Longford swimmers strokes ahead

One of Longford’s highest achieving sports clubs has once again come into its own with two members qualifying for prestigious international competitions. Gerry Quinn (14) and Darragh Greene (16) have qualified for the British Age Group and the British Youth Group respectively.

One of Longford’s highest achieving sports clubs has once again come into its own with two members qualifying for prestigious international competitions. Gerry Quinn (14) and Darragh Greene (16) have qualified for the British Age Group and the British Youth Group respectively.

“I’ve been involved in Longford Swimming Club (LSC) for 15 years and this is the first time I’ve had anyone qualify for the British Age and the British Youth. This is a huge achievement as the qualifying times are very difficult,” said Ronan McNevin, a coach with LSC.

Darragh, a native of Longford town and a son of Brian and Ann, completed the 100m breast stroke in 1:08, qualifying over two events. Meanwhile Gerry, a son of Seamus Quinn and Trish Honeyman, completed his 100m freestyle in 0:55 over six events.

From mid-late July, Darragh and Gerry will travel to Sheffield for a week long camp and will compete with their peers in the days leading up to the opening of the London Olympics 2012.

“It is a very intensive competition with starts at 6am in the morning,” said Ronan.

He added: “ Their achievement is due to a combination of their training and their talent. They put in a lot of effort, travelling to Limerick for training etc.”

Longford Swimming Club has approximately 100 members who range in skill level from learning to competitive level. Within the top skill level there are 27 members who compete regularly in national competitions.

“We had six kids recently representing us in the National Division II in the University Arena in Limerick,” said Ronan. “Laura Kenny won second overall in her age group. Soon we will have eight swimmers taking part in the National Division I Championship in the University Arena, Limerick.”

Following this LSC will have four swimmers taking part in the Youth Division I Championship in the National Aquatic Centre, Abbottstown, Dublin.