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St.Patrick's High School Keady

Ulster School Gala - Year 9 pupils make a big splash

22nd Jan 2013

Michael Deasy, Ciaran Deasy, Mark McGeown and Oliver Fegan attended the Ulster Schools Swimming Gala in Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena on Saturday 19th January. This is a very prestigious event attracting the top swimmers from all over the North of Ireland. The boys entered two individual events each and all took part in a Medley and Freestyle relay. The boys pulled out all the stops in these races and gave 100%. The team effort was superb and the tactics of the order of swimmers took plenty of deliberation! It is participation that makes the good sports men. Mark McGeown qualified for the finals in both of his strokes, the Butterfly and the Front Crawl. He attained a fourth and fifth place respectively and has improved considerably in both disciplines, having attended the gala for the first time last year. It was brilliant to hear St Patrick’s High School, Keady called out ahead of all the Belfast Schools.

We were further delighted by Ciaran Deasy’s performance. Ciaran qualified for the finals in both the back crawl and the breast stroke. The back crawl was a new discipline for him as he usually enters the more arduous discipline of the Individual Medley where he has to perform all four strokes in succession, over a longer distance. In the final he bounced through the water with an excellent, polished technique and came second! This is not even his best stroke! By his qualifying times, he was likely to secure first place in the Breast Stroke, being known as one of the strongest contenders of breast stroke in Ireland. Unfortunately the Final of the breast stroke was called as Ciaran was getting out of the pool after his back crawl final, and breathless, he climbed onto the blocks against 5 fresh swimmers. We knew Ciaran could not be expected to match his qualifying time of 40.30s and, due to exhaustion, he only managed a time of 41s but congratulations to him in managing to still come in 3rd place. These boys were great bastions for the school. Well done Oliver, Mark, Michael and Ciaran!

 
 

Ulster School Gala - Year 9 pupils make a big splash

Ulster School Gala - Year 9 pupils make a big splash
 

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