Swimming Records Tumble at the National Aquatic Centre
Swim Ireland held their 2009 National Short Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, from the 19th to the 22nd November.
During the Championships, Irish Olympian Aisling Cooney (ESB Swimming Club) became the first Irish woman to break the one minute barrier for the 100 metres backstroke.
Sycerika McMahon (Leander SC) also performed sensationally by winning 6 Gold Medals, recording a new Irish senior record and 3 new junior records over the course of the weekend event.
Also setting new National Junior records were Shauna O’Brien (Waterford Crystal SC) in the Women’s 50m Butterfly, and Philip Duffy (St. Pauls SC) in the Men’s 100m Butterfly.
There was also a Deaf World Record time at the same event. This was achieved by Eoin Nolan (Aer Lingus SC) in the 100m Freestyle, who took 1.39 seconds off the existing world record time.
In all, over 315 of Ireland’s top swimmers competed in the events over 4 days, and a total of 4 new Senior records and 8 new Junior records were recorded.
This brings to 31 the total number of new National Swimming records (both Senior and Junior) achieved at the National Aquatic Centre so far in 2009.
According to Teifion Williams, General Manager,
“This is a great credit to the Swim Ireland High Performance programme as it prepares Irish swimmers for international competition. It also confirms the National Aquatic Centre as the premier venue for aquatic sports in Ireland”.