Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Noah Murphy, Micheál Bergin, Sam Farrell, Valera Zaharovs, Louise Hartnett and Orla Colle with Padraic Dolan (Head Coach)

LAOIS Marlins Swimming Club produced great results at the Leinster Division 1 Championships held over three days at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

This gala is open to swimmers from the Leinster region who achieved highly competitive qualifying times. It is a level 4 gala held in a 50 metre pool with heats for the individual events run through the day qualifying the top 10 swimmers in each event for the finals run on the same evening.

The medals are then awarded to the 3 fastest swimmers in their event. The level of athletes competing in this championship is breath taking with many swimmers achieving exceptionally fast times at national level.

Laois Marlins swimmers where well represented with 22 mambers participating, 12 Girls and 10 Boys.

Competing for the girls were Amy Bergin, Lucy Brennan, Orla Colley, Louise Hartnett, Klava Hayes, Aoife Hendley, Sophie Igoe, Chloe Kavanagh, Aoibheann Lalor, Yasmin Lewis, Sadhbh Moore, and Katie O’Connor.

Representing the boys were Micheal Bergin, Jack Brennan, Eli Brophy, Sam Farrell, Alex Hooney, Noah Murphy, Matthew O’Sullivan, Robert Roe, Ignat Samuchov, and Valera Zaharovs.

These young swimmers took part in a total of 126 individual swims between them, achieving 55 personal bests, reaching 22 finals, and winning 10 Leinster Division 1 medals.

The new personal best times achieved at this championship have resulted in 17 Marlins’ swimmers now qualified for competitions a national level. This means that Laois Marlins Swimming Club will be represented both at the Irish Age Division 2 Championships in Limerick at the beginning of July and the Irish Age Division 1 Championships in The NAC at the end of July.

A special mention to Aoife Hendley who won three gold medals in the 50m Free, 400m Free and 200m Free as well as a bronze in 100m Back in her age group and Katie O’Connor who won in 200m Fly and 1500m Free in her age group and was third in 100m Fly.

Ignat Samuchov was second and received a silver medal for 200m Breast while Louise Harnett took a silver medal in 100m Breast and a bronze in 50m Breast. Congratulations to the girls’ relay team of Louise Hartnett, Klava Hayes, Sadhbh Moore and Katie O’Connor for achieving a second place in 800m Free Relay.

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