Two First Time Dublin Winners in Killiney
Killiney was at its beautiful best for the Dublin organised sea swim today. The tv cameras present got great shots. For the second week running both winners were Dublin SC members, however this time, both are new to the club, having just joined in recent weeks. Leading them home for the men was Brian Walsh with Mark Dunne not far back in 12th. Overall it was a strong men's team showing, coming in fourth overall, with Ger Devin (20th) and Pierre Fayolle (44th) the other two top club finishers.
Julie Ann Somers (who previously swam with ESB in open water competition), just saw off fellow club member Una Ryan in a very tight finish, but with an amazing four of the top five finishers from Dublin, the team prize was a foregone conclusion for the Dublin ladies. Sharon Pickering came in 4th, with Sharon Smith in 5th. Janice Clancy was first swimmer outside the prizes in 12th.
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134 men and 92 ladies competed - a new record number for our race - and possibly for any ladies race apart from the Harbour and Liffey. The figures 18 Dublin men and 28 Dublin ladies. With good team points scored over the weekend, the ladies are now in second place overall, just behind NAC, while the men have moved up the table in recent weeks to seventh.
Johnny and Mairin Lead them Home in Wicklow
Dublin swimmers won both the mid summer races in Wicklow today (June 29). In beautiful clear water in a point to point race, the forever young Johnny Pickering - lead home the men, while Mairin McDevitt also won the ladies race by a good margin with Tara Smith - on 'home surf' - second. Great to see many club members in both races again. Well done folks! Sets us up nicely for our own club race this coming Sunday.
Roisin Wins in Portmarnock
Roisin Kelly took first place for Dublin SC at Portmarnock on June 14. Roisin has been knocking on the door of a victory having come close previously a few times. Well done! Ensuring team prize also were other great swims from Sharon (5th), Tara (7th) and Una R (13th). The men also fielded a team and secured team points, with Tim best placed of the men.
Ceall has been swimming at the British Masters and has also secured some new Leinster records along the way.