Busy start to season for Laois Marlins

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Busy start to season for Laois Marlins

Coaches Valerie Gildea & Padraic Dolan with Laois Marlin Swimmers at the Nenagh Swimming Gala.

Laois Marlins swim club have been very busy at the start of their swimming season for 2016/2017. Since getting back into the swing of training sessions they have attended three galas to date.

Nenagh Neptune Swimming Short Course Gala 2016

This gala was attended by nineteen swimmers and consisted of swimmers in the age groups of U-8, 9-10 and 11-12. They covered sixty-six swims and between them accumulated 34 medals in total and were merited with eighteen gold medals, eleven silver and five bronze.

There was only one swimmer in the U-8 category, Riona Nugent, for the girls and to say this was Riona’s first gala, she finished an incredible 6th and 8th in her 50m Breast stroke and 50m Freestyle.
In the girls age 9 to 10 years events, there were seven swimmers. Lucy Brennan had great swims and medalled in every one of her races, 100m Free and 100m Breast, she won gold in both and a silver in the 50m back with an impressive personal best time (46.91).

Aoife Cuddy, and Sadhbh Moore, also had good swims in the 50m Back, both managing to achieve personal best times. Lucy Donoghue swam a good race and came 6th overall. Orla Colley, Aoife Cuddy, Eimear and Orlagh Gildea, all swam in the 50m freestyle with good personal best times and all finishing in top twenty for their age group.

In the girls age 11-12 events, Amy Bergin made two impressive personal best times in two of her events and 6th was her best place finishing. Anna Keane swam two events and finished in the top thirteen for her age group, this was good swimming by all the girls for the start of the season.

Shauna Dunne and Caoimhe Moore had an exceptional performance and both swam in five events, medalling in most of them with good personal best times. Shauna won two gold medals and three silver and Caoimhe won two gold and two bronze. Daniela Ryan competed in three events and shone in her butterfly. She achieved personal best times in all three events and won silver in the 100m fly and bronze in the 50m fly.

Fionn Cuddy was the only boy to represent the Marlins in the U-8s category, in his first gala, and he swam extremely well in his two events, 50m free and 50m breast stroke. He won gold and silver medals. Again, in the aged 9 to 10 category there was only one swimmer Conor McMahon who had a brilliant performance, winning gold in all of his seven events.

Cian Nugent, achieved all personal best times bar two in five of his events and also medalled in all of them, winning two gold and three silver. Valera Zaharovs and Gary Young O’Shea competed in five events and Valera won two gold medals in the 100m fly, 50m back and won silver in the 100m back stroke. He also, achieved two personal best times.

Gary won bronze in the 100m back and silver in the 50m fly with a personal best time. Noah Murphy competed in one event in the 50m freestyle and this was his very first gala, he too had a good swim.
Valerie Gildea, Laois Marlins swim coach quoted on the day, said “the future looks very bright for Laois Marlins with the youngsters coming through, with great inspiration from the older more experienced swimmers.”

Leinster Short Course Championships 2016 - Provincial Podium Place for Laois Marlins

Laois Marlins earned their first ever podium place at a senior provincial open event last weekend when Christopher Carew stepped up to take bronze in the 100m Breaststroke Finals, at the Leinster Short Course Championships.

This was an Open event, where swimmers, regardless of age, were seeded according to their times, which could result in a 12 year old competing against a 22 year old.

Understandably then the Qualification Times are difficult to achieve, and a total of six Laois Marlins earned the honour of representing their club at the prestigious provincial event.

The young Laois swimmers, the eldest of whom is 16, shared the NAC pool with top names in the swimming world such as collegiate swimmers Brendan Hyland, Ben Griffin and Andrew Meegan. All six swimmers achieved impressive personal bests and one swimmer qualified for finals on both afternoons.

The youngest Marlin Caoimhe Moore was very impressive at her Leinster Open. She recorded a massive three-second PB in 100m IM as well as a top thirty finish in 200m Breast.

Sean Donoghue achieved an incredible twelve second cumulative PB total in his five events, with four seconds coming off his 100m Free.

Christian Kenny-Carroll also had a great gala with two very strong PBs as well as two top thirty finishes. Ryan Flynn secured a top twenty finish in the 10m Fly with a strong PB, as well as a one second PB and a top thirty finish in the 50m Free.

Aideen Barry had strong swims in the 100m Fly and 100m IM and finished in the top twenty in the 50m Breast.

Christopher Carew took bronze in the 100m Breast with a lifetime best time of 1:11.03. He also qualified for the 50m Breast Skins Finals where he finished a very strong fifth. He was first reserve for the 200m IM Finals, after a strong PB and was second reserve for the 200m Breast Finals.

Head Coach, Padraic Dolan said. “This was an excellent short course championship and showed impressive swimming by our experienced Laois Marlins’ senior swimmers. A huge congratulations has to be given to Christopher on the day for swimming fantastically well.”

Leinster Graded Gala Nov 2016

The Leinster Graded Gala took place in the National Aquatic Centre and Laois Marlins were represented by twenty-three swimmers from both the Junior and Senior Squads.

No medals are won at this gala but wrist bands are given to swimmers who achieve their next grade, many of our swimmers moved two or three grades on the day and all received bands.

The swimmers that competed on the day were Amy Bergin, Lucy Brennan, Toni Dolan, Katie Donoghue, Sean Donoghue, Shauna Dunne, Ryan Flynn, Eimear Gildea, Orlagh Gildea, Gavin Graham, Daniala Hauryk, Grace Hayes, Christian Kenny-Carroll, Sadhbh Kenny-Carroll, Taylor McCormack, Caoimhe Moore, Sadhbh Moore, Jordan Overton, Scott Overton, Daniela Ryan, Eve Tarpey, Leah Tarpey and Valera Zaharovs.

In the 100m Individual Medley, Amy, Toni, Shauna, Eimear, Orlagh, Grace, Taylor and Valera achieved personal best times of four seconds or more. In the 50m and 100m backstroke, Lucy, Toni, Sean, Ryan, Eimear, Grace, Taylor, Scott and Valera again achieved PBs in all of these swims.

There were brilliant PBs in the breast stroke events by Amy and Orlagh. Orlagh managed a phenomenal thirteen seconds PB and Amy a five seconds one. In the 50m Fly and 100m Fly, Lucy, Shauna, Caoimhe, Daniela and Valera achieved respectable PBs, Ryan, however, was very impressive with the 50m Fly joining Orlagh with a thirteen seconds PB.

In the Freestyle Katie, Ryan, Sadhbh Kenny-Carroll, Sadhbh Moore and Daniela, performed good PB times and Scott Overton swam a tremendous PB and knocked 12 seconds off his previous times.
Christian, Daniala and Jordan put in very good performances and just swam outside their personal best times.

We would like to welcome Eve and Leah Tarpey who have just joined the club and had brilliant swims for their first gala with the Marlins.

This gala was a great event for the Marlins club and was well represented by both the Junior and Senior swimmers.

Kieran Hayes (Vice Chair)

Laois Marlins Swim club would like to say a big thank you to Kieran Hayes for his sponsorship of the pizzas for the swimmers on the information night. The swimmers said they loved them!