Up-and-coming talent shone brightly at the Provinces Indoor Rowing competition in Limerick today. The fastest over the 2,000 metres on the day was a junior 18 competitor – Andrew O’Leary of Presentation College set a time of six minutes 15.1 seconds.
The best time in the men’s open category went to another competitor from a Cork club, Eamonn Joyce of Cork Boat Club. He clocked 6:15.3, while the fastest under-23 man was Ciarán O’Connell of University of Limerick, with a time of 6:31.2.
Another young competitor, Rian Claffey of Athlone set a fine time – he is a junior 16 rower, yet took just six minutes 31.9 in his win in this class.
An under-23 competitor set the fastest time for a woman. Chris Kirwan of University of Limerick Rowing Club covered the 2,000 metres in 7:07.7.
Kate Healy, also of University of Limerick, won the Open class with a time of seven minutes 10.6 seconds. Her clubmate, Roisín Mertz was her closest challenger, on 7:16.2.
Laoise Phillips of St Michael’s set the fastest time in the women’s junior 18 category – 7:32.9 – while Roisín Byrne of Offaly Rowing Club set a good time of 7:42.5 in the women’s junior 16 2,000 metres.
Pic: Andrew O’Leary with Noah Giltinan.