December 15, 2019

Eight further records fell on the final day of Swim Ireland’s Irish Short Course Swimming Championships in Dublin today bringing to a close an outstanding two weeks for Irish swimmers where 55 records were broken.

National Centre Dublin’s Niamh Coyne had the stand-out swim of the day as she crashed through Rio 2016 Olympian Fiona Doyle’s 200m Breaststroke Irish Record. Coyne 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 it was a clean sweep for National Centre Limerick swimmers with Eoin Corby leading 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 for gold ahead of Liam Doyle (2:10.52) and Uiseann Cooke (2:14.71).

In tonight’s Ireland Relay Exhibition swims, all four national teams went under the previous Irish bests. The senior women dipped under the 4-minute mark combining for 3:59.95, knocking over 15 seconds off the 1992 record of 4:15.90 while the juniors blitzed the previous best of 4:25.58 in 4:12.38. In the Men’s event, the seniors broke a 2018 record of 3:27.23 in 3:26.60 while the juniors annihilated the previous standard of 3:56.15 in 3:37.10.

In this morning’s club relays three new Irish Records were set with the women from Aer Lingus breaking 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.

Danielle Hill collected her fifth national title of the week in the Women’s 50m Backstroke Final with a time of 26.90, the Larne swimmer has had an incredible two weeks breaking seven Irish Records. In the Men’s final Ards’ Paddy Johnston topped the podium in 24.77.

In today’s distance Freestyle Finals, Amelia Kane and Daniel Wiffen added 1500m Gold to 800m Gold from earlier in the week. Kane dipped below 17 minutes for the first time in 16:59.29 while Wiffen clocked 15:12.59.

The final individual event of the championships saw Kilkenny’s Naomi Trait and National Centre Dublin’s Robbie Powell collect gold in the 200m Freestyle. Trait touched in 2:00.25 while Powell stopped the clock on 1:45.39.

National Performance Director Jon Rudd said, "The four days in Dublin bring to an end a very exciting and productive fortnight for Irish swimming. We thought that we had achieved something special when we returned from the European Championships last week with 2 medals and 20 new Irish records but to break another 35 this week to make it 55 in total is quite exceptional, particularly when we are re-breaking several of those records that are only a few days old. There has been a buzz in and around the NAC this week; more clubs and coaches are progressing their athletes than we would have seen before and there is a rising depth amongst our ranks in most events. There has been some great work done by Irish swimming this month and we look forward to Olympic year and how this confidence because of our progress can transfer from January onwards". 

Swim Ireland commence the Olympic year with athletes racing in Geneva and Antwerp in January before a final preparation event at the McCullagh International meet in Bangor in February which will match the Tokyo 2020 format (evening heats, morning finals). The Olympic & Paralympic Trials take place in Dublin from 1st - 5th April and this is the sole event from which athletes can qualify to the Olympic Team in individual events. The LEN European Championships in Budapest in May provides Ireland with a final competition from which they can qualify Olympic relays before the Olympic Games themselves take place in Tokyo in July.

Day 4 Results:

Women 1500m Freestyle: 1st Amelia Kane Ards 16:59.29 2nd Martine Hallberg SNDN 17:08.58* / Grace Hodgins Trojan 17:20.10 3rd Jessica Gannon National Centre Limerick 17:21.70

Men 1500m Freestyle: 1st Daniel Wiffen Lisburn 15:12.59 2nd Liam Custer Sundays Well 15:26.10 3rd Nathan Wiffen Lisburn 16:04.40

Women 200m Breaststroke: 1st Niamh Coyne National Centre Dublin 2:22.77 ISR 2nd Aisling Haughey Aer Lingus 2:25.69 3rd Ellen Walshe Templeogue 2:27.76

Men 200m Breaststroke: 1st Eoin Corby National Centre Limerick 2:08.04 IJR 2nd Liam Doyle National Centre Limerick 2:10.52 3rd Uiseann Cooke National Centre Limerick 2:14.71

Women 50m Backstroke: 1st Danielle Hill Larne 26.90 2nd Ellen Walshe Templeogue 28.41 3rd Jenna MacDougald Otter 28.64

Men 50m Backstroke: 1st Paddy Johnston Ards 24.77 2nd Rory McEvoy National centre Dublin 24.94 3rd Sean McNicholl Templeogue 26.17 / Tianyu Zhou Shanghai 25.88*

Women 200m Freestyle: 1st Naomi Trait Kilkenny 2:00.25 2nd Bethy Firth Ards 2:01.85* / Julia Knox Banbridge 2:02.66 3rd Rachel Bethel Bangor 2:02.80

Men 200m Freestyle: 1st Robbie Powell National Centre Dublin 1:45.39 2nd Michael Hewitt Ards 1:48.69 3rd Finn McGeever National Centre Limerick & Dean Power National Centre Dublin 1:49.05

Women 200m Medley Relay: 1st Aer Lingus 1:53.99 ISR 2nd Otter 1:56.66 3rd Ards 1:56.75

Men 200m Medley Relay: 1st Bangor 1:38.34 ISR 2nd Limerick 1:43.80 IJR 3rd Ards 1:45.01  

*Denotes a foreign swimmer who receives a commemorative medal

National Team Exhibition Relays:

Women 4x100m Medley Relay:

Senior: Danielle Hill, Niamh Coyne, Ellen Walshe, Erin Riordan 3:59.95 ISR

Junior: Amelia Kane, Molly Mayne, Andrea Cox, Naomi Trait 4:12.38 IJR

Men 4x100m Medley Relay:

Senior: Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland, Jordan Sloan 3:26.60 ISR

Junior: Sean Scannell, Eoin Corby, Paddy Johnston, Sean McNicholl 3:37.10 IJR