WSC News – 29th July

Wicklow Swimming club had another busy week of races, starting on Wednesday 25th July. The intermediates swam for the Peter Davis cup: 1st Sean Jameson, 2nd Ben Griffin, and 3rd Christopher Hudson.

One hundred and four seniors raced for the “Smith” cup. The first Smith Cup was swam in 1950, and while the original cup was lost in the late 70’s. It was replaced by the Smith Family and is still competed for today. Race results 1st Sean Dunne, 2nd Gary Morton, and 3rd Jack Dunne.

The sun came out for the races on Sunday morning, 29th July. The juniors took part in another junior challenge: 1st Emma Christiansen, 2nd Josh griffin, 3rd Ben Hudson, 4th Ruby van Beck, 5th Robyn Brennan and 6th Dylan O’Donovan.

In the Youths race Emer Kelly took first place and also the fastest time, 2nd was Hanna Blake and 3rd Emma O’Brien.

The intermediates had a tough swim which was about 500 yards long: 1st David Carroll, 2nd Connor Brennan and 3rd Luke Corcoran.

A record number of one hundred and nine senior swimmers raced for the Mick O’Reilly cup. This was the eleventh year of the swim and honours went to: 1st Jane O’Neill, 2nd Mike Byrne and 3rd Gavin McInnerney.

Races for the next week are:

Wednesday 1st August   7pm       Senior race for the Committee cup

Saturday 30th July         1pm       The Masters Vartry for the Byrne and O’Reilly cups.

This event is open to anybody over 25 years of age.
You don’t have to be a member of Wicklow Swimming Club to take part in this event. The race is from the Sailing Club Slip to the footbridge, beside the Leitrim pub (with the tide flowing up the river). So it’s not too hard a swim.

Why not enter a team of 4 people. Fancy dress is optional. Contact Peter O’Reilly on 087 6173799 for details on how to enter.

There are no club races on the morning of Sunday 31st July, as Wicklow Swimming Club are hosting their second Open Sea Swim of the year:

2pm                       Gents Open Sea Swim

3pm                       Ladies Open Sea Swim.

These races will see over 200 swimmers compete over a course of 2km long. It starts at the Town side of the Monkey Pole and finishes on the Beach at the New Pier. This is a great event to watch from the new pier.

Peter ‘Bip’ O’Reilly (PRO, Wicklow Swimming Club)