Hyland confident about DCU’s chances at NUIG Invitational

12 May 2016; Ireland swimmer Brendan Hyland prior to departure for the European Swimming Championships in London, United Kingdom, from the16th of May to the 22nd of May 2016. National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

The DCU swimming team will send the largest squad to the NUIG Invitational on Saturday, November 12th.

The team expect to pick up a number of medals, having a number of extremely talented swimmers on the team.

The NUIG Invitational takes place every year, and it will feature students from a number of colleges throughout Ireland.

DCU Swimming Head Coach Brendan Hyland has expressed confidence in his team, stating, “we have a very strong group going down. We all expect big things from each other.”

Hyland, who currently holds the Irish senior record for the 100-metre butterfly, will be swimming himself in three different races.

Among the swimmers travelling on the DCU team are Irish internationals Clodagh Flood and Ben Griffin who will both be in contention to pick up a number of medals. With DCU sending down the largest squad, they have put themselves in with a great chance of doing extremely well.

Another record broken by the swimming team this year was the amount of people who signed up, showing the growth of the team, and the growth of the interest in the team. Due to the massive numbers, all levels of swimming are coached.

Hyland urged swimmers of all standard to join, saying “All swimmers are welcome and it’s great fun with the big group. The training sessions are always a laugh.”

Hyland also stressed the physical benefits of swimming, as well as the social ones. It can be a very effective and efficient way of exercising, with a 30-minute swimming session burning up to 500 calories. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for the record number of sign ups this year.

Rudi Kinsella
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