Four records fall on day 1 of Irish SC Championships

Irish Short Course Swimming Championships Day 1

The 2016 Irish SC Championships kicked off with two Irish records during the first heats session. Brendan Hyland from Tallaght (and the NAC Performance Centre) lowered Barry Murphy’s 2011 100m Butterfly record to a 53.04 and Bangor’s Jack McMillan swimming a time of 3.52.86 to break the Junior Boys 400m Freestyle record.

The first gold medal of the weekend went to local girl Rachel Bethel (Lisburn City) who cruised to victory in the 800m Freestyle. 16 year old Rachel touched in a time of 8.54.87 ahead of younger sister Leah (14) who clocked 9.07.80. The bronze medal went to NAC’s Jessica Burke (9.12.25).

The record breaking continued in the women’s 100m Breaststroke and 200m Butterfly with Mona McSharry (Marlins) setting a time of 1.06.71 to knock 0.8 off the 4-year-old record previously held by Sycerika McMahon, and Ellen Walshe (Templeogue) knocked almost 2 seconds off her own record in 2.11.51 in the butterfly.

In an exciting 50m Freestyle Final, David Prendergast picked up UCD’s first medal of the evening got the touch just ahead of Curtis Coulter (22.89) in 22.78 seconds with Lewis Burras from visiting team Hamilton Aquatics (Dubai) touching in third in 22.94.

In the women’s 50 backstroke Jane Roberts added to the UCD collection touching out Danielle Hill (Larne) and Rebecca Reid (Ards).

The fast swimming continued with the men’s 50m breaststroke won by visiting Hamilton Aquatics swimmer Cameron Matthews (29.33) touching out Liam Doyle (Dolphin) who picked up the Irish title in 29.50. Dan Sweeney (SWSC) and Cai Armstrong (Ards) were the other medal winners.

The women’s 200 IM saw three repeat medallists with Mona McSharry picking up her second gold medal of the evening in a 2.16.00 just ahead of Niamh Kilgallen (2.16.47) and Ellen Walshe (2.17.95).

Brendan Hyland (3.50.72) held off Gerry Quinn (Longford) and Jack McMillan to win the men’s 400m Freestyle. Both Quinn (3.51.31) and McMillan (3.51.51) dipped below the Irish Junior Record mark set by Jack in this morning’s heats.

Mona McSharry made it three from three winning gold in the women’s 100m freestyle (56.56) touching out Lisburn City’s Rachel Bethel by .04. Clodagh Flood (Tallaght) swam 56.98 to pick up the bronze medal.

David Prendergast picked up his second and UCD’s third gold medal of the evening in the men’s 100m IM.  Ben Griffin (Trojan) and Alan Corby (Limerick) completed the podium for the final individual event of the evening.

The Aer Lingus team of Caoimhe Quinn, Aisling Haughey, Ava Lambert and Hannah McMenamin picked up the gold medal in the Women’s 4×100 Medley relay ahead of the teams from Kilkenny and Sundays Well.

In the final event of the session, Curtis Coulter led out the Ards team to pick up the title in 3.49.22. The teams from Sundays Well and Limerick battled it out to the end to win silver and bronze respectively.

Competition continues tomorrow to Sunday. Follow the action @SwimIreland on twitter or using #SCChamps

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