Sunday 21 January 2018

Swimming: Murphy won't sink at senior level - coach

Mark O'Driscoll

IRELAND'S golden girl Grainne Murphy is ready for the challenge of transferring junior glory into senior success at next month's European Championships.

Last year, Murphy walked away from the European Junior Championships with three gold medals and a bronze, but now, as a senior, she has the test of moving up another level.

This week she will be competing in the Irish Open Championships at the National Aquatic Centre, which start today, and, along with the rest of the European squad, will be using them as part of her preparation for the long-course championships in Budapest.

Coach Ronald Claes believes she has the talent to make that step and, just as importantly, the desire to become a force on the European senior scene.

"Usually it takes a couple of years before you would hope to see a junior swimmer start to make that transition into the seniors, so she has time. It's a big jump," Claes said.

"It will be interesting to see how she goes. She has certainly been training as hard as ever. She has the commitment and the desire you need at this level.

"Sycerika McMahon did very well at the recent European Junior Championships and it is the same thing, she puts in that daily work every day without fail. Grainne is certainly on track and I'm confident she'll compete very well in Budapest."

Irish Independent

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