The nation of Ireland continues to rack up the records as the 2019 swimming season rolls on. Swimmers representing the country competed at the European Junior Swimming Championships, European Youth Olympic Festival, FINA World Championships, and the Irish Summer Nationals, making history for Ireland along the way.
For instance, at the European Junior Swimming Championships, 48% of swimmers achieved lifetime bests in Olympic events compared to 23% at the same competition last year. A total of 6 Irish Junior Records were re-written in Kazan as well, with the nation seeing swimmers appear in 5 semi-finals and 2 finals over the course of the Championships.
At the EYOF, 75% of the Irish swimmers competing achieved lifetime best in Olympic events, compared to just 37% back in 2017. The nation brought home 2 medals in the form of Molly Mayne‘s 3rd place finishes in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events.
On the senior circuit, 43% of Irish swimmers that competed at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju produced lifetime bests in Olympic events, representing a massive increase from just 8% in 2017. A total of 7 Senior Irish National Records were registered, with Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland each making the sem-finals in their respective events of the 50m breast and 200m fly.
Shane Ryan also advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s 50m back but withdrew to focus on the medley relay.
Finally, in domestic action, 7 Irish Records were cracked at the Irish Summer Nationals, 4 of which came from Danielle Hill alone. Hill produced new marks across the 50m free (25.29), 100m free (56.01), 50m back (27.95) and 100m back (1:01.08).