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Bright Young Future For Open Water Swimming In Ireland

The annual Martin Duggan Memorial Swim was held on the Blackwater River at Fermoy, Ireland. Despite (or perhaps because of?!?) unfavorable conditions, 42 hardy swimmers, including 22 non-wetsuiters, took part in this 2K freshwater race.

In a great indication of a bright future, 24 of the swimmers were under the age of 18, making this the first competitive open water swim in the Republic of Ireland where more than half of the participants were under 18.

12 swimmers from New Zealand also completed the race that was won by Freddie Bassett of Auckland’s Laser Mount Eden Swim Club in 25:59.6. The Martin Duggan Memorial Shield for the Youngest Swimmer was awarded to 12-year-old Ruth Herlihy of Fermoy SC, who completed the 2K course, sans wetsuit.

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