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Brown & Moore Swim Best Times in Baku

Despite a number of personal best swims from Irish swimmers at the European Games in Baku, there was no progression to the Finals on day four of the competition in the Azeri capital. Danielle Hill was the highest placed Irish swimmer this morning as she finished 21st overall in the 100m Backstroke, she missed out on a place in the semi-final by just .6 of a second. Hill was over a second off her Irish junior record time of 1:03.72 [...]

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Irish Age Group Div 2 Champs 2015 Kick Off in Limerick

Irish Age Group Division 2 Championships Kick Off in Limerick Press Release 512 swimmers from 78 clubs across Ireland along with parents and coaches have descended on the wonderful facilities at UL Arena to compete in Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Groups Division II 2015. With a hectic programme in store across four days of action  The first day of competition saw swimmers compete in the distance events of 1,500m and 800m Freestyle. Sundays Well’s Kitty Irwin won the first event of the evening taking Gold in the Girls 10 and under 800m Freestyle [...]

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Ireland 6th in European Final in Irish Record; Reid Sets Butterfly Record

A final, two semi-finals, two Irish Junior Records and a World Junior Championships qualification saw Ireland’s swimmers complete their best day so far at the Baku Aquatics Centre on day three of competition at the European Games in Azerbaijan. Ireland’s quartet of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and Rachel Bethel qualified for the 4x100m Medley Relay in 8th place this morning in a time of 4:19.56. However, they put in a stellar performance in tonight’s Final to set a [...]

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5 Irish Swimmers Announced on Commonwealth Youth Games Squad

Five Irish Swimmers were announced today by the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council to represent Northern Ireland at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa in September. Danielle Hill, Rachel Bethel, Emma Reid and James Brown who are all currently competing at the European Games in Baku along with Conor Ferguson who is preparing for European Youth Olympic Games were selected for the team that will compete from the 5th – 11th September. Read the full press release below

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Ireland Relay into European Final; Bethel and Reid Advance to Semi’s

Team Ireland swimmers had an exciting morning in the pool on Day 3 of the European Games in Baku. As the Women’s Medley Relay qualified for the Final both Rachel Bethel and Emma Reid progressed to semi-final’s in their events. Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and Rachel Bethel combined to put Irish swimmers into their first Final of the European Games. Hill led the team off with the Backstroke turning at the 50m mark in 5th place, swimming her [...]

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Brown 16th in Medley Semi-Final

James Brown has finished in 16th place overall in the semi-final of the 200m Individual Medley at the European Games in Baku. Having swam a lifetime best in this morning’s heats of 2:06.55 the Ards SC swimmer was unable to match that time in the semi-final touching in 2:07.15. Speaking after his swim, the 18 year old commented “I was delighted with this morning’s swim, my aim was to go under 2 minutes 7 seconds and I did that so [...]

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James Brown Progresses to European Games 200m Medley Semi-Final

Ireland’s James Brown has progressed to the semi-final in the 200m Individual Medley on the second day of competition at the European Games in the Baku Aquatics Centre. Brown swam a new lifetime best in this morning’s heats of 2:06.55 knocking half of a second off his previous best of 2:07.02 set in March this year. The 18 year old finished 6th in his heat will be ranked 16th going into the semi-final, Austria’s Stefan Sebastian goes into the semi-finals [...]

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McSharry 15th, Reid 14th in European Games Semi-Finals

Ireland’s Mona McSharry and Emma Reid were both in semi-final action on the opening day of competition at the European Games in Baku after they qualified form this morning heats in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Butterfly. Having swum a best time of 32.84 in the 50m Breaststroke this morning Mona McSharry could not improve on that time finishing in 33 seconds in the semi-final, the time placed her 15th overall. The Marlins (Donegal) swimmer will be back in the [...]

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McSharry & Reid Make European Games Semi Finals

Ireland’s swimmers had an impressive first morning in the pool at the European Games in Baku with two swimmers progressing to semi-finals. Mona McSharry was first up in the heats of the 50m Breaststroke. 14 year old McSharry, competing at her first international championships, blazed through the swim clocking an impressive 32.84 and knocking almost a second off her previous best. The time earned her a place in this afternoon’s semi-final where she is ranked 14th overall. A delighted McSharry [...]

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Swimmers Set for European Games

A 12 strong Irish swimming team will begin competition tomorrow, Tuesday, at the 1st European Games in Baku.  The team, led by Pearse McGuigan (Swim Ireland Connacht Performance Centre Coach) and assisted by Peter Hill (Larne ASC), will compete from the 23rd – 28th June at the Baku Aquatics Centre, 526 swimmers will compete in a total of 42 events.  The Games are doubling up in 2015 as the LEN European Junior Swimming Championships with eligible age groups 17‐18 for [...]

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