LEINSTER AGE GROUP OPEN/GRADED GALA 2016
A small group of Laois Marlins Swimmers, headed to the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin to compete in the Leinster Open Graded Gala.
There was a total of 24 swims with a total of five medals being won and 20 personal best (PB) times being achieved, more importantly every single swimmer were rewarded with a personal best time on the day.
Silver medals were won by Sadhbh Kenny-Carroll in the 200m IM, with a impressive 6.2 second PB, Grace Hayes in the 100m backstroke with a 2.3 second PB and Valera Zaharovs in the 200m backstroke with an incredible 7.05 second PB. Bronze medals were won by Sadhbh in the 100m breaststroke and Valera in the 200m freestyle.
Aoibhin McDonald one of the youngest swimmers to go, had four races and achieved personal bests in all of these races with a sensational 23.88 second PB in her 200m IM. Taylor McCormack also matched Aoibhin success and beat all her previous times in all of her four events, the 200m IM too being her best event on the day.
In the 100m back Scott Overton did an incredible 14.77 second PB, while Ben Wall did a 3.87 PB and Daniela Ryan a 4.51 second PB.
Conor Menendez was scheduled to swim but, unfortunately had to pull out due to an injury.
SWIM COACH IRINA DAWSON
The club received very sad news this week that due to personal circumstances Irina Dawson has had to retire from the club until further notice.
Irina has been with the club for the last six years and was a great asset to the club and will be very dearly missed by all the swimmers, coaches, and committee members of the club.
The club wishes Irina all the best and would love to welcome her back in the future.
MUNSTER 'A' GALA
Another Marlin girl who has had recent success in the pool is Caoimhe Moore at the Munster 'A' Gala held in Mallow, Cork.
Caoimhe was awarded the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke with a huge 6 second PB, a bronze in the 100m butterfly and came 4th in the 100m breaststroke.
LEINSTER CAP FOR CAREW
Laois Marlin Swimmer Christopher Carew (with his first Leinster cap), helped his province take a second place position ahead of Munster and Connaught in the Schools Interprovincial Finals at the NAC in Dublin.
The Mountrath Community School Student was selected on to the Leinster team when he won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Leinster Senior Schools Swimming Championships earlier this year, the first time for MCS to win a Leinster Senior Schools Swim title and only the third time for the Laois Marlins Club.
At the Interpros he swam a great 100m breaststroke and was selected for the 200m Medley relay, in which he swam the second leg with a new PB. Congratulations to Christopher.
LAOIS MARLINS TRIPLE EUROPEAN PARALYMPIC MEDALIST
Nicole Turner once again did her club extremely proud by being the only Irish Paralympic swimmer to return home from Portugal with three European medals - two silver and one bronze in the IPC European Swimming Championships.
This again being a first for the Laois Marlins Swim Club' not only to have a swimmer swim in a European event but to medal also was the icing on the cake. NIcole won her medals in the 200m IM, 100m Breaststroke and 50m butterfly.
She was voted Sportswoman of the Week by Sportswomen.ie and was praised by Minister Charles Flanagan for being a great inspiration for sport for representing the Midlands at this level at such an early age.
Nicole was asked what was the highlight of her week in Portugal, in which she replied, 'winning my first silver medal in the 200m IM on my very first day to compete. I was lying in fifth place after 100m but I pulled it back in the breaststroke and came through to silver in the last 25m of my freestyle. I was ecstatic.'
Minister Flanagan wished her continued success with her hope of being selected on to the Irish team for Rio later this year.
Nicole also received a heroes welcome from her school Colaiste Isogain in Portarlington on her return. The team for Rio will be announced on the 5th July 2016.