In the final swim meet of the Irish swimming season, Kilkenny swimmers recorded more improved times and won several Irish Age Group titles to finish a great year on a high.
The Girls 14 and Under Relay team of Naomi Trait, Rachel Vaughan and Maria and Eleanor Godden won bronze medals in both the 400m Freestyle Relay and 200m Medley Relay. Held over five days the competition pitted the locals against the best swimmers from all over Ireland.
Kilkenny sent a strong team to the premier competition of the year with Sean Keyes, Paul Prendergast, Max Perry and Sean Scannell meeting the tough qualifying standards from the boys and Eva Cashin, Aine Trait, Sasha Hehir, and Madison Cobey-Dunne joining the girls team.
In all Kilkenny had 16 qualifiers under the guidance of their Head Coach, John Duffy to crown a great season for the club.
All the team recorded personal bests in their qualifying events with Naomi Trait qualifying for several finals despite competing at the lower end of her age group.
Impressive Medal Haul
The impressive overall medal haul came from Rachel Vaughan, with bronze in the 100 metre Breaststroke, Maria Godden with four gold medals in the 100 and 200 metre Backstroke and 100 and 200 metre Freestyle events and Sean Scannell with silver in 100 metre Backstroke, bronzes in 200 metre Fly and 200 Individual Medley, and golds in 400 metre Individual Medley and also 200 metre Backstroke.
Naomi Trait and Sean Scannell are now heading to Sheffield, UK with the Leinster Team in the British ASA Swimming Championships next week, before Maria Godden and Sean Scannell travel to the same location at the beginning of September to represent Ireland in the 2016 Schools Games.