For the past 12 months we have heard of some fine performances from the Irish swimming team, especially of course from 17 years old Ballinaboola , Co Wexford native, Grainne Murphy.
Swimming though is not the preserve of the ‘very young’. First off in 2011 ,we had the announcement of Anne Marie Ward, from Donegal, as World No 1 Female Open Water swimmer of 2010, now comes news of further Irish successes .
One of Ireland’s top Masters swimmers Dymphna Morris has established two new European Masters records (subject to ratification), at the Dutch Open Short Course Masters’ Championships, held in Heerenveen, Holland.
Dymphna , who swims for the Aer Lingus Masters club, broke the European mark in the 200m freestyle & 400m freestyle events. Her time in the 200m freestyle was 2.19.09 (the previous record was 2.20.93), and her time for the 400m freestyle was 4.55.42 (the previous record was 5.00.20).
Dymphna also set new Irish Masters records for the 100, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events. A tremendous performance . Congratulations to Dymphna particularly since she only returned to swimming in 2009 after a six year break and has since won many awards and smashed several Irish records,
before these latest achievements. Even a bad shoulder injury soon after returning did not put her off !