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Irish Masters Claim World Medals

Irish Masters swimmers have increased their medal haul to 4 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze medals after another hugely successful day at the World Masters Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia. Patricia Reilly was Ireland’s first Gold medalist of the day in the 50m Breaststroke 55-59 age group where she also set a new Irish record of 39.93. Reilly had already swam the 50m Freestyle heats this morning tuoching in 33.22 and fifth overall. Deirdre Morris took her second medal [...]

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Gibbons, Doran, Lee and Roche Win National Open Water Titles

Swim Ireland’s Inaugural Waterfest took place on Sunday at Coosan Point in Athlone where Open Water 5K, 10K, Mile and 750m events were held for the first time. Brendan Gibbons, Ciara Doran,Rachael Lee and Warren Roche were the first recipients of the Swim Ireland National 5K and 10K Cups. Athlone local Gibbons was first to claim a  national title when he raced home in the 5K event in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Silver went to Conor Turner [...]

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Irish Swimmers at Word Championships

There have been mixed results for Irish swimmers at the World Championships in Kazan this week. Sycerika McMahon and Alex Murphy kicked off the championships in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke respectively. Sycerika  clocked 2:17.88 in the 200IM to place 33rd overall while Alex, making his World Championships debut, posted a time of 1:02.22 in the 100m Breaststroke. Fiona Doyle took to the pool for her main event on Monday. Despite a solid morning swim of 1:07.81  in [...]

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Double Silver for Ireland on Final Day in Tbilisi

Irish swimmers brought the total medal tally to 5 as Ellen Walshe and Conor Ferguson both won Silver on the final day of competition at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. Conor Ferguson doubled his Silver medal tally in the 200m Backstroke Final. The 15 year old of Larne Swimming Club advanced from the morning heats in 6th place swimming 2:05.83. He then put in a fantastic performance in the Final to claim his second medal of the [...]

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Walshe through to Butterfly Final in Irish Record; Coyne 5th in Breaststroke Final

Ireland’s swimmers continued their fantastic form at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi today with Dubliner’s Niamh Coyne and Ellen Walshe both in Finals action. Walshe has advanced to the 100m Butterfly Final after an outstanding display in the semi-final. The Templeogue SC swimmer held the top ranking from the morning heats as she progressed to the semi-final in a new personal best of 1:02.04, she went on to smash that time in a new Irish Junior Record of [...]

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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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