Swimmers Bring Gold Medal Tally to 13 in Canada

29 Medals for Irish Swimmers Overall

29th July 2014

Swim Ireland sent their International Youth Squad to Winnipeg, Canada last week to compete at the Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships. The aim was for the squad to gain experience and to test the 12 talented young swimmers in unknown territory at a top International Meet. The swimmers didn’t only gain great experience going forward; they won medals, a lot of medals.

On Sunday 27th July the team brought the Irish medal tally to 29 for the meet, with 13 Gold, 9 Silver and 7 Bronze. The swimmers finished Sunday as strongly as they started the competition. Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght SC/HPC-NAC) continued her Gold Medal haul as she won the 13 year old Girls 200 Individual Medley and 400m Freestyle with Personal Bests of 2.20.60 and 4.17.33. Gerry Quinn (Longford SC) continued his great run of form from Saturday as he took Gold in the 16 years old 200IM with an impressive 2.08.07, making that Ireland’s third Gold of the Day.

The medals didn’t end there as Larne’s Conor Ferguson also showed good form in the 200IM finishing his competition with a Silver medal in the boys 14years old event. The youngest member of the squad, 12 year old Rebecca Reid (Ards SC) also took second place in the 200IM to win Ireland’s 9th Silver Medal of the week.

The outstanding results of the squad, not just in medals but in swimming personal bests, bodes well for the future of Irish Swimming. Travelling to a different country for the first time can be tough for athletes, and at a young age these swimmers have shown maturity beyond their years and why they are prospects for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Following the squads return from Canada Swim Ireland National Performance Director Peter Banks commented “The trip gave us the return we were looking for in performances and experience, every swimmer swam a personal best and won a medal. Swimming requires our athletes to be identified at a young age so that we can help them and their coaches achieve as they develop in the sport. We need at least a 6 year window to help develop these swimmers to senior international level”.

Swim Ireland’s Senior Squad will be aiming to repeat the successes of the Youth Squad in a fortnights time as they prepare for Senior European Championships in Berlin, 13th – 24th August.

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Full Results Day 5

200 Individual Medley

Girls 12&U – Rebecca Reid (Ards SC) 2nd 2.28.19

Girls 13yrs – Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght/HPC-NAC) 1st 2.20.69 ; Mona McSharry (Marlins ASC) 5th 2.27.77; Niamh Coyne (Tallaght SC/HPC-NAC) 17th 2.34.92

Boys 14yrs – Conor Ferguson (Larne SC) 2nd 2.13.84

Boys 16yrs – Gerry Quinn (Longford SC) 1st 2.08.07; Andrew Moore (Galway SC) 7th 2.11.34; Rory McEvoy (Ennis SC) 12th 2.15.91

400m Freestyle

Girls 13yrs – Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght/HPC-NAC) 1st 4.17.33

Girls 14yrs – Ciara Doran (Limerick SC) 11th 4.37.76;Katie Baguley (Glenalbyn) 15th 4.41.31

Boys 14yrs – Robert Powell (Athlone SC) 5th 4.17.17

Boys 16yrs – Bryan O’Sullivan (Galway SC) 8th 4.12.35; Rory McEvoy (Ennis SC) 16th 4.17.75

50m Butterfly

Boys 14yrs – Robert Powell (Athlone SC) 11th 28.46

Boys 4×100 Medley Relay – Conor Ferguson (Larne SC), Andrew Moore (Galway SC), Bryan O’Sullivan (Galway SC), Gerry Quinn (Longford SC) 6th 3.58.34

Girls 4×100 Medley Relay – Rebecca Reid (Ards SC), Niamh Coyne (Tallaght SC/HPC-NAC), Antoinette Neamt (Tallaght/HPC-NAC), Mona Mcsharry (Marlins ASC) 10th 4.38.53

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