Monday 23 April 2018

Meegan, Fleming smash Irish records

Mark O'Driscoll

SWIMMING: Ireland enjoyed record-breaking performances from Andrew Meegan at the World University Games and Laoise Fleming at the European Junior Championships.

Meegan, competing in Kazan, Russia, clocked a new Irish senior record of 3:54.11 for the 400m freestyle to finish an impressive 11th overall.

Fiona Doyle will be hoping for a similar result in the 100m breaststroke today.

At the European juniors in Poznan, Poland, Fleming of the Kells club set a new Irish junior record in the 200m backstroke semi-finals, clocking 2:18.53 – smashing the previous best of Tara Dunne, 2:19.45, set in 2009.

Fleming said: "I'm very happy with the Irish record. I went out too fast in the heats and changed that after watching the race back. I'm now looking forward to the rest of my events this week."

Tallaght and NAC Performance Centre swimmer Clodagh Flood and Sarah Kelly of Comans Swimming Club put in impressive performances in the semi-finals of the women's 200m butterfly.

Flood bettered her time from the preliminaries to finish 12th overall in 2:19.87, while Kelly finished in 2:20.03 for 14th.

Brian O'Sullivan was also in semi-final action, finishing 17th overall in the 100m backstroke in 57.65.

Ireland coach Pearse McGuigan said: "We had solid performances all round, with four swimmers making semi-finals and swimming well.

"Laoise's record was a nice highlight to end day one which bodes well for Day 2."

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