2019 SWIM RESULTS
  • 2019 SWIM RESULTS

2019 Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim Results

The morning was overcast with a slight NW breeze blowing which was against the swimmers as they left the beach at Aughinish. This meant that the solo and the first relay swimmers were swimming into the waves making sighting difficult. The wind then backed Westerly and increased to a Force 4+ ( 12 – 16 Knots) for the duration of the swim. High tide in Aughinish was at 8.30am with peak tidal flow from 10.30am – 12.30pm creating wind against tide conditions during the swim as the tide dropped. This along with a spring tide (3.2 metre tidal range) resulted in very challenging conditions and greater than 1 metre wave heights in the middle of the bay. Swim times were therefore slower than recent years due to the challenging conditions during this year’s swim.

144 swimmers crossed Galway Bay, (49 solo swimmers, 31 relay teams (95 relay team swimmers) – a new record! This included one swimmer who swam from from Galway to Clare and back!

  • Date: July 20th, 2019
  • Swim Start Time: 8.30am (Wave 1), 9.00am (Wave 2), 09.30am (Wave 3), 10.00am (Wave 4)
  • Wind Direction: NW until approx 9.30am and then backed Westerly for the duration of the swim.
  • Wind Speed: 12 – 16 Knots (Force 4) for the duration of the swim – strongest from 10.30am onwards.
  • Wave Height: 1.0 – 1.5 Metres
  • Air Temperature: 17C – 20C
  • Sea Temperature: 17C
  • Rain – None at sea but a passing shower visible over Galway.
  • High Tide: 08.06am (4.5m)
  • Low Tide:  02:00pm (1.3m)
  • Tidal Range: 3.2m (Note tidal range in 2018 was 2.4m)
  • Wind and Wave Height, Air and Sea Water Temperature from Irish Lights Spiddal wave buoy (https://www.digitalocean.ie/Dashboard/Galway)

2019 Results - Table 1 is for Solo swimmers and scroll down to Table 2 for Relay swimmers.

NUMBER NAME SURNAME SOLO CATEGORY TOGS / WETSUIT TIME COMMENT RESIDENCE
1 Courtney McDermott Female Togs 3.16 1st Female Togs IRL
2 Neil Naughton Male Wetsuit 3.29 1st Male Wetsuit USA
3 Joanne Flanagan Female Wetsuit 3.30 1st Female Wetsuit IRL
4 Gerry O’Donnell Male Wetsuit 3.43 2nd Male Wetsuit IRL
5 Linda Clarke Female Togs 3.46 2nd Female Togs IRL
6 Eoin Mooney Male Wetsuit 3.47 3rd Male Wetsuit IRL
7 Brian Lane Male Togs 3.56 1st Male Togs IRL
8 Stephen Kelleher Male Wetsuit 3.58 IRL
8 Ronan Mc Guire Male Wetsuit 3.58 IRL
10 Jonathan Gibson Male Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
11 Adrian Clarke Male Wetsuit 4.12 IRL
12 Darren Kelly Male Wetsuit 4.13 IRL
13 John O’ Sullivan Male Togs 4.14 2nd Male Togs IRL
14 Eimear Tummon Female Wetsuit 4.16 2nd Female Wetsuit IRL
15 Nigel Plummer Male Wetsuit 4.17 IRL
16 Francisco Sanchez Male Wetsuit 4.25 SPAIN
17 Deirdre King Female Togs 4.27 3rd Female Togs IRL
18 John Newell Male Wetsuit 4.39 IRL
19 Peter Casey Male Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
20 Andrew Ainley Male Wetsuit 4.43 UK
20 Stephen Tummon Male Togs 4.43 3rd Male Togs IRL
22 Ashlie Schweitzer Female Wetsuit 4.44 3rd Female Wetsuit IRL
23 Denise Dolan Female Wetsuit 4.50 IRL
23 Roisin Kelly Female Togs 4.50 IRL
23 Olaf O Neill Male Wetsuit 4.50 IRL
23 Kate Varley Female Wetsuit 4.50 UK
27 William O’ Connor Male Wetsuit 4.52 IRL
27 Deirdre O’Raw Female Wetsuit 4.52 IRL
29 Darren Coyle Male Wetsuit 4.55 IRL
30 Mark Dwyer Male Wetsuit 4.56 IRL
31 Tim Scarry Male Wetsuit 5.04 IRL
32 Cormac Nicholson Male Wetsuit 5.06 IRL
33 Lia O’Flaherty Female Wetsuit 5.12 IRL
34 William Johnstone Male Wetsuit 5.13 IRL
35 Julie-Ann Lyons Female Togs 5.23 IRL
36 Christina Hyland Female Togs 5.24 IRL
36 Orla McCallion Female Wetsuit 5.24 IRL
38 Cathal Curtis Male Wetsuit 5.26 IRL
39 Sue Redmond Female Wetsuit 5.39 IRL
40 Michael Flannelly Male Togs 5.40 IRL
40 Joe Kennelly Male Togs 5.40 IRL
42 Darragh Foley Male Togs 5.57 IRL
43 Barry Reddan Male Wetsuit 5.59 IRL
44 Desmond Broaders Male Wetsuit 6.03 IRL
45 Majella Scanlan Female Wetsuit 6.04 IRL
46 Michael O’Connor Male Wetsuit 6.21 IRL
47 Misty Plotner Female Wetsuit 6.27 IRL
48 Maria Burke Female Wetsuit 6.35 IRL
48 Garret O’Neill Male Wetsuit 6.35 IRL
Other Niamh Johnston Female Wetsuit 7.44 (3.05 + 4.39) Galway to Clare AND BACK IRL
NUMBER NAME SURNAME RELAY TEAM NAME TOGS / WETSUIT TIME COMMENT RESIDENCE
1 Brian Coll Relay 77 – Coll Family Relay + Riana Wetsuit 3.57 1st Relay Wetsuit IRL
1 Deirdre Coll Relay 77 – Coll Family Relay + Riana Wetsuit 3.57 1st Relay Wetsuit USA
1 Enda Coll Relay 77 – Coll Family Relay + Riana Wetsuit 3.57 1st Relay Wetsuit IRL
1 Riana Parsons Relay 77 – Coll Family Relay + Riana Wetsuit 3.57 1st Relay Wetsuit IRL
2 Caroline Doorly Relay 87 – Ebb & Flow Wetsuit 4.13 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
2 Aisling Lynch Relay 87 – Ebb & Flow Wetsuit 4.13 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
2 Caitriona Lynch Relay 87 – Ebb & Flow Wetsuit 4.13 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
2 Sarah Lynch Relay 87 – Ebb & Flow Wetsuit 4.13 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
3 Ruth Molloy Relay 85 Wetsuit 4.25 3rd Relay Wetsuit IRL
3 Orla Carey Relay 85 Wetsuit 4.25 3rd Relay Wetsuit IRL
4 Noel Carrick Relay 86 – The Carrick Clan Wetsuit 4.27 IRL
4 Leon Carrick Relay 86 – The Carrick Clan Wetsuit 4.27 IRL
4 Natasha Carrick Relay 86 – The Carrick Clan Wetsuit 4.27 IRL
5 Barry Wrafter Relay 89 – Here Come The Buoys Wetsuit 4.29 IRL
5 Alan O Sullivan Relay 89 – Here Come The Buoys Wetsuit 4.29 IRL
6 Sinead O’Beirne Relay 84 – Purple Porpoise Wetsuit 4.33 IRL
6 Catherine O Beirne Relay 84 – Purple Porpoise Wetsuit 4.33 IRL
7 David Sheil Relay 74 – Team ill prepared Wetsuit 4.40 IRL
7 Marie Sheil Relay 74 – Team ill prepared Wetsuit 4.40 IRL
8 Lorna Byrne Relay 76 – LongDistance Relay-Tionship Wetsuit 4.41 UK
8 Ricky Byrne Relay 76 – LongDistance Relay-Tionship Wetsuit 4.41 IRL
8 Becca Mc Loughlin Relay 76 – LongDistance Relay-Tionship Wetsuit 4.41 IRL
8 Greg Byrne Relay 76 – LongDistance Relay-Tionship Wetsuit 4.41 IRL
9 Colm O’Donnellan Relay 67 – Silver Sharks Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
9 Hugh O’Donnellan Relay 67 – Silver Sharks Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
9 Mark Gantly Relay 67 – Silver Sharks Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
9 Paddy Quinlan Relay 67 – Silver Sharks Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
10 Cathal Hanly Relay 78 – Muinteoiri ag Snamh Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
10 Fionnuala Heron Relay 78 – Muinteoiri ag Snamh Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
10 Fearghal Morgan Relay 78 – Muinteoiri ag Snamh Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
10 Joe Tummon Relay 78 – Muinteoiri ag Snamh Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
11 Jackie Lillis Relay 88 – Use it or Lose it Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
11 Ann Heskin Relay 88 – Use it or Lose it Wetsuit 4.42 IRL
12 Annmarie Leonard Relay 80 – Galway Girls Wetsuit 4.44 IRL
12 Deirdre Mc Grath Relay 80 – Galway Girls Wetsuit 4.44 IRL
12 Claire Mulholland Relay 80 – Galway Girls Wetsuit 4.44 IRL
12 Mary Waters Relay 80 – Galway Girls Wetsuit 4.44 IRL
13 Lyn Jullien Relay 79 – Sea Hawks Wetsuit 4.50 IRL
13 Laura Griffin Relay 79 – Sea Hawks Wetsuit 4.50 IRL
13 Hillary Jennings Relay 79 – Sea Hawks Wetsuit 4.50 IRL
14 Mary McCloskey Relay 72 – The Serious Sea Monkeys Wetsuit 4.53 IRL
14 John Cloonan Relay 72 – The Serious Sea Monkeys Wetsuit 4.53 IRL
14 Susan Carroll Relay 72 – The Serious Sea Monkeys Wetsuit 4.53 IRL
15 Seamie Hayes Relay 71 – Team Corrib Relay Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
15 Ronan Hartley Relay 71 – Team Corrib Relay Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
15 Darragh Kirrane Relay 71 – Team Corrib Relay Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
15 Mark Francis Relay 71 – Team Corrib Relay Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
16 Esther Ni Chonghaile Relay 82 – GB 19 Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
16 Olive O Connor Relay 82 – GB 20 Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
16 Sinead Cawley Relay 82 – GB 21 Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
16 Michael Mc Loughlin Relay 82 – GB 22 Wetsuit 4.54 IRL
17 Maeve Tonge Relay 68 – Super Splashers Wetsuit 4.56 IRL
17 Hilda Lally Relay 68 – Super Splashers Wetsuit 4.56 IRL
17 Barry Coll Relay 68 – Super Splashers Wetsuit 4.56 IRL
17 Hazel Greene Relay 68 – Super Splashers Wetsuit 4.56 IRL
18 Nicola McNicholas Relay 81 – Wild Atlantic Dolphins Wetsuit 5.00 IRL
18 Ciara Smyth Relay 81 – Wild Atlantic Dolphins Wetsuit 5.00 IRL
18 Suzanne Persad Relay 81 – Wild Atlantic Dolphins Wetsuit 5.00 IRL
19 Lisa Vaughan Relay 83 – Banner Beauties Wetsuit 5.10 IRL
19 Deirdre NI Ghabhann Relay 83 – Banner Beauties Wetsuit 5.10 IRL
19 Claire Thynne Relay 83 – Banner Beauties Wetsuit 5.10 IRL
19 Mark Lewis Relay 83 – Banner Beauties Wetsuit 5.10 IRL
20 Liam Power Relay 73 – Salthill Seadogs Wetsuit 5.15 IRL
20 Laura Darby Relay 73 – Salthill Seadogs Wetsuit 5.15 IRL
21 Eliza McLaughlin Relay 65 – Fish out of Water Wetsuit 5.19 IRL
21 Orlaith O Brien Relay 65 – Fish out of Water Wetsuit 5.19 IRL
21 Marlou Kennedy Relay 65 – Fish out of Water Wetsuit 5.19 IRL
21 Nicola Lyons Relay 65 – Fish out of Water Wetsuit 5.19 IRL
22 Fiona Monaghan Relay 66 – Wild Atlantic Waterbabies Wetsuit 5.20 IRL
22 Linda Nally Relay 66 – Wild Atlantic Waterbabies Wetsuit 5.20 IRL
23 Kevin Clery Relay 59 – Better Late than Never Wetsuit 5.24 IRL
23 Seb Locteau Relay 59 – Better Late than Never Wetsuit 5.24 IRL
23 Maurice Boyle Relay 59 – Better Late than Never Wetsuit 5.24 IRL
24 Ruth Staunton Relay 75 – Little and Large Wetsuit 5.36 IRL
24 Ian Reidy Relay 75 – Little and Large Wetsuit 5.36 IRL
25 Gerry Purcell Relay 69 – Salthill Rotary Club Wetsuit 5.37 IRL
25 Anita Murphy Relay 69 – Salthill Rotary Club Wetsuit 5.37 IRL
25 Pat Quinlan Relay 69 – Salthill Rotary Club Wetsuit 5.37 IRL
26 Cate Crowe Relay 61 – Marrowmatch Wetsuit 5.44 IRL
26 Elaine Hall Relay 61 – Marrowmatch Wetsuit 5.44 IRL
26 Emer O Leary Relay 61 – Marrowmatch Wetsuit 5.44 IRL
27 Orla Curran Relay 62 – The Double O’s Wetsuit 5.49 IRL
27 Orla Murray Relay 62 – The Double O’s Wetsuit 5.49 IRL
28 Tony Canavan Relay 60 – The MidGeTs Wetsuit 6.09 IRL
28 Michael Canavan Relay 60 – The MidGeTs Wetsuit 6.09 IRL
28 Ger Cullen Relay 60 – The MidGeTs Wetsuit 6.09 IRL
29 Ruth Kiernan Relay 63 – Lions Tamers Wetsuit 6.27 IRL
29 Carmel Coyne Relay 63 – Lions Tamers Wetsuit 6.27 IRL
29 Lynne O’Loughlin Relay 63 – Lions Tamers Wetsuit 6.27 IRL
30 Miriam Hanney Relay 64 – Blackrock Swimmers Wetsuit 6.28 IRL
30 Gerry O Callaghan Relay 64 – Blackrock Swimmers Wetsuit 6.28 IRL
30 Sybil Curley Relay 64 – Blackrock Swimmers Wetsuit 6.28 IRL
30 Ciaran Walsh Relay 64 – Blackrock Swimmers Wetsuit 6.28 IRL
31 Debbie Flynn Relay 70 – Debbie and Colin Wetsuit 7.19 IRL
31 Colin Heneghan Relay 70 – Debbie and Colin Wetsuit 7.19 IRL