City of Derry swimmers representing their various schools at the Irish Schools Swimming Championships in Galway produced some excellent performances to finish in the medals.
Although there wasn’t any Gold, 17-year-old Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, student Ian Gaynor (right) produced an outstanding swim in the Senior Boys 100 Free with a time that secured silver and a place on the Irish Schools team to participate in the Home Countries International to be held at the National Aquatics Centre, Dublin, in March.
Another Silver medal went to Cormac Gillen, Lumen Christi College in the 100 Fly. Cormac swam into the final with the fastest time in the heats and although he pulled out all the stops he was just out-touched for the Gold and a place on the schools’ international team.
James Garvey also took Silver in the Senior Boys 100 Fly for Lumen Christi. Cormac and Gavin Loughrey moved up to the Seniors to join Connell O’Brien and Pearse Bradley for the relay team events which paid off handsomely when they took a Silver and Bronze for Lumen Christi in the Free and Medley events respectively. Gavin Loughrey and Claire Bradley were first reserves for the Boys Junior and Girls Intermediate 100 Breast respectively as was Terry Melaugh in the 100 Back.
Other swimmers taking part were - Ayesha Garvey, Anne McLaughlin and Shane McClean.
This weekend the swimmers go to Bangor for the fourth Ulster Graded Gala which will give those swimmers who have not made the cut-off times another chance to achieve the qualifying times for the Ulster Age Group and Youth Championships.
In the Provincial Towns Swimming League the last two matches against Alliance and Olympia have been conceded which basically means that City of Derry are this year’s winners of Division Four.