Askeaton Swimming Club had two representatives flying the club flag on Day 2 of the SC Nationals. “Ladies & Gentlemen, you’r gala referee for this mornings session, Joe McCarthy”. In the water Aoife Duggan McSweeney had her shortest and longest events of the meet, the 50 & 400 freestyle.
First up 50 free. A quick start saw Aoife lead out her heat and turn the 25 in just 13.8 seconds a good underwater section saw her pull away a little more and her finish time of 28.13 see’s her ranked 23rd in the country and score a 1.49second PB.
After a nice swim down strategies were considered for the 400. After a good 50 today and 100 yesterday the decision was made to deviate from what we had practiced and lead out the 200 at a good pace but never let the tempo drop outside practice range.
Aoife lead out her heat at a blistering 1:05.6 pace for the first 100. Tempo still high for the next 100 saw Aoife split 1:11.8, slightly slower than planned, but still ok. Suffering from the late change of plan and not having practiced being at the 200 mark at this pace this was new territory for Aoife and she split the following 200 in 1:13.5 and 1:14.4 giving her a 4.77 second PB and setting her new time at 4:45.78 an amazing swim but leaving room for improvement.
The finals session is always amazing to see. Watching the best of the country race each other for national titles. And this evening the place was buzzing with no less than 3 Irish Junior or Senior records broken.