NAC swim club land 63 Leinster medals

by Stephen Findlater

SIXTY NAC Swim Club members made their mark at the National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown for the annual Leinster Swimming age group competition.
Around 800 swimmers from around the province from the age of 10 years upwards competed across three days in individual and relay events in one of the final chances to qualify for July’s nationals.
For NAC, the club brought home a total of 49 individual medals; 17 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze medals.
There were standout individual performances from Jessica Burke and Evan Rossiter who both claimed the top swimmer accolade in their respective age groups.
Burke, a seasoned all-rounder, placed on the podium for all 7 of her events, taking home 5 individual golds in the 17 and over age group. Meanwhile, Rossiter completed a heavy schedule of racing over the weekend performing best in the distance events; 800 freestyle (gold) and 400 individual medley (silver) to claim the top spot in the boys 16-17 age group.
The real opportunity to showcase the swim team’s talent came in the relay events with NAC Swim Club claiming 11 gold medals, two silver and one bronze, 14 medals from 20 teams entered.
The young boys team (13 and under) made a clean sweep, winning four out of four relays in their age group.
The team featured swimmers Euan Maguire, Matthew Walsh-Hussey and Oisin Tebite throughout with Thomas O’Neill, Harry Webster and Matthew Beadle rotating the fourth position on the team.
The girls 13-14 year old team of Ailbhe Dawson, Beth Gardiner, Ciara Williams and Millie Murphy battled to win twi golds and facing tough opposition from a strong Kilkenny team in the 4x100m freestyle, having to settle for silver in a tight finish.
Meanwhile, the experienced 16-17 year old boys team put in stellar performances to claim three golds, missing out in the 4x100m medley due to a disqualification.
The team is led by head coach and four-time Paralympian Dave Malone and supported by squad coaches Hayley Burke and Shauna McGinley.
Speaking of the success, Malone said “there was a fantastic effort from all the swimmers over the course of the weekend, with many reaching important milestones as they train towards the summer national competitions.”

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