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26 Sept 2022

Local Dundalk swimmer makes a big splash at International Event

Local Dundalk swimmer makes a big splash at International Event

Rebekah Friel with British Gold medal winning Olympian Tom Dean

Swimming is something enjoyed by many, be it in their local pool or enjoying a refreshing dip in the sea to refresh the body. While plenty of us get pleasure from a few lengths and that is enough to wet our appetite, for others that is just the beginning.

Take those people who for them, swimming is a serious sport, their times in the pool just as important and as much of an achievement as scoring the winning goal on the pitch or sinking the crucial putt on the golf course.

With that attitude in mind, it has been exciting times for two of swimmers who train with the Aura Dundalk Swim Club.

Earlier this month Evelyn Donnelly competed in the Irish Schools Interprovincial Championships. Evelyn represented Leinster and Bush Secondary School and competed in the 100m Breast with a strong time of 1:20:40. In the end Ulster beat Leinster by 3 points.

Meanwhile Rebekah Friel competed at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet, held between the 11th-13th of March. The Gala included an international field with swimmers from all over Europe and beyond, including South Africa, Japan and Brazil.

The line-up included numerous medal winning Olympians. Rebekah competed as part of the Swim Ireland National Squad, having secured her place with performances in the National Short Course (25m) Championships in The National Aquatic Centre, Dublin last December.

Over the course of three days, Rebekah competed in the 400m, 200m and 1500m Freestyle events, and the 400m Individual Medley, securing a place in the Junior Final in this event, where she posted a personal best of 5:13.73.

Congratulations to both competitors for notching such great times. If you are interested in contacting the Club regarding upcoming swim trials please contact swimclub.dundalk@gmail.com. 

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