Trident Swim Club’s Gabriella Weaver made some waves at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin last Sunday, when she won the Individual Medley Skins Competition in a thrilling knock-out final.
Having qualified in the fastest seed time of 1:07.46 and setting a meet record in the process, Weaver dominated the finals from start to finish, winning every single one of the seven knock-out heats with ease.
The finals kicked off with two successive heats of breaststroke, and with two wins in this stroke under her belt, followed by a win in the following freestyle heat, Weaver then went on to win the two successive backstroke heats.
With only two heats remaining, Weaver swam comfortably to first place in another breaststroke heat, leaving only one race to the finish. The field was narrowed down to two swimmers.
The final round was announced, and with a freestyle heat to finish, the Elphin girl swam to success, setting a new record in the process. Weaver also took gold in the 100m freestyle event, setting another new record with a time of 58.81 seconds.
15-year-old Luke Weaver’s time of 1:11.75 in the 100m backstroke knocked almost three seconds off his two week old pb. Luke also achieved a personal best in the 100m Individual Medley, with a time of 1:12.65, down from his previous time of 1:16.13.
Younger brother Robin Weaver achieved Division 2 status in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:20.31 as well as a two second pb in the 100m Individual Medley with a time of 1:21.49.
12-year-old Diarmuid Sutton achieved Division 2 status in the 100m backstroke in 1:22.60 and in the 100m butterfly in 1:22.65, giving him a total of five Division times.
Sutton also knocked a whopping nine seconds off his 100m Individual Medley time, bringing it down to 1:20.58, as well as narrowly missing out on a podium place, taking fourth in both the 50m freestyle in a time of 30.85 and the 50m breaststroke in a time of 40.55.