Munster Age Groups Championship was held in University Arena, Limerick 14-15 May. Tipperary Tiger Sharks Swimming Club was proudly represented by Alice Hayes, Paddy Kennedy, Johanna O’Sullivan, Fedor Klimonov, Katie O’Flynn, Thomas O’Murchu, Ciara Ryan, Maebh Rafferty, Stephanie Deegan, Ben Hogan and Michael McCormack, supported on the day and led to this important high-standard event by coaches Norah Ni’Murchu and John Hayes.
The first day of the Championship started off with 400m Free, which brought Tiger Sharks the first medal of the Championship – silver medal was won by Fedor Klimonov in Boys 11-12 age group.
The 100m Back proved to be another medal-winning event for Tiger Sharks – Paddy Kennedy won bronze in Boys 15 age group improving his previous time by 4.97 sec. Thomas O’Murchu and Fedor Klimonov qualified for Finals and finished 7th and 8th respectively. Thomas showed good technique in preliminaries and Finals which resulted in 1.37 sec PB (Personal Best) and is just within less than two seconds of his Division 2 qualifying time. In Girls 11-12 age group Maebh Rafferty showed very steady performance swimming both laps of 50m each without slowing down. Alice Hayes swam in Girls 15 age group and came 7th in preliminaries securing a place in Finals, where she came 7th. Katie O’Flynn got a 2.85sec. PB.
Maebh Rafferty and Katie O’Flynn swam 200m Individual Medley (IM) for the first time and the girls showed very good results in 11-12 age group. Johanna O’Sullivan representing the club in Girls 13 age group improved her time by an impressive 6.29 sec. Thomas O’Murchu came 8th in Boys 11-12 age group.
The 100m Fly was the final swim of the day which brought gold to Tiger Sharks and made Fedor Klimonov Munster Champion of 2011 in 11-12 age group. Fedor came first in preliminaries showing fantastic time of 1:19 and leading the race during the whole distance, which made him very tired making it questionable for his gold in Finals. The school of John Hayes, Tiger Sharks Senior Squad Coach proved once again that it is not about how fast you swim – but how you swim fast, and Fedor pulled himself together and refused to give the leadership away to his competitors. Alice Hayes in Girls 15 age group swam in her usual confident manner coming second in the preliminaries, qualifying for Finals and finished Finals as a silver medallist of Munster Championship with terrific time 1:18 and a PB of 4.03 sec. Ciara Ryan came 9th in preliminaries qualifying for Finals where she came 9th. Stephanie Deegan, our youngest Munster Championship qualifier swam 100m Fly in 1:42 knocking a tremendous 10.43 sec off her previous time, which was a great achievement for Stephanie.
The second day of the Championship started off with 200m Free, in which Alice Hayes showed good technique coming 9th. Thomas O’Murchu was 10th in Boys 11-12 age group.
The boys’ performance in 100m Breast was very impressive, which resulted in silver medals for Tiger Sharks won by Paddy Kennedy in Boys 15 age group and Fedor Klimonov in 11-12 age group with 4.64 sec PB. Michael McCormack was just one step from the Finals coming 11th in the preliminaries with a PB of 1.49 sec. Stephanie Deegan in 11-12 age group qualified for Finals and came 10th being just less than a second off her Division 2 qualifying time.
In the 100m Free Fedor Klimonov came 6th both in preliminaries and Finals. Paddy Kennedy came 11th in Boys 15 age group and is within milliseconds of his Division 2 qualifying time. Ciara Ryan, Katie O’Flynn and Maebh Rafferty continued to show better times demonstrating nice and confident performances.
Boys 11-12 age group 200m Medley Relay was represented by Ben Hogan, Fedor Klimonov, Michael McCormack and Thomas O’Murchu. The boys’ performance was rewarded by a silver medal in this final event of Munster Age Group Championship 2011.
Tiger Sharks are now looking forward to All Ireland Age Groups National Championship which will be held at University Arena, Limerick 24-26 June and wish best of luck to our Division 2 swimmers: Alice Hayes, Fedor Klimonov and Ben Hogan.