November 27, 2019
With the 2019 Irish National SC Championships almost upon us (12th - 15th December at the National Aquatics Centre in Dublin), both senior and junior National relay teams will perform in exhibition swims during the finals sessions across each of the four days.
With a continued focus on cementing relay team qualification for one or more of our relays for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (which would be the first time this has occurred since 1972), opportunities to develop a stronger and more prominent relay culture within our swimming ranks are being taken as often as possible, particularly in our own domestic competitions.
Each Olympic relay will be put under the microscope across the four finals sessions in the NAC in December, with some longstanding Irish National Records up for grabs, as many of these National Team relays have not been contested in a 25m pool for many years, with one such National record still standing from 1991.
Olympic Relay qualification will come to the fore on two occasions in 2020, with Ireland currently occupying Olympic berths in the Male 400m Medley Relay and Male 800m Freestyle Relay – but both can be taken away from us at any time that nations (who are currently ranked outside of the world top-16) record a time in a 50m pool superior to those set by Ireland at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea. The first of these opportunities for our relays will take place at the 2020 Irish Open Championships (the Olympic & Paralympic Trials) in Dublin in April 2020 with a second and final opportunity available at the 2020 European Championships in Budapest in May 2020.
The National Team relay selections (junior and senior) for the 2019 Irish National SC Championships can be found HERE