Longford Swimming Club (LSC) member Gerry Quinn (14) struck gold not once, but four times at the Irish Age Groups Division One in Limerick last weekend. The Ballymahon Mercy Convent student sailed his way to success in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 200m backcrawl, and 100m butterfly. The precious metals didn’t stop flowing there. Gerry also scooped silver in the 200m IM (Individual Medley) and 100m backcrawl.
“I felt really happy coming home,” said Gerry, a son of Seamus Quinn and Trish Honeyman.
His LSC coach Ronan McNevin shared in the young swimmer’s joy.
“It’s a huge achievement and it’s fantastic what he’s done with the times he has achieved. They are well within world standards. He’ll be pushing for European Junior qualification next year,” said Mr McNevin.
Later this month Gerry will travel to the British Age Groups in Sheffield, England for the first time. During an intensive week of competition, which begins on July 21, Gerry will compete in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backcrawl, 200m backcrawl and 100m butterfly.
“It’ll be one of the last major swimming events before the Olympics and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Gerry.