10 September 2018
Last weekend saw Ciara McKenna continue her road trips to many different pools when she made her way to Swansea and the Welsh National Pool for the National Partnership Swimming Meet in conjunction with Mencap.
This meet gave her the opportunity to swim in the 25m pool (short course) on the Saturday and the 50m pool (long course) on the Sunday.
Ciara’s recent improvements were borne out when in the very first event, the 50m Backstroke when clocking a 2 second personal best of 1:00.75 she pocketed a well deserved silver medal.
Despite a disqualification in the 100m Individual Medley for her Butterfly arms she bounced back in the 50m Free to be just 0.3 seconds outside of her month old personal best in 52.82.
Her final event of Day 1 saw some fatigue hit home and with a pb of 1:59.46 she finished just outside the 2-minute mark but ended the day a very happy swimmer.
On day 2 the competition changed to swimming long course in the 50m version of the pool which is often harder due to the lack of turns.
Every legal swim that Ciara put up on the day was a pb as she posted 1:02.26 for the 50m backstroke, 56.81 for her 50m freestyle and 2:27.04 for the 100m backstroke in her first effort at that distance either short course or long course, to complete a immensely pleasing 2 days for the 16 year old who was also fresh from passing her year 11 exams with flying colours.