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Saturday 21 September 2019

Bree trio make a splash

The successful Bree swimmers
The successful Bree swimmers

A trio from Bree shone at the Leinster Minor schools swimming championships.

This gala caters for athletes from the ages of seven to twelve inclusive who achieve the qualifying times, and it's the prerequisite qualifier for the Irish Minor schools championships.

Bree National School were fortunate to have three young athletes qualify. The school was represented by eight-year-old Claire Whelan, nine-year-old Abi Cullen, both from third class, and ten-year-old Holly Furlong from fourth class.

The girls travelled to Tallaght Sports Complex in Dublin on January 10 and put in a tremendous effort with excellent results.

Holly Furlong swam the girls' ten and under 50m butterfly in a personal best of 41.84, taking an impressive 4.14 seconds of her time and winning a silver medal.

She finished sixth overall in the girls' 50m freestyle where she completed the event in a time of 40.20. Holly's time for the butterfly and freestyle has qualified her to swim these events in the prestigious Irish Minor schools championships.

Abi Cullen smashed her previous record for the girls' ten and under 50m backstroke when she swam the event in 52.82, an improvement of 1.64 seconds on her previous best.

She also swam the girls' 50m freestyle where she finished the event in a time of 44.58 seconds. Abi, following her school-mate's success, also secured her place to swim the 50m backstroke in the Irish Minor schools championships.

Claire Whelan was in tremendous form when she swam personal best times in each of her events. Her first swim was the girls' nine and under 50m backstroke where she swam a time of 58.55, an incredible 2.45 seconds faster than her previous best.

She went on to compete in the girls' nine and under 50m butterfly where she finished in 1.05.90, taking another 2.95 seconds off her time to create a new personal best and put her in fifth place overall.

Congratulations to the girls on their excellent performances and achievements.

Wexford People

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