Ellen Walshe Sets Intentions for 2024 Season at Flanders Swimming Cup

ByEmma Porter |

Swim Ireland had 18 athletes in action over the weekend at the Flanders Swimming Cup 2024, which took place in the Olympic Swimming Centre Wezenberg Antwerp.

Ellen Walshe was on fire claiming six podium positions. She brought home gold in the 50M and 100M Fly, and the 200IM and 400IM. She also secured silver in the 200M breaststroke, and bronze in the 100M backstroke.

The Templeogue swimmer was also part of two Ireland relays that collected gold. Walshe combined with Maria Godden, Victoria Catterson and Ellie McCartney in the 4x100m Medley Relay and with Godden, Catterson and Grace Davison in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Niamh Coyne was victorious in the 100m Breaststroke, with the National Centre Dublin swimmer also winning bronze medals in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke.

Maria Godden and Ellie McCartney brought home double silvers from the Women’s 100M and 200M backstroke, and the 100M breaststroke and 200IM respectively.

Grace Davidson took bronze in the 200IM to make it an Irish sweep in the event. A gold in the 50M freestyle and a bronze in the 100M freestyle completed her weekend.

Vittoria Catterson secured both the 100M and 200M freestyle gold, and followed this was a PB in the 400M freestyle for bronze.

Four Irish swimmers were among the top five female swimmers at the meet with Walshe second, Cullen third, McCartney fourth, and Catterson fifth.

On the men’s side, gold medals were won in both the 4x100m Medley and 4x100m Freestyle Relays. Matthew Walsh Hussey, Oisin Tebite, Jack Cassin and Thomas Leggett combined in the Freestyle Relay, while Cassin and Walsh-Hussey were joined by Brandon Biss and Eoin Corby to top the podium in the Medley Relay.

Jack Cassin swam to silver in the 200M fly, and bronze in the 100M fly. Lottie Cullen also secured silver in the 50M backstroke, while Eoin Corby was 3rd in the 200M breaststroke, and Shane Ryan was also 3rd in the 50M fly.

The full results are available HERE.

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