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Swimming: Martyna Ruszkowska and Zach Speakman claim haul of medals from National Championships

Swimming: Martyna Ruszkowska and Zach Speakman claim haul of medals from National Championships

A pair of swimming sensations at Rydal Penrhos added to their list of accolades at a national event.

Martyna Ruszkowska and Zach Speakman, Year 11 and 9 pupils at the school, came away with a haul of medals from the Welsh National Championships, which were held in Swansea recently.

Swim Wales international Martyna, aged 16, was severely hampered by injury but still managed to claim gold in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 100m backstroke, almost breaking her own Welsh short course record in the process.

She then moved on the British Nationals in Sheffield, but injury meant the pupil was not at full fitness and narrowly missed out on qualification for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Martyna said: “Missing out on the Commonwealth is devastating for me but now I just need to focus on recovering and getting back into that pool stronger.”

There was further success in the form of Zach, who boosted his chances of his first Welsh squad selection with gold in the 100m backstroke in a time of one minute and three seconds.

The 14-year-old also claimed three silver medals in the 200m backstroke, 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m Individual Medley relay, and he made it an impressive six medals from the event with bronze in the 400m IM and 4x200m Freestyle relay.

Head of Swimming Maciej Ruszkowski, said: “This was another good performance from both Martyna and Zach, who continue to show why they are two of the best young talents anywhere in the country.

“Martyna has been extremely unfortunate with injury over the last few weeks, which has seen her fall just short of the Commonwealth Junior Games, but with some proper rest and recuperation I am confident that she can reach new heights during the summer.

“I have been extremely impressed with Zach’s work ethic and desire to get better throughout the year, and I am confident that it won’t be long before he earns himself a well-deserved national call-up.”

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