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Relentless Larkin set gold standard with titles in the pool

LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE made a splash by winning the overall schools titles at last week's CDETB SCC annual Swimming Championship at the ALSAA Sports Club at Dublin Airport.

Crumlin College, who soared to victory in the senior competition, Kylemore College, Marino College, Coláiste Eoin and Coláiste Dhúlaigh also tasted individual success inside the pool.

Larkin dominated the boys minor races with Mario George (backstroke), Adam Uzeil (front crawl) and Kamil Gorka (breastroke) all winning gold.

Another hat-trick of victories came for Larkin in the boys' junior category courtesy of Dion Pigott (backstroke), Tony Millar (front crawl) and Jamie Harris (breastroke) before adding the medley and freestyle relays on both fronts.

Paul Duffy's first-place finish for Dhúlaigh's in the backstroke denied Larkin a clean sweep at intermediate despite Robbie McCabe (front crawl) and Timur Varobjov's (breastroke) success for Larkin.

In the girls' minor and junior competition, Larkin's Ali Grouse, Hannah Rauthorne, Lauren Fitzgerald and Jennifer Corrigan all won gold. Kylemore College's Katie Ann Smith took the backstroke title while Marian Ivanouv did likewise in the front crawl final for Marino College.

It was double delight for Coláiste Eoin in the intermediate section with fine displays from Megan Kavanagh (backstroke) and Jessica Philips (front crawl), with Larkin's Tiffany Heary winning the breaststroke finale.

Crumlin College's Laura Hynes' double gold alongside Sarah O'Meara, Luke Morrin, Paddy Dent and Sean Lanford's successes, topped off by winning the medley and free style relays, secured the senior contest for the Southside college.