Gold medal and yet another Irish Junior record for Longford swimmer Gerry Quinn

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Gold medal and yet another Irish Junior record for Longford swimmer Gerry Quinn

Longford Swimming Club member Gerry Quinn.

Longford swimmer Gerry Quinn is celebrating gold medal success and yet another Irish Junior record after he triumphed in the 100m Freestyle at the Irish National Short Course Swimming Championships in Lisburn earlier this evening.

The mighty Quinn was in sizzling form in the 25m format competition at Lagan Valley Leisureplex, winning the 100m freestyle in a time of 49.13 ahead of UCD’s David Prendergast in 49.61 seconds. The previous holder of the record was Calum Bain.

Coached by Ronan McNevin, Gerry also smashed an Irish Junior record on Day 1 (yesterday, Friday, December 2) of the Irish National Short Course Swimming Championships. The talented  Longford Swimming Club member finished the 400m Freestyle in 3:51.31 to take the silver medal behind Tallaght’s Brendan Hyland (3.50.72).

Earlier this year, in July, Gerry, who was recently named as Longford Young Person of the Year award winner at the Longford People of the Year awards promoted by the Midlands Simon Community and sponsored by Frank Kiernan Structural Steel Limited, performed magnificently at the European Junior Championships in Hungary, qualifying for two finals, and setting five records (three individual & two team).

RESULTS

Saturday, December 3

Men 100m Freestyle: 1st G Quinn Longford 49.13 IJR; 2nd D Prendergast UCD 49.61; 3rd C Coulter Ards 49.74

Friday, December 2

Men 400m Freestyle: 1st B Hyland Tallaght 3.50.72; 2nd G Quinn Longford 3.51.31 (IJR); 3rd J McMillan Bangor 3.51.51

Also read: Longford swimmer Gerry Quinn sends Irish swimming records tumbling in Hungary