ARDEE swimmer Brian O’Sullivan wrapped up an outstanding season by setting two new Personal Bests at the British Youths Swimming Championships in Sheffield last week.
That followed on from Brian’s sensational performance at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Antwerp, Belgium a week earlier where the Dundalk Grammar School student set two new Irish Junior records in the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 4x200 freestyle relay.
The Irish boys swam 3.27.33 in the 4x100 freestyle relay, smashing the previous record set at these Championships in 2011 by 12 seconds. Unfortunately the Irish team finished in 9th place, just behind Great Britain, and narrowly missed out in a place in the final.
The same four competitors swam in the 4x200m freestyle relay where they recorded a fantastic time of 7.38.57 to finish in 10th place.
It was in this event that O’Sullivan, on the third leg of the swim, made his mark, coming in as the fastest of the four Irish boys in a time of 1.53.30. This time wiped out the previous Irish Junior Relay record by a massive 15 seconds.
The new record was just 0.12 seconds short of the Irish Senior Relay record which stands at 7.38.45. This is still the longest standing Irish Senior Swimming record, having been set by an Irish team that included Gary O’Toole back in 1989.
Following his exertions in Belgium, Brian landed in the UK on Monday last to take part in the British Youths Swimming Championships and he started the week in spectacular fashion, setting a new PB in the 100m LC Backstroke in a time of 1.00.62.
The following day he swam the 100m Freestyle and recorded another new PB in the very fast time of 51.87 seconds.
A bout of illness saw Brian struggle for the rest of the week but he showed great character to make it through the heats and semi-finals of the 200m freestyle event on Friday to qualify for the final where he finished in a very respectable 10th place.