April 20, 2022

Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Championships continued in Dublin today with two new Irish Records and six new names added to the consideration list for International Teams this Summer.

Max McCusker was the undoubted star of the day as he won two National Titles, set a new Irish Record, and achieved a consideration time for the European Championships in Rome in August. The Dolphin swimmer won the 100m Freestyle in 49.67 having qualified as the fastest swimmer from the heats in 49.42, a time good enough for Europeans consideration. Later in the evening, the 23-year-old won the 50m Butterfly in a new Irish Record of 23.44, breaking Barry Murphy’s 2013 record of 23.65 and the 2018 Irish Open Meet Record, also 23.65. McCusker returns to the pool tomorrow for the 100m Butterfly.

Also, in the Men’s 100m Freestyle New Ross’ Evan Bailey (51.38) achieved the consideration time for European Juniors while Splashworld’s Conor Fitzgerald (51.83) was under the time needed for the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Sunday’s Well’s Liam Custer set his first Irish Junior Record while winning his first National Title in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley Final. Custer and Cadan McCarthy were neck and neck coming into the home straight, but it was Custer who touched first in 4:24.50, breaking a 1-month-old record held by Jack Cassin of 4:26.21.

National Centre Dublin’s Niamh Coyne debuted at this Irish Open with a win in the 100m Breaststroke and a consideration time for the European Championships in 1:07.83. Second place Molly Mayne of Templeogue clocked 1:10.29 and a consideration time for European Juniors while Ellie McCartney also added her name to the European Juniors list in 1:11.59.

Danielle Hill doubled up on national titles, adding 200m Backstroke gold to the 50m Freestyle gold she won on Tuesday. Hill battled with National Centre Limerick’s Maria Godden over the four lengths, eventually coming out on top in 2:14.35, Godden claimed silver in 2:15.45. In the Men’s 200m Backstroke Final Nathan Wiffen dominated from start to finish, taking the National Title in 2:05.11.

Grace Hodgins closed out the day winning the 1500m Freestyle in 17:09.89, it was a second gold for the Trojan swimmer who won the 400m Freestyle yesterday. The 17-year-old also met a second consideration time for the European Junior Championships.

Competition continues tomorrow through to Saturday.

Day 2 Results

Men 400m IM Final: 1st L Custer Sundays Well 4:24.50 2nd C McCarthy National Centre Limerick 4:25.82 3rd A Wilson Banbridge 4:42.22

Women 200m Backstroke Final: 1st D Hill Larne 2:14.35 2nd M Godden National Centre Limerick 2:15.45 3rd L Cullen Sundays Well 2:19.29

Men 100m Freestyle Final: 1st M McCusker Dolphin 49.67 2nd C Bain Cookstown 50.05 3rd J Sloan National Centre Ulster 50.40

Women 100m Breaststroke Final: 1st N Coyne National Centre Dublin 1:07.83 2nd M Mayne Templeogue 1:10.29 3rd E Doyle National Centre Limerick 1:10.45

Men 200m Backstroke Finals: 1st N Wiffen Larne 2:05.11 2nd B Bliss Sundays Well 2:08.08 3rd N Irwin National Centre Limerick 2:08.66

Women 1500m Freestyle Final: 1st G Hodgins Trojan 17:09.89 2nd E Carroll National Centre Limerick 17:44.64 3rd G Cochrane Lurgan 18:08.13

Men 50m Butterfly Final: 1st M McCusker Dolphin 23.44 ISR MR 2nd C Fitzgerald Splashworld 25.35 3rd S Winston Aer Lingus 25.39

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International Swimming Events Summer 2022

2022 LEN European Championships (50m), Rome, Italy, August 11th – 17th

(Senior summer benchmark meet for Republic of Ireland athletes)

Pre-selected athletes - Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Ellen Walshe, Darragh Greene, Brendan Hyland, Finn McGeever, Jack McMillan, Shane Ryan, Daniel Wiffen, Max McCusker, Niamh Coyne

Diving consideration standard met: Clare Cryan, Ciara McGing

2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, July 29th – August 3rd

(Senior summer benchmark meet for Northern Ireland athletes)

Pre-selected athletes – Danielle Hill, Daniel Wiffen, Jack McMillan, Tanya Watson (Diving)

2022 FINA World Championships (50m) in Budapest, Hungary, June 18th – July 3rd

(Used as preparation meet only for swimming, athletes may not attend)

Pre-qualified athletes – Daniel Wiffen, Jack McMillan, Mona McSharry. Ellen Walshe, Calum Bain, Shane Ryan, Danielle Hill

Diving consideration standard met: Clare Cryan, Ciara McGing

2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal, June 18th – 22nd

Minimum Qualification Standard met: Ellen Keane, Nicole Turner, Roisin NiRiain, Barry McClements, Amy Sheridan

2022 LEN European Junior Championships in Otopeni, Romania, July 5th – 10th

(The junior summer benchmark meet for athletes of this age banding)

Grace Hodgins, Liam Custer, Molly Mayne, Ellie McCartney, Evan Bailey

2022 EOC European Youth Olympic Festival in Banka Bystrica, Slovakia, July 25th – 29th

(The junior summer benchmark meet for athletes of this age banding)

Grace Davison, Conor Fitzgerald