Gala sees a lot of races with ‘extremely close finishes’

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Gala sees a lot of races with ‘extremely close finishes’ thumbnailThose who attended the Gala in Kilkeel on Saturday.

KILKEEL Leisure Centre was again the setting for Kilkeel Swim Club's second gala of the season against Alliance Swim Club on Saturday 21 January. It was deemed an away Gala as Alliance's Belfast facility was unavailable.

The gala started off with Medley Relays, and both teams were level on points at the end of this hard fought section with Kilkeels A and B teams performing well.

As the individual events began Kilkeel worked hard and at the halfway point it was hard to separate the teams much to the large crowds delight.

As the gala progressed, Alliance started to up the ante and started to edge ahead but the touch judges had their work cut out as a lot of races were extremely close finishes.


First & Second places going to

Back Crawl: Hannah, Cameron, Enda, Robbie, Ethan, Enya, Callum Cassidy.

Breast Stroke: Hannah, Laura, Cameron, Ellie, Enda, Ethan, Callum Magorrian.

Butterfly: Hannah, Laura, Ellie, Enda, Enya, Cameron, Robbie, Sean Loughran.

Freestyle: Hannah, Laura, Cameron, Enda, Enya, Robbie, Callum Cassidy.

Special mentions for First and Second places on every individual race to our B girls, Hannah Donnelly and Laura Hannah and C Boy Enda Sloan. Excellent swimming also from Ethan Farrell and congratulations to Holly McCullough on her first gala.

Personal bests achieved by a lot of our swimmers.

Congratulations to our new swimmers who preformed excellently - Tori, Xyleena, Ruby, Grace, Jack, Finn, David, Callum Magorrian, Callum Cassidy.


Overall Result:

Kilkeel 186 Alliance 214

Group A Swimmers: Ruby Graham, Jack Stevenson, Callum Cassidy, Alex Donnelly, Xyleena McClean, Sean Loughran, Finn McPolin, David Graham, Callum Magorrian, Holly McCullough.


Group B Swimmers: Robyn Bonner, Jessica Mitchell, Laura Hanna, Caitlin McComb, Hannah Donnelly, Aoife Grant, Alan Bingham, Cameron Eakins.


Group C Swimmers: Alex McKee, Mollie Peters, Ellie Cunningham, Emily Bingham Abbott, Emma Quinn, Cassie Graham, Daniel Nicholson, Jason Loughran, Cian McCartan, Ethan Farrell, Enda Sloan, David Jedryszczyk.


Group D Swimmers: Enya Hughes, Emily Torrens, Paris Graham, Robbie Gilmore.


The club extends best wishes to Bradley Johnson for a speedy recovery.

The Gala finished with refreshments and pleasantries between the two teams.

Thanks to the staff of Kilkeel Leisure Centre for staging the event, Andrew O'Neill and Alliance Swim Club for good sporting competition and anyone that volunteered and helped out in anyway at the gala. The club relies on the goodwill of people to help out to make it a success.

Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays as normal and swimmers are asked to make an extra effort now we are in the middle of Gala season.


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