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!