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.

Sundays Well Masters Report and Results

Sundays Well Swim Club Masters Open Gala Feb 20th 2016 

The Sundays Well Masters Gala was held in the Gus Healy Pool, Douglas on Saturday 20th February 2016.

A great buzz was evident around the pool, as the thrill of competition crept up on all the entrants, and the atmosphere was electric from the onset.

SWSC Masters as the host club had a very strong team of 52 members competing on the day. There was a large competitive entry from Cork Masters, with near neighbors Mallow Masters, Cork Tri Club, Brookfield Masters and Sandycove SC also entering teams on the day.

The gala was also very well supported by regulars from, Limerick, Ennis, Clonmel

Masters, Aer Lingus, NAC, Dublin SC, Swim4life, Killarney, Kingdom Masters and Galway Bay Clubs. We were particularly pleased with the strong entries from the Dublin clubs, and Lisburn City SC in the North, all travelling the long distance to compete in the premier Masters event in Cork.

We had a number of Munster & National records broken today – These records are currently going through the application process and will be verified by Swim Ireland Masters in due course.

There were some great individual swims on the day – too many to mention but particular note must go to the team relay events, which appropriately took place at the end of the gala.

Sundays Well Masters won the Men’s 159-200 yrs. 200mts medley relay with Denis Galland, Tommy Lee, Joe McAvoy and Tom Lynch blitzing home to pip Cork Masters at the post in a thrilling finish to kick-start the relay events!

Sandycove Masters won their age group in the women’s 400mts Freestyle Relay in a great time of 4.15.18 with the Cashell sisters in great form in this event!

Clonmel Masters won their relay age group in the female 200 free also – a great result for them in a very competitive event!

The day was topped off with the mixed Canon relay event, (where the fastest men and women in each age group form one team together), with a hugely competitive & exciting final, resulting in a scintillating win by Cork Masters ahead of Sundays Well.

Finally, an eclectic group, comprising of all the clubs and competitors, retired to the South County Bar in Douglas for the famous SWSC Masters relay prize giving ceremony, where a great night was had by all!

Rumor has it that some elite (and even a few inactive) members of SWSC Masters, continued into the small hours of the morning, all in the name of swimming of course  

A fitting end to a great day of competition.

Frank Lynch, SWSC Masters Gala Organizer saidThis year’s gala was a huge success!  I want to particularly thank The Edge Sports and all our sponsors for their backing, and to all the gala committee headed by Margot Powell, our gala referee and officials, callstewards, timekeepers and volunteers on the day.  Thanks also to everyone who assisted in the leadup & in pulling the entire event together with me.  It was great to see all the clubs from near & far, with many friends & rivals competing in the true spirit of the Masters.  The success of the event rubber stamped its place as one of the premier galas on the Masters Circuit.  Well done to each & every competitor and many thanks again to all

We look forward to all your support again next year – onwards and upwards for the SWSC Masters!!

Frank Lynch 



Master Gala 20 Feb 2016 Full Report

Update on European Masters

Following the communication on Thursday 11th February regarding entries for the Arena European Masters Championships, LEN and the LOC wish to share the following update.

Entries from 38 different countries across Europe for swimming reached the 14,000 individual race entries target in 50 hours, this is unprecedented with the previous record entry being 12,849 in Eindhoven in 2013 which took over six weeks to be achieved. This demonstrates the increased popularity of swimming across Europe.

It is clear that a great many Masters athletes still want to enter these Championships. Following feedback from the community, LEN and the LOC agreed to review the planned operations for the Championships to identify any changes that would enable more entries to be accepted.

In order to accommodate additional athletes, LEN have agreed that entries will re-open but a limit of three events per person will be in place (entries made previously will not be affected). The system is currently being updated to enable additional entries to be made. LEN anticipate that the system will be ready and entries will open on Thursday 18th February after midday. LEN and the LOC will issue a communication when the system is fully open for swimming entries, including relays.

Until entries close the detailed schedule of events each day will not be known. If the numbers increase significantly over than 15,000, both 50m pools in the London Aquatics Centre will have to be utilised for competition (whilst ensuring that there is warm up capacity at specific times in the day). LEN will issue the final programme once start lists have been confirmed.

LEN and the LOC understand the great lengths to which the Masters community have gone to ahead of the Championships – training for the competition and booking flights and accommodation– and we thank you for your patience as we reviewed the situation. Diving and synchronised swimming entries remain open for athletes to enter.


Via Jeff @ Irish Masters News

Hi everyone,
In case you haven’t heard the Europeans started a minor Masters war by closing entries after just over 48 hours but with 14000 swims entered. So far I have heard of 83 Irish swimmers that managed to get their entry in but lots were disappointed. Some had even paid for flights and accommodation. I haven’t heard that any relays managed to get entered.
Back to the real world of Irish Masters Swimming – The Committee is trying to encourage mainstream gala organisers to incorporate Masters swims. The first of these is the upcoming Cormorant gala with an opportunity to swim 200s short course in all four strokes. Details below. (Sorry but the Donaghmede pool has minor length problems so no record, juniors or masters can be ratified)
I’ve also included info on the upcoming Ulster Masters to be held on 17th April in the new Newry pool. Please note that the 1500 is limited to 2 heats an a first come first served basis!! For clubs who have the facility I’ve included the Hytek file.
Finally the Masters Committee have organised a training session for the development squad and other swimmers travelling to the GB or European Masters this summer on Saturday 27th February in the NAC. Start time: Registration at 4pm Finish time: 8pmSchedule includes dry land session, nutrition workshop hosted by Gourmet Fuel and 1 hour long course swim session. Contact Aisling McKeever LSO@swimireland.ieif you want to go.

Cormorant SC Gala

Hi All

If your not in training for the European/GB Masters then this maybe of some interest to you.

Cormorant SC have added some Masters events to their upcoming gala, please see attached.  The closing date is next Wednesday.

P.S. Masters records cannot be broken at this gala as there is a shorter lane in the pool.

Cormorant SC Gala