The National Inter-Loreto Swimming Gala took place on the 11th of November at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin during November 2011. Students from twelve Loreto schools across the country came to compete in both individual and relay events. At stake was the coveted Cup for the best overall Loreto School in the country. Loreto Kilkenny came out on top bringing home a haul of 12 medals, 2 plaques and the overall trophy. An excellent day’s work from the 24-strong Loreto Kilkenny Swim Team
In the under 19-age group, five Kilkenny girls made the finals. Roisin Downey won silver in the butterfly, Maeve Doheny came 5th in the breaststroke, Mary Pat O’Sullivan came 5th in the backstroke, Miriam Holden came 6th in the backstroke and Shauna Scannell came 6th in the front crawl.
At under 16 level, five Kilkenny competitors made the finals. Kate Walsh won gold in the butterfly, Lyndsey Dillon won silver in the front crawl and Eimear Conroy won bronze in the butterfly. Both Sarah Kenrick and Saoire Claffey came 5th in the breaststroke and backstroke finals respectively.
Making the finals in the under 14 age group was Thea Harte who came 4th in the butterfly, Caoimhe Ryan who came 6th in the butterfly, and Jennifer O’Keeffe who came 6th in the backstroke.
Having gained points throughout the day from the top 6 swimmers in the finals, the relay events followed. The relays were worth double points, making the remaining events very exciting.
The relay events were the highlight of the day’s competition. Both the under 16 team of Kate Walsh, Lyndsey Dillon, Eimear Conroy and Sarah Kenrick and the under 19 team of Roisin Downey, Mary Pat O’Sullivan, Ciara O’Neill and Shauna Scannell came out on top winning gold in very exciting finishes. These wins contributed to Loreto Kilkenny becoming outright winners. The School were awarded the Cup for Best Overall Loreto School.