UCC head to Belfast for Swimming Intervarsitites
By Eamonn Doyle (Captain)
In the early hours of Friday morning, UCC Swimming Club, represented by a squad of 26 swimmers departed UCC campus to make their way through the long journey north to Queens University Belfast. There, we would meet our tough competition to battle it out for success at the 2019 Student Intervarsity competition. With us, we brought a great squad of representatives – a larger squad than last year – and high hopes as we have seen tremendous dedication and massive improvements from our members in the past few months. The entire journey up to QUB was abuzz with excitement to hop into the pool and get going.
The competition kicked off at 4pm Friday evening, where UCC faced fierce competition from the nine other highly competitive clubs across the country. Our coach, and club president, Tom Cross asked for just one thing from us: improvement from our 7th place finish overall from last year. And it’s safe to say we delivered on that request!
First up was Georgia Melliotte, a first-year nutritional sciences student and one of our standout swimmers of the gala. She got us off to a great start, with winning UCC our first points on the board with a 5th place finish in the 50m freestyle final. She wasn’t done just then as she swam her way to a brilliant second-place finish in the 100m breaststroke, which was followed closely by Aoife Mc Mahon in 4th (1st year Med). Moving onto the 100m Backstroke, it was Aobhna Buckely’s turn to make her mark. She secured her 3rd place position in a time of 1min 17.46 seconds, a Personal Best and a bronze medal to boot.
Seeing the UCC girls doing so well, the guys decided to get involved and add a few more points on the board. Ross McCauliffe (First Year BIS) sailed home to gold, with a first place win in the 100 backstroke, and Adam O’ Cellaigh (Second Year BIS) following close behind in third place. Ross and Adam both continued their excellent form in the 50m Backstroke final with Ross touching in at second place and Adam in fifth, both lads adding onto UCC’s already growing points tally. UCC’s great work was kept up nicely by Ronan Fahy (Second Year Arts), placing fifth in the 50 freestyle.
Across the Board, UCC was represented extremely well both in heats and finals, will both medals and Personal Bests for the team. Everyone who competed did themselves, their club and UCC proud should be delighted at their performance. The highlight of the weekend was when the overall results came out with UCC ending up in an overall Fourth place position, which is a massive improvement on last year! We would just like to say a big thank you to all our swimmers throughout the year, and to our coaches Tom Cross and Diarmuid Herlihy.