Trojan effort yields 10 gold medals

by Stephen Findlater

TROJAN Swimming Club produced their best results from Swim Ireland Division Two Championships in many years.

Their team of 23 swimmers took home 10 gold, four silver and four bronze medals along with 49 top ten finishes and 10 club records to boot across an epic weekend of action in Limerick.

The run of success started on day one with Hannah Poynton and Elena Gallagher began their own individually successful galas with gold medals.

The former was the 200m butterfly champion for 11 and 12-year-olds while Gallagher rounded out the day with a first place finish in a time of 1:07.49 in the 100m backstroke for 15-years and over.

Backing them up, Mark Gil got a silver in the 400m individual medley and Filip Lewandowski added a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Poynton made it two golds in two days when she left the field behind in the 1,500m freestyle while her club mates amassed another three silver medals on the day.

Outside of the individual success, the club produced some savage relay performances with both girls Under-14 teams going well against much older competition.

The third day brought gold for Caoimhe Dowling in the 15 years category in a time of 28.05 for the 50m freestyle.

Gallagher took top spot in the eldest category of the event in the 400m free.

The first race of the days was the boys 50m Freestyle was a thriller as these 10 competitors came roaring off the blocks in 11-12yrs Mark Gil touched in for Trojan.

For good measure, Lewandowski made it four golds for the Blackrock club on a memorable day with his 400m success.

And they finished on a high with three more golds to close out a stunning set of races at the gala.

In the 11-12 year-olds 200m breaststroke, Ellie Campbell emerge from the pack to beat Sasha Coleman and Antonina Sech to the top spot with her 3:06.60 time.

Gil was quickest off the mark in the Boys 200m Breaststroke 11-12yrs final and Gallagher was first in a rip-roaring race, taking home the gold (31.31), with Amy Fitzpatrick and Lara Whitten in third.

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