December 15, 2020

This day last year, we were celebrating an unprecedented haul of 55 new Irish swimming records in one fortnight.

In fact, it wasn’t even a fortnight, it was merely 11 days that rewrote the Irish swimming record books, the action beginning at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow and ending at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, with the Irish National Short Course Swimming Championships.

There were 12 different swimmers, setting 35 new individual Irish swimming records, and scores more involved in recording 20 new relay standards, but the two stand-out swimmers were junior Eoin Corby and Olympic hopeful Danielle Hill.

Take a look at the individual hauls, and scroll down to find the full diary of a phenomenal 11 days in Irish swimming.

Danielle Hill

Women’s Senior 100m Backstroke – 1st record 58.62; 2nd record 58.29

Senior Women’s 50m Backstroke - 26.74

Senior Women’s 50m Freestyle - 1st record 24.76; 2nd record 24.44

Senior Women’s 100m Freestyle – 53.81


Eoin Corby

Junior Boys 50m Breaststroke - 1st record 27.50; 2nd record 27.29

Junior Boys 200m Breaststroke - 1st record 2:09.02; 2nd record 2:08.04

Junior Boys 100m Breaststroke – 1st record 59.63; 2nd record 58.38

Junior Boys 100m Individual Medley - 55.10


Shane Ryan

Senior Men’s 100m Backstroke – 1st record 50.45; 2nd record: 50.42*

Senior Men’s 50m Freestyle - 21.41 Shane Ryan

Senior Men’s 100m Freestyle - 46.68 Shane Ryan

Senior Men’s 50m Butterfly – 23.28 Shane Ryan**

*Now 50.17 after Ryan's stellar International Swimming League run

**Now 22.80 after Ryan's stellar International Swimming League run


Brendan Hyland

Senior Men’s 400 IM - 4:12.13

Senior Men’s 200m IM - 1:56.74

Senior Men’s 100m Butterfly – 51.38


Daniel Wiffen

Junior Boys 1500m Freestyle - 15:04.47

Senior Men’s 800m Freestyle - 7:54.15

Junior Boys 800m Freestyle - 7:54.15


Paddy Johnston

Junior Boys 200m Butterfly - 1:58.96

Junior Boys 50m Butterfly – 24.02

Junior Boys 100m Butterfly – 53.55


Mona McSharry

Women’s Senior 50m Breaststroke - 29.87

Senior Women’s 100m Breaststroke – 1:04.36


Ellen Walshe

Senior Women’s 50m Butterfly – 26.10

Senior Women’s 100m Butterfly – 58.81


Jack McMillan

Senior Men’s 200m Freestyle - 1:43.18


Niamh Coyne

Senior Women’s 200m Breaststroke - 2:22.77


James Brown

Senior Men’s 200m IM - 1:56.91


Naomi Trait

Junior Girls 100m Freestyle - 55.13

Diary of a Record-Breaking Fortnight

December 15, 2020

Wednesday, December 4th

Eoin Corby sets a new Irish Junior Record of 27.50 in the 50m Breaststroke, making him the holder of all three Irish Junior Breaststroke records.

Then Ireland’s Men’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay of Shane Ryan, Curtis Coulter, Jack McMillan and Jordan Sloan break the first Irish Senior Record of the meet, knocking three seconds off the previous mark of 1:30.26 set in 2009. The quartet touch in 1:27.06 for 12th overall

Later that evening, Mona McSharry smashes through her own Irish Senior 50m Breaststroke record to win the Bronze medal in 29.87.

And Danielle Hill takes Melanie Nocher’s 2011 Irish Senior Record in the 100m Backstroke by .68 of a second, swimming 58.62.

The day’s record haul:

Junior Boys 50m Breaststroke - 27.50 Eoin Corby

Women’s Senior 50m Breaststroke - 29.87 Mona McSharry

Women’s Senior 100m Backstroke – 58.62 Danielle Hill

Men’s Senior 4x50m Freestyle - 1:27.06


Thursday, December 5th

Eoin Corby is at it again. This time he betters his own 200m Breaststroke Irish Junior Record, swimming 2:09.02.

Fellow junior Daniel Wiffen shines too; he knocks 30 seconds of his PB in the 1500m Freestyle, swimming a new Irish Junior Record of 15:04.47. The Irish Senior Record is 15:00.88.

In the 200m Freestyle, Jack McMillan shaves .08s off the Irish Senior Record, posting 1:43.18 to advance to the Final.

Brendan Hyland joins the record train with a big swim in the 400m Individual Medley. Hyland knocks over four seconds off Andrew Bree’s 2001 Record of 4:16.26, clocking 4:12.13.

There’s a new Irish Senior Record in 100m Backstroke too, as Shane Ryan swims 50.45 – that’s the third time he has broken this record in the past month. It earns him a semi-final place.

Last night’s semi-finalists Mona McSharry, Danielle Hill and Darragh Greene then combine with Conor Ferguson for the 4x50m Mixed Medley Relay, where the quartet break the 2017 Irish Record of 1:43.15 in 1:41.00.

And, at the Swim England Short Course Championships this same evening, James Brown, swimming for Loughborough University, sets a new Irish Record in the 200m IM. He breaks Jack McMillan’s record of 1:58.36, with a time of 1:56.91.

The day’s record haul:

Junior Boys 200m Breaststroke - 2:09.02 Eoin Corby

Junior Boys 1500m Freestyle - 15:04.47 Daniel Wiffen

Senior Men’s 200m Freestyle - 1:43.18 Jack McMillan

Senior Men’s 400 IM - 4:12.13 Brendan Hyland

Senior Men’s 200m IM - 1:56.91 James Brown

Senior Men’s 100m Backstroke – 50.45 Shane Ryan

Senior 4x50m Mixed Medley Relay - 1:41.00


Friday, December 6th

Déjà vu. Limerick’s Eoin Corby sets a third Irish Junior Breaststroke record in three days. This time it’s his first swim under one minute in the 100m, as he wins his heat in 59.63.

Mona McSharry has the race of her life in that evening’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Final, setting a new Irish Record of 1:04.36. She had set the previous record of 1:05.01 back in 2017.

In the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final, Shane Ryan again bettered his own record, swimming 50.42 to finish sixth. He had swum 50.45 in heats, and 50.48 in the semi-final.

The day’s record haul:

Junior Boys 100m Breaststroke – 59.63 Eoin Corby

Senior Women’s 100m Breaststroke – 1:04.36 Mona McSharry

Senior Men’s 100m Backstroke – 50.42 Shane Ryan


Saturday, December 7th

The 4x50m Mixed Freestyle of Shane Ryan, Jack McMillan, Danielle Hill and Mona McSharry set a new standard of 1:32.18 in the Final.

It’s a double record in that event for Ryan as he breaks Barry Murphy’s 2008 50m Freestyle Record of 21.53, when leading off in 21.41.

Hill also continues her assault on the Irish Record books with a third of the week in the 50m Backstroke Semi-Final.

Hill was the first Irish female to break the 59 second barrier in the 100m event earlier, and followed that up by breaking 27 seconds twice in the 50m. First in the heats in 26.92, then in the semi-final in 26.74 to finish 11th overall.

The day’s record haul:

Senior 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay – 1:32.18

Senior Men’s 50m Freestyle - 21.41 Shane Ryan

Senior Women’s 50m Backstroke - 26.74 Danielle Hill


Sunday, December 8th

Danielle Hill cements her position as the Ireland’s fastest female swimmer ever, with a new Irish Senior Record of 24.76 in the 50m Freestyle, the first time any female has broken 25 seconds.

Hours later, she betters that in the semi-final, swimming 24.44, to earn a fifth Irish record of the week.

Today, she also helps Niamh Coyne, Mona McSharry and Maria Godden smash the Women’s 4x50m Medley relay record. The quartet knock over 4 seconds off the 2003 record, swimming 1:53.95.

The day’s record haul:

Senior Women’s 50m Freestyle x 2 - 24.76, 24.44 – Danielle Hill

Senior Women’s 4x50m Medley Relay - 1:53.95


Overall, this week, 19 Irish swimmers set 20 National Records (15 Irish Senior Records and four Irish Junior Records), competed in 10 semi-finals, and nine finals, and earned two medals.

As they drew breathe and boarded the planes home to Ireland, the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre was being dressed for the Irish Short Course Swimming Championships.

They began just four days later.


Thursday, December 12

Tonight, Danielle Hill, Brendan Hyland, Daniel Wiffen, Shane Ryan and Paddy Johnston all produced new Irish standards, while five Irish Relay Records fell to leave the day one tally at 11 Irish Records.

Daniel Wiffen opened the evening session with a new Irish Senior and Junior Record in the 800m Freestyle. Wiffen becomes only the second Irishman to swim quicker than 8 minutes in the event, smashing through it in 7:54.15.

Another Irish Junior Record went to Paddy Johnston, when he swam 1:58.96 in the 200m Butterfly.

Hill, who broke the minute mark in the 100m Backstroke for the first time in Glasgow, took another .33 off the time of 58.62 she swam in the semi-final in Glasgow to claim her first gold medal of the meet.

Brendan Hyland took 0.17s off the 200m IM record that James Brown set seven days ago, swimming 1:56.74, and Shane Ryan set a new Senior Men’s 100m Freestyle Record of 46.68. That came as he led off the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

The women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay record, that had stood since 1991, later came crashing down, the two junior teams were also in record form, and the Bangor men broke their own 4x50m Freestyle Irish club relay record in 1:27.70.

The day’s record haul:

Senior Men’s 800m Freestyle - 7:54.15 Daniel Wiffen

Junior Boys 800m Freestyle - 7:54.15 Daniel Wiffen

Junior Boys 200m Butterfly - 1:58.96 Paddy Johnston

Senior Women’s 100m Backstroke – 58.29 Danielle Hill

Senior Men’s 200m IM - 1:56.74 Brendan Hyland

Senior Men’s 100m Freestyle - 46.68 Shane Ryan

Senior Women’s 4x100 Freestyle Relay - 3:41.09

Senior Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay - 3:22.02

Junior Boys 4x100 Freestyle Relay - 3:22.02

Junior Girls 4x100 Freestyle Relay - 3:48.21

Senior Men’s 4x50m Freestyle Club Relay - 1:27.70


Friday, December 13

Danielle Hill, Shane Ryan, Eoin Corby, Paddy Johnston, Ellen Walshe, Naomi Trait and three relays joined the history makers this day.

Hill added 100m Freestyle to the 50m Freestyle and 50m and 100m Backstroke records she has broken over the past 10 days.

It was record number eight in the for the Larne swimmer as she dominated tonight’s final in 53.81, breaking Mona McSharry’s 2018 record of 54.34. In third place, Trait took down the Irish Junior Record in 55.13.

Shane Ryan broke Barry Murphy’s 2013 Irish record of 23.28 in the 50m Butterfly, swimming 22.96. It earned him gold, and in second was Paddy Johnston, with a second Irish Junior Record in as many days - 24.02.

In the Women’s 50m Butterfly Final, Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe flew to 26.10, knocking a full half second off her own record for the gold medal.

Eoin Corby scored another 100m Breaststroke Irish Junior Record, taking in silver behind Darragh Greene in 58.38.

He also helped Sean McNicholl, Jack Fleming, and Daniel Wiffen to a new Irish Senior and Junior Record in the 4x200m Freestyle relay, the quartet posting 7:23.87.

Not to be shown up, the women’s junior team also set a new junior standard, Trait, Julia Knox, Ele Donegan and Amelia Kane achieving 8:14.78, and the women’s senior team, set a new senior record of 8:07.86.

The day’s record haul

Senior Women’s 100m Freestyle – 53.81 Danielle Hill

Junior Girls 100m Freestyle - 55.13 Naomi Trait

Senior Men’s 50m Butterfly – 23.28 Shane Ryan

Junior Boys 50m Butterfly – 24.02 Paddy Johnston

Senior Women’s 50m Butterfly – Ellen Walshe

Junior Boys 100m Breaststroke – 58.38 Eoin Corby

Senior Men’s 4x200m Freestyle – 7:23.87

Junior Boys 4x200m Freestyle – 7:23.87

Senior Women’s 4x200m Freestyle - 8:07.86

Junior Women’s 4x200m Freestyle – 8:14.78


Saturday, December 14

Dubliners Ellen Walshe and Brendan Hyland led the assault tonight with senior records in the 100m Butterfly. Eoin Corby and Paddy Johnston added three junior records to the tally.

Walshe was the first Irish swimmer to break 59 seconds in her event with 58.81 breaking Shauna O’Brien’s 2015 record of 59.10.

Brendan Hyland went 51.38, Ards’ Paddy Johnston completing the hat-trick of Butterfly junior records in the same event as he touched in 53.55.

Corby already held all three Irish Junior Breaststroke Records, bettering his 50m time to 27.29, and then added 100m IM to his bag, breaking Conor Ferguson’s 2017 time of 55.41 in 55.10.

Today’s record haul:

Senior Women’s 100m Butterfly – 58.81 Ellen Walshe

Senior Men’s 100m Butterfly – 51.38 Brendan Hyland

Junior Boys 100m Butterfly – 53.55 Paddy Johnston

Junior Boys 100m IM - 55.10 Eoin Corby

Junior Boys 50m Breaststroke – 27.29 Eoin Corby


Sunday, December 15

Niamh Coyne had the stand-out swim of the day, crashing through Rio 2016 Olympian Fiona Doyle’s 200m Breaststroke Irish Record. She took almost a second off Doyle’s 2015 time of 2:23.64, touching in 2:22.77 for the gold.

In the Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final Eoin Corby lead the charge in yet another Irish Junior Record, his fourth of the week and seventh in a fortnight.

Corby lowered his own time of 2:09.02 from last week’s European Championships to 2:08.04.

In the Ireland 4x100m Medley Relay Exhibition swims, all four national teams went under the previous Irish bests, and in the club 4x50m medley relays, three new records were set.

Aer Lingus Women broke Ards’ 2017 record of 1:55.01 in 1:53.99. In the Men’s event gold medallists Bangor broke their own record of 1:38.75 in 1:38.34, while silver medallists Limerick, also broke their own junior record (1:45.11) in 1:43.80.

Today’s record haul:

Senior Women’s 200m Breaststroke - 2:22.77 Niamh Coyne

Junior Boys 200m Breaststroke - 2:08.04 Eoin Corby

Senior Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay - 3:59.95

Junior Girls 4x100m Medley Relay - 4:12.38

Senior Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay - 3:26.60

Junior Boys 4x100m Medley Relay - 3:37.10

Senior Women’s Club 4x50m Medley Relay - 1:53.99 Aer Lingus

Senior Men’s Club 4x50m Medley Relay - 1:38.34 Bangor

Junior Boys Club 4x50m Medley Relay - 1:43.80 Limerick