Eight Marlins Swimming Club, Ballyshannon, swimmers represented their schools in the National schools finals in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin in two age groups, with the highlight being the success of Cian Rooney in the 100m Individual Medley.
The morning session (11-12 age group) was Hannah Gilmartin (Four Masters, Kinlough), Bridin Maguire (Rockfield NS, Ballyshannon), Mouric McSharry (Scoil Bride Carns NS, Grange) and Cian Rooney (Holy Family NS, Ballyshannon). Great intense focused swims from all four! Hannah competed in 50m Free & 50m Butterfly making the top 10 final in her Butterfly, Bridin pb’d both her swims, Mouric made the final in both his 50m Breastroke & 50m free taking 3rd place in both in a final of 10 swimmers and very strong in both. Cian is National Minor Schools Champion taking first place in 100m IM, making the final in 50m butterfly and taking 6th place in a final of 10 swimmers.
The afternoon session (9-10 age group) was Conor Foy (Creevy NS, Ballyshannon), Gero Gilmartin (Four Masters NS, Kinlough), Cianna Ruddy (Four Masters NS, Kinlough) and Cora Rooney (Holy Family NS, Ballyshannon). Again, great competition from all four swimmers - Conor Foy pb’d both 50m back and 50m fly in a tough age group and Cianna Ruddy in her first National competition showed a very strong 50m backcrawl with a new impressive pb. Gero had very good swims in 50m fly and 50m free making the finals in freestyle and taking a much deserved silver National medal. Cora had two strong swims in 50m free and 50m butterfly making both finals - extremely close finals! Cora took a silver in fly after leading all the way and a bronze in freestyle. (Orla Keon - Holy Family NS, also made the National Championships but due to injury was unable to swim)
Marlins Swimming Club swimmers competed in Lisburn at the Swim Ulster Valentines Qualifying meet last Saturday and Sunday - Ruby Hurst, Roisin Maguire, Una Britton, Bridin Maguire (Saturday only) and Cian Rooney (Saturday only).
All swimmers swam exceptionally well in all events achieving PB’s as well as medal places! Ruby placed 2nd in 100m butterfly in her age group and 3rd in 200m IM, Roisin placed 3rd in 100m Breastroke in her age group and 1st in 100m IM and Cian placed 1st in all his events 200m IM, 100m free and 200m Breastroke.
National Minor Schools Swimming Championship Finals