Relay team set Irish record in Belgrade

The Irish boy’s relay team continued to rewrite the record books at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Belgrade, Serbia today, setting another Irish Junior Record today, this time in the 4 x 100m Medley relay. The team of Luke Campbell, Philip Duffy, Nicholas Quinn and Conor Turner impressed in this morning’s heats, finishing in a time of 4:01.63.

This was the third relay record this week for the Irish team, capping a great week of swimming for Ireland. The team finished in 17th place, so won’t feature in this evening’s final, with favourites Russia hoping for gold following a commanding team performance in the heats (3:45.43).

Bangor swimmer Luke Campbell also swam this morning in the heats of the 50m Freestyle, finishing in a time of 24.88. The Championship record in this event is 22.26 and has stood since 2005, but could be under threat today, with Spanish sprint expert Rodriguez Aitor Martinez posting an impressive 22.97 to progress to the semi-final’s in pole position.

Nicholas Quinn (Castlebar SC) and Philip Duffy (St Paul’s SC) both competed in the 400m Individual Medley today, with Quinn finishing in 4:45.29 and Duffy touching in 4:46.16. Neither progressed to the next stage and didn’t threaten the current Irish Junior Record of 4:33.22, held by Tommy Bergin (Waterford Crystal SC) since the Irish Nationals in 2007.

Leander swimmer Sycerika McMahon did not swim today, but can be pleased with her trio of medals (two gold’s and one silver) as she travels back with the rest of the Irish Squad tonight. McMahon will have no time for resting on her laurels, as she departs for Malaysia later this week to join up with the World Championships Team for a training camp near Kuala Lumpar.

This has been a fantastic Championships for the Irish team, with an impressive haul at the Tasmajdan Swimming Complex of 3 medals, 1 Irish Senior Record, 7 Irish Junior Records and 11 new Personal Best times from the eight strong squad.

Full Irish Results – Day 5
Luke Campbell (Bangor SC) M50FR 24.88
Philip Duffy (St Pauls SC) M400IM 4:46.16
Nicholas Quinn (Castlebar SC) M400IM 4:45.29 will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.


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