The Irish Age Group Division 2 Championships is one of the top Swim meets in the Irish Calendar for young swimmers. This Championship takes place in June, at the University College of Limerick Sports Campus. This meet is a Level 4 Short Course Gala, meaning the times achieved here can qualify these young swimmers for the National Short Course Championships Later this year.
Laois Marlins Swimming Club had a very strong squad of swimmers attending this year, not only did it have the most qualified swimmers of any year so far, but they all achieved qualification with very competitive times!
Of the 19 swimmers who qualified 17 swimmers took part in the Championship, 11 Girls and 6 Boys. Collectively and individually these young athletes achieved incredible results, Laois Marlins Squad as a unit took part in 63 Individual swims achieving 45 Personal Bests, making 20 finals and winning a total of 6 National Medals 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.
Starting with the Girls Amy Bergin 14 had a super gala, of her 7 swims she had 5 amazing PB’s made 4 finals, 400mIM, 100m Butterfly, 100m Breast Stroke and 200m Breast Stroke and she took the Bronze medal in a very tough race, the 400m Individual Medley. Lucy Brennan 14 had a total of 10 swims, she achieved 8 super PB’s and made 3 finals, finishing just outside the medals in the 100m Breast Stroke, 200m Breast Stroke and 800m Freestyle. Orla Colley just 12 years old made her first appearance at the IAG’s she had 1 swim the 100 Back Stroke, she gave a super performance to finish with a strong PB. Toni Dolan 16 had 3 swims, she made the final in the 400IM and achieved 2 PB’s in the 100m and 200m Breast Stroke. Sophie Igoe just 11 years old made her debut at the IAG’s she had one swim the 50m Freestyle, she gave a great performance staying very close to her Personal Best. Lena Kaminska just 12 years old also made her IAG debut, she had 4 swims, she had 2 Super PB’s in the 100m and 200m Back Stroke, making the final in the 100m back stroke and finishing in 8th Place. Caoimhe Moore, had 8 swims, she had 3 Personal Bests, made 3 finals, finishing with a massive PB of over 6 seconds in 400IM to finish in 6th place, while also finishing in 8th place in 100 Fly. Sadhbh Moore just 12 years old, had one swim the 50m Free, she gave a super performance staying very close to her PB. Katie O’Connor just 11 years old made her debut to the IAG’s, she had 2 swims 50m Free and 400m Free, she achieved PB’s in both with a superb swim in the 400m Free achieving close to a 12 second PB. Daniela Ryan 14 had one swim 200m Back Stroke and she gave a super performance achieving a new PB. Jessica Zhigulskaya 14 also made her IAG debut, she had 2 swims 100m Free and 200m Back Stroke, she achieved a super PB in 200m Back.
For the boys Sean Donoghue was in great form, he had 4 swims, made 1 final and achieved 3 PB’s with super PB’s in the 200m Breast Stroke and 400m IM for which he took the Bronze Medal. Sam Farrell 14, made his debut at the competition, and he did it in style, Sam had 5 swims, he achieved 4 PB’s, he reached 2 finals, the 100m & 200m Back Stroke. Sam took Gold in the 100m Back and Silver in the 200m Back, achieving Division 1 Times in both swims in the process. Kuba Krawczun was also in top form, he had 7 swims, achieved a whopping 7 PB’s , reached 5 finals, taking the Gold Medal in 100m Free, achieving a Division 1 time in the process. Kuba also took the bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley again achieving a Division 1 time, while finishing just outside the medals in the 400m Free and 200m Free. Cian Nugent had 1 swim, the 100m Free, he gave a super performance achieving a Personal Best. Ignat Samuchov just 11 years old and the youngest of the boys competing for Laois Marlins, had a busy season and qualified in 6 swims. Ignat gave strong performances throughout the competition, achieving PB’s in 50mFree, 100m Back and 200m Individual Medley. Last but by no means least Valera Zaharovs who had 2 swims, 100m and 200m Back Stroke, Valera achieved super PB’s in both swims and made the final in the 100m back stroke, in which he finished in 9th Posisiton.
This was a hugely successful year for Laois Marlins at the Irish Age Groups Division 2 Championships, the club is now looking forward to a successful winter season ahead.