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In Pictures: Laois Marlins feature well at Leinster Division 1 Swimming Championships

Laois Marlins Swimming Club achieved super results at the Leinster Division 1 Championships on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Leinster Championship is a three Day Level 4 Long Course Gala, which takes place at the National Aquatic Centre each year.

This Gala is only open to the top swimmers in the Leinster region, who have achieved qualifying times.

The format of this type of Gala is that the heats of the various races are run throughout the day, with only the fastest ten swimmers of each event making the final, with all the finals being held in the evening.

To say the competition was hot, was an understatement with many of the top young swimmers in Ireland taking part in the event.

Plus, as it was one of just two long course galas left until Irish Age Division 1 Championships in July, it was one of the last opportunities to acquire those coveted IAG Division 1 Times.

Laois Marlins were well represented at the event with 23 swimmers qualified, 13 Girls and 10 Boys.

The Girls were as follows: Nora Alastal, Amy Bergin, Lucy Brennan, Orla Colley, Toni Dolan, Sophie Igoe, Lena Kaminska, Caoimhe Moore, Sadhbh Moore, Sinead Ni Chuinn, Katie O’Connor, Daniela Ryan, and Jessica Zhigulskaya.

The Boys were as follows: Samuel Bourke-Carey, Sean Donoghue, Samuel Farrell, Kuba Krawczun, Conor Menendez, Cian Nugent, Scott Overton, Ignat Samuchov, Ben Wall and Sean Zou.

These Young Swimmers took part in a total of 139 individual swims between them, achieving 66 Personal Bests, reaching 16 Finals, and achieving two Leinster Division 1 Medals.

Marlins Swimmers collectively achieved a total of 51 Irish Age Division 2 Times, and three Irish Age Division 1 Times, meaning that Laois Marlins Swimming Club will now 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 the Moore Sisters who achieved medals – Sadhbh Moore took the Silver Medal in the 200m Butterfly in her age group and Caoimhe Moore took the Bronze Medal, again in 200m Fly in her age group.

Two swimmers achieved IAG Division 1 times – Samuel Bourke-Carey achieved IAG Division 1 in both the 100m and 200m Breast Stroke and Kuba Krawczun who achieved IAG Division 1 in the 50m Freestyle.

Kuba Krawczun, Sam Farrell, Samuel Bourke-Carey, Conor Menendez, Daniela Ryan, Nora Alastal, Jessica Zhigulskaya, Lucy Brennan, Orla Colley and Lena Kaminska.
Samuel Bourke-Carey, Kuba Krawczun, Ben Wall & Sean Donoghue
Front Row – Ignat Samuchov
Sadhbh Moore and Caoimhe Moore
Sean Donoghue, Conor Menendez, Sam Farrell, Ignat Samuchov, Samuel Bourke-Carey & Kuba Krawczun
Lucy Brennan, Sinead Ni Chuinn, Toni Dolan, Amy Bergin, Caoimhe Moore, Daniela Ryan, Lena Kaminska,
Front Row – Sadhbh Moore and Katie O’Connor
Lucy Brennan, Amy Bergin, Lena Kaminska, Toni Dolan, Caoimhe Moore and Nora Alastal
Front – L to R – Katie O’ Connor & Sadhbh Moore
Sadhbh Moore and Caoimhe Moore
Head Coach Padraic Dolan, Kuba Krawczun, Conor Menendez, Sam Farrell, Caoimhe Moore, Lucy Brennan, Toni Dolan, Cian Nugent, Scott Overton, Sean Donoghue, and Samuel Bourke-Carey

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.