School’s Swimmers’ Smashing Success
Munster Senior Schools Championships 2012
Congratulations to all who swam in the recent Munster Senior Schools Championships. On Sunday the 7th of October schools from all over Munster descended on the University of Limerick and amongst these was the St Francis College team.
Despite thick fog, last years relay team and some new faces made it to the National 50mtr pool in Limerick. These new faces included first years Mark Llewellyn and Ryan Flynn. Mark swam in the 100 back and 100 breaststroke and Ryan in the 100 breaststroke also . From second year Mark Scanlon swam in the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. From third year Ronan McCarthy came 4th in the 100 back and 6th in the 100 freestyle, David Forde swam in the 100 free and 100 back, Domantas Geidraitis in the 200 I.M. and came 4th in the 100 breaststroke,and Conor Flynn came 6th in the 200 I.M. and also swam in the 100 back. Finally from fifth year Stuart O’Mahony swam the 100 back and 100 fly, and Alex Coleman the 100 back coming second and third out of the three swimmers present. Finally Josh McMahon came 2nd in the 100 freestyle and won the 200 Individual Medley.
Due to last minute changes by the organisers in the definition of the age groups, the intermediate relay had to be reshuffled, leading to the junior team being disbanded. Mark Scanlon and David Forde took Josh McMahon’s place on the 4 X 50mtr freestyle and medley relays respectively in the intermediate category as Josh was moved up into the senior category. Major components of last years National medal winning relay team, Ronan McCarthy, Conor Flynn and Domantas Geidraitis were still part of this years team. The intermediate relay team won 1st in the 200 medley and 2nd in the 200 freestyle.
Next year instead of a National Championship, an interprovincial competition will take place. Rochestown College will have a large presence at this competition as most of our swimmers qualified at the Munster Championships this year.
A special thanks to the School Principal Mr O’Mathuna and Vice Principal Mr O’Regan for supplying swimming hats and funding the swimming team’s trip to Limerick. A big thank you also to parents Chris McMahon and John McCarthy, team managers on the day.
We look forward to representing our school and Munster next year.
Finally, good luck to Josh McMahon and Ronan McCarthy going forward on the Regional Development Squad, a High Performance swimming squad based in Brookfield Leisure Centre. The Launch of the squad last Friday the 19th hosted by Marty Morrissey featured Irish sports stars such as Rob Heffernan, ushering in the beginning of a new era in Cork swimming, St Francis swimmers playing no small part in this.
J.M. 5th Yr