Ian Gaynor puts City of Derry back on national map

Ian Gaynor put the City of Derry Swim Club back on the national map when he struck Silver and Bronze at the Irish Long Course Swimming Championships - Olympic Trials held over the past weekend in the National Aquatic Centre Dublin.

The Silver came in the 50 Free when he showed great maturity in his first Irish Championships to progress through the Prelims and semi-finals to produce a fantastic Personal Best of 23.85secs.in the final Travelling through the water at more than 2 metres a second the eighteen year old finished ahead of all the Irish contestants but was denied the Gold by a swimmer called Botande Solymossey, presently with Atlantis, Dublin

His Bronze came in the 100 Free when he was just out touched by two other Irish swimmers.

A magnificent performance from the young City of Derry swimmer who travels from Fahan every day to train at City Baths and has to travel to Dublin to gain experience in a 50 metre pool.

At the moment Ian is waiting on some results before entering the American Collegiate system

Although many swimmers qualified for the Senior and Junior European championships no swimmer made the Olympic “A” qualifying time demanded by the Olympic Council of Ireland.