Gala Round up December to January

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The last Gala of 2017 for Laois Marlins was held at the Watershed, Kilkenny at the beginning of December.  Fourteen swimmers competed at what was a very competitive gala. There was a gold, silver and bronze medal for Sadhbh Moore, who had a great evening swimming PB’s on her three 50m swims.

Samuel Bourke-Carey and Caoimhe Moore both won a silver medal in the 100 Breaststroke and Fionn Cuddy won a bronze medal in a PB time for the 50m Back.  Ignaut Samuchov, Anna Murphy, and Tara Ann Tuite all produced PB’s in the 50m events and gained some valuable experience at an away gala. Aoife and Ella Cuddy both swam 100m events for the 1st time and did a brilliant job achieving some good times. Ben Wall PB’d in the 100 Breast & Cian Nugent in the 100 free both narrowly missed out on medals, as did Niamh Ryan and Zara McMahon in what was an extremely competitive gala.

From the 1st January 2018 swimmers can achieve qualification times for the Leinster Division 1, and the Irish Age Groups (IAG) Division 1 & 2 Events later in the summer.

The first Gala of 2018 was the Leinster Graded Development Gala, this gala is for swimmers aged 10 and over and is held at the NAC in the Short Course (25m) pool format, it is slower than times, so it is ideal for novice swimmers to gain more experience of a larger event and for more experienced swimmers to improve a slower stroke.

 

 

All swimmers at this Gala get a coloured wrist band according to the time they have swum for each event.  Thirty-one Laois Marlins entered what was an extremely successful gala for the club. Congratulations to Cian Nugent, Airidas Pocevicius, Eve Tarpey, and Sadhbh Moore, who all made Leinster Division 1 & IAG Division 2 Qualification times.

Nora Alastal, Lucy Brennan, Orla Colley, Katie Donoghue, Daniela Ryan, Ben Wall and Conor Menendez all had a successful day swimming several PB’s. Sisters Eimear & Orlagh Gildea achieved large PB’s in the 100 Breaststroke and both swam 100 Back for the first time with fast times. On her first trip to the NAC Zoe Holland had some great swims and gained invaluable experience at a provincial Gala. Sinead Larkin swam a PB in her 50 Breast stroke & 2 good times for new swims in her other races. It was great to see Grace Hayes one of the senior members of the squad back in the pool competing again. The largest PB of the day went to Noah Murphy who took 16 seconds off his 100m Breast stroke time.

 

One week later the Leinster Open Qualification Gala was held at the NAC, in the Long Course (50m) pool format. Held over 2 ½ days this event prepares swimmers for the summer long course championships and gives an opportunity to make qualification times. This event is open to swimmers over the age of 10 who have achieved qualification times. Twenty-three Laois Marlins swimmers attended the gala.

For Amy Bergin, Orla Colley, Sadhbh Moore, Katie O’Connor, and Kate Redmond, it provided an invaluable experience of competing in a 50m pool for the first time. There were PB’s for Scott Overton, Ben Wall, Conor Menendez, Kuba Krawczun, Sam Farrell, Lucy Brennan, Grace Hayes, Katie Donoghue and Daniela Ryan.

Congratulations to the swimmers who qualified for events at the Leinster Division 1 and IAG Division 2 summer championships Samuel Bourke-Carey, Toni Dolan, Sean Donoghue, Caoimhe Moore, Valera Zaharovs, Eve Tarpey, Airidas Pocevicius, Cian Nugent and to Nikita Bondarevs who qualified for the Leinster Division 1 and the IAG Division 1 Summer Championships.

 

The final Leinster Qualification meet was the Distance gala held at the beginning of February in the NAC again with the 50m (LC) pool format. Nine swimmers attended this gala and there were some large PB’s on the day. Niamh Ryan gained her first experience of competing in the 50m pool format.  Kuba Krawczun had some amazing swims knocking almost 57 seconds off his 400m Freestyle and Samuel Bourke-Carey took nearly 32 seconds off his 200m Breast stroke time.

This was the final Leinster Qualification gala and ended what had been a very busy few weeks for the club with some brilliant performances in the pool all round.  A big thanks to the coaches Padraic, Valerie & Joe for keeping up with the busy gala schedule and being so supportive to the swimmers.

Laois Marlins Annual Awards Night Dec 2017

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On a very cold night in early December Laois Marlins held the Annual Awards night for the 2016/17 season. This social occasion allowed the swimmers and families to meet up away from the poolside and to appreciate the hard work that all the swimmers put into training each week throughout the year.

The first presentations were the frame Certificates for the swimmers who made the qualification times for the Leinster Division 1 Gala, these swimmers were Grace Hayes, Katie Donoghue, Ben Wall, Conor Menendez, Daniela Ryan and Eve Tarpey.

Next were the Certificates for the swimmers who had made the Leinster Division 1 and the Irish Age Groups (IAG) Division 2 times, these swimmers were Sean Donoghue, Lucy Brennan, Toni Dolan, Zara McMahon, Caoimhe Moore, Cian Nugent, Airidas Pocevicius, Jordan Overton, and Valera Zaharovs.

The final certificates presented were for the swimmers that had achieved the times for the Leinster Division 1, and the IAG Division 1 Championships the two swimmers were Nikita Bondarevs and Shauna Dunne.

Awards were then presented for the Junior & Senior, Male and Female swimmer of the year. The Senior Male swimmer was awarded to Sean Donoghue who showed great determination in training all season which culminated in reaching 4 finals and winning 3 medals at the IAG Division 2 in June. Senior Female swimmer went to Caoimhe Moore, who worked solidly all season and continued taking her times down in all events throughout the season. Junior male swimmer of the year went to Samuel Bourke-Carey who worked hard in training to progress into the Senior Squad this year. Junior female swimmer went to Daniela Ryan who through her commitment to training achieved her first Leinster division 1 qualification times.

   

The final awards of the night went to the Coaches swimmers of the year, these awards were given not just for performance but for commitment to training, attitude, attendance, and determination. The female swimmer was Niamh Ryan and the male swimmer was Noah Murphy both of whom the Coaches felt were very worthy recipients this year.

     

SWIM IRELAND CLUB HANDBOOK

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Swim Ireland club handbook is available for download here.

20162017-club-handbook

Packed with useful information on all matters related to swimming and competitive swimming.

Check out the qualifying times for the galas you plan to attend later in the season, eg, Leinster Div 2 and Div 1 and National Div 2 and National Div 1.

Nicole Turner (Paralympic Games 2016)

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Nicole Turner (Paralympic Games 2016)

Laois Marlins swimmer Nicole Turner received confirmation on the Ireland team on July 5th having already qualified for 6 events the year prior when making her senior team debut at the Para World Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The Team of 48 Irish Athletes of which Nicole was the youngest member of the team departed for Brazil on the 23rd August to a holding camp in Uberlandia until the 3rd of September when the team headed to the athletes village in Rio 4 days before the opening ceremony.

Nicole not only was the youngest member of the Irish team but also had the busiest schedule being selected to compete in 6 events. Nicole competed within 48 hours of the opening ceremony and therefore, was not permitted to attend.

9th September – Event 1  50m Butter fly

One of Nicole’s strongest events, finishing 2nd in her heat with a time of 38.44secs and making the final. Nicole swam a great final securing a lifetime best time of 37.31secs and 5th place, just outside the medal positions by 5 tenths of a second.

10th September-Event 2    50m freestyle

In heat 1 Nicole again swam to secure a place in the final finishing just outside her personal best with a time of 36.70secs. In the final Nicole secured yet another lifetime best swim finishing in 7th place overall, in a time of 36.31secs.

12th September-Event 3  200m Individual Medley

In the second heat Nicole finished 4th just outside of her personal best with a time of 3.17.09secs. This remarkably qualified her, for her 3rd final in the games. In the final Nicole was unable to improve on this time yet still performed well to finish 7th in a time of 3.18.18.

 

13th September- Event 4 400m freestyle

In heat 1, Nicole finished 4th with a new personal best time of 5.51.99. In the final she finished 8th with a lifetime best swim of 5.54.61.

 

15th September – Event 5   100m breast stroke

This would turn out to be Nicole’s final event because she was to be withdrawn from the 100m freestyle due to medical reasons. In the heat she swam near her personal best time and achieved a clean sweep of 5 finals from 5 events. In the final of the 100m breast stroke, she came 7th and made a lifetime best of 1.46.19

One of the many highlights for Nicole was being asked to be the flag bearer in the closing ceremony in front of the sell out crowd in the Maracana Stadium.

 

Results Summary

Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 50m Butterfly S6 37.31
7 2016 50m Freestyle S6 36.31
8 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:54.61
7 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:18.18
7 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:46.19

New Club Kit Fitting Date October 28 (Friday)

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Laois Marlins have selected Teamwear Ireland to provide kit for the new season.

Teamwear representatives will have samples for you to try on at the leisure centre on Friday 28th October (Friday) from 5.30pm until 8pm.

10% discount for orders paid for on the night.

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Marlins Spring Gala 2016

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It was a great day today at Portlaoise Leisure Centre with the Laois Marlins SC Spring Gala.

Thank you to our visitors – Athlone SC, Aura Dundalk SC, St Fiaccs, Kilkenny SC, Longford SC, Piranha and Tullamore SC – for supporting our event.

Please click on the link to see the days results.

Gala Results 2016