December 01, 2020

During November, some of our Performance athletes were permitted to take part in a series of time trials run across three days in Dublin, Limerick and Bangor.

With overall prizes on the table, athletes were required to race in multiple events, some of which they wouldn’t normally do.

Points in the Open and Junior sections were awarded based on finishing position with bonuses available for lifetime bests and Irish records. The Para points were calculated on percentage away from the World Record in the event within an athlete’s classification. In total there were 77 lifetime bests set across the three days!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, racing day one took place across the three venues, with no-one travelling outside their regular training environment; on day two racing took place in Limerick and Bangor, with no-one leaving their home jurisdiction, and on day three all athletes came together in Dublin.

Strict COVID-19 protocols were in place in all venues, under the watchful eye of Pat Daly and his team of COVID-19 officers!

Despite being in different venues on the first day, both 100m freestyle events were the closest races of the series with Gerry Quinn, Finn McGeever and Jordan Sloan within milliseconds of each other in the men’s and Danielle Hill and Maria Godden separated by 0.01 in the women’s.

This event also saw excellent swims from Eoin Corby and Niamh Coyne - neither known for being freestylers!

Young Para-Swimmer Roisin Ni Riain had an excellent series too, going under the published time for the world record in her classification! Unfortunately, as this wasn’t a World Para Swimming sanctioned event, she can’t claim the record, but she’s surely a talent to watch for the future!

A huge thank you to the staff in each of the venues, and our volunteer officials who made it possible for these events to go ahead. You can find all results below.

Women - Open

Total

1

Kane, Amelia

38

2

Knox, Julia

36

3

Coyne, Niamh

30

Women - Junior

Total

1

Kane, Amelia

45

1

Knox, Julia

45

Women - Para

Race points

1

Ni Riain, Roisin

-2

2

Turner, Nicole

14

3

Keane, Ellen

16

Men - Open

Total

1

Quinn, Gerry

45

2

Mc Geever, Finn

42

3

Corby, Eoin

32

Men - Junior

Total

1

Corby, Eoin

45

1

Scannell, Sean

45

Men - Para

Race points

1

Mc Clements, Barry

23

2

Mc Grath, Jonathan

44

3

Flanagan, Patrick

69