Our final swim of the morning was also in the boys 200 Freesyle and our most senior swimmer Jack Feane. Jack went close to his personal best time and finished 20th overall in an extremely competitive 16-18 age group.

Friday Finals Session

We returned to the pool on Friday evening for Casey Flynn’s final of the 100 Backstroke . An exciting race which saw 5 swimmers finish in just 0.6 of a second to decide 2nd to 6th place. Casey had set another personal best taking a further 0.2 seconds off of her time set in the heats and finish in 5th place.


Saturday was our busiest day in the pool. Daniel Collins was the first to return to action in the 400 freestyle and event which he was just competing in for the 3rd time. A slight miscalculation on the pace of the race saw Dan just outside his personal best but still finish in 14th position overall.

Casey Flynn was next on the blocks in her favourite event the 100 Butterfly. A steady paced race saw her qualify for the final in 2nd position just a fraction outside her personal best.

Jack Feane was next in his 100 Fly. A speedy start saw Jack qualify for the final in 3rd position.

Roisin Duggan McSweeney was next in an event that she had only previously swam once before the 200 Backstroke. She shaved just over 3 seconds off her previous best and qualified for the final in 6th place.

Casey and Roisin would return to the pool for the 200 IM. Both girls set personal bests in the heats and Casey would return to swim this event in the finals session in the afternoon.

Saturday Finals session

First up in the finals session was Casey Flynn. In an extremely controlled race Casey turned at the halfway mark in 4th position and made a move for the front of the field. With 25 metres to go had got up to 2nd and making a move for the lead. Attacking from the turn with 15 metres to go she had secured the lead and went on to finish the race more than 1 second ahead of everyone. Our first female national champion and destroying her personal best by more than 3 seconds.

Jack Feane was next up. With a more controlled race than the morning session jack finished 2 seconds faster than the morning session and earned a bronze medal. Finishing just .18 of a second behind the silver medal winner.

Roisin Duggan McSweeney would swim her 3rd 200 backstroke in the next set of finals. Entering the final in 6th position. Roisin controlled her race and set out in a quicker pace than the morning session. Holding that pace through the 3rd 50 of the race put her into contention for a medal and a strong finish saw her knock a further 4 seconds from her personal best and finish in 3rd position.

Casey swam in the 200 IM final and after recovering from the excitement from the 100 fly set out a good pace. After a good technical race Casey set a new personal best and finished in 5th place overall.


Roisin Duggan McSweeney was the first in the pool on Sunday morning in the 400 freestyle. A perfectly paced race saw her set a great personal best and set her up for a good 100 free later in the morning.

The boys 100 Freestyle was the next event we had athletes in. Michael Gallagher made his first appearance at a national competition and the wait was worth it for him, taking over 1 second off his previous best and finishing in 13th position. Daniel Collins continued to gain experience at national level and also posted a new personal best time and finish 22nd. Jack Feane was the last male to compete and swam a great race finishing in 16th overall but it is worth noting that there was 0.6 seconds between 8th and 17th.

The girls made their mark in their 100 freestyle heats and qualified for the finals session swimming times inside or close to lifetime bests.

Sunday Finals Session

A quiet finals session in the grand scheme of things saw Casey & Roisin appear in the 100 Freestyle finals.

Casey was first to compete and after qualifying for the final in 8th position she swam another lifetime best and secured a 6th place finish with all 8 girls in the final finishing within 2 seconds of each other.

Roisin would see herself in a battle in her final as well with just 1 second separating the top 7. Rosin finished 5th just outside her personal best.


An amazing weekend of swimming for Askeaton Swimming Club. Our athletes gaining a massive amount of experience swimming at national level competitions.

Congratulations to Daniel Collins, Roisin Duggan McSweeney, Jack Feane, Casey Flynn, Michael Gallagher and Eve Higgins you have done yourselves, your parents, coaches and club proud.


Ennis Invitation – Gala Reprot

On Friday 20 & Saturday 21 Feb Askeaton Swimming Club had 5 representatives swimming in the Ennis Invitation Gala. ([L-R] Casey Flynn, Eve Higgins, Mike Gallagher, Sophie O’ Shea, Róisín Duggan McSweeney)

With a combined 14 events to be swam we happily achieved Personal bests in 10 of them.

Eve Higgins was the sole representative on Friday evening and demonstrating improvement on all four strokes and achieved PB number one for the weekend.

Saturday morning saw all of our athletes in action. The four girls all swam the 100 freestyle with Róisín making the final in her age-group a great achievement at a high level competition and made an improvement from the heats in both time and how the race was swam.

Mike Gallagher also swam in the men’s 100 freestyle and put in a good race, within .4 of a second from his pb, as he transitions to a new style of swimming.

Sophie O’ Shea was in the water again to swim in the 100 breaststroke and set a new personal best in the heats which also got her to the final where she broke her time set in the heats again.

Róisín & Eve were the last two individual swims in the morning session in the 200 free. Both performed well and

To round out the morning session the 4 girls cometed in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay. Splitting 32/33/30/34 they swam an impressive 2:10 which is one of (if not) the fastest the club have had in the last five years!

Saturday afternoon session saw Mike Gallagher and Casey Flynn have strong heats in the 100 Butterfly and both made their respective finals. Casey received a  bronze medal for her efforts in the event and Mike went under his PB twice in two swims.

Eve was the sole representative in the 100 back and continued her good form from the weekend and scored yet another personal best.

Shortly afterwards Mike & Casey were back in the pool for the 50 freestyle. Both had great swims Mike making the final and Casey narrowly missing out!

Overall a very successful meet, and even a small bit of “silverware” coming home with both Mike & Casey picking up medals in their finals of the 100 Fly!

Well done guys!

Nenagh Invitation – Gala Report

Askeaton Swimming Club had four representatives namely Faye Walsh, Ellie Gallagher, Lauren Dowling and Kevin O Connor.  Three of these swimmers were taking part in their first gala.   We also got a very special announcement as we had the youngest swimmer competing at the gala.  Our swimmers competed in 15 events with 5 gold medals won.   A fantastic cannon was swam, with all clubs attending the gala mixing for this event.   A brilliant day was had by all.    Well done Faye, Ellie, Lauren and Kevin.


Sunday morning dawned a foggy morning, however that is where the fogginess ended, two of our swimmers Orla Fahy and Faye Walsh were in tip top form.

Both girls qualified in December to compete in the Irish Minor School Championships in the National Aquatic Centre on the 8th February 2015.  Orla (12) was representing St Anne’s National School, Rathkeale and Faye (7) was representing Askeaton National School.

The morning session saw Orla compete in the 100m Girls IM U12.  Orla swam a fantastic race with a time of 1.39.18.

The afternoon session saw Faye compete in the 50m Girls Backstroke U9.   Faye swam a fabulous race and achieved a PB of 53.63.

We would like to congratulate both girls on their fantastic achievements.

Grade ‘B’ – UL – Gala Report

Saturday 17th Jan saw Askeaton Swim club compete at the Grade ‘B’ Gala in UL. We had 20 athletes competing in 77 events.  With a later start than usual it proved to be a long and exhausting day however e had 72 personal bests with some swimmers experiencing long course competition. Topped off with a medal haul of 2 Gold, 5 Silver & 4 Bronze.

Congrats to:

MJ Ambrose, Dan Collins, Lucas Costello, Roisin Duggan, Orla Fahy, Joanne Foley, Colm Galvin, James Hanly, Aaron Heffernan, Eoghan Heffernan, Eve Higgins, Amy Keane, Dean McCarthy, Rachel Mullane, Eve Murphy, Jack O’ Shaughnessy, Lucy Relihan, Sophie Shiels, James Shine & Erin Wakley.

2014 Irish SC Championships – Gala Report

Day 3 Finals Session

The finals session was lit alight on day 3 when Antoinette Neamt smashed her own Irish Junior & Senior records by over seven seconds in the 1500 freestyle swimming 16:32.73 in the very first swim of the session. That energy got reignited after the fifth final when Emma Reid broke the Irish Junior record for the 50 Fly. In the next ladies final the 200 freestyle Askeaton Swimming Club had a representative, Aoife Duggan McSweeney.

Aoife had swum a personal best time of 2:11.99 to get to the final. With only minor adjustments to be made from the heat’s Aoife lead the first 50 out in a blistering 29.9 and followed it with a 32.9 splitting the 100 mark with a 1:02.8. With the hardest 50 now started leg’s started going and a split of 34.0 saw Aoife in a race between 3 girls for 14th to 16th place.

In an exciting 50m Aoife split 33.53 and finish with an official time of 2:10.75. Finishing in joint 14th place. A remarkable achievement taking a further 1.24 seconds from her heat time and a toatl of 2.6 seconds from her entry time.

Below are the reports & media content preceding this one.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3.5

2014 Irish SC Championships – Day 3.5 Report

Good news arrived for the club late last night. Firstly Joe McCarthy recieved notification that he has been approved for certification as a National Level Gala Referee. Congrats Joe.

This morning saw Aoife swim her favourite event the 200 Free. A strong lead out 100 of 1:03.1 saw her in the mix with some of the best in the country. A good second 100 in 1: 08:8 left Aoife with a new Personal Best of 2:11.99. This was only the start of the good news.

Aoife is now in the ‘B’ final for the 200 free. Askeaton Swimming Club have a finalist in an Irish Open National Final, something which has not been achieved since the 1980’s and never since the club returned to competitive swimming in more recent times.

Warm up for this evenings session is at 3:15 and we will try and get an update before we get back on the road.

2014 Irish SC Championships – Day 2 Report

Askeaton Swimming Club had two representatives flying the club flag on Day 2 of the SC Nationals. “Ladies & Gentlemen, you’r gala referee for this mornings session, Joe McCarthy”. In the water Aoife Duggan McSweeney had her shortest and longest events of the meet, the 50 & 400 freestyle.

First up 50 free. A quick start saw Aoife lead out her heat and turn the 25 in just 13.8 seconds a good underwater section saw her pull away a little more and her finish time of 28.13 see’s her ranked 23rd in the country and score a 1.49second PB.

After a nice swim down strategies were considered for the 400. After a good 50 today and 100 yesterday the decision was made to deviate from what we had practiced and lead out the 200 at a good pace but never let the tempo drop outside practice range.

Aoife lead out her heat at a blistering 1:05.6 pace for the first 100. Tempo still high for the next 100 saw Aoife split 1:11.8, slightly slower than planned, but still ok. Suffering from the late change of plan and not having practiced being at the 200 mark at this pace this was new territory for Aoife and she split the following 200 in 1:13.5 and 1:14.4 giving her a 4.77 second PB and setting her new time at 4:45.78 an amazing swim but leaving room for improvement.

The finals session is always amazing to see. Watching the best of the country race each other for national titles. And this evening the place was buzzing with no less than 3 Irish Junior or Senior records broken.

2014 Irish SC Championships – Day 1 Report

The opening day of the Irish Open SC Championships is always an interesting one. Getting familiar with the surroundings after 12 months, acclimatizing to the standard of competition and not forgetting your warm up togs!

Aoife Duggan McSweeney was the sole representative of Askeaton Swimming Club this year and on day 1 only had one event to swim, the 100 freestyle.

She was in heat 3 of 7 swimming in an outside lane(8). A strong start saw her lead out the heat at the 50 in 28.9 seconds. A good second 50 and we would record PB number one of the competition. And Aoife delivered, bringing the second 50 home in 31.2 giving her an over-all time of 1:00.21. It would take the two fastest swimmers in heat 5 before that time was broken.

Once the results were posted, things were looking good for Askeaton. For the first time in recent history we had a swimmer in the top 20 of an Irish Open competition. Aoife placed 19th overall. As withdrawls came from the final’s Aoife was just .05 away from earning herself a place in the ‘B’ final but a swim she can be really proud of.

Tomorrow see’s her take part in the 50 & 400 free.

Kingdom Invitation – Gala Report

18 swimmers competed at the Kingdom Invitation for Askeaton Swimming Club on November 29th.

An early start saw many sleepy heads on a bus trip to Tralee, but that’s where the tiredness ended. A fairly packed schedule saw a total of 18 events to be run.

Our swimmers competed in 62 swims and collectively gather 42 personal bests, 1 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals. For a competition where the aim was technical improvement a good set of statistics to read. And a well deserved trip to Jumbos in Listowel on the way home to replace the energy used saw team spirits rise.