KILKENNY swimming had two swimmers, Colm Dowling and David Prendergast, on the 16 strong male and female Celtic Tri Nations Irish team. The Celtic Tri Nations is a competition between Ireland, Scotland and Wales which alternates between the three countries each year.
This year’s competition was in Wales in the Nofio Cymru Swim Wales pool. It is a long course gala.
Dowling competed in the 50m butterfly and finished second. He was third place in the 100m butterfly and fourth in the 50m backstroke and the 100m backstroke and tenth in the 100m freestyle.
Colm also swam on the 4x100m freestyle relay team who won gold and in the 4x100m medley team relay swimming the butterfly leg. They took silver.
David Prendergast (under-16) was one of the younger swimmers to be chosen in the Irish team. He did his club and country proud. David swam in the 50m freestyle and won bronze. He was fifth in the 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke.
David swam in the 200m backstroke and came in 9th place and was in 12th place in the 200m freestyle. David swam in three relays; the 4x100m freestyle which they won gold; the 4x100m medley team relay where he swam freestyle and they took silver; the 4x800m realy freestyle relay and they took bronze.
This was a great honour for both the Kilkenny swimmers.
At home the Kilkenny swimming club attended the Air Lingus short course gala. There were nine swimmers involved ranging in age from 7 to 14.
Lucy Harte (7) swam in 50m freestyle under-8 years and was 7th place. Next up was Sophie Harte, who swam in the under-10 50m breaststroke and came in 9th and 17th in the 50m freestyle.
Thea Harte swam under-12 years and was second in the 100m breaststroke and 5th in the 100m freestyle. Caoimhe Ryan was fourth in the under-12 year freestyle and 7th in the 100m breaststroke.
Eimear Conroy, swimming under-13, competed in the 100m butterfly and was in bronze medal place. She also swam in the 100m backstroke and finished eight.
Rianne Byrne under-14 swam in the100m freestyle and came in 12th place.
David Keogh under-12 swam in the 100m breaststroke and won silver.
His brother Connor Keogh also under-12 years swam in the 100m breaststroke and was seventh.
Callum Maher, swimming under-13, took silver in the 200m individual medley. He was third place in the 100m freestyle and in the 100m backstroke he was fifth.