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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.

#TBT – 1971 Committee

So the first in a series of #ThrowBackThursday posts. Every Thursday at 1800 we will post a picture and a story around it. For the first #TBT it had to be the oldest committee picture I could lay my hands on. The committee of 1971. The year Askeaton Swimming Club opened the outdoor heated Swimming Pool.


If you wish to contribute to this feature feel free to email images & stories to tbt@askeaton-swim.ie

1971 Committee - Click To Enlarge
1971 Committee – Click To Enlarge



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

Mallow Masters – Gala Report

“Mallow Masters” Invitational Gala was hosted for the 6th year on Saturday 6th December 2014.

“Mallow Swimming Club” provided their venue for a great days competitive swimming. Clubs from Munster, Leinster & Connaught provided the opposition on the day.

Askeaton Swimming club had three swimmers representing us on the day. Anthony Sheehy, Paul Shapre and Thomas King had a very successful outing and did their club proud, recording a total of 13 medals and all had PB’s.

The “Host” club provided an array of food and brverages during the break which were very welcom.

Thanks to Askeaton Pool & Leisure Centre for the early morning opening. This was a huge help for our “training sessions” for the last couple of months which paid off on the day.

Gala Results:

Anthony Sheehy: 3 Gold – 3 Silver

Thomas King: 1 Gold – 3 Silver

Paul Sharpe: 2 Silver – 1 Bronze

Calender of “Master Events” for 2015

First “Masters gala” for 2015:

Limerick Masters in University Arena Limerick on Sat 7th March 2015

Munster Masters Tralee on Sat 28th March 2015.

On behalf of our “Master Swimmers” I wish you all a Happy & Holy Christmas and a bright new year.



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