14thWorld Masters Championships Riccione–June 10th–17th 2012–Irish Results
Medals – 2 Gold – 5 Silver – 2 Bronze – 34 Irish Records
Day 1 – 1 Silver – 1 Record
What a start. Six swims, 5 beating their entry time and a silver medal for Dymphna Morris in the 800m Freestyle. Not only did Dymphna win silver but also took over a minute off the Irish record, some swim.
Day 2 – 1 Silver – 1 Bronze – 9 Records
Claire O'Dwyer got a bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle and was just one second away from silver. In the same event and in one of the most competitive groups, 30-34 male, Botond Solymossy struck silver missing out on gold by 0.25 of a second! Both swims were Irish records and other record swims were broken by Dymphna Morris, Jeff Phillips and Declan Harte in the 200m Backstroke, Patrica Murphy and John Rielly in the 100m Freestyle, with Colette O'Neill and Michelle Mulcahy in the 100m Breastroke.
Day 3 – 1 Gold – 1 Bronze – 4 Records
A brilliant swim by John Cunningham of LImerick Masters saw him win gold by 0.04 of a second in the 50m Butterflyfly and a bronze for Dymphna in the 200m Freestyle, surprisingly neither broke Irish records . However, 4 new Irish records were set, in the 400m IM by Helena McGrath, Michelle Mulcahy and Jeff Phillips with a 200m Freestyle record for Nuala Curley.
Day 4 – 1 Gold – 2Silver – 8 Records
John Cunningham struck gold again, this time in the 100m Butterflyfly while both Claire O'Dwyer and Botond Solymossy won silver in the 50m Freestyle sprint events. Records were set by Claire, Jeff Phillips, Dan Golden, John Rielly in the 50m Freestyle, Dymphna in the 200m IM, Claire and David Graham in the 100m Butterflyfly and John Cunningham in the 50m Breastroke.
Day 5 – 5 Records
On a quiet day at the Worlds there were Irish records for Are Lingus in the 4x50m Freestyle relay in the age groups 200-239 women and 240-279 mixed while medley records were set by Aer Lingus in the 200-239 women and mixed with NAC swimming a further record in the 200-239 mixed relay.
Day 6 – 4 Records
Irish records were set by Michelle Mulcahy in the 200m Breastroke, Liz Murray and Jeff Phillips in the 100m Backstroke and David Graham in the 200m fly.
Day 7 – 1 Silver – 3 Records
Last day in the pool. with another silver in the 400m Freestyle for Dymphna with a record for Rob Genest in the 400m and further records for Anne Cummins and Jeff Phillips in the 50m Backstroke.
Day 8 – 3k Open Sea Swim
Even on the last day, while we did not land any medals, all of our swimmers surpassed themselves by blitzing their entry times for the open water 3k event. Maybe the conditions were much more benign than those experienced off our coastline. The nearest to a medal swim was 13th that Breda McNamara from Limerick.
Details of swims are in the attached document.