March 29, 2019
The Irish Open Swimming Championships continued in Dublin today with Brendan Hyland, Danielle Hill, Daniel Wiffen and Calum Bain joining the record-breaking train.
Hyland put in a superb performance to claim the National Title in the 200m Butterfly for the eighth year running, breaking both the Irish Senior and Irish Open Championship Records in the process. The National Centre Dublin swimmers time of 1:57.21 knocked .17 off his previous record of 1:57.38 set at the same event in 2018.
Danielle Hill, on return from a lengthy injury, smashed her way through the 50m Backstroke Final in a new Irish Senior Record of 28.64. The Larne swimmer had held the previous Irish best of 28.72 set in 2017.
Lisburn’s Daniel Wiffen had the NAC crowd on their feet as he stormed home to a new Irish Junior Record in the 800m Freestyle. The 17-year-old was under consideration times for both European and World Junior Championships with his time of 8:16.79, that time smashing Conor Turner’s previous Irish Junior Record (8:19.15) by over 2 seconds.
Calum Bain of Cookstown set a new Championship Record of 22.58 in the splash and dash 50m Freestyle Final. Bain, adding to his 50m Butterfly Title, bettered Curtis Coulter’s 2016 time of 22.73. National Centre Dublin’s Robbie Powell swam a best time of 23.01 for silver while Bangor’s David Thompson pipped Coulter to bronze by one hundredth of a second clocking 23.22
Ellen Walshe cruised to her fourth 200m Butterfly National Title in 2:14.42, a lifetime best for the Templeogue swimmer. British Olympian Hannah Miley won Commemorative Gold in the event in 2:13.39.
Erin Riordan took the spoils in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final. The UCD swimmer clocked 57.40 ahead of Otter’s Cara Stapleton (57.46) and Danielle Hill (57.73). Ards’ Ellie McKibbin was also impressive in the event as the 15-year-old went under the consideration time for European Youth Olympics in 59.04.
National Centre Limerick’s Cadan McCarthy closed out day 3 of the Irish Open with a solid swim of 4:28.59 for his second National Title in the event. Alfie Kelly took silver in 4:34.38, the young Dolphin swimmer had this morning gone under consideration times for both the European and World Junior Championships.
Competition continues to Sunday. Press Releases will be issued daily.
Consideration Times Achieved
(Team Selections will be made at a later date)
LEN European Junior Swimming Championships, Kazan, Russia, 3rd – 7th July
Eoin Corby (100m Breaststroke), Uiseann Cooke (100m Breaststroke), Amelia Kane (400m IM), Alfie Kelly (400m IM) Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle)
FINA World Swimming Championships (50m), Gwangju, Korea, 22nd – 28th July
Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), 4x100m Freestyle Relay
IOC European Youth Olympic Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan, 22nd – 28th July
Molly Mayne (100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke), Ellie McKibbin (100m Freestyle)
IPC World Para Swimming Championships, TBC, 29th July – 3rd August
Sean O’Riordan (400m Freestyle), Patrick Flanagan (400m Freestyle), Barry McClements (400m Freestyle) Ailbhe Kelly (400m Freestyle) Nicole Turner (100m Breaststroke), Ellen Keane (100m Breaststroke)
FINA World Junior Championships, Budapest, Hungary, 20th – 25th August
Eoin Corby (100m Breaststroke), Amelia Kane (400m IM), Alfie Kelly (400m IM), Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle)