Irish Indoor Rowing Championship is a success
The Irish Indoor Rowing Championships took place in the University of Limerick over the weekend with UCC Rowing Club topping the tables at the event. The annual indoor rowing event consists of a selection of race distances from 500m to 2km or team relays taking place on a rowing erg machine.
Eight UCC athletes competed in the 2km sprint race on Saturday. An impressive performance started the day off by the promising pair Aifric Keogh and Emily Hegarty, who both proved their strength winning silver and gold in their categories respectively. Hegarty and Keogh made history during the summer as they qualified an Ireland women’s pair for an A Final at World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv.
Tara Hanlon, who also represented Ireland over the Summer at the World U23 Rowing Championship in Poznan, followed up with another fantastic performance, adding to UCC medal count with bronze in the Women’s U23 group. After a successful morning for the club, eyes turned to Olympic and World Champion Paul O’Donovan, who set a new Irish record of 6:06.2 in the Lightweight Men’s Open category, 10.9 seconds ahead of the next contender.
In the lightweight U23 Men’s category, Hugh Sutton’s hard work and training paid off as he took the gold while earning himself a new personal best of 06.22.4. The club’s Vice Captain, David Breen, was up next and won a bronze medal for his impressive time of 06.11.8 in the Men’s U23 bracket. UCC Quercus scholar, Aoife Casey was the last to compete for the club on the day and put in an outstanding performance, winning gold in the Lightweight U23 Women’s event at a time of 07:23.7. This brought the club’s total wins to an outstanding seven medals, up 4 on last years count, a marker of the clubs recent progress. The club was also awarded the title of Best Overall Club at the event.
UCC Rowing has continued to grow in both size and success this academic year. The clubs proximity to the national rowing centre in Farran and growing support from universities allowing student athletes to pursue sport while also pursuing a degree has definitely helped rowing in the Cork region to flourish. The club’s focus will now shift to the rowing Intervarsity taking place in Lough Rynn in Co. Leitrim, which is sure to be another proud day to wear the Skull and Crossbones.