Saturday 23 September 2017

Doyle eyes Rio after record-breaking weekend

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Fiona Doyle was voted the Swimmer of the year at the CIS championships after winning the 50m (31.11), 100m (1:07.76) and 200m breaststroke (2:27.63)
Fiona Doyle was voted the Swimmer of the year at the CIS championships after winning the 50m (31.11), 100m (1:07.76) and 200m breaststroke (2:27.63)
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Fiona Doyle has her sights firmly fixed on Rio 2016 after a triple gold medal winning performance at the Canadian Intervarsity Sport (CIS) championships in Victoria.

Representing the University of Calgary, Doyle was voted the Swimmer of the Year at the CIS championships after winning the 50m (31.11), 100m (1:07.76) and 200m breaststroke (2:27.63). The 100m and 200m were new national long course records and she was also the first woman since former world record holder Annamay Pierse to have a clean sweep of the breaststroke events.

The qualification period for next year's Olympics starts this Sunday, and in April Doyle will target a FINA 'A' time to secure her place at the Games, as well as counting down to this summer's World Championships.

"I was very pleased with my performances over the three days. Going into the meet I had some big expectations but knew they were attainable. I have been training hard and fast for the past couple of months so I was confident," said Doyle.

"I wanted to go under the FINA 'A' time in the 100m breast which is 1.07.85 at this meet as I knew it would be a confidence booster going into the Canadian Trials in April.

"The 200 came as a bit of a surprise. I wasn't expecting the best time in both the heats and finals as I have always struggled with that race.

"However, I knew I was fit and had done a lot of technical work on my stroke so it was just a matter of trusting myself and doing the best I could.

"It was icing on the cake when I dropped over two seconds and the cherry on top was definitely the gold.

"The 50m had a little more added pressure as a woman had not won the breaststroke sweep since 2009 and I also knew that female swimmer of the year was on the line. I knew though that if I kept my cool I could do well.

"It was awesome to break Annamay Pearse's championship record.

"I'm really hoping to qualify for the Olympics this summer. I believe that is attainable as I have already gone under the cut twice this year."

Irish Independent

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