UNITED STRIDERS A.C.
The Juvenile Striders completed their most successful ever Leinster track and field championships at Tullamore recently.
Aaron Browne had a great weekend, coming through heats and semi-finals and eventually placed fourth in the 200m on Saturday. The following day Aaron won bronze, in a thrilling finish, in the 800m with a time of 2.24.
Hayleigh Bawden went one place better, finishing second in the 300m hurdles. Earlier in the day Hayleigh placed fourth in the 100m hurdles.
Joshua Hewlett continues to lead the way for the Striders when it comes to the throwing events and his throw of 38.5m was good enough for a silver medal in the javelin. We had some great individual performances that were just short of winning a medal, including Rebecca Bawden in sprint hurdles and our middle distance county champion, Grace Costello, in the 1,500m.
Ciara Kelly equalled her P.B. in the high jump, clearing 1.40m to finish fourth in a very strong competition. Eathan Anderson broke the ten-minute barrier to place fourth over 3,000m. Aoife Muldoon also placed fourth with a fantastic run in the 250m hurdles.
The Striders ladies - Elaina Browne, Aoife Muldoon and Hayleigh Bawden - combined with Shannon Wall from Adamstown to finish third in the Under-17 girls' inter-county 4 x 100m relay. Also competing for Wexford, in sprint relays, but just outside the medals, were Aaron and Eathan.
The Senior Striders had a great night at the track in Enniscorthy, competing in day one of the Wexford track and field championships. Sinéad McCarthy took silver in the 400m hurdles, while Aine Cullen and John McGrath won bronze medals in the 400m hurdles and 1,500m respectively.
Other medal winners in their categories were: Gavin Kelly, first 200m; Paul Doran, first 800m; Mick O'Gorman, third 200m; Pat O'Callaghan, second 3,000m; John McGrath, first 800m, and Sinéad McCarthy, first 200m.
Big congratulations to the other competitors with equally great running which included Lettie Roche, Aine Boland, Linda Molloy, Ted Flannelly, David Byrne, Emmett Malone and Luke Butler. Best of luck to our Seniors next week on day two of the county championships.
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Enniscorthy Golf Club hosted the outing on Saturday. A large turn-out ensured that competition would be tough to take the prizes on offer, and so it proved.
With a great score of 42 points, club Captain Dave Feeney took first place, followed by Ger Foley on 37 points. Third place went to Robert Ryan on 36 points. This was good scoring on a very blustery day, so well done lads.
Nearest to the pin prizes went to Brendan Byrne and Tom Power. The visitors' first prize went to Peter Edwards on 41 points, followed by Liam Murray on 36 points.
Many thanks to the group of welcome visitors for their participation, and they are invited to join us again on another superb course on Saturday, July 25, in Gowran Park.
A further reminder to members who have not paid their subscriptions for this year, that they should do so before the next outing. Those members and visitors who intend to play in Gowran should enter their names on the entry
Menapians athletes fared well at the Leinster championships. Jane Shovlin won the Under-19 long jump with a new personal best of 5.26 and was fourth in the 100m, running 13.39.
Katie Young took silver in the Under-19 hammer with a new P.B. of 39.41 for the heavier four kg. hammer. Chloe Doyle was third in the Under-17 hammer with a P.B. of 32.27 and fifth in the shot putt with a P.B. of 7.77. Her brother, Eoghan,was second in the javelin with a P.B. of 23.30 and sixth in the shot putt, throwing 6.57.
Chloe Whelan was third in the 100m, running 15.57, and fourth in the 100m. Chloe had run in the Tailteann Games the previous day. Aaron Tierney-Smith took bronze in the hurdles, running 15.36.
Conor Gaffney was third in the short hurdles, running 17.36, and fourth in the 400m with 54.58 seconds.
Róisín O'Reilly had a great win in the Under-14 1,500m. It was her first Leinster gold, taking the lead going into the last lap and holding off a late challenge.
Susie Brennan had a good run in the Under-14 200m, as did Seán Maher. Seán went on the run for the Wexford Under-15 relay team which came fourth.
Jack Hayden had a busy day, jumping 5.32 in the long jump and earning an excellent silver from the 200m where he ran a fine race. Ciarán Maher finished third in the 200m. Jack also competed on the Wexford relay team which came second.
On Sunday, Conor Gaffney got the first medal of the day with gold in the 400m hurdles. Despite clipping several of the hurdles, he ran a personal best of 59.21 to round off a very successful weekend.
Róisín O'Reilly then followed her success in the 1,500m with a bronze medal in the Under-14 800m. The gold in that race was not in question, with St. Laurence O'Toole athlete and Gorey native Corrine Kenny leading from gun to tape in a new championship best. Róisín ran a solid race, moving into second position on the bell, just losing out on the home straight to take a well-deserved bronze.
Susie Brennan put in another good performance, this time in the 80m. Susie, new to athletics, is improving with every race. Seán Maher won his heat in the 80m Under-14 boys and went on to finish third in the final which was a fine run for him.
In the Under-17 100m, Ciarán Maher finished fourth and just outside the medals, with Sam O'Neill in fifth with a personal best while Luke O'Neill was sixth. David McDonald won the Under-17 long jump but had to withdraw from further competition with a tight hamstring.
Jack Hayden was not able to repeat his fantastic run in the 200m from Saturday but had a decent run in the 100m and led the Under-17 relay team to silver in the 4 x 100m. The team was Jack Hayden, Sam O'Neill, Luke O'Neill and Ciarán Maher.
Enda Cloake improved on his time for the steeplechase with a good win in the Under-19 age category.
Wexford Swimming Club hosted a very successful weekend of swimming on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. Clubs travelled from Cork, Waterford, Wicklow, Longford, Athlone, Dundalk, Mullingar, Kilkenny, Laois and Carlow to compete in the two-day event.
On Saturday we hosted the small fry gala which was for age 12 and under. Wexford swimmers amassed a huge haul of medals.
In the Under-9 age group, Charlie Bramley won bronze in the 50m fly, while Emmet Cousins won gold in the 50m back and fly, silver in the 50 free and 100m I.M. Thomas Francis won gold in the 50m breast, silver in the 50m fly, bronze in the 50m back and 100m I.M.
In the age ten category, Paddy Bramley won five golds in the 50m free, back, breast and fly and in the 100m I.M. Jesse Dempsey won gold in the 200m I.M. and bronze in the 100m I.M. and 50m back, breast, fly and free. Sophie Mahon won gold in the 200m I.M. and bronze in the 100m I.M.
In the age eleven category, Dillon Cousins won gold in the 200m I.M. and 50m back, breast and free along with silver in the 100m I.M. and 50m fly. Tadhg Hogan won bronze in the 50m breast and fly, and Pádraic O'Carroll joined his team-mates on the podium to collect silver in the 100m breast.
In the girls' section, Hannah Stavar collected gold in the 100m breast and bronze in the 50m fly, while Ruby Middleton got bronze in the 50m back and free.
Age 12 swimmer Beannacht He-Adley won gold in the 100m breast, silver in the 50m back and bronze in the 100m I.M. and free, while Kate Rossiter-Gargan won gold in the 50m and 100m fly and bronze in the 50m free and 100m I.M.
The girls' ten and under relay team of Sophie Mahon, Helen Barry, Cáit O'Carroll and Rebecca Stavar won bronze medals in both the 100m freestyle and medley relays, while the boys' team of Thomas Francis, Charlie Bramley, Cian Bosworth and Emmet Cousins won gold medals in both their relays.
The girls' 11-12 relay team of Róisín Doyle, Kate Rossiter-Gargan, Ruby Middleton and Hannah Stavar won bronze medals in the 200m freestyle relay, and the boys' team of Páraic O'Carroll, Dillon Cousins, Beannacht He-Adley and Tadhg Hogan won silver medals in both the freestyle and medley relays.
The trophy for the overall best boy was awarded to Dillon Cousins and the best girl trophy went to Rioghna Hourihane from Enniscorthy Swim Club.
Sunday featured the last chance gala where swimmers were trying to get their Irish Division 1 and 2 times. Wexford Swim Club had lots of success stories with nine swimmers now qualified for Division 1, and two swimmers qualifying for Division 2.
Eoghan Mahon and Angelo Miculescu secured their Division 1 times in the 100m breaststroke. Darragh Sinnott secured his times in the 200m backstroke and sreaststroke, along with Dennis Miculescu in the 200m I.M.
These swimmers along with Adam Mahon, Michael Leacy, Georgina Steel, Matthew Arthur and Cameron Steel, who have already qualified, will compete in the Irish age group Division 1 and open championships in July.
Liam Devaney and Niall Reck both got qualifying times for the Division 2 championships which were held in Limerick at the end of June.
Also swimming in the last chance gala were Paddy Bramley, Eamonn Breen, Tristan Cahill, Dillon Cousins, Jesse Dempsey, Jessica Devaney, Ciarán Dunne, Jennifer Dunne, Beannacht He-Adley, Amjad Ibrahim, Seán Maddock, Sophie Mahon, David Matthews, John Matthews, Egle Matuzaite, Olivia Middleton, Sarah Murphy, Pádraic O'Carroll, Seán Reck, Hannah Stavar and Rebecca Stavar.
A big thank you to all who volunteered, coaches, committee members and parents for making the weekend so successful.
Twenty Slaney Sharks made their way to Wexford on June 13 and 14. Like the sun, the Sharks were shining with podium finishes and personal bests the order of the days.
Rioghna Hourihane also took the honour of best girl swimmer at the small fry gala for which she was awarded a commemorative plaque, a fantastic achievement.
Rioghna (12) had an incredible day, winning five silver medals and two bronze medals. Rioghna took silver in the girls 12 years 50m backstroke, 42.23 (-1.02); the 50m breaststroke, 54.46 (-3.00); the 50m butterfly, 50.90 (-4.27); the 50m freestyle, 37.51, and the 100m Individual Medley, 1.41.85.
Rioghna's bronze medals came in the 100m backstroke, 1.32.46, and the 100m breaststroke, 1.56.68. Rioghna also swam a personal best time in the 100m freestyle, 1.18.65 (-2.73).
Abi Cullen, aged nine, put in stellar performances, winning four gold medals and one silver medal. Abi won gold in the girls nine and under 100m freestyle, 1.26.84 (-1.93), a new personal best time; the 100m backstroke, 1.51.09; the 100m butterfly, 2.03.27, and the 100m Individual Medley, 1.50.85. Abi then took silver in the 100m breaststroke, 2.07.28.
It was a phenomenal day for Holly Furlong (10), winning four gold medals and one silver medal. Holly won gold in the girls ten years 100m freestyle, 1.22.99; the 100m butterfly, 1.52.98; the 100m backstroke, 1.32.62, and the 100m Individual Medley, 1.40.41. Holly then took silver in the 100m breaststroke, 1.54.76.
Eimear Doyle (12) had a very strong day's swimming, winning three gold medals and one bronze medal. Eimear won gold in the girls 12 years 50m breaststroke, 45.04; the 100m breaststroke, 1.44.37, and the 100m Individual Medley, 1.37.75. Eimear took the bronze medal in the freestyle, 1.15.04 (-0.26), a new personal best time.
Fionn Murphy (12) won a hat-trick of medals, gold, silver and bronze. Fionn took gold in the boys 12 years 50m breaststroke, 58.97. It was silver in the 50m butterfly, 46.79, and bronze in the 50m backstroke, 49.74. Fionn also swam the 100m freestyle in a new personal best time of 1.33.45 (-22.42), a very strong improvement.
Cliona Byrne (nine) also won a hat-trick of medals, taking gold, silver and bronze. Cliona took gold in the girls nine and under 50m butterfly, 56.73. It was silver in the 50m backstroke, 52.48. Cliona took the bronze medal in a new personal best time in the 100m freestyle in 1.41.31 (-18.08), a very strong swim.
Claire Whelan (nine) joined her team-mates on the podium, winning silver and bronze medals. Claire won silver in the girls nine and under 100m butterfly, 2.19.26, a great performance. It was bronze in the 100m Individual Medley, 2.06.94.
Rachel Murphy (nine) put in a very strong performance to win the silver medal in the girls nine and under 50m butterfly in a new personal best time of 57.67 (-10.19).
Rachel also swam two new personal best times in the 50m backstroke, 54.88 (-3.79), and the 50m breaststroke, 1.05.32 (-4.87).
Rachel Earle (12) took bronze in the girls 12 years 50m butterfly, 1.02.92, a great achievement. Rachel also swam four new personal best times in the 50m backstroke, 47.49 (-4.20); the 100m freestyle, 1.32.81 (-4.22); the 50m breaststroke, 58.70 (-3.05), and the 50m freestyle, 42.41 (-3.18).
Derry Mahon (eleven) also joined his team-mates on the podium, taking the bronze medal in the boys eleven years 100m freestyle, 1.30.78, a new personal best time and improvement of 6.40 seconds.
Derry also swam personal best times in the 50m breaststroke, 59.00 (-4.59); the 50m butterfly, 1.00.10 (-0.65), and the 50m freestyle, 40.51 (-8.07).
Hannah McGowan (ten) swam four personal best times: the girls ten years 50m backstroke, 51.51 (-7.29); the 50m breaststroke, 1.00.11 (-12.48); the 50m butterfly, 59.92 (-9.64), and the 50m freestyle, 44.30 (-5.29).
Hannah Fitzpatrick (ten) also swam four personal best times: the girls ten years 50m backstroke, 50.61 (-5.73); the 50m breaststroke, 1.06.59 (-8.66); the 50m butterfly, 1.00.18 (-1.55), and the 50m freestyle, 44.43 (-1.68).
Harry Nolan (eleven) swam four personal best times: the boys eleven years 50m backstroke, 56.94 (-0.23); the breaststroke, 1.02.16 (-2.15); the 50m freestyle, 49.06 (-1.36), and the 100m Individual Medley, 2.04.62 (-2.91).
Ava Byrne (eight) swam four personal best times: the girls nine and under 50m backstroke, 54.42 (-2.39); the 50m breaststroke, 1.04.62 (-0.63); the 50m butterfly, 1.01.04 (-1.28), and the 50m freestyle, 45.37 (-1.81).
Alexi Gillot (ten) swam three personal best times: the girls ten years 50m backstroke, 51.23 (-3.59); the 50m breaststroke, 59.82 (-0.75), and the 100m Individual Medley, 1.56.49 (-4.99). Riona Mahon (ten) swam two personal best times: the girls ten years 50m backstroke, 54.37 (-0.09) and the 50m butterfly, 1.01.87 (-7.94).
Jenna Kirwan (nine) swam two personal best times: the girls nine and under 50m backstroke, 57.92 (-2.20), and the 50m butterfly, 1.07.35 (-5.00).
Ailbhe Harrington (12) swam a personal best time in the girls 12 years 50m backstroke, 55.52 (-6.98).
Eva Bailey (seven) made her competitive debut for the Slaney Sharks, putting in strong performances in the girls nine and under 50m backstroke, 1.01.26, and the 50m freestyle, 1.00.97.
Turning to the Wexford last chance gala on Sunday, June 14, Holly Furlong (ten) had a second day's incredible swimming, taking a silver and bronze medal.
Holly won silver in the girls ten and under 100m backstroke, 1.29.35. Holly then took bronze in the 100m butterfly, 1.48.92, finishing off her weekend of swimming in style.
Rioghna Hourihane (12) put in an incredible swim in the girls 11-12 200m freestyle to finish in a time of 2.54.61, an incredible improvement of 30.75 seconds.
Sophie Gillot (13) Sophie put in a strong performance in the girls 13-14 100m backstroke, 1.28.70 (-2.22).
The swimmers would like to thank their coach, Liam Murphy, for his dedication to their training, gala Secretary Tracy Cullen for all her support, and the Wexford Swim Club for two days of great swimming.