Walshe, Davison, and Hill In Record Breaking Form Ahead of Olympic Trials

ByEmma Porter |

Ellen Walshe has smashed one of Ireland’s longest standing Irish Records at the Leinster Swimming Championships at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre today.

Templeogue Swimming Club’s Walshe clocked 4:37.94 in the 400m Individual Medley, knocking over a second off the 1996 record of 4:39.18 held by Michelle Smith.

Today’s swim was Walshe’s first venture under the 4.40 mark, with her previous best sitting at 4:41.30 from the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour in Barcelona in 2023.

Already qualified for the Paris Games in the 200m Individual Medley, the 22-year-old’s time today was under the Olympic Qualification Time of 4:38.53, but she’ll need to have a similar performance at the Irish Open Championships and Olympic Trials (22nd – 26th May) in less than three weeks to be able to swim it in Paris.

Grace Davison was also in record breaking form over the weekend, lowering her 100m Freestyle Irish Junior Record yet again. Davison broke her own record of 56.13, set just last month at the McCullagh International, at the Ulster Age Group and Senior Championships in 56.01.

Danielle Hill continues her preparation towards Olympic Trials with another outstanding swim, breaking her own 50m Backstroke Record at the Ulster LC Championships in 27.64. Danielle’s previous best stood at 27.69 from 2023.

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