Friday 18 October 2019

Corby storms to glory in 200m breaststroke as records tumble

 

Eoin Corby in action at the Irish Short Course Swimming Championships at Lagan Valley. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Eoin Corby in action at the Irish Short Course Swimming Championships at Lagan Valley. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Swim Ireland's Short Course National Championships concluded in Lisburn yesterday with a further four records set, bringing the total to 18 over the past four days.

Eoin Corby of National Centre Limerick set a new junior mark in the men's 200m breaststroke, the 16-year-old smashing Andrew Bree's 1998 record of 2:14.26 to claim gold in 2:11.96.

On Saturday, Corby's older brother Alan, set a new senior standard in the 100m individual medley.

Jack McMillan won his third title of the championships and broke a third junior record when triumphing in the men's 200m freestyle final.

The Bangor swimmer took almost two seconds off his own 2017 record of 1:46.32 when touching in 1:44.49, ahead of National Centre Dublin team-mates Jordan Sloan (1:45.19) and Robbie Powell (1:48.06).

The last race of the day provided two records as the men from Bangor and Limerick set new senior and junior standards in the 200m medley relay.

Mona McSharry was the only swimmer to break the two-minute mark as she collected her sixth title of the week in the 200m freestyle.

McSharry, who has broken six national records in the past four days, touched in 1:59.40.

Kilkenny's Naomi Trait and Bangor's Rachel Bethel (2:01.87) battled for silver with Trait prevailing by just 0.25s in 2:01.62.

Aer Lingus' Aisling Haughey added to her 50m breaststroke title with a win in the 200m event, while Lisburn's Daniel Wiffin took the honours in the men's 800m freestyle.

Kate Kavanagh and Paddy Johnston both picked up their fist individual titles of the week in the 50m Backstroke.

Kavanagh of UCD won the women's final in 28.87, with Johnston collecting gold in the men's event in 25.41.

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