Swimming star Martyna breaks Welsh record
10th February 2017

A swimming sensation at Rydal Penrhos continued her sensational form by breaking a long-standing Welsh record.

Martyna Ruszkowska, a Year 11 pupil at the school, is now the national record holder in the 50 metre backstroke after achieving the feat at a regional event at Llandudno Swimming Pool last weekend.

The Swim Wales star took the title and record with a time of 29.07 seconds, which was previously held by current Olympian Georgia Davies (29.37 in 2006).

The 15-year-old, said: “I was very pleased and rather surprised when I found out I had broken the record because I don’t train a lot of backstroke and really wasn’t expecting it at all.”

This is the latest in a long line of successes for the Commonwealth Games hopeful, who won the 50m butterfly event at the Sheffield Burns meet last month, recording the fastest time of any category at the event.

It promises to be a busy few months for Martyna, who will be part of the Welsh squad for their Golden Tour of Marseilles, France in March, before she looks for further national success at the Welsh and British Championships, which are being held in Swansea and Edinburgh respectively.

Head of Swimming Maciej Ruszkowski, said: “What Martyna has been able to accomplish so far has been fantastic and she is in great form heading into a series of huge events.

“To break the record in an event she does not practice often just shows how much natural talent she has, and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is thrilled with her efforts.”

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