CDETB SCC SWIMMING GALA FINALS 2017
BY LOUISE BROWNE
Larkin Community College and Presentation College, Terenure excelled in retaining their Boys and Girls Schools titles at last Wednesday’s Swimming Gala in the ALSAA Club Swimming Pool at Dublin Airport.
Larkin impressed in the individual boys pursuits with their stand out performer Kamil Gorka swimming superbly to win back to back titles in the intermediate boys backstroke and butterfly final. Other gold medal performances came from Larkin’s Eric Martin (minor backstroke), Keith Reegan (junior freestyle) and Toni Miller (intermediate freestyle).
Coláiste Eoin’s Anto Kelly put in a strong swim to win the junior boys backstroke with his team mates Matthew Dowling and Dimytri Bryaylo winning gold in the minor and junior breastroke deciders. Kylemore College’s Nathan Garland narrowly beat Larkin’s Alex Kiss after a very competitive race in the minor boys freestyle finale.
Coláiste Dhuláigh’s Darren Elliot won the intermediate boys breastroke. While Crumlin College’s Ross Humphries (senior breastroke), Darren Butterly (senior freestyle) and Adam Carroll (senior backstroke) captured gold in their respective finals.
The individual girls competition threw up some competitive races with Pres’, Larkin, Kylemore College, Coláiste Eoin and the new kids on the block Clonturk Community College all competing for top honours.
In the junior backstroke Pres’ Rachel Roe impressively led from start to finish to retain her title. Further gold medals for Pres’ came on the back of super swims from Abby Ryan (minor backstoke), Sarah Saboui (intermediate backstroke), Layla Cherbatji (junior freestyle), Alanna Hodgins (minor breastroke), Laura Kelliher (junior breastroke) and Cáitlean McKean (intermediate breastroke).
Clonturk’s Aoife Cahill was simply unstoppable in winning the minor freestyle title. Kylemore College’s Abby Corcoran had a tougher race but held out to win the intermediate freestyle decider. Crumlin College’s trio of Emma Martin (senior breastroke) Sinead Mulhall (senior freestyle) and Nikita Claffey (senior backstroke) all secured gold medals.
In the girls relay Clonturk’s freestyle quartet of Ally O’Neill, Layla Bell, Sophie Conroy and Holly Peters McGrath and their medley team of Aoife Cahill, Tullelaith Wilkinson Reynolds, Sorphie Conroy and Joanna Gartlan dominated both minor girls relay finals.
Pres’ retained the junior freestyle and medley relay courtesy of fine swims from Laura Kelliher, Rachel Roe, Layla Cherbatji and Hannah O’Reilly. The southside college also retained their intermediate medley title with Larkin winning the intermediate freestyle relay.
Kylemore College dominated the minor boys freestyle and medley relay competition thanks to excellent swims from Nathan Garland, Aaron Corish, Brendan O’Toole and Brandon Harewood.
Larkin continued their dominance in the junior and intermediate boys freestyle and medley relays with a double double in the finals; thanks to excellent swims from Larkin’s junior team of Keith Reegan, Asif Iqbul, Brendan Mare and Scott Hickey and their intermediate team of Kamil Gorka, Adam Uzell, Toni Miller, Kome Efferoma and Avis Kearns.