December 10, 2018

Our NPD Jon Rudd has been carefully watching the heats and finals across the last four days and these are the stand out performances for him - and not always because the records got broken...

Day 1:

Rory McEvoy (NCD) 100m Backstroke - a master class in why underwater speed is important and should be seen by athletes and coaches as the 'fifth stroke'. If you're not putting time into this every day, then you're very much pedalling the bike and squeezing the brakes at the same time...

Day 2:

Mona McSharry (Marlins) 100m Freestyle - although this may sound like an obvious choice for Day 2, to take down a 23 year old National Record is something special in any nation. The challenge to Irish female athletes and their coaches is to not let it be another two decades before it goes again 

Day 3:

Alan Corby (NCL) 100m IM - a sublime backstroke to breaststroke turn, one that you could watch again and again gave this young man the platform for his first Irish senior record. Skills will outclass most of the other things that we may feel are important - particularly in the short course season

 

and (we'll be greedy on Day 3 and pick two)...

 

Jack McMillan (Bangor) 400m Freestyle - if you ever wanted to fully recognise that middle distance is about what you can leave our rather than what you have to put in to do the job - then this race was for you. Long, smooth and classy freestyle swimming - paced to perfection with the leg kick to bring it home. The 200 was a class act too

Day 4:

Ellie McCartney (Enniskillen Lakelanders) 200m Breaststroke - there's something afoot here, a young lady swimming with natural rhythm and finesse over the longer breaststroke distance. I'd say we need to watch this space; it looks like only a matter of time before we're very excited about this young prospect...

 

and (let's be greedy again)...

 

Eoin Corby (NCL) 200m Breaststroke - w beautifully timed and executed race which suggests that long course racing could be even better than we saw here. 2:11 for a young lad is great swimming in anybody's language - probably the swim of the week!