Tuam swimmer Uiseann Cooke was the star of the show on day 2 of the Irish Short Course Championships in the National Aquatic Centre Dublin.

Having topped the podium in the 100m Breaststroke on the previous day, Cooke took the 200m Breaststroke out hard and held on to set a new Irish Senior record in a time of 2:06.81, shaving 0.8 seconds off Darragh Greene’s three-year-old record.

Ards swimmer Victoria Catterson came close to the 200m Freestyle record, winning gold in a time of 1:57.91, just 0.8 off the record, and will have her sights set to take down the long course record in the New Year.

The younger athletes also put on a good show on Friday with New Ross swimmer Evan Bailey continuing his good form, taking bronze in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley.

Coolmine’s Danny Morgan went out fast in the 200m Freestyle, tying up towards the end to place third behind Nathan Wiffen (Larne SC) and Jack Grace (Kingdom SC).

16-year-old Ellie McCartney (Ards SC) topped the podium in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke, matching her efforts from day 1 in the 100m Breaststroke.

Many of the swimmers competing have their eyes on the Performance Pathway and Transition Programmes, with 19 swimmers having achieved the standard in the first two days of competition. With one more day of competition on Saturday 18th it will be exciting to see more swimmers achieve their goals.