International meet round-up
A day after racing the Irish record in the 200m butterfly, Brendan Hyland NCD/Tallaght, took the fight to the 100m and emerged with a 52.62 national senior standard to go with another title as nationals came to a close in Dublin. That took down the 53.26 he set a year ago.
These were not like other national championships in Ireland in that performance head Jon Rudd has asked his new shoal and their coaches to step up to the international standard of putting themselves on the line at trials for international selection. A strong of new standards, senior and junior, suggest that man have done just that – and in good company from visiting teams, too.
American junior William Davis was closest to Hyland, in 53.71, his teammate David Madej on 54.05.
The women’s 100m butterfly also witnessed progress among the Irish. The win went to Scotland’s Tain Bruce in 59.68, Talia Bates, of the visiting NCSA team from the USA, on 1:00.01. In the junior ranks, Ellen Walshe, Templeogue, clocked 1:00.69 for an Irish junior record. All good inspiration for the youngsters there watching, including the swim club minnows volunteering as basket boys and girls.
In other action, visitor Isabelle Stadden and teammate Phoebe Bacon topped the 200m backstroke, on 2:12.01 and 2:12.26 respectively, the U.S. sweep completed by Caitlin Brooks in 2:13.67. Maria Godden, Kilkenny, zest an Irish junior record of 2:16.33.
Showing Irish swimmers the standard they have to meet out in the wider world is a point of the exercise right now. The men’s 200m back had Rory McEvoy, NCD/Ennis, on 2:01.01 as national champion, while Brodie Williams, Millfield, took the race in 1:58.79 and U.S. junior Peter Larson clocked 2:01.01 to match the Irish champion.
Claire Tuggle, of the visiting NCSA, topped the 200m medley in 2:15.93, the best of Ireland Niamh Kilgallen, Claremorris, on 2:16.77.
Jack McMillan, Bangor, was among the Irish keeping the visitors at bay, on 1:50.34 in the 200m freestyle, but there was no getting to American junior Ashley Strouse in the 1500m free as she came home in 16:56.82.
At the Swim Cup in The Hague …
Jesse Puts was one of several swimmers to establish meet records, a 21.97 in heats of the 50m free setting a standard that was shaded back to 21.95 in the final. The top three was completed by in 22.32 and 22.45 by Thom de Boer and Nyls Korstanje.
Kinge Zandringa’s 59.24 set a meet mark in the 100m butterfly and kept at bay respective efforts of 59.46 and 59.59 from Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Elinore de Jong.
In the men’s 100 ‘fly Mathys Goosen clocked a meet record of 53.16, while there were event standards in both 200m backstroke finals, Tessa Vermeulen on 2:13.17 and Joseph Hulme, of Bath, on 2:01.67. The men’s 200m medley meet mark fells to Arjan Knipping in 2:02.17.
Elsewhere, Kim Busch took the 50m free in 25.18 and Tes Schouten set a Dutch 18 years age record of 31.13 in the 50m breaststroke.
In Geneva …
The highlight of the day at Swiss nationals, where several swimmers booked tickets to international waters, Jeremy Desplanches clocked 1:58.66 in the 200m medley for a place in the fledgling world top 10 for 2018.