December 13, 2019

Irish records continued to tumble during day two of the Irish National Short Course Championships at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre today. European Championship team members Danielle Hill, Shane Ryan, Eoin Corby and Paddy Johnston were all adding to previous records while Ellen Walshe, Naomi Trait and three relays joined the history makers.

Danielle Hill continued her assault on the record books adding the 100m Freestyle to the 50m Freestyle and 50m and 100m Backstroke records she has broken over the past 10 days. It was record number eight in the for the Larne swimmer as she dominated tonight’s final in 53.81, breaking Mona McSharry’s 2018 record of 54.34. In third place, Kilkenny’s Naomi Trait took down the Irish Junior Record in 55.13.

Shane Ryan also continued his record-breaking form tonight. The European Bronze medallist over the 50m Backstroke and Irish record holder in Backstroke and Freestyle events, took on the 50m Butterfly where he broke Barry Murphy’s 2013 Irish record of 23.28 in 22.96. Paddy Johnston claimed his second Irish Junior Record in as many days to win silver in 24.02.

In the Women’s 50m Butterfly Final, Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe took yet another record. The 18-year-old had set the current standard of 26.65 last month, but flew to 26.10 tonight, knocking a full half second off her record for the gold medal. Walshe was back in the water soon after to claim gold in the 400m Individual Medley with a personal best time of 4:38.38

Darragh Greene and Eoin Corby dominated the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final with impressive lifetime bests, Corby’s an Irish Junior Record. The duo were the only two swimmers under the minute mark with Greene topping the podium in 58.13 and Corby in silver in 58.38.

In today’s Ireland Exhibition Relay’s, the 4x200m Freestyle, Sean McNicholl, Eoin Corby, Jack Fleming and Daniel Wiffen took both the Men’s Irish Senior (7:27.78) and Junior (7:36.83) Records in 7:23.87. In the Women’s event, Victoria Catterson, Mona McSharry, Maria Godden and Rachel Bethel broke the Irish Senior Record of 8:25.94 from 1991 in 8:07.86 while Naomi Trait, Julia Knox, Ele Donegan and Amelia Kane set a new junior standard in 8:14.78.

In the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final, last week’s European medallist Mona McSharry claimed her first title of the week in 1:05.72, National Centre Dublin’s Niamh Coyne was just behind in 1:05.94.

Also, in action today was Amelia Kane, who claimed 800m Freestyle Gold for the first time in 8:51.46, a personal best for the Ards swimmer.  National Centre Limerick’s Cadan McCarthy was crowned National Champion in the 400m Individual Medley in 4:18.25 while McCarthy’s team-mate Jack Grace won the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final in 49.28.

In this mornings’ club relays, the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay, Bangor topped the podium in 1:38.68, with Ards in second in 1:39.12 and Aer Lingus bronze in 1:40.48.

Competition continues tomorrow through to Sunday.

Day 2 Results:

Women 800m Freestyle: 1st Amelia Kane Ards 8:51.46 2nd Grace Hodgins Trojan 8:59.00 3rd Martine Hallberg SNDN 9:00.11* / Jessica Gannon National Centre Limerick 9:06.59

Men 100m Freestyle: 1st Jack Grace National Centre Limerick 49.28 2nd Finn McGeever National Centre Limerick 49.58 3rd Curtis Coulter Bangor 49.61

Women 100m Freestyle: 1st Danielle Hill Larne 53.81 ISR 2nd Niamh Kilgallen National Centre Dublin 55.13 3rd Naomi Trait Kilkenny 55.73 IJR

Men 100m Breaststroke: 1st Darragh Greene National Centre Dublin 58.13 2nd Eoin Corby National Centre Limerick 58.38 IJR 3rd Liam Doyle National Centre Limerick 1:00.03

Women 100m Breaststroke: 1st Mona McSharry Marlins 1:05.72 2nd Niamh Coyne National Centre Dublin 1:05.94 3rd Tina Tang Shanghai 1:07.04* / Aisling Haughey Aer Lingus 1:07.77

Men 400m IM: 1st Cadan McCarthy National Centre Limerick 4:18.25 2nd Liam Custer Sundays Well 4:21.89 3rd Richard Nolan Waterford 4:22.81

Women 50m Butterfly: 1st Ellen Walshe Templeogue 26.10 ISR 2nd

Men 50m Butterfly: 1st Shane Ryan National Centre Dublin 22.96 ISR 2nd Paddy Johnston Ards 24.02 IJR 3rd Cillian Colvin NAC 24.65

Women 400m IM: 1st Ellen Walshe Templeogue 4:38.38 2nd Eline Vik SNDN 4:52.08* / Lara McEvoy Portmarnock 5:01.53 3rd Hannah O’Shea Dolphin5:03.38

Mixed 200m Freestyle Relay: 1st Bangor 1:38.68 2nd Ards 1:39.12 3rd Aer Lingus 1:40.48.   

*Denotes a foreign swimmer who receives a commemorative medal


National Team Exhibition Relays:

Women 4x200m Freestyle Relay:

Victoria Catterson Mona McSharry, Maria Godden, Rachel Bethel 8:07.86 ISR

Naomi Trait, Julia Knox, Ele Donegan, Amelia Kane 8:14.78 IJR  

Men 4x200m Freestyle Relay:

Sean McNicholl, Eoin Corby, Jack Fleming, Daniel Wiffen 7:23.87 ISR/IJR