2018 IRISH OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, April 4th – Sunday, April 8th
- National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
- Selection for European Senior & Junior Championships; World Youth Olympic Games
- Psych Sheets
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap
- Day 2 Recap
- Day 3 Recap
- Day 4 Recap
Irishman Brendan Hyland concluded the 2018 Irish Open Swimming Championships on a huge high note, as the 22-year-old claimed his 2nd national record of the meet.
After already nailing a 200m butterfly record en route to gold earlier in the meet, the National Centre Dublin athlete crushed a 100m butterfly mark of 52.62 to dip under the 53-second threshold for the first time of his career. The previous record stood at 53.26. Hyland’s performance resulted in his winning the 7th consecutive 100m fly Irish national title.
American teen Claire Tuggle raced her way to another victory in her first elite overseas meet, clinching the 200m IM victory. Entering the Irish Open her personal best in the event stood at the 2:19.69 clocked last July. However, the Clovis Swim Club athlete split 29.26/36.40/39.40/30.87 to take the win in a monster lifetime best of 2:15.93.
As with her other impressive performances at this meet, including her 200m free and 400m free, Tuggle now checks-in among the best-ever American women aged 13-14 in this 200m IM event.
Top 5 American Women (13-14) 200m IM of All-Time:
- Missy Franklin, 2:12.73, 2009
- Katie Hoff, 2:15.26, 2004
- Alex Walsh, 2:15.84, 2015
- Claire Tuggle, 2:15.93, 2018
- Allie Szekely, 2:15.98, 2012
Additional Winners on the Day:
- Jack McMillan took the men’s 200m freestyle in 1:50.34.
- Millfield’s Brodie Williams was the night’s 200m backstroke winner, earning gold in 1:58.79.
- America’s Isabelle Stadden won the women’s 200m back in 2:12.01.