Swimming Success for St Mel’s Students in Connaught Schools Championship

Well done to our team of swimmers who represented St Mel’s with distinction at the recent Connaught Senior Schools Swimming Championships, held in Longford during the midterm. Amyan Dzaei recorded a strong swim in the u14 100 meter Breaststroke and the other St Mel’s swimmers measured up well against the cream of Connaught, recording several personal best times on the day.


However medals are hard to come by at this level so it is our medal-winning performances that deserve special mention. Pick of the bunch was the  performance of our Senior relay team in the 200m freestyle event. The team of Alan Dzaei, Cian McCormack, Diarmuid O’Donnell and Niall Coppinger powered through the water to record a blistering time of 1 minute 52.56 seconds in securing the gold medal  for St. Mel’s. This team also got together later in the day to secure  bronze in the specialist 200m Medley Relay event.


Not to be outdone, the u14 relay team of Daniel O’Brien, Jamie Matthews, Jared Weafer and Cian Shanley also won bronze in their 200m Medley event, having being just edged into 4th place earlier in the day in the 200m Freestyle event. 


2nd Year Jamie Matthews won silver in the 100m butterfly event for u14 and with that achievement, selection on the Connaught Swim team for the upcoming Interprovincial Swim Meet.

But the top St Mel’s swimmer at this event this year was Alan Dzaei who also secured his place on the Connaught Interprovincial team by winning two silver medals – one in the 200 Individual Medley event and the other in the 400m freestyle, two very demanding events.  Congratulations to all involved.