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Dolphins trio impress in international field

STRULE Dolphins trio Anna McGlinchey and brothers Fiachra and Seanan Donnelly competed in the Irish National Division One Championships in Dublin

This was a huge occasion for the talented local trio who had qualified for this prestigious event by meeting rigorous time standards in each of their strokes throughout the season.

This represented an incredible step up, swimming against the best in Ireland and also enjoying an international flavour with guest swimmers present from Britain, Canada, Germany, Denmark and Dubai.

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Overall it proved to be an unforgettable experience for the Dolphins.

Fiachra, who was a major doubt due to a tonsillitis bug the previous week, put in an incredible shift in gaining a PB time in his 100m Breaststroke. He marginally added time to his 50m Frontcrawl but again it was a superb effort considering his health challenges.

Anna, who was fresh from her recent success in Division Two, swam strongly in the technical 100m butterfly heats and again was marginally outside her PB, touching in 1.14:99. The opposition was tough and Anna can be pleased with her time and swim and can look forward to similar competition levels next season.

Seanan started his week with an outstanding 1.26 PB time in the 100m breaststroke and was the first reserve for the finals.

He swam strongly in the 50m frontcrawl and had a great swim in the 200 breaststroke heats, taking a massive 4.83 seconds off his PB to make the overall final.

In the final, Seanan had the race of his life, swimming brilliantly, knocking off a further 3.28 seconds with really impressive splits to finish 7th. However, because two of the boys were from outside Ireland, he claimed 5th place.

A club spokesperson said: “It’s the first time in recent history that we have had swimmer representation in an Irish Division One final.
“Seanan has trained tirelessly all season and with the support of his coaches it’s due reward for everyone’s hard work. Massive congratulations!”

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Seanan’s last event was the 100m frontcrawl where he was just outside his PB. Overall there were PBs and a representative final for the Strule Dolphins club, which is continuing recognition and reward for a year’s hard work from swimmers, coaches and committee alike.

Strule Dolphins continue to push new boundaries at Irish level and all swimmers would like to acknowledge and pass massive gratitude to coach Fionna for giving up her time to travel with them to Dublin, providing invaluable advice and support.

Also, events like this are testament to ongoing commitment of the general coaching team through the year.

The club now has a well-earned rest over the summer before September when it will all start over again.

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