Day 1: The division1 championships commenced on Wednesday evening with the long distance events.First in the water in 2014 was Caitlin Desmond who competed in the 800m and completed a very respectable 10.10.28 to warm up the team for the rest of the week.
Day 2: Dolphin took to the water bright and early with warmup at 7.30. The travel and new surroundings took its toll initially but once the swimmers aclimatised they turned it around and powered to some outstanding results. Highlight of the day was Emma Moloneys gold medal in the U12 200m breastroke. She qualified in first place with a time of 2.56.1 and powered to a new pb of 5secs in the final to win in 2.51.03 a newU12 alltime munster record Aoife McMahon and Liam Doyle also qualified for finals in the U14 200 breastroke and 400IM 16&over respectively.
Niamh McLoughlin and Conor Doyle achieved Cork Regional Performance squad times.
Eamon Doyle, Ciara Scanlon ,Tara Desmond,Conor Doyle,Domantas Giedraitis ,May Harley, Sinead Doyle,Niamh McLoughlin and Caitlin Desmond, all swam exceptionally well with a large % of pbs.The 200 girls 200 free event provided fantastic swimming with 100% PBs.
The boys 15 and under freestyle relay team finished in a very respectable 7th. A good days work down.
Day 3: It would have not been unexpected if the swimmers began to show some fatigue . However the thunder and lightning flashing around Dublin seemed to increase energy levels. Emma Moloney continued on from yesterday and won the U12 100 breastroke. Eamon Doyle reached the semis of the 50m backstroke, no small achievement considering this is an open event .
Ciara Scanlon, Tara Desmond, Rebecca Murphy, Aoife McMahon, Ross Kavanagh, Ellen Cassidy , Liam Doyle, Conor Doyle, May Harley,Pat and Sinead Treacy all put great performances in the pool.
Day 4: Saturday proved a great day for Dolphin finalists. Star of the day went to May Harley who reached the final of the U12 200m backstroke and finished a very creditable 5th with a time of 2.37.20. Tara Desmond reached the B final in the same event in the 15 and over to continue her return to form. Eamon Doyle reached the 100back final and finished in 8th with a pb of 1:06.73. Liam Doyle reached the B final in the 200IM and finished with a pb of 2:21.58. He also reached the semifinals of the 50m breast, an event that was won by our good friend Barry Murphy of Aer Lingus.
Ellen Cassidy continued her fantastic form in this competion with another great pb of over 3 secs to finish 14th in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:35.05. Ellen is very young in the 13 to 14 age group and must already be looking forward to returning next year. Sinead Treacy at 11 was our youngest competitor and will qualify for next years event in the U12 category. Sinead posted a very creditable 2.56.86 in the 200 back.
The full team was in the water on Saturday with Callum McCarthy(200IM) and Ronan Fahy(100 back and 400free) having entering this competition for the first time.Both put in very creditable performances with Ronan knocking a huge 25 secs of his 400 free time.
Day 5: Sunday brought the final days swiimg for what had been a great week for the club. Ellen Cassidy was just outside a podium finish in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:11.56. May Harely continued her good finishing 10th in the 400 free and finishing 8th in the U12 100m backstroke.Eamon Doyle finished in 9th position in the 100 free to complete a good solid week.
Sinead Doyle continues to improve everytime she gets in the water. Today she took 18 secs off her 40 free time. This event proved a happy hunting ground for other swimmers including Niamh McLoughlin who improved her time by over 2 secs to finish in 5:02.2 and Caitlin Desmond took over 7 secs off. Caitlin swam everyday of the championships and this was a great way to finish the week.
Pat Treacy and Ronan Fahy took huge junks off their times in the 200 back with pbs of 3.26 secs and 5.74 secs respectively.
Tara Desmond finished the week by taking 3 secs off her 200IM time to finish in 2:34.35.
Overall: Gary Mason and his team performed extremely well and it was our best championships in a long while. Well done to Hugh McMahon and Mick McCormick who gave of their own free time to help prepare this team. It should also be noted that a number of this team commenced the year swimming in other squads. Coaches Paddy ,Mary and Caitlin in skills and Noel in sprint all contributed to this great team performance..We were the best prepared Munster side and we look forward to next year with great anticipation. Our increased numbers on the Irish, Munster and Cork squads augers well for the future and it is only a matter of time before we are competing on an equal footing again with Galway, Aer Lingus and the other strong national clubs.
A special thanks as well to Helen Desmond who acted as lead team manager for the weekend. Every parent performed duties over the weekend and there was a great team spirit. It was a pleasure for all to be part of Dolphin.
Roll on next season………….