Great weekend for Wicklow Swimming Club at Curracloe

It was another fantastic weekend for Wicklow Swimming Club at the Leinster Open Sea Races as Charlie Brennan and Damian Leonard provided a brace for the club in the Men’s Tracie Lawlor Memorial Cup at Curracloe in Wexford.

Starting with a handicap of 10 minutes and 45 seconds, Charlie passed 61 swimmers, clocking 23:56 over the 1,600m course to lift the Wexford Masters Swimming Club trophy with the fourth fastest time of the day.

Some 16 seconds later, teammate Damian held off Templeogue Swim Club’s Sean Brett by just eight seconds to complete that one-two for Wicklow.

In the women’s race, Maebhe Connolly was Wicklow’s top finisher, defying a 7:30 handicap to finish 14th. Roisin Hennessy, Mary Burbage, Sophie Leonard and Paula Kristiansen also made the top 40 out of 83.

Back home on Sunday, the club’s Rocky Newsome Memorial Cup was won in a thrilling final by Margaret Kavanagh, who battled her sister Caitriona O’Dwyer all the way to the pier. Michael Canavan finished third.

The Junior Challenge was won by Roisin Donelon, with Charlotte Downey second and Ewan Lennox third, while Aoife Treanor finished best of 18 in the Coello Cup and Stephen Bell won the BC Sports Youth Cup.

The Wicklow Swimming Club Flood Bay Relay and Conway Cup races scheduled for this Sunday have been postponed due to the death of club supporter Johnny Flood.