Making waves at the Leinster Development Gala

Deirdre Bergin

Laois Marlins were making waves at the Leinster Development Gala on Sunday October 6th in the National Aquatic Centre. A squad of 39 swimmers took part from Laois Marlins, the largest number from the club ever to attend a gala. For some of the swimmers it was their first time to swim in such an event and their first to experience the National Aquatic Centre. 

The Development Galas give swimmers a chance to achieve times, which they can progress to Qualifying Galas and this year was no exception with super results achieved and personal bests all round and many swimmers have qualified for the Leinster Open Qualifying Gala which will be held next Saturday and Sunday the 19/20th of October.

The squad was made up of 25 girls, Nora Alastal, Lena, Kaminska, Toni Dolan, Daniela Ryan, Orla Colley, Sophie Igoe, Alice Bickerdike, Muireann Byrne, Eleanor Bickerdike, Ruby Maguire, Diana Alsatal, Faith Levine Donoher, Klavdia Hayes, Kathlyn Bergin, Katie Kirwan, Rachel Igoe, Aoibheann Lalor, Amelia Kalich, Caoimhe Moore, Fiona Carroll, Jessica Zhigulskaya, Sadhbh Moore, Tara Ann Tuite, Katie O’Connor, Zoe Holland; and 14 boys Eli Brophy, Matthew O’Sulllivan, Aidan Zou, Jack Heffernan, Caylem McEvoy, Calvin Carbio, Noah Murphy, Micheal Bergin, Alex Hooney, Charlie Heffernan, Cian Nugent, Sean Zou, Scott Overton, Ignat Samuchov.

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