Four gold and two silver for St. Coman’s swimmers

Roscommon was represented by just 6 swimmers at the Athlone graded gala which took place in the Regional Sports Centre on Sunday the 18th May; however this did not take from their success, as they took home 4 gold and 2 silver medals.   The girls were represented by Tymora Stannett Freeman and Aoife Jones (aged 13 years) and Orna Morris aged 16 years. The boys were Darragh Bailey and Sean Ingram (aged 12 years) and Rhys Connolly aged 13 years.   Sean Ingram deserves an early mention here as it was his first graded competition and he secured a silver medal as he took 2nd place to his team-mate Darragh Bailey in the boys 100 metre backstroke. He then closed his account for the day with an outstanding victory in the 100 metre breaststroke to take gold.   Rhys Connolly took 2 gold medals in the boys 13 years and under 100 metre backstroke with a time of 1:26.84; the 100 metre freestyle with a time of 1:15.24 giving Rhys his 4th ‘A’ time.   Orna Morris opened the account for the girls, taking gold in her only swim for the day, the 16 years and under 100 metre backstroke with a time of 1:29.40. In the girls 13 years and under Aoife Jones took silver in the 100 metre breaststroke while Tymora Stannett Freeman collected silver in the 100 metre freestyle.   New head coach Sebastian Locteau has taken the club to a new level with a high percentage of the children already achieving Division 2 times; this makes Roscommon a force to be reckoned with in the Connacht league and takes us one step closer to the national championships and selection for the national squad.