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Two silver medals, one bronze medal and 23 Personal Bests for Ireland following hugely successful IPC European Open Swim Championships

The Irish Paralympic swim squad returned home to the Emerald Isle on Sunday evening (May 8th) with their heads held high after collecting two European silver medals, one bronze medal and a whopping 23 Personal Best (PB) times. Teen sensation Nicole Turner will return as the toast of the county of Laois, and indeed her country, as she won two silver medals and one bronze medal, and also secured nine PB times over the course of the seven-day competition. The 13-year-old [...]

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Diving & Swimming Teams Announced Ahead of European Championships

Swim Ireland has today announced the teams that will represent Ireland in Diving and Swimming at the LEN European Championships from May 9th to 22nd at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 2016 marks the first time in almost 20 years that Ireland will be represented at a senior European Diving Championships. Olympic qualifier Oliver Dingley will lead the team with 2015 European Games finalist Natasha MacManus and Jack Ffrench also competing from Monday May 9th. [...]

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Teen sensation Nicole Turner scoops her second silver medal of the week on Day 4 of the IPC European Open Swim Championships

Teen sensation Nicole Turner is certainly making a massive splash at this week’s IPC European Open Swim Championships in Funchal, Portugal, as the talented 13-year-old scooped her second medal of the week this evening. The Laois teenager not only won silver in the 100m Breaststroke SB6 this evening, but also tipped home in a fantastic Personal Best time of 1.46.29. Speaking afterwards, an exhausted Turner stated: “After this morning I thought I was a bit off, but that swim was [...]

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Ireland’s Nicole Turner wins European silver medal

It was a big day today for 13-year-old Nicole Turner from Co. Laois as she secured her first major medal when she won silver in the 200m Individual Medley SM6 final this evening. The talented young star booked her spot in the final earlier today, after an incredible swim in the heats saw her achieve a Personal Best in a time of 3.19.79. As the day progressed though, it was clear that Nicole was on form, and she secured yet [...]

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McSharry Shines on Final Night of Swimming Championships

Mona McSharry was the star on the final night of the Irish Open Swimming Championships as she picked up titles in the 200m Individual Medley, 200m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. McSharry, who trains at Donegal’s Ballyshannon Marlins, had already won the 50m and 100m Breaststroke Irish titles this weekend. The 15 year old was the fastest Irish qualifier out of the 50m Freestyle semi-final, tonight’s first event, then just minutes later she claimed the 200m Individual Medley in 2:19.27. Taking [...]

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McSharry, UCD Break Irish Records on Penultimate Night of Swimming Championships

Irish swimmers continued to impress on the penultimate night of racing at the Irish Open Championships at the National Aquatic Centre. Saturday night’s final event had the crowd on their feet as Conor Ferguson led off the relay hoping to post a time that could qualify them for the Olympic Games. Ferguson, who was just .05 shy of qualification in the 100m Backstroke last night was once again close to the time clocking 54.91 seconds, Alex Murphy (Breaststroke), Brendan Hyland [...]

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Ferguson Edges Closer to Olympic Qualification

Conor Ferguson came agonisingly close to the FINA Olympic A time in winning tonight’s 100m Backstroke Final on the second day of competition at the Irish Open Swimming Championships. The 16 year old clocked 54.41, a new Irish Senior Record, but was just .05 of a second shy of the required Olympic qualification time of 54.36. The Larne swimmer will have another shot at the time tomorrow as he leads out the Ireland 400m Medley Relay. Mona McSharry was also [...]

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Quinn, UCD Set Irish Records on Opening Day of Swimming Championships

Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Swimming Championships kicked off at Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre today with 10 National Titles up for grabs on the first day of competition.   Gerry Quinn set a new Irish Junior Record in the 200m Freestyle adding to the 100m Record he set at the Dave McCullagh Meet in March. The 18 year old Longford swimmer, who has already qualified for the European Junior Championships, broke Conor Leaney’s 2009 Record of 1:50.98 taking Gold in 1:50.85. [...]

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Swimmers Aim to Secure Olympic & European Qualification Spots

Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Swimming Championships kick of this Thursday, 28th April, with Irish swimmers still on the hunt for Olympic and European qualification times. 400 swimmers from 73 clubs including 17 foreign clubs will compete across four days of competition for national titles in 34 individual and 6 team events. Ireland’s senior swimmers will be seeking qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August and the meet will be a last opportunity to qualify for [...]

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Team Announced to Represent Ireland at IPC Swimming Championships

Six extremely talented swimmers will take to the water in Funchal, Portugal, from May 1st to May 7th to represent Ireland at the IPC Swimming European Open Championships it was revealed today. The Irish team, which is sponsored by Allianz, is made up of World Championship bronze medallist and double Paralympian, Ellen Keane along with fellow London Paralympians, James Scully and Jonathan McGrath. The team also features Ailbhe Kelly, who will appear in her second European Championships, and Nicole Turner who made her [...]

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