Castleconnell Sprints Regatta 6th May 2017

Killorglin rowers come out on top with eight wins at the Castleconnell Sprints Regatta on Saturday, the 6th of May. The event took place on the River Shannon over 500 meters 5-lane buoyed course with races taking place every 5 minutes.

The first win went to Laoise Murphy and Airida Mateviciute in the Women’s Junior 12 double. The girls took a lead with three boat lengths advantage over two Castleconnell crews.

The Women’s Junior 18 quad was next. The crew of Rhiannon O’Donoghue, Molly O’Grady, Anna Tyther and Katie Boyle, coxed by Mara Treacy, showed a very strong and dominant performance winning with half of a boat length lead over Workmen’s Rowing Club in second.

Sean Houlihan won the Men’s Junior 18 single scull, taking a break from the books in preparation for his Leaving Cert examination and making a statement that he is the one to watch in 2018. Sean has another season in this age category.

Killorglin girls took all Junior 16 sculling titles.

The first win went to Rhiannon O’Donoghue in the Women’s Junior 16 single.

Rhiannon and Anna Tyther teamed up in the Women’s Junior 16 double, winning the race convincingly.

Mara Treacy and Molly O’Grady joined the pair in the Women’s Junior 16 quad, bagging a third medal in this age category.

Airida Mateviciute took to the water later in the afternoon in the Women’s Junior 14 single winning the race against much older competitors. Airida’s length and feel for the boat pays dividends.

The Women’s Junior 15 quad of Alanna Dolan, Airida Mateviciute, Emma Houlihan, Katie Boyle and coxed by Mara Treacy, were also victorious. The girls had a two boat lengths advantage over Lee, Carlow, Fermoy and Colaiste Iognaid boat clubs.

Michael Sheahan and Nathan Houlihan raced their first regatta,a performing well in the Men’s Club double and the Men’s Club quad joined by Sean Houlihan and Michael O’Connor.

Orla McCarthy, Eimear O’Donovan, Molly O’Grady and Emma Houlihan also raced well in the Women’s Club quad missing out on a win by a short margin.

Big well done to all the athletes for their performances at the weekend. It was a very rewarding event for the work put into training by rowers and coaches.

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