THE Laois Marlins Swim Club had a skeleton squad attend the Aer Lingus Short Course Gala on 25 and 26 May. Though the squad was small, it was mighty, as the young swimmers soared to success in this Level 3 Gala, one of the last qualification chances for the Leinster Division 1 Championships and Irish Age Division two Championships.
The Laois Marlins squad was made up of five girls – Amy Bergin, Orla Colley, Caoimhe Moore, Sadhbh Moore, Daniela Ryan and four boys – Michael Bergin, Samuel Farrell, Noah Murphy and Matthew O’Sullivan.
Between them these young swimmers took part in 35 individual swims, achieved 19 personal bests and took home a total of eight medals, two gold, four silver and two bronze.
Amy Bergin (14) took the gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 200 butterfly. Michael Bergin (12) had three great swims, finishing just outside the medals in the 100m back stroke. Orla Colley (12) gave two super swims, finishing just outside the medals in the 200m back stroke.
Samuel Farrell (14) had three strong swims taking the silver in both the 200m individual medley and 200m breast stroke. Caoimhe Moore (15) had a cracking day with five superb swims, achieving the gold in 200m breast stroke, silver in the 100m breast stroke, bronze in both 50m freestyle and the 200m individual medley while finishing just outside the medals in the 100m free.
Sadhbh Moore (12) had three good swims with a super performance in the 100m butterfly achieving a personal best while Noah Murphy (15) had four good swims with a strong performance in the 100m butterfly.
Matthew O’Sullivan (10) had three very strong swims, finishing just outside the medals in the 50m free, 50m back stroke and 50m butterfly. Daniela Ryan (14) had four very strong swims with super personal bests in 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 100m back stroke.