Whilst all eyes were on swimmers such as Melanie Nocher, Karl Burdis and Sycerika McMahon in their efforts to gain Olympic A Standard times, let us not forget that there were some other excellent performances at this week’s Carlton Irish National championships at the N.A.C.
For example the third day of competition saw the level of excitement step up as more Irish swimmers qualified for the European Senior and Junior Championships. Highlight of the day undoubtedly went to Lisburn City ASC swimmer Bethany Carson, who broke the 16 year old Irish senior 100m Butterfly record set by Michelle Smith. In the morning’s heats Carson shaved 0.01 of a second off the record of 1:00.59 set by Smith in 1996.
Speaking after her race a delighted Carson said “At first I didn’t realise I’d broken the record, I had 1:00.56 in my head but once I saw Peter Banks clapping, I knew!”
15 year old Kilkenny junior swimmer Jane Roberts, who has already qualified for Junior European’s set a new Irish Junior record in the 50m Backstroke event in a time of 30.79. Roberts was also part of the Kilkenny 4×100 Individual Medley team that set a new Irish Junior and Senior record. Roberts along with her teammates Kate Walsh, Shani and Jess Stallard set a new record of 4:24.91.
The boys from Galway (Duffy, McGeever, O’Sullivan, McGlade) also set a new Irish Junior record of 3:59.04 in the final of the men’s 4x100m Individual Medley Relay smashing 3 seconds off the record previously set by Ards Swimming Club in 2009.
With McMahon, Nocher, and the Murphys leading the charge the future of Irish swimming remains bright and SportsNewsIreland remains confident that come the London 2012 Games there will be Irish swimmers to support other than Grainne and Barry Murphy at the Aquatics Centre in Stratford.
Watch this space!