A roundup of swimming news

Thank yo to Jeff for the written up:

1) We had a great holiday/gala in Palma. The weather wasn’t as good as last year, in fact it poured with rain on Friday, but it was two weeks earlier than last year! There were 30 from Aer Lingus and another 30 from Sundays Well/Cork/Sandycove Island so plenty of Irish support. The Sunday session finished in time for a very long lunch with more than enough booze for all of us.
Results are here.  I entered the “Complete Swimmer” competition where they add the times from the four fifty’s and the 100 IM. Unusually there were 5 or 6 swimmers in my age group (70 -74) and the winner set three European records!! I was last!!!!
2) While we were looking for the sun in Palma another team were in Sheffield at the British Masters. Dymphna Morris put together the following results. She reckons there were 16 Golds 5 Silvers, 5 Bronzes and 14 Irish records (STR). Thanks Dymphna
3) The LEN Top Ten Rankings are out http://www.len.eu/records/masters/2015.aspx#. There are a few errors which I hope LEN will sort out (Ladies S/C missing and a few names wrong (I finally got a mention — by mistake!!))
I’ve put together the rankings as I think they should be. Well done guys!
4) Here’s the latest Munster Records.
5) Finally!! Info attached on the Masters Relay Galaand Long Course Training on Sat 30th April and a link to the Masters training session in Limerick https://form.jotformeu.com/60894965072366

Update on Kingdom Masters

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.

Session 1 warm up 8.30am to 9.50am. Start time 10.00am
Session 2 warm up 1.45pm to 2.35pm. Start time 2.45pm.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tim O Connell.

Master’s Relay Meet plus Training Day

Master’s Relay Meet plus Training Day
SWIM IRELAND MASTERS are proud to present a Master’s Relay Meet plus Training Day to be held on Saturday 30th April 2016.
The event will be held during the downtime of the Swim Ireland National Long Course Championships in the National Aquatic Centre between approximately 12.30 (registration at 12 noon) and 3.45pm (depending on the times of the SI gala). Swim Ireland are facilitating the use of the pool to Master swimmers and without this assistance it would not be possible to run the event.
This event will give Club teams a great opportunity to practise relay racing and/or set Provincial and National relay records and will give individuals the opportunity to train in a Long Course session.
The event is open to ALL current registered Masters Swimmers. You do not have to compete as part of a relay team to partake in the training session or novelty relay.


The relay events are for Men, Ladies and Mixed teams; 4 X 50m Medley (max. 2 heats, 20 teams), 4 X 50m Freestyle (max. 2 heats, 20 teams) and 4 X 200m Freestyle (max. 1 heat, 10 teams). The novelty relay will be open to all individual entrants and teams will be drawn by lots.

A draft programme of the relays and training session is attached.
Age groups for relays:- 76 – 99 years, 100 – 119 years, 120 – 159 years, 160 – 199 years etc. and upwards in 40 year intervals. Age at 31st December and all competitors must be 19 years or over on the day of the swim and must be a current member of an affiliated club.
The early bird entry fee is €5.00 per individual and the closing date for receipt of entries is Thursday 21st April 2016. Relay team entries are free of charge but all relay participants must submit an individual entry by Thursday 21st April 2016 to avail of the early bird fee.
We don’t need payment up front but we do need to know if you are attending and entering teams so we need your entry forms before 21st April. DON’T send payment but pay on the day.
Late entries for Individuals for the training session will be accepted on the day but at an increased fee of €6.00.

All entries are to be sent to:
Relay Gala Organiser,

Declan Harte,

11, Temple View Downs,

Clare Hall,

Dublin, 13

Email: dhartefca@yahoo.com
Master’s Relay Meet plus Training Day
Saturday 30th April 2016, National Aquatic Centre, Dublin


12.00​Registration and payment (Concourse upstairs)


12.30 ​Organised warm-up


12.50 ​4 X 50m medley relays (2 heats)


13.10 ​Organised swim-down cum training set


13.40 ​4 X 50m freestyle relays (2 heats)


14.00 ​Organised swim-down cum training set


14.30 ​4 X 200m freestyle relays (1 heat)


15.00​Organised swim-down cum training set


15.30​? X 50m novelty freestyle relay




The organised training sets will be led by a guest coach (TBC).

There will be no medals issued but Irish and Regional relay records can be claimed.

The novelty relay will be open to all individual entrants and teams will be drawn by lots.

Masters relay gala and training event information 2015-2

Swim Ireland Awards

On Friday 27th May 2016, Swim Ireland will present our sixth annual awards evening.  We are delighted to announce that the Awards will take place in the iconic Titanic Suite at the Titanic Centre in Belfast.

The 2016 Awards night will celebrate and honour the fantastic work and the outstanding accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout the year and we will induct a deserving member of the aquatic community into the Swim Ireland Hall of Fame.

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2016 Awards and we would like to encourage all clubs to put forward their deserving members across all categories. We will accept nominations to Friday 15th April 2016. Click here to nominate now.

All members of the aquatic community are invited to purchase tickets at a cost of €55(£45) by ordering ticket(s) from the Swim Ireland online shop or by calling the Swim Ireland office on (01) 6251138.

Ulster Masters 17/04/2016


Meet Information

Meet Date Venue Closing datefor Entries / Payment
Ulster Masters Championships 17thApril 2016 Newry Swimming Pool 21stMarch 2016(Paper entries)

25thMarch 2016(Hytekentries)


Events :  All events will be run as Heat Declared Winner events.  Swimmers will be seeded according to their entry times but results will be categorised into their age groups.  All individual events will be Mixed events but results posted will be as Male and Female with the exception of the Mixed Relay.


*Event 22 – Mixed 1500m Freestyle will be limited to 2 heats – entries will be accepted on a First Come First Served basis – we cannot accept NTs for this event.


Individual Events Age Groups : The Ulster Masters Championships are open to any Masters Swimmer who is 19 or over on 31st December 2016.  This is in line with our general Meet Conditions

19-24 yrs,  25-29 yrs, 30-34 yrs, 35-39 yrs, 40-44 yrs, 45-49 yrs, 50-54 yrs, 55-59 yrs, 60-64 yrs, 65-69 yrs, 70-74 yrs, 75-79 yrs, 80 yrs and older


Relay Events Age Groups : The accumulative age of all 4 swimmers must exceed the minimum indicated below – 76-99 yrs, 100-119 yrs, 120-159 yrs, 160-199 yrs etc – and upwards in 40 year intervals

Mixed relays must be 2 males, 2 females

Ulster Masters Entry Form 2016

Ulster Masters Meet Info 2016

European Masters Update?

The European Masters are now requesting you choose 3 events. If you have more than 3 and do not make a decision by the 15th of March then they will choose 3 for you?? See below.


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Limerick Masters Gala Update

Saturday Morning:

Limerick will start earlier than planned!

Registration will commence at 7.15

Warm up will be from 7.45 to 8.25.
First Heat of the 400m freestyle will commence at 08.30. 

Note the earlier start time.