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Silver Lining for Neamt in 400m Freestyle

Ireland’s Antoinette Neamt has added 400m Freestyle Silver to the 800m Bronze medal she won yesterday at the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi, Georgia. Neamt put in an impressive performance in this afternoon’s Final in an exciting race with Hungary’s Ajna Kesely. There was less than a second separating the two through the whole 400 metres with Kesely, the 800m Gold medallist, eventually getting the touch in 4:15.65 ahead of Neamt  who claimed her second medal of the Games in [...]

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Silver and Bronze for Irish Swimmers at European Youth Olympics

Irish swimmers Conor Ferguson and Antoinette Neamt have won Silver and Bronze medals on Day 2 of the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi, Georgia. Larne’s Conor Ferguson was Ireland’s first medallist securing Silver in the Final of the 100m Backstroke. 15 year old Ferguson was ranked 2nd going into the Final after he won his semi-final yesterday in 56.61. He held that position in the Final bettering his time to 56.44 to claim the medal, holding off Poland’s Kacper Stokowski [...]

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Ellen Walshe 4th in Butterfly Final; Conor Ferguson through to Backstroke Final

Irish swimmers had a great first day of racing as the European Youth Olympic Festival kicked off in Tbilisi, Georgia. 14 year old Ellen Walshe of Templeogue Swim Team was the first Irish swimmer to make it through to a Final after she qualified from the heats of the 200m Butterfly in 7th place in 2:22.29. Walshe put in a fantastic performance in the Final to touch in 2:18.46 just 1.24 seconds behind Bronze medallist Ariadna Trivino of Spain (2:17.24). [...]

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Bryan Sets Sights on Olympic Qualification

Chris Bryan will get his first opportunity at Olympic qualification when he takes to the open water at the World Championships in Kazan on Monday. In what will be the toughest test of his Open Water career to date, Bryan will need to finish in the top 10 in the event to secure a place at Rio 2016. Over 70 swimmers will be competing including 2012 Olympic Champion Oousami Mellouli, 2013 World Champion Spyridon Gianniotis and 2014 European Champion Ferry [...]

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Rio 2016 Hopefuls Visit Olympic Council

A number of Swim Ireland Rio 2016 hopefuls took a break from training camp at the National Aquatic Centre today to visit the Olympic Council of Ireland Offices in Howth. The athletes were given a presentation by Rio 2016 Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty on what to expect in Rio and were given an overview of the facilities that will be available at the Games and at the holding camp location in Uberlandia. The morning finished with a tour of [...]

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Junior Paralympic Swimmers Excel at Youth Games

The weekend saw four athletes from Ireland compete in swimming and athletics events in the inaugural European Paralympic Committee Youth Games in Varazdin, Croatia. Friday started the event well with some fantastic performances in the pool. Patrick Flanagan won gold medals in both the S7 50m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke. Friday also saw Thomas Maher getting personal bests in his S10 50m Freestyle and SB9 100m Breaststroke finishing 7th in both events. Unfortunately Adam Johnson was the only S6 in [...]

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Bronze for Ellen Keane on final day of Paralympic Swimming World Championships

Three lifetime best swim from three Irish swimmers Ellen Keane ensured the Irish team finished the Paralympic Swimming World Championships on a real high on Sundaysetting a new lifetime best to win bronze in the 200m Individual Medley final (SM9). Nicole Turner and James Scully both set new lifetime bests finishing seventh and eighth in their respective finals. London 2012 Paralympian Keane raced out of her skin to claw back from fourth at the final turn to overcome Madeline Scott [...]

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#IAGSO Comes to a Close with more Fantastic Racing

After 5 days and 3,731 swims the Irish Age Group Championships and Summer Open came to a close today at the National Aquatic Centre. And the final day of racing did not disappoint, there were lots of fantastic swims from competitors as young as 11 years old. Day 5 began with the 400IM Finals in the morning session. Amelia Kane of Ards won the 12 and under age-group in 5:23.86 just ahead of Banbridge’s Julia Knox (5:24.66). Tallaght’s Niamh Coyne [...]

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Young Swimmers Excel at NAC

Day 4 of the Irish Age Groups Championships and Summer Open continued to be as exciting as the first three with Ireland’s young swimmers putting in more fantastic performances at the National Aquatic Centre. The morning session ended with two sets of junior relays. The Ards girls added 4x100m Medley Gold to their Gold from the 400m Freestyle Relay on Wednesday. Rebecca Reid, Zoe Thompson, Erin McConnell and Megan McGonigle combined for an outstanding win in 4 minutes 35.17 seconds [...]

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Records Tumble at Day 3 of Irish Age Groups and Summer Open – #IAGSO

To cap off a cascade of personal bests achieved by swimmers all over Ireland, the action from the NAC today also saw the breaking of two Irish junior records.   The first of these two records was broken in the very first final of the day by Conor Ferguson from Larne, as he broke his own 100m Backstroke record setting a time of  as the lead off of the 4 x 100m Medley Relay in a time of 56.17. It was his Larne team-mate [...]

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