LUMEN CHRISTI College achieved significant success at the recent All-Ireland Schools Swimming Championships in Dublin with the gold medal awarded to the boy’s relay team the highlight of the event for the Bishop Street school.
With over 180 schools from all over Ireland participating in the two day competition at The Aer Lingus Sports Centre, it was a fantastic achievement for the Lumen Christi boys who defeated rivals, Coleraine Academical Institute in a thrilling final of the 4x50m medley relay.
The team, comprising of Cormac Gillen, Eoin Casey, Pearse Bradley and Gavin Loughrey went into the finals as Ulster champions and their gold medal winning performance was followed by another tense final in the boy’s freestyle relay.
where they clinched silver, losing out to the boys from Coleraine by 100th of a second.
During the previous day, individual medals were won by Gavin Loughrey, claiming bronze in the boy’s 400m invitational freestyle event and by Cormac Gillen who achieved bronze in the 15-16 year-old 100m butterfly.
All team members competed and acquitted themselves very well in the other individual events.
First up was Claire Gillen in the junior girls 100m backstroke followed by her brother Cormac in the 100m backstroke. Claire Bradley competed in the 15-16 year-olds 100m Breaststroke and the 200m Individual Medley.
Her brother Pearse competed in the 100m Breaststroke and also in the 200m Individual Medley. Ayesha Garvey swam in the Junior Individual Medley while Eoin Casey and Gavin Loughrey competed in the 100m Butterfly. Gavin also took part in the 100m Freestyle.
On the Sunday the four girls competed in the 4x50 Medley relay and the Freestyle relay and they enjoyed excellent swims.
Other local schools, St Joseph’s, St Columb’s College and Oakgrove College also featured prominently in the competition.