3rd May 2011
Irish Long Course Nationals Round Up
The Irish long course (50m) National Swimming Championships, one of the premiere events on the Irish swimming calendar took place at the National Aquatic Centre from 28th April – 1st May.
The event, which doubled up as a World Championship qualifier, as well as a qualifying meet for the European Juniors, European Youth Olympics, World Juniors and World Student Games was for many, one of the most important competitions of the year.
Stand-out swimmer from the meet was sixteen year-old Sycerika McMahon, who won nine titles in total over the four-day event. The versatile Leander swimmer, coached by former Olympic coach Bobby Madine and Kathryn Wylie now holds the National title for the 50m, 200m & 400m freestyle, 100m & 200m butterfly, 50m & 100m breaststroke and 200m & 400m Individual Medley. McMahon also set a new Irish Junior record in the 100m butterfly (1.02.05).
Also setting records was Niall Wynne of St. Paul’s swimming club and the NAC-High Performance Centre, who set a new Irish Senior record in the 400m Individual Medley (4.27.96).
Olympian Melanie Nocher, swimming for Ards swimming club achieved the qualification standard for the World Championships in the 200m backstroke (2.12.25) and won the event.
Aisling Cooney, also a 2008 Beijing Olympian heartbreakingly missed out on qualification for the Worlds by .7 in her best event, the 100m backstroke.
Overall, a very successful meet with an extremely high standard being set by some of Irelands finest swimmers.