Laois Marlins members were out in force at the Leinster Schools ‘B’ swimming finals in Tallaght, with 12 members participating, and taking a grand haul of 11 medals.
The McMahon siblings Zara and Conor, who attend Emo NS, won one gold and one silver each; gold in fly for Zara and silver in breaststroke, gold in fly for Conor and silver in free. Gold and silver also went to Ryan Flynn, Barnashrone NS, for free and backstroke respectively.
Faith Bennett, Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, won two silver medals in back and fly, while her classmate Sinead Quinn also brought home two medals, silver for breaststroke and bronze for back. A third classmate, Ami Pretorious, was unlucky not to medal as she shaved a combined total of 13 seconds off previous PBs in back and fly.
Her brother Jacques was also just outside the medals coming fourth in fly and fifth in breast. Isabelle Lohan also from Gaelscoil Phortlaoise won bronze in fly. Ailbhe Quinn, was placed in the top 10 in back and free.
Alice Carew, Timahoe NS, recorded PBs in breaststroke and freestyle, as did her classmates Cliodhna Molloy (back and free) and Aoife Doyle (fly and free). Notably these girls encouraged four other students from their school to compete - Roisin Dunne, Niamh Doyle, Katelyn Doyle and Thomas Duff - all of whom swam exceptionally well, and have already booked a trial to become club members.