Slider rowing season came to an end with National Rowing Championships taking place in Inniscarra Lake on 13th, 14th and 15th of July. Killorglin athletes raced over the three days of the championships with Junior 15 quad of Molly Sullivan, Zoe Hyde, Emma Murphy and Kerri Fay coxed by Katie Fay kicking of the event. Girls had a comfortable win over Skibbereen, Carrick on Shannon and Muckross Rowing Clubs, opening a significant lead from early start of the race. Girls were unbeatable at under15 level and remained at the top of the “Waterways Ireland” table in the Country.
Saturday brought about some tough racing in the small boats. Molly Sullivan and Zoe Hyde challenged some of the older athletes in the Intermediate double scull, racing hard to the line. Close finish between 4 boats struck them off qualifying spots for the final, however motivated to try again next year.
Dearbhail Ryan and Zoe Hyde raced the junior 15 single sculls later on that day, both performing exceptionally well. Zoe stuck gold in an intense race to the line, while Dearbhail finished second in another final of the singles. It is the first season of sculling for Dearbhail, with bright future ahead. Zoe will move to under 16 singles next season with confidence.
Last day of the championships brought loads of emotions for spectators and athletes of the Club with close finishes in many races. Monika Dukarska raced the Women’s Senior Single scull finishing first in the heat, reserving middle lane for the final later in the afternoon. With a strong start and tail wind blowing down the course Monika took at slight lead over other athletes. Helen Walshe of Three Castles RC however didn’t let her go so easily, pushing powerfully every stroke. It was a race between two boats, as both rowers opened 300m lead over the rest of the field. The last 500m of the race was mind blowing with Killorglin and Three Castles rower racing side by side with nothing between them. Closing stages saw Walshe and Dukarska crossing the lane together with photo finish being sought by spectators and coaches. Win unfortunately went to Walshe of Three castles with 4 hundreds of a second advantage over Dukarska. Maybe next year Monika – Third time lucky?
Similarly the Women’s Novice Quad of Molly Sullivan, Zoe Hyde, Emma Murphy and Dearbhail Ryan coxed by Katie Fay finished close second to Castleconnel Rowing Club. Girls had a tough race in the Women’s Junior 16 quad earlier that morning where Kerri Fay replaced Dearbhail Ryan, qualifying for the final in the evening. Girls showed some courage and determination, as the junior 16 quad was raced shortly after the Novice event. Girls finished fourth overall.
Big congratulations to all our athletes and medal winners at the weekend. Coastal Rowing for the summer will keep our rowers busy, with many more opportunities to win medals and perform.
It was a very successful season for both boys and girls in the Club. Well done and big thanks to all supporters and parents throughout the year.
Photos are available on KILLORGLIN ROWING facebook page.