Laois Marlins were involved in two galas recently and here is a run down on how they got on:
Kilkenny Winter Gala
Laois Marlins was well represented at the Kilkenny Winter Gala with a crew of 24 swimmers, 14 girls and 10 boys.
It is a fun Gala attracting the younger swimmers wanting to gain valuable competition experience along with some more experience swimmers aiming to improve on their times.
Laois Marlins where strong competition with an impressive medal haul of 20, comprising of 5 Golds, 10 Silvers and 5 Bronze over the 38 events.
Representing the girls: Katelyn Bergin, Muireann Byrne, Fiona Carroll, Rachel Igoe, Sophie Igoe, Katie Kirwan, Chloe Kavanagh, Aoibheann Lalor, Ruby Maguire, Katie O’Connor, Aine O’Sullivan, Lily O’Meare, Freya Stanley, Lucy Sheehan.
The boys: Eli Brophy, Cillian Bergin, Calvin Carabio, Ben Holohan, Noah Murphy, Caylem McEvoy, Matthew O’Sullivan, Eric Popa, Leo Picard, Ben Wall.
National Aquatic Centre Gala
Laois Marlins put on a strong performance at the NAC Gala with a crew of 18 swimmers looking to improve their times.
With an early start in the day the team where rearing to go at the 47 event gala.
Between them the young swimmers took part in 59 individual swims, achieving 33 Personal Bests and took home a total of 11 medals, 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze.
The Laois Marlins Squad was made up of 10 girls: Diana Alastal, Nora Alastal, Lucy Brennan, Amy Bergin, Orla Colley, Toni Dolan, Klava Hayes, Lena Kaminska, Sadhbh Moore, Caoimhe Moore, and 8 boys: Eli Brophy, Micheal Bergin, Sean Donoghue, Sam Farrell, Kuba Krawczun, Cian Nugent, Ignat Sumuchov, Valera Zaharovs. All putting in very strong swims with super Persona bests.
A special mention to our medal winners, Orla Colley taking home a Gold in the 100 Butterfly and a Silver in the 200 Free, Sadhbh Moore took a gold in the 200 Butterfly, Lena Kaminska taking home 3 medals a Silver in the 200 Butterfly and 2 Bronze 100 Back and 200 Breast , Klava Hayes a Bronze in the 100 Breast, Lucy Brennan a Bronze in 100 Free, Sean Donaghue a Silver in 100 Breast, Sam Farrell a Bronze in 100 Back, Ignat Samuchov a Bronze in 100 Breast. What a great performace by Laois Marlins.