Coman’s swimmers among the medals in Longford

A small group of young swimmers from Coman’s Swimming Club travelled to Longford for the Connacht A Gala on the 15th of November.

  The only male club representative was 10-year-old, Philip Duda, who swam a superb personal best time in the 100m Freestyle, which earned him 5th place in the 11 and under category and more importantly a qualifying time for the Division 2 age group championships in UL next summer. The first event for the girls was the 100m IM and the three 11-year-olds, Jessica Gannon, Ava McFadden and Roisin O’Brien did themselves and their club proud by finishing 1st, 3rd and 5th respectively in the 11 and under category.    It was the first time Ava and Roisin had competed in this event. Ciara Kilcommons, who has only recently turned 12, swam an excellent 10 second personal best in the event and 13 year old Anastazya Pliszka posted an excellent time in her first time competing in this event also.

  Anastazya also posted a great time in the 100m Butterfly, another event in which she was competing for the first time.

            However, she particularly excelled in her final swim of the day, the 100m Freestyle, where she knocked 4 seconds off her PB and earned herself a Division 2 qualifying time also.

  Ciara Kilcommins also swam in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events, achieving PB times in both. Roisin O’Brien entered the 100m Freestyle event and shaved almost four seconds of her PB despite having only competed in this event quite recently. 

  Ava McFadden also achieved a significant PB in the 100m Freestyle event and earned herself a second bronze medal. Jessica Gannon had a great day, winning gold medals in all four of the individual events she entered.

  Orla Ryan, aged 13, swam really well in her two events, the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle, achieving a fantastic seven second PB in the former.

  The three 11-year-old girls were joined by 10-year-old teammate Ellie Moran for the 11 and under medley relay. All four girls swam really well to secure first place and finish the day on a high.